Tricia Goyer's latest novel, The Promise Box is book two in Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors. The series is set in West Kootenai, Montana, a small Amish community known for the large amount of bachelors who visit each year for hunting of both game and brides. The first book in the series is The Memory Jar, and you can read my review here. This second addition centers around a bachelor named Gideon Hooley, who has returned to West Kootenai for his own reasons. His interest is piqued when Lydia Wyse, an Englisch girl, returns home after the death of her mother--her Amish mother. Lydia soon remembers all that she has missed about the community, but more important is how she learns and grows in her faith. Lydia and Gideon are instantly drawn to each other; however, each has to work through the past and its implications.
The faith aspect of this novel is strong, and I truly enjoyed the character growth and many of the promises and discussions shared. There were a couple times that I felt the sentiment indicated earning your salvation, which I do not believe; however overall I appreciated the focus on a relationship with the Lord. The characters were original and three-dimensional. There was some predictability, but the story flowed quickly. I am really enjoying this series and look forward to the next one!
I did receive a free copy in exchange for my honest review.