Book Review: “Promise To Keep” by Elizabeth Byler Younts

October 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Elizabeth Byler Younts in her new book, “Promise To Keep book coverPromise To Keep” Book Three in The Promise of Sunrise series published by Howard Books brings us into the life of Esther Detweiler.

From the back cover: World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.

Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.

When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.

As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.

Historical Fiction, absent fathers and World War II are just some of the ingredients in this wonderful adventure.  Esther is Amish, Joe is not but they meet when Joe returns home from fighting and tries to re-establish connections with his deaf daughter that Esther was taking care of while he was away. Through the daughter they develop a friendship which begins to turn into something much greater. Ms. Byler Younts gives us tightly drawn characters that come alive on the pages. Both Joe and Esther are wounded individuals who have to heal before they can go forward into their futures. I love history and Ms. Byler Younts knows how to blend history and fiction together to the point where you don’t know where one ends and the other begins. And on top of everything there is the romance. A highly enjoyable read.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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