Book Review: The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller (Amish Letters, Book 2)

"'Dear Roman, Here is a place for you to. . . write down your dreams, and give your prayers to God. Remember, He has promised to teach and guide us, and He will always be with you. Never forget that. Love, Grossmammi" (22)

Title:  The Promise of a Letter
Series: Amish Letters, Book 2
Author: Kathleen Fuller
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Fiction
Release Date:  August 15, 2017
Genre: Amish Contemporary Fiction

A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay. 

Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don't go as planned, Roman's prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn't plan to stay for long.

Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional--strange, even--Leanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant she's never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn't mind. She is content being single.

But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing to help them form a deeper connection to their community and to each other. The question remains: will this strengthening bond be enough to make Roman stay for good?

"'Dear Roman, Here is a place for you to. . . write down your dreams, and give your prayers to God. Remember, He has promised to teach and guide us, and He will always be with you. Never forget that. Love, Grossmammi" (22)

The promise of a grandmother's love in a letter about the promise of God's love started on a prodigal's journey in The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller. The first book in the series, Written in Love still tickles my booknerd senses, so I was quite excited to meet the characters again in this second installment. And I was not disappointed.

"There was a place for everything and everything had a place."(99)

First, lets talk about our prodigal. When I say prodigal, it should be loosely interpreted. Roman  is unsure of his future, and having felt "stuck" most of his life, he's hoping a for a chance to find a way.  When he received his grandmother's letter, and her last wish, he embarks on making amends with his estranged brother. He arrives in Birch Creek misunderstood and ready to take flight - at least that's what others surmise. Yet, that was not the plan at all, at least not God's plan.

"'I see what's reflected in mei life. Whenever I try to do something, whenever I have a plan, it gets thwarted.' 'Then maybe you're working too hard to fulfill yer plan instead of God's.'" (146)

Then we have Leanna, whom I just find eccentric in a good way and refreshing. She's six feet tall, independent and very aware of what she is capable of and what she wants. Almost an exact opposite of what we see in Roman, yet, no matter how assure she seems on the outside, there may still be something that troubles her. I really enjoyed how their friendship developed in the course of the novel to what readers can clearly see as love growing. Not only between Leanna and Roman, other characters and their secondary storyline gave readers more than one message, and more than one focus. And with that, I've come to relish in this series tremendously. I feel like I know these characters on a personal level.

"Understanding exactly where I belong. There's freedom in that. True freedom." (281)

In all, The Promise of a Letter more than exceeds my expectations for a Kathleen Fuller novel, a second novel in the Amish Letters series, and my love for Amish Fiction with the hope for a message that finds a permanent fixture in my life.  Yes, The Promise of a Letter is all that and more.

"God's the one who worked on their hearts. . . let God work on yers. You might find something you've been missing all along." (211)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield

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