The Forgiven

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The Forgiven

Keepers of the Promise, #1

The Forgiven is a heartbreaking, uplifting story of two women born decades apart yet connected by pain and troubles. Rebecca’s story is tightly interwoven with Anne’s story, and with the threads of faith and hope binding them together made this a great Amish romance and a beautiful testament to love and courage. Rebecca and her two cousins promise their Grandmother that they will clean out the attic of the old family home. What none of them know is their Grandmother has left them each something special. An old diary of a young Amish woman at the start of WWII will call to Rebecca including her own grief and fears. I love the way Marta Perry moves from past to present throughout the story. Both women face incredible sorrow and disillusionment. The characters come to life in both time periods and I couldn't put the book down.

Rebecca Fisher is carrying herself as well as she can since her husband's death. Left with two children, she struggles to find her way. Help comes from two unexpected sources, Matthew Byler--a man with a troubled past, and an old diary. The life experiences of the woman in the diary call to her, and will perhaps, give her the courage to move on.

Book Blurb for The Forgiven

When three women, all cousins, are given the task of sorting through the treasures of several generations of their Amish family, they each discover a story from the past that provides insights and inspiration for their own lives.

Central Pennsylvania, current day. Rebecca Fisher gladly accepted her husband Paul’s dreams as her own, but now that he has passed away, she’s struggling to raise two children and keep her home. Renting her stable to carpenter Matthew Byler offers a partial solution?even though Matthew has a troubled history, having sometimes failed to embrace Amish beliefs. As Matthew seeks to prove himself, Rebecca realizes how dependent she has become on others. Where can she find the courage to grow and change?


Lancaster County, 1941. As war threatens, Anna Esch pours her experiences into her diary. Her world seems to crumble as neighbors turn against the Amish and her love, Jacob, is sent to a camp far away for refusing to fight. She can’t know, as she grows from a girl into a woman during a time of trouble and grief, that one day another Amish woman will gain strength from the words she writes and will learn that she, too, can become a keeper of the promise.


Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2015 4.50