This may be the final book in this series but it can definitely be read without having read the previous
two books. This book shares the struggles of a young Amish woman as she has to decide between two very different worlds; does she want to be Amish or English? While following her struggles, you are also introduced to her grandmother who had struggles of her own when she was a young woman. Those struggles were very different but examine other issues Amish have to deal with. Between the two women, the life of the Amish come alive. Adventures happen as each woman decides their best course of action and realize that they need to trust in God. Barbie, though, has to decide if she wants to date and English man and has to deal with a minister who doesn’t approve of her choices. Along the way Barbie finds love and peace. I loved this book and I loved how two different stories were intertwined within it. The characters came alive and the decisions made weren’t easy. I think this is a reflection if many people’s lives. Best of all, there are some recipes in the back of the book that I am looking forward to trying out! There is absolutely nothing that I would change in this book. It’s perfect!
Barbie has always felt restless and as if she was looking for something but she isn’t sure what. She has gotten a job at the English café and has made English friends. She likes her job and friends but isn’t sure if this is where she belongs. Many times she wonders if she is like her older brother James who left the Amish. Things start becoming to a head when Barbie goes to a bar and sees a young Amish girl drunk and in trouble. If she steps up to help she knows she will have problems within the Amish community but if she doesn’t this girl may be hurt in ways Barbie doesn’t even want to think about.
In the final Keepers of the Promise novel, the acclaimed author of the Pleasant Valley series tells about a young Amish woman who must make a difficult choice, just as her grandmother did years ago.
Central Pennsylvania, current day. Restless and adventurous, Amish Barbie Lapp has been stepping out among the Englisch. Minister Benuel Kauffman doesn’t approve of her choices, but he can’t deny the positive influence Barbie has on his wayward teenage sister. As Barbie is drawn to the kindness beneath Benuel’s gruff exterior, the mementos she finds in a dower chest given to her by her grandmother, Elizabeth, provide the insight she needs to decide whether to fully embrace the Amish way of life or leave it behind for forever.
Lancaster County, 1960. As working farms for the Amish become more scarce, Elizabeth Lapp’s husband, Reuben, tries to persuade her that they would be better off moving north. But the prospect of leaving her close-knit community of family and friends frightens Elizabeth. Can she muster enough love and faith to leap into a new life?
Two women from one family, separated by decades, both find that the ultimate adventure takes place in the heart.