Monday, November 17, 2014

CFBA Review: Promises to Cherish by:Elizabeth Yount

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Promises to Cherish
Howard Books (October 7, 2014)
Elizabeth Yount


Elizabeth Byler Younts is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force officer’s wife and a homeschooling mom with two young daughters. She makes her home wherever her family is stationed. Elizabeth was Amish as a child and after her parents left the church she still grew up among her Amish family and continues to speak Pennsylvania Dutch.


As World War II draws to a close, nurse Christine falls in love with roguish Amish boy Eli and must choose between a new, uncertain life in the Amish faith or face the judgment of a conservative postwar American society for her past mistakes.

It’s 1945, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the conscies—conscientious objectors to the war—and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community.

Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war, Christine’s world is violently turned upside down. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her misgivings, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life.

Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But soon, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can’t see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly have to give up the one thing she holds most dear, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Promises to Cherish , go HERE.

My Review:
Against a post World War II backdrop, the lives of Amish born Eli and English born Christine are set to cross.  Christine and Eli become friends when someone returns to Christine's life and abruptly turns it upside down. Christine finds much solace in the lives of the Amish community, she never wants to upend Eli during this struggle but either way they face uncertain odds as Jack vows to upset it all.

 Christine falls in love with Eli and in spite of all this new found simplicity, she is struggling to make sense of it all. But too little too late because Jack has discovered her and he enjoys making her life as well as those around her miserable.

 In my opinion, this book is outstanding! The push-pull effect going on in the heart of Christine can be felt as you read along. The author, I feel adequately portrayed her feelings and I was able to put my head into the story. If you would like to learn more, you can at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CFBA.