Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jerry Eicher Continues the Emma Raber's Daughter Series!!

"Katie's Forever Promise"  


        By Jerry S. Eicher

When I commenced to read Book Three of the Emma Raber's Daughter series, "Katie's Forever Promise" , I really wondered if it could possibly be as good as the other two. It was NO surprise, that my answer YES came very quickly! In fact by the time, I had finished Chapter One, I knew that I was on my way to another unique situation, that would be taken care of in a surprising way- according to God's plan, and ... that, we can never predict! 

Synopsis:

Katie Raber had thought that she had met the man of her dreams, Ben Stoll, however, her heart was broken when he was arrested on drug charges. To top it off, she had taken a trip with some Mennonite friends to the places of her Amish origin and it turned out to be Ben's illegal money that enabled her vacation. The story begins, a year later, when Ben is released from prison. Katie says she wants nothing more to do with him, she has learned her lesson and knows better than to give him a second chance,  but.... 

Katie has become  a proficient teacher in a small school in her Delaware Amish  community .  She seeing Norman Kuntz, expecting him to propose to her sometime very soon. Her new stepsister, Mabel, who you would know as a very vindictive, nasty person -if you have read Books one and two, has her eyes on Norman and is determined to win him over , adding friction to the already tense family situation.

When Ben is shot, it is presumed that he is dying. Katie decides to allow his parents to convince her to go to see him so that he can apologize for his betrayal of her.  Norman discovers this meeting, putting a hold on their relationship. When Katie is once again called to Ben's side, she thinks carefully about the aftereffects- what will Norman do , if she agrees to the visit?? If he and the school board find out, she may lose her teaching job and destroy a relationship. Should she go or stay?? Katie Raber is facing a decision that will change her life forever, regardless of her decision.

How will she make the correct decision? Will Katie listen to God's quiet voice speaking to her??

Jerry has a special talent of making his characters realistic , facing REAL problems. As he was raised Amish, his books are true to the Plain People. The community as well as the situations are those that easily could be true. I felt deeply for Katie Raber, as I had already discovered her to be a close friend , in the two previous books.  Challenges, worries and fears rocked her life, from the time of childhood to young adulthood. At times, I wanted to wrap my arms around her and tell her that it would be alright. The desire to give her advice overcame my common sense at times!! After all, Katie was a fictitious character in a book!! Could she hear my thoughts?? 

The plot is complicated and has subplots that are intertwined so well, that you  never know what will happen next. Just when you think you have figured out how the next chapter will go, Jerry throws in a twist! You are kept in suspense until the final page is read.

Jerry Eicher has sold over 500,000 books!! You wonder why?? Because they are five star books!! Good Amish fiction!!

This book was provided by the author and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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