Wednesday, November 7, 2012
AMY'S PROMISE by Doris Christian-Bernhardt
Amy Moss was disowned by her parents when she married David Simms, a mere commoner. Although Amy is devastated by her parents actions, she is happy to start her new life with a loving husband. They leave Virginia for a railroad job in Montana. To soon she finds herself a widow and in survival mode but she also gains some wonderful friends who help her through. Then she receives news, from her sister, of her fathers death so she returns to Virginia. Finding only more heartache and hardship, she decides to accept an offer to go live with her Aunt Catherine in Maryland, leaving her spoiled sister behind. Amy is so happy to be with Catherine, whose a wonderful Christian woman but whose heart aches to find her husband, Ivan, whom she thought died in the war. Amy promises her dying aunt that she'll find Ivan, just as they planned. She boards the Queen Mary and is headed for England when she finds herself involved with a handsome Captain, Derek Williams, and his sweet little daughter, Sarah. Derek brings her home to Ireland to meet his family and promises to take her to London to find Ivan. While in the beautiful countryside surrounding her, she finds herself falling in love again and so very thankful to God for His guiding hand and His many blessings. But will Amy's faith be strong enough to sustain her through all that lies ahead?
Through tragedy and triumph, Amy's promise is one of those stories that grabs you right from the start and doesn't let you go until the last page is turned. Set in 1937, you experience the post depression era as well as the uncertainty of an impending world war. The characters are vibrant and very well drawn. You get to know them so well, that you'll find yourself thinking about them long after you close the book. I loved how the author weaved in the message of God's love, forgiveness and His many blessings toward us. There were lots of twist and turns and so many things happening that it kept me wondering how it would all turn out. It would make a fantastic movie! If you enjoy a story you can't put down, that's full of emotion and a journey you won't soon forget, I would highly recommend Amy's Promise! Great job, Doris!
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Xulon Press (October 31, 2012)
*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*