Letter writing, it seems, has become a lost art with the ease of texting and e-mails, but I still love to write letters and mail cards. Something my momma instilled in many years ago and I still find myself curled up writing a letter or addressing a card every week. There is just something about getting a happy piece of mail in your mailbox.
In Kathleen Fuller’s “The Promise of a Letter”, her second book in her Amish Letters series, two letters are written by a grandmother to her grandsons. But these letters aren’t given to the grandsons until their grandmother passes away. Ever had that happen to you? Receive a letter after a loved one has gone on to heaven? I haven’t, but in Kathleen’s book, you feel the high emotions that run by doing so.
Here is a synopsis of the story:
“A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay.
Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn’t plan to stay for long.
Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional–strange, even–Leanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant she’s never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn’t mind. She is content being single.
But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the structures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing to help them form a deeper connection to their community and to each other. The question remains: will this strengthening bond be enough to make Roman stay for good?”
Here is my review of “The Promise of a Letter”:
In Kathleen’s “The Promise of a Letter”, Leanna Chupp has a job most men usually have – a mechanic repairing small engines. She’d much rather work in the shop than work on her domesticated skills of cooking, cleaning, and catching a man’s eye. I love how she skates to and from work. I see Amish quite a bit on rollerblades up in Lancaster County. If I’d try that, I’d be on the ground in no time. I could just picture Leanna swaying back and forth in her travels. Roman is a piece of work. He comes back after receiving word of his grandmother’s death – too late for her funeral though. He then gets the letter that starts him out on a path he doesn’t really want to take. But during all of this, Kathleen’s writing sucked me into this story so much that I didn’t want to put my Kindle down. I wanted to know what happened next and went to bed quite late two nights trying to find out what Leanna does about a rumor being spread about her and her boss and how that gets handled and how Roman handles the reconciling part his grandmother requests and his feelings for Leanna.
I definitely give Kathleen Fuller five stars for this excellent story. I loved the characters and all the emotions I felt while reading page after page. And now I want to curl up and write a few more letters to my friends that I’ve neglected the past few months. I want them to have that happy feeling when they open up the mailbox and see something that is not a bill or advertisement like I do when I get my mail. Thanks to Kathleen for keeping letter writing real. And in the Amish community, letters are really a big thing. The Amish love their mail. When we are visiting our Amish friends and their mail lady has stopped by, someone immediately goes out to the mailbox to get the mail, and they go through it even with us sitting there. It’s quite funny – where I’d leave the mail until company left, they open the mail right up and read their letters. Gives us a chuckle every time.
You can read “The Promise of a Letter” as a stand alone novel, but why not pick up the first novel in this series, “Written in Love”? I find it more fun and interesting when I start with the first book in a series. The third book in this series, “Words from the Heart”, will be available in February of next year, so you have plenty of time to catch up on this series.