Promised to Another is the third book in The Amish of Seymour series by Laura V. Hilton.
Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:
Annie Beiler is a spunky, spirited schoolteacher, but she’s struggled ever since the man she was promised to “jumped the fence” and left the Amish of Seymour.
She needs a man who is committed to his Amish beliefs. And now, she’s struggling to regain the trust of the school board members and the parents of her pupils for taking her class on an unauthorized field trip to a nearby Civil War battlefield.
She’s put on probation, and one wrong step could cost her the position permanently.
Joshua Esh of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, moved to Missouri ostensibly as part of the man swap meant to bring new blood into the community.
Annie Beiler caught his attention the moment he arrived in Seymour, but he’s disheartened to discover that she is promised to another man Luke, who left the Amish but vowed to return one day and claim “his” Annie.
So, Josh fills his social calendar with singings and frolics, taking a different girl home from every event with the exception of Annie, since she is already committed to someone.
When Luke comes home, Annie pushes him away, and Josh Esh comes to her rescue. But the situation becomes awkward, since Josh is staying with Luke’s family.
An awareness of each other’s attraction to Annie causes the awkwardness to escalate, and Annie’s father soon invites Josh to stay with his family.
But not all of the Beilers are happy about this new arrangement.
I am sad to see this series end…
I can’t help it. Laura Hilton did an amazing job with these three novels, but if I thought I enjoyed reading her books before… that was before I read this one – it is truly awesome!
… and definitely my favorite one of the series!
I’ve enjoyed reading about Annie Beiler since Patchwork Dreams, when she discovered her sister Cathy was taking Becky Troyer’s mail, trying to sabotage Becky’s relationship with Jacob Miller.
Thankfully, Annie found out in time and things worked out just fine for Becky and Jacob.
Then things got considerably worse when Joshua Esh, one of the Amish men who moved to the Seymour community to find a wife, is attracted to Annie; when Luke finds out, his dat forces Joshua to leave their home.
I guess had they known he’d be moving into Annie’s house, they’d have reconsidered their actions!
Laura V. Hilton is such an amazing writer… the more of her novels I read, the more I enjoy them. My family says I’m really fun to watch when I’m reading – I laugh, I cry, I get angry – I’m lost in the story, roaming around Seymour, wanting to kick someone part of the time, sneaking a peek at some very hopeful kisses. I LOVE her characters!!!
… all but Cathy.
Cathy is one of those characters you either love or hate.
I don’t like her; I can’t figure out why she does the things she does – but the story wouldn’t be as funny, nor as interesting, without Cathy.
Okay, that’s it! I don’t mind using things revealed in the synopsis in my review, but I try to not write any *spoilers* so this goes no further.
If you enjoy reading Amish novels, you’ll love Patchwork Dreams… and A Harvest of Hearts… and Promised to Another! If you enjoy reading good Christian romance novels, you’ll really love this series!
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©Donna J. Mynatt 2014