Book Write-Up: The Promise of a Letter, by Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen Fuller.  The Promise of a Letter.  Thomas Nelson, 2017.  See here to buy the book.

The Promise of a Letter is Book 2 of Kathleen Fuller’s “Amish Letters” series.  The first book, Written in Love, was about Jalon, Phoebe, Phoebe’s child Malachi, and, last but not least, Blue the cat.  Book 2 focuses on Leanna, who is the sister of Jalon, Roman, Roman’s brother Daniel and his wife Barbara, and Karen and Adam, a couple that is sitting on the fence about getting married.  But Jalon, Phoebe, Malachi, and Blue still have cameos in the book!

Leanna and Roman are both odd ducks.  Leanna is a bit of a tomboy and is not good at what women in Amish society are expected to do (i.e., cooking).  She works for Daniel, who (if I recall correctly) is a carpenter, and a couple of busy-bodies are spreading rumors that she and Daniel are having an affair.  Daniel fires her, and she initially thinks it was because she read a note that she was not supposed to read.

Roman is a creative person, one who excels at coming up with ideas and drawing technical designs.  He does not have a whole lot of discipline with hands-on work, though.  Years before, he left the community.  His dream is to get a degree at a college, and he wrote the college a letter.  Because he left, he and Daniel are estranged from each other.  When he learns that his grandmother has died, he returns home, as his grandmother encouraged him to become reconciled with his brother.  We learn in the course of the book that their parents were rather cold and did not show affection.

Other things happen in the course of the book.  Daniel is injured.  Barbara is pregnant and loses the baby.  Karen and Adam are each waiting for the other to make the first move.

I read this book over the course of two months, a little each day.  It was an enjoyable book.  Roman does a lot of growing up, and Leanna gets to observe this because she was acquainted with him before he left.  Roman and Leanna were also characters for whom I wanted to root, as they were underdogs, in a sense.  The book had enough going on that it was not boring.  And its ending set the stage for the next book of the series.

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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