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In the first novel in the Keepers of the Promise trilogy, three cousins sort through the treasures of their Amish family and discover stories from the past that provide inspiration for their own lives...
Central Pennsylvania, current day. Rebecca Fisher gladly accepted her husband Paul’s dreams as her own, but now that he has passed away, she’s struggling to raise two children and keep her home. Renting her stable to carpenter Matthew Byler offers a partial solution—even though Matthew has a troubled history, having sometimes failed to embrace Amish beliefs. As Matthew seeks to prove himself, Rebecca realizes how dependent she has become on others. Where can she find the courage to grow and change?
Lancaster County, 1941. As war threatens, Anna Esch pours her experiences into her diary. Her world seems to crumble as neighbors turn against the Amish and her love, Jacob, is sent to a camp far away for refusing to fight. She can’t know, as she grows from a girl into a woman during a time of trouble and grief, that one day another Amish woman will gain strength from the words she writes and will learn that she, too, can become a keeper of the promise.
About the Author
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels, including the Pleasant Valley series and the Keepers of the Promise trilogy. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.
Praise for The Forgiven
“A born storyteller, Marta Perry skillfully weaves the past and present in a heart-stirring tale of love and forgiveness.”—Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life
“A tender novel of second chances, endearing characters, and a can't-put-it-down story.”—Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of The Revealing
“Ms. Perry's story-telling is tender, touching, and full of gentle wisdom as she explores the flaws and struggles of her Amish characters.”—Linda Goodnight, New York Times bestselling author of The Buchanons series
“The Forgiven is a gently-drawn portrait of two lives renewed by the power of love.”—Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of A Promise Kept and Love Without End
“The slow, sweet realization of Rebecca and Matthew's growing love takes us on a journey of healing and victory over difficult circumstances.”—Lenora Worth, author of Bayou Sweetheart
“Five Stars! Marta Perry’s tender family saga of love and faith will touch your heart.”—Emma Miller, author of Plain Murder
More Praise for the Novels of Marta Perry
“What a joy it is to read Marta Perry's novels!...Readers of Amish fiction will surely be waiting anxiously for her next book.”—Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Heart series
“Sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis.”—Library Journal
“Perry carefully balances the traditional life of the Amish with the contemporary world in an accessible, intriguing fashion.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)