Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Posted by Amy Kittel on November 8th, 2013 filed in Elizabeth Byler Younts

Talk about a plethora of emotions.  I haven’t read a book in a while that I had to get up and walk away from because of the anger I was feeling towards some of the characters. This time my anger was at most of the Amish community.

This book takes place in a small Amish community during WWII. I’ve not read any Amish stories written during WWII, so this was different side of the Amish and WWII, thinking about their views toward the soldiers. Shunning vs Supporting.  It goes against everything we Americans have been taught.

How do you choose what is right in your heart? I was comparing it to my rebellion during my teen years.  Was Miriam just being rebellious or was she listening to her heart? Was I being rebellious or listening to my heart. Years later, I know the difference, but when you are in the midst of it and being pressured by your family and church  how can you make a choice? What would your decision be? I don’t know if I could have made the decisions Miriam and Henry had made. 

 I have to give this book 4 out of 5 stars, why? It was a really good book, I just felt at times some details were focused on, and other times things were glossed over quickly.  The writing just needed a little more at times. I loved the story and the idea of it.  Thank you, Elizabeth Byler Younts for sharing a bit of your family with the rest of the world. 

I can’t wait to read the next book “Promise to Cherish” Due out in 2014.

Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Howard Books

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. My opinions are my own.



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