Keepers of the Promise, Book Three
by Marta Perry
April 5, 2016
Available in: Trade Size
In the final Keepers of the Promise novel, the acclaimed
author of the Pleasant Valley series tells about a young
Amish woman who must make a difficult choice, just as her
grandmother did years ago.
Central Pennsylvania, current day. Restless and adventurous,
Amish Barbie Lapp has been stepping out among the Englisch.
Minister Benuel Kauffman doesn’t approve of her
choices, but he can’t deny the positive influence
Barbie has on his wayward teenage sister. As Barbie is drawn
to the kindness beneath Benuel’s gruff exterior, the
mementos she finds in a dower chest given to her by her
grandmother, Elizabeth, provide the insight she needs to
decide whether to fully embrace the Amish way of life or
leave it behind for forever.
Lancaster County, 1960. As working farms for the Amish
become more scarce, Elizabeth Lapp’s husband, Reuben,
tries to persuade her that they would be better off moving
north. But the prospect of leaving her close-knit community
of family and friends frightens Elizabeth. Can she muster
enough love and faith to leap into a new life?
Two women from one family, separated by decades, both find
that the ultimate adventure takes place in the heart.
Born in Pennsylvania, I now live in a century-old farmhouse in a valley in the eastern part of the state. My husband and I have a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in Philadelphia, a daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters in Charleston, South Carolina, and a son, daughter-in-law and and two grandchildren in Tampa, Florida. We keep the phone lines busy with our e-mails! Before I retired to write full time, I was a church education director.
I knew I wanted to become a writer when I was eight years old and picked up my first Nancy Drew mystery. "The Secret in the Old Clock" — remember that one? Somehow that dream was put on the back burner for a long time, but eventually it re-surfaced. I've written everything from educational materials to devotional articles to travel pieces to children's fiction, but the books I'm writing for Steeple Hill's Love Inspired line have to be the most satisfying I've ever done. It's such a joy to tell a romantic story that includes the spiritual lives of the characters. I'm delighted that I'm also writing romantic suspense novels for Love Inspired Suspense. And coming up next year will be a series of three Steeple Hill single titles about Amish characters.
When I'm not writing, you may find me visiting my grandchildren, helping out at church, or enjoying an evening out with my husband and friends. And several times a year you can track me down on my favorite island beach. I'll be the one in the deck chair with a new novel and a blissful expression!