08 January 2015

Three Reasons to Read: Promise to Cherish by Elizabeth Byler Younts


Buy this book now at CBD, B&N, or Amazon. Promise to Cherish is published by Howard Books, 2014, and is part of The Promise of Sunrise series.

Three Reasons to Read Promise to Cherish by Elizabeth Byler Younts:
1) This book made my list of Top 10 Books for 2014.
2) Runner up for Bibliotherapy of the Year because of the many strong therapeutic elements.
3) The author is adorable! (I had to just throw that in!) She's also very talented!!!


Elizabeth Byler Younts and Carrie Fancett Pagels ACFW 2013

Elizabeth Byler Younts is proving herself as a story teller extraordinaire. I loved her last novel, also an Amish story. Elizabeth's extended family is Amish so she has a unique and genuine perspective. As far as this novel goes, the reader should be sure to read the blurb about the book because the book includes a somewhat detailed sexual assault. However, one can infer this fact from the blurb, plus it is necessary to understand the heroine's motivations and the struggles she faces. The way the scene is written it is done well and integral to the plot.

Because my father worked in a state hospital near my home (and I spent a fair amount of time on those grounds), I was interested in Elizabeth's descriptions of the setting and the treatment in a New York state asylum just after WWII. Very disturbing. I would like to think that the mental institutions in Michigan were much better than this, at that time. Shocking.

Lovely story about forgiveness, mercy, and redemption. Beautiful love story. Just when you think you know what will happen there is a hairpin turn. Highly recommend!


Bibliotherapy: Date rape, PTSD, pregnancy, rejection, forgiveness, mental illness, and God's provision.

Giveaway: A copy of Promise to Cherish, which made my top 10 list of favorite books for 2014 and was runner up for bibliotherapy for the year.

60 comments:

  1. Thx so much, CARRIE, for your wonderful review! I just went to check out this book on Amazon this morning...what a coincidence! I keep waiting for it to go on sale. lol This book has been on my wishlist ever since I first read another friend's great review on it!

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    1. We need to make sure you read it, Diana! Hugs and love! TY!

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  2. Beautiful review, Carrie - thank you!! I will definitely want to read "Promise to Cherish" - I love books that include lots of bibliotherapy. That psychoanalytical component in my personality and desire to share with/help others through mutual experiences - coming out!!

    Reading books including such elements also help us better understand the feelings and actions of those experiencing them, therefore, better equipping us to be of possible help/witness to them. I like reality, even in fiction books, and am not one of those that have a limited view of what should, or should not, be included in a Christian book. If it's reality - we, as Christians, need to know how to deal with, and help, in as many situations as possible. God has called us to help/witness in any situation and any time - possible. That being said - I love the elements of forgiveness, mercy, redemption and love included in "Promise to Cherish" also.

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    1. TY, Bonnie, and I think you'd love this book! Hugs and love!

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  3. From what all you said Carrie I know I would enjoy reading this book and
    would send it on to someone else once I am done with it if I should win
    it. And I enjoy books that take place back in that time frame.
    Good luck to all who enter

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    1. Patti, Elizabeth is such a fantastic writer. You'll love this story. Hugs!

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  4. This book certainly covers some heavy subject matters. Most interesting.

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    1. It doesn't read as a heavy read, though, Mary. It reminds me of some of the books I read back as a teenager that were set in that time frame. Very well done!!!

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  5. This book sounds very interesting. Would love to win and read it.

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  6. This book sounds so good! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Hi Carrie if u come back pls leave your email addy! TY!

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    2. Sorry. Cagould15(at)yahoo(com)

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    3. Cagould15(at)yahoo(dot)com

      Ignore the first one. I forgot the dot! Lol

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  7. Great review. Would love to read this book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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    1. TY. You are welcome. This is a GREAT book and should win some awards besides mine!

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  8. The cover just grabs your attention! Your description & 3 reasons for reading just add to the must read factor Carrie! Thanks for sharing with us! Robin in NC

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    1. Robin, I think Howard does some pretty covers! You are welcome and blessings!

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  9. This sounds like an awesome book. Add me to the "hat" for the drawing. Thanks, Carrie.

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    1. Pam, I think you'd love this book. Will do! You are very welcome!

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  10. Thank you for the honest review and for offering a copy of this book. I would really like to read it, especially since it's one of your favorites, Carrie. We tend to have similar tastes. Ü

    ~Cindi Altman

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to read it.

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  12. Thank you for the chance to win one of Elizabeth's books, I've been wanting to read one of hers but haven't gotten one yet.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. Thanks for the opportunity, this is one that piqued my interest! My email is elise(underscore)jehan(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. This is different from her first novel with Howard but just as stellar, Lisa!

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  14. I have an Amish interest. This sounds interesting to me.

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    1. I love Amish books and this one does sound interesting, PAT! Good luck in the drawing!

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  15. Your three reasons to read Promise to Cherish are good enough to convince me. I like the cover and discovering new-to-me authors. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Good to hear! TY! Elizabeth is a very talented young lady!

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  16. What a lovely picture! If you recommend it I know I'd love it too.. throw me into the mix please...
    dkstevensneAT outlook DoTCoM

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    1. Carrie isn't feeling well today so pray for her please. DEANNA, I got my copy yesterday. Can't wait to read it!

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    2. Sure, Deanne, we'll throw your name in the random.org hat. Hugs!

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  17. Keeping my fingers.....this one sounds great !

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I assume you meant "crossed", MELANIE! Lol Good luck!

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    2. LOL I DO hope you'll keep your fingers, Melanie, all of them! I do that all the time--leave a word out or off but we knew what u meant, right Diana?

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  18. Wow, after that review Carrie, I'm extremely eager to read this book now! And guess what? Now I can thanks to a very generous angel!! :-)

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    1. I believe I know that sweet, generous angel, too, NOELA! ;) I have been wanting to read this ever since it first came out! Can't wait!

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    2. Wooohoooo get reading Aussie Angel!!! Hugs!!! You, too, Angel Diana!!!

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  19. Great review Carrie, thank you !!!! I hope to read it, so please include me in the drawing ... touching on subjects that are real...helps us to understand and learn, very important to forgiveness. Have a blessed day ....... Rosemary. rfoley@salemstate.edu

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    1. I love reality in fiction although that sounds like an oxymoron, ROSEMARY! Carrie wrote an enticing review, didn't she?

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    2. This is a powerful story, Chicki--don't miss it! Hugs!

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  20. Great review, Carrie! Another book to add to my wish list pile. And another new author! I definitely want to read this!

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    1. I read Elizabeth's first book in this series, REGINA, so be sure to put this one at the top of your wishlist! Almost all 5 star ratings!

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    2. TY sweet Regina! I think you'd love it! Hugs!

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  21. Lorraine AlexanderJanuary 9, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!!

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    1. You're so welcome, LORRAINE! God bless!

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  22. Carrie, That was such a great review, It sounds like such a wonderful book. I have been looking at this book for some time, but really haven't been able to afford it. Was waiting for it to go on sale. Have a Blessed Day.

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    1. DEB, you are a girl after my own heart. I rarely buy anything (including clothes) unless it is on sale. Unless I just can't walk out of the store without it! Which l was almost at that point with this book. Lol Blessings to you as well!

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    2. DEB, TY! I wonder if they'll do a sale in the summer. Maybe you'll win! Blessings!

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  23. Great review.. I'd love to read this book...would be another book from Elizabeth i'd love to read. Shes such a pleasant gal to talk to, when I met her in Lancaster first time.

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    1. Hi, KATHY! Yes, Carrie really enjoyed meeting her at the ACFW conference! She seems like a fun person on FB. Thank you for sharing!

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    2. Kathy SO glad u got to talk with Elizabeth in person. Hope you got to meet Kelly, too. Great new novel!

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  24. I love your three reasons, Carrie, and can't wait to read Promise to Cherish! Wonderful review!

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    1. TY Britney, you will love Elizabeth's new novel!

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  25. Great review Carrie. With your praise I know I would love it, and I have loved Amish books since I first read The Shunning by Beverly Lewis. Got hooked right away. These things are a part of life. Please put my name in. Hoping to win.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Maxie, TY! I hope you'll love this book as much as I did. Great author. Beverly Lewis is so talented and I think she's "hooked" a lot of folks on Amish! Hugs!

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  26. I would read this book based on the cover alone. It really got my attention!
    Hope to win the book to give to my church library.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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