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A Mother's Promise (Women of Pinecraft, Book 3) Paperback – December 1, 2012
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A Mother's Promise tells the story of Rachel Kauffman and her son Justin. Rachel and Justin are Old Order Mennonite, and while not shying away from technology as the Amish do, they still live a separated life. Rachel and Justin have lived through the death of Rachel's husband James, James' brother taking over the family farm, and Rachel losing her job when they decide to move to Florida for a promise of a job there.
Rachel promises Justin that life will be better in Florida and works hard to make that promise come true. In taking the job at a new hospital as the assistant to the chaplain working primarily with children, Rachel becomes wrapped up in her work and Justin seems to take a back seat. He falls into a bad group of friends who delight in bullying a girl who has spent the past year in treatment for leukemia. When Rachel finally realizes what is going on, she decides to make some changes--they move to a Mennonite neighborhood and school, Rachel quits her job to look for something to allow her more time with Justin, and they join a group going on a missions trip to Costa Rica all in an effort to get their feet firmly back on the ground.
There are many positives about this book. Rachel knows how to stick to her guns, stand for what she believes, and protect her family--whatever it takes. Rachel is a strong woman, but not so strong as not to be believable. She loves her family fully, and takes all of her responsibilities seriously. There is a bit of romance between Rachel and Dr Booker from the hospital, and the romance has its ups and downs that require Rachel and Dr Booker to work through them. This is definitely a five-star, two thumbs up book that brings you into the characters' lives. Extremely readable book!
Rachel was sure God her sent to work as Chaplain Assistant at the local hospital. But seeing Justin struggling, she realized things needed to change - again. But her faith in God kept her going and showed through all she did.
On the other hand, Dr. Ben Booker had more faith in the medical field than he did in God. He didn't go to church or even pray, which was odd for the son of a minister.
Rachel and Ben are people that you can't help but like. Rachel was a very sweet, gentle person and sympathetic toward others. Ben also was very caring towards his patients. They both touched the lives of everyone they met. I found this interesting because they did it for different reasons - Rachel did it because she had a love of God in her heart and Ben had a love for humanity. Their care for others caused them to become friends who, surprisingly even to themselves, became attracted to one another.
The Shepard family, Zeke, and hospital co-workers were minor characters that added to the storyline. The author gave enough info about them for the reader to discover what made them tick and want to learn more about their lives.
This was a story of coming to grips with the past and moving on to the future that God has planned. If you aren't familiar with the way Mennonites live, you will learn about the group from reading this story. This is the third book in the Women Of Pinecraft Series. It can be read without reading the other two. I would recommend checking them out though. I read Book #1, A Stranger's Gift, and really liked it. I read part of Book #2, A Sister's Forgiveness, and it looks to be just as good as the others.
I enjoyed reading this book and didn't want to put it down. Although I question if the ending would really turn out the way it did as some parts of it wrapped up too quickly and easily at the end. This why I gave it 4.5 stars. Overall, I really liked this story and would recommend the book to fans of Religious and Amish Fiction.
I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto and Barbour Publishing for my honest review.
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Can easily see a mother caring about her child this much. Could be true in any case