Keepers of the Promise
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 Keepers of the Promise series and the Pleasant Valley series. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse in central Pennsylvania.
As an Amish wife and mother struggles to hold her family together, a story from the past teaches her how to face her daily challenges with strength and love . . .
In modern day central Pennsylvania, Judith Wegler tries to heal the growing rift between her husband, Isaac, and his teenage brother Josephwhom Judith and Isaac have raised as their own ever since both brothers lost their parents and siblings in a horrific fire. Meanwhile, Isaac’s hurtful silence about this tragic past has robbed Judith of any certainty of her husband’s love.
But when Judith’s grandmother gifts her with an antique study table, she discovers a hidden packet of letters that changes her life . . .
In 1953, widow Mattie Lapp fights against the county’s attempts to force Amish children to attend a consolidated public school, even if it means arrest and imprisonment. Mattie knows she can’t face this challenge alone, and turns to her late husband’s cousin Adam for help, but she’s terrified at the prospect of relying on someone else.
Now, as the two women’s stories converge, both must learn to stand up for their beliefs and to love again, even when it means risking their hearts . . .
Praise for The Forgiven, the first book in the Keepers of the Promise series
“A born storyteller, Marta Perry skillfully weaves the past and present in this heart-stirring tale of love and forgiveness.”—Susan Meissner, Author of A Fall of Marigolds and Secrets of a Charmed Life
“A tender novel of second chances, endearing characters, and a can't-put-it-down story.” –Suzanna Woods Fisher, author of The Revealing
“A gently-drawn portrait of two lives renewed by the power of love…readers will come to care deeply about Rebecca and Matthew, as I did, and will look forward to the next book in this series.”—Robin Lee Hatcher, author of A Promise Kept and Love Without End
“With exquisite grace and unflinching honesty…this story touched my heart and held me captive until the last page….”—Lenora Worth, Author of Bayou Sweetheart
“Loved it! As usual, Ms. Perry's story-telling is tender, touching, and full of gentle wisdom… This is going to be a terrific new series, and I'm confident readers of Amish fiction will love it.”—New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight, author of The Buchanons series
“Five Stars! Marta Perry’s tender family saga of love and faith will touch your heart.” –Emma Miller, author of Plain Murder