The Promise of a Letter, a novel by Kathleen Fuller, takes place in the small community of Birch Creek. Six foot tall Leanna Chupp is a young Amish woman making a living as a mechanic. She has no aptitude for domestic chores and she is comfortable with her life. She is quite unique, to say the least. Without warning, Daniel, her employer fires her without giving her a reason. Shortly afterwards, Daniel’s brother, Roman, returns to Birch Creek after having left the Amish life. Leanna discovers he is now working in his brother’s shop and, at first, blames Roman for the loss of her job. Roman’s return has nothing to do with Leanna’s firing. His deceased grandmother’s request and wish was for him to reconcile with Daniel and the only way to attempt this was for him to come back to Birch Creek. In spite of a rocky past work relationship and an unsettling present, Leanna and Roman’s paths keep intersecting. Can they become friends?
Leanna and Roman do not have the same upbringing and their life views differ. Skillfully, the author takes the reader into the well developed characters lives and we watch as they make discoveries about themselves and each other. Important themes, including faith, family and forgiveness, are prominent in the story.
This is a memorable and touching story. Highly recommended.
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