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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Cousin's Promise by Wanda Brunstetter ~ Review & Excerpt

A Cousin's Promise
by Wanda Brunstetter

Wayne Lambright who, crippled after a tragic accident, feels himself unworthy of her love; and Jake Beechy who, after having abandoned her to explore the English world, returns to renew their courtship.

Willkumm to the lush and lavish Amish country where Wanda Brunstetter's new romantic series, Indiana Cousins, begins with A Cousin's Promise. Loraine Miller finds herself torn between the love of two good men.

When a horrific accident cripples Wayne Lambright, he finds it difficult enough to take care of himself, much less Loraine Miller, his future bride. Will he sacrifice his happiness to give her a better life?

Having already been jilted once, Loraine is terrified of yet another rejection. But does she love Wayne enough to marry him, for better or worse? When her old boyfriend Jake Beechy returns from exploring the English world, he hopes Loraine will give him another chance.

How will God work to give Loraine the desires of her heart? To which man will she pledge her love and loyalty - for better or worse, until death they do part?

My Thoughts:

A Cousin's Promise is the first book in the Indiana Cousins series. Early in the book a group of teenagers are in a car wreck and the rest of the book is about the aftermath of the accident and how it changed their lives. Before the accident Loraine and Wayne are engaged to be married, but when Wayne gets crippled he tries to figure out what is the best thing to do for himself and for Loraine since he can't provide for her now.

When Jake, Loraine's previous boyfriend, hears about the accident he comes home for the first time since he left the community to make more money. He has broken her heart once already, but Loraine is surprised at her feelings toward Jake when he returns.

Loraine is caught between these two guys. Wayne is pushing her away and difficult to be around, but she still loves him. Jake is fun to be with and obviously still has feelings for her. She gets all kinds of unwanted advice from her mom, Wayne's mom, and her best friend and cousin, Ella. I was shocked at how the moms were acting toward Loraine and the things they said to her. I guess I never thought of the Amish as having that kind of bickering, but it's human nature especially when mama's little chicks are involved.

A Cousin's Promise was a very interesting read and I felt connected to the characters right away. By the end of the book I was in the story with all of them and rooting for Loraine. The story showed a lot about forgiveness and persevering with finding what God wants, not necessarily what other people want. You might not want to read this when you're down in the dumps, though, since it deals with issues after a tragic accident. Throughout much of the book I kept wondering when something good was going to happen and was ready for things to get better. But I do recommend it and am looking forward to the rest of the series. Oh, and the ending will blow you away! But you'll have to read it for yourself.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Cousin's Promise, go HERE

Wanda enjoys writing about the Amish because they live a peaceful, simple life─something she says we all need in this day and age.

Using the knowledge her Amish friends have shared with her, Wanda has also produced several children’s titles in the Rachel Yoder─Always Trouble Somewhere series, an Amish cookbook, and a devotional collection entitled The Simpler Life, which was released in July 2008 and celebrates the virtues of the Amish lifestyle. Wanda and her husband are members of the fellowship of Christian Magicians.

Wanda is also a member of the North American Association of ventriloquists, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Northwest Christian Writers Association. She lives in Washington State, where her husband pastors, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish settlements across the country.

Other books by Wanda are A Sister's Test, A Sister's Hope, and A Sister's Secret

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