The Forgiven is book one in the Keepers Of The
Marta Perry is one of my favorite authors of Amish
fiction. Her books draw
you in and make you feel a part of the Amish community and
book THE FORGIVEN does not disappoint. It is the story
Amish cousins and their struggle to preserve their family
heritage. The dual
stories set in the present and during World War II make
it impossible for
you to put down. I couldn't stop reading THE FORGIVEN once
I started. I
had to know how the stories of Rebecca and Matt as well as
Jacob were going to be resolved.
Rebecca Fisher is a young widow with two young children.
She was protected
by her husband, Paul, and now that he is gone, she is
struggling to provide
for her family. Rebecca Is sorting out the family
treasures in her
grandmothers attic. She is with her cousins Judith and
Barbara and she
comes across a diary of Anna Esch written in 1941. While
trying to keep
her home going after her husband passes she is drawn into
diary. Can she find help from another time?
Matthew Byler ran wild as a teen, leaving his Amish faith
to live out in the
Englisch world only to find trouble and misery because he
was not one that
was meant to leave. He has been gone for thirteen years.
Coming back is
rough, but his uncle needs his help. His cousin, Isaiah
has left the Amish
life and his uncle can't do it all on his own. Matthew
rents a building from
Rebecca for his furniture workshop. He has ghosts in his
past also. Can he
learn to forgive himself? Matthew has inner struggles to
contain his temper
and his fears that he doesn't belong in the only world he
wants to be in as
well as learning that he is worthy of forgiveness.
The theme of THE FORGIVEN is, of course, forgiveness. Not
only do we
need to forgive each other, but also ourselves. God will
forgive us. We just
need to humble our selves and ask him for it. Marta
Perry's love of the
Pennsylvania Dutch country and the Amish people really
and will pull you right in and never let you to until the
very last page. I
devoured this first book in the Keepers of The Promise and
look forward to
book two The Rescued coming in June of 2015.
I strongly recommend
THE FORGIVEN to anyone who loves Amish stories as well as
who enjoys books about characters who struggle to overcome
When three women, all cousins, are given the task of
sorting through the
treasures of several generations of their Amish family,
they each discover a
story from the past that provides insights and
for their own lives.
Central Pennsylvania, current day. Rebecca Fisher gladly
husband Paul’s dreams as her own, but now that he has
she’s struggling to raise two children and keep her home.
stable to carpenter Matthew Byler offers a partial
Matthew has a troubled history, having sometimes failed
beliefs. As Matthew seeks to prove himself, Rebecca
dependent she has become on others. Where can she find
grow and change?
Lancaster County, 1941. As war threatens, Anna Esch pours
experiences into her diary. Her world seems to crumble as
against the Amish and her love, Jacob, is sent to a camp
far away for
refusing to fight. She can’t know, as she grows from a
girl into a woman
during a time of trouble and grief, that one day another
Amish woman will
gain strength from the words she writes and will learn
that she, too, can
become a keeper of the promise.