Promised to Another by Laura V. Hilton

Promised to Another is book three in the Amish of Seymour series by Laura V. Hilton.   In this book, Annie Beiler is the district school teacher that loves history. She is also the school teacher who's "future husband" jumped the fence and ran to the Englischer world. Annie has not only been wounded in romance, but she's on probation and in fear of losing her job because she took her class on a field trip without parental or her bishop's consent.

Joshua Esh has come to Seymour  as part of a swap, where a group of young men are brought in from another Amish area to bring "new blood" into the community. It is assumed these young men will find a "frau" and settle down in the Seymour community.  When Joshua lays eyes on Annie, he thinks she's the one... until he finds out that she is promised to another man, who left the Amish but vowed to return and claim Annie.  

What will happen with this love triangle?  Will Annie lose her job?  Tensions rise after Annie, her sister Cathy, Joshua and Cathy's beau, David, are involved in a buggy accident.  

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While this is number three in a series, it can stand alone.  There were a few times where I could tell that some information was in book two, which I had not read, but it did not hinder my enjoyment or understanding of Promised to Another.  My recommendation?  Buy all three books:  Patchwork Dreams,  A Harvest of Hearts and Promised to Another and spend a nice quiet weekend drinking coffee (or tea) and reading this series-- you won't regret it!!

You can find out more information about Laura V. Hilton and her books on her blog here.

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***Special thanks to Cathy Hickling of Whitaker House for sending me a review copy.***

Laura V. Hilton is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mother of five, breast cancer survivor, author and book lover. Although her educational background is in business, reading is Laura’s lifelong passion, and writing a gift she’s developed to the delight of her growing fan base. Laura’s reputation for the authenticity of her Amish settings is no accident – it’s in her blood as she learned as a child from her Pennsylvania Amish grandmother. Besides her Amish of Seymour Series for Whitaker House, Laura published two novels for Treble Heart Books, contributed to a Zondervan devotional, and has written hundreds of book reviews for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Christian Suspense Zone, and a variety of  Internet publications. She also posts reviews on her book review blog: Laura and her family live in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

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Annie Beiler is a spunky, spirited schoolteacher, but she's struggled ever since the man she was promised to "jumped the fence" and left the Amish of Seymour. She needs a man who is committed to his Amish beliefs. And now, she's struggling to regain the trust of the school board members and the parents of her pupils for taking her class on an unauthorized field trip to a nearby Civil War battlefield. She's put on probation, and one wrong step could cost her the position permanently.

Joshua Esh of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, moved to Missouri ostensibly as part of the man swap meant to bring new blood into the community. Annie Beiler caught his attention the moment he arrived in Seymour, but he's disheartened to discover that she is promised to another man–Luke, who left the Amish but vowed to return one day and claim "his" Annie. So, Josh fills his social calendar with singings and frolics, taking a different girl home from every event–with the exception of Annie, since she is already committed to someone.
When Luke comes home, Annie pushes him away, and Josh Esh comes to her rescue. But the situation becomes awkward, since Josh is staying with Luke's family. An awareness of each other's attraction to Annie causes the awkwardness to escalate, and Annie's father soon invites Josh to stay with his family. But not all of the Beilers are happy about this new arrangement.
Soon, a buggy accident ends in a shotgun wedding after the bishop witnesses a kiss between Josh and Annie and insists they get married right away. The two protest, but the bishop is adamant. He later tells them why: he'd overheard some talk about a scheme Luke was launching to force Annie to marry him.
Marriage brings some dark secrets to the surface, and Annie and Josh must confront their issues and deal with the past if they plan on a future together.
Product Details:List Price: $10.99
Paperback: 304 pagesPublisher: Whitaker House (March 1, 2012)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1603742573ISBN-13: 978-1603742573