Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was gifted this book via Net Galley by Howard Books
Henry Mast is the only man that Miriam Coblentz has loved. Being set in WWII time, Henry is in Conscientious Objector Civilian Public Services camp as Amish do not believe in war, they uphold peace.
What happens to Henry though, as one day he reveals that God has called him to get involved.
I love the stories based around the Amish and their community and I have learnt a lot over the years, however, this book has opened my eyes as regards what happened during the war with such ones that became Conscientious Objectors.
I found this a truly lovely book, well written and needing book 2
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When World War II breaks out, Miriam’s fiancé, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God’s will—forcing Miriam to choose between the rules of her religion and the leading of her heart.
It’s 1943 and Miriam Coblentz and Henry Mast are nearing their wedding day when the unthinkable happens—Henry is drafted. However, since he is a part of the pacifist Amish tradition, Henry is sent to a conscientious objector Civilian Public Service camp. When he leaves for the work camp, his gaping absence turns Miriam’s life upside down. Little does she know that it’s only the beginning…
When Henry returns home, he brings news that shakes Miriam and their Amish community to the core. He tells Miriam he believes God has called him to enlist in the Army and fight for his country, leaving her to make an important decision. She soon must choose between loyalty to the peaceful life she’s always known and her love for Henry and her faith in their shared destiny.
Two worlds collide in this unforgettable debut novel, providing a fascinating and rare look into Amish culture during World War II. While Henry is battling enemies across the ocean, Miriam struggles between devotion to Henry and her love of the Amish way of life. One question is at the bottom of it all: will she follow her religion or her heart?