Promise to CherishLarge Print - 2015
It's 1946, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the "conscies" -- conscientious objectors to the war -- and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community. Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war Christine's world is turned violently upside down. Once Christine realizes she is pregnant with Jack's baby, her options are limited. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her unplanned pregnancy, Christine is fully embraced by Eli's community. She lives with an elderly midwife, who shares her great wisdom on life, and Christine slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life. Christine also finds herself falling for Eli. But as her due date approaches, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can't see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly give up her baby or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: LP YOUNT-E
Characteristics: large print 525 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
From Library Staff
As World War II draws to a close, Nurse Christine falls in love with roguish Amish boy Eli and struggles with the decision to join him in a new, uncertain life with the Amish.