1945- Christine is a new nurse and is working at the Hudson River State Hospital. She has to work to support her family, as her brothers died early in the war. And she wants to make a difference in the lives of her patients, all wards of “mental hospital” but lack of funds and resources makes it very difficult.
Eli is drafted but as an Amish church member is able to serve in the Civilian Public Service Unit, so he does not have to be actively involved in the war. After months of digging fence holes, he is transferred to the Hudson River State Hospital, because he is big and strong, and they hope he is able to help with the care of the unruly patients.
This is the second novel in the Promise of Sunrise Series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Simon and Schuster. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Howard Books (October 7, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elizabeth Byler Younts is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force officer’s wife and a homeschooling mom with two young daughters. She makes her home wherever her family is stationed. Elizabeth was Amish as a child and after her parents left the church she still grew up among her Amish family and continues to speak Pennsylvania Dutch.
ABOUT THE BOOK
As World War II draws to a close, nurse Christine falls in love with roguish Amish boy Eli and must choose between a new, uncertain life in the Amish faith or face the judgment of a conservative postwar American society for her past mistakes.
It’s 1945, 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 violently turned upside down. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her misgivings, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life.
Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But soon, 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 have to give up the one thing she holds most dear, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?