A Promise to Honor

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Honor Bontrager has been widowed for a year. Her marriage was not a happy one, but something precious came from it: her daughter, Lucy. Now Lucy is acting out and displaying mood swings, and Honor's biggest fear seems to be coming true, her daughter has inherited the same mental illness her father had. The local bishop refuses to allow anyone in his flock to seek treatment for maladies he doesn't believe exist, so Honor defies the bishop and turns to the one man who can help, the same man she felt duty-bound to give up so she could marry Caleb all those years ago.

New York City Psychiatrist Sawyer Glick is sitting on top of the world. His groundbreaking research into light therapy for people suffering from bipolar disorder is poised to make him famous, not to mention rich once his specially designed medical equipment goes into production. Sawyer's colleague, Valerie, has been an equal partner in this professional endeavor. Now he's ready to make her a life partner too. It's time he put Honor, the woman who married his childhood best friend, out of his mind for good. But some things are easier said than done . . . 

When Honor shows up asking Sawyer to treat her daughter, he has no intention of leaving his new life so he turns her away, until he realizes he needs to face his old demons if he's to put his Amish past behind him. He returns to Lake Trillium, only to be rejected by the community once again, even by his own family. He may be shunned and hurting, but Sawyer won't let that get in the way of his promise to help an innocent child who's in a dark place. The longer he stays, though, the clearer it becomes that home is anywhere Honor is.

It will take a bright light to illuminate the path back to healing and acceptance. If Honor and Sawyer journey a bit farther, they may just find love along the way.

The Characters

Being the eldest child often means having more responsibility. With four younger siblings, Sarah Beth has a firm understanding of the weight she must bear.

After the passing of her Grossmammi -- a loss almost as devastating as the one the King children endured 12 years earlier when both of their parents were killed in a harvesting accident -- Sarah Beth, 24, is left to look after her special needs sister, Cora, 17, and only brother, Toby, 14. As for her 12-year-old twin sisters, Lovina and Luann, other family members felt it would be best for the girls to live with relatives in another church district, decimating the King family once again.

Family is everything to Sarah Beth! And she is determined to get hers back together ... even if that means putting off her thoughts of courtship and starting a family of her own. But why does her heart beat wildly when she meets her handsome new neighbor, Elias Stutzman? Is she drawn to the allure of his deep blue eyes ... or maybe it is the secrets they are hiding?

Life has been anything but easy for Elias ... abandoned by his Mamm who jumped the fence to Englisch life when he was just a kid ... passed along from one distant relative to another ... running with the wrong group of "friends" who always kept him on the outer edge of their circle.

Now, at 29 years old, Elias longs to be accepted for the hardworking man he is today and leave his past behind him. Hickory Meadows, known for its welcoming folks and strong sense of community, could give him the home he has always dreamed of having -- and possibly a family of his own.

But the shocking damage done to his buggy shop soon after his arrival makes it very clear that he is not welcome. Elias knows only a few people, so who would try to run him out of the church district? Maybe it was just a bunch of bored kids. Perhaps he pushed Sara Beth, his attractive new neighbor with the feisty spirit, a little too far. Or has someone from Elias's past discovered his new life?