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I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

A Promise of Forgiveness: An Uplifting Amish Romance by Jo Ann Brown: Review & Giveaway with JustRead Publicity Tours

A Promise of Forgivness JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Promise of Forgiveness by Jo Ann Brown, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


A Promise of Forgiveness
Title: A Promise of Forgiveness 
Series: Secrets of Bliss Valley #2 
Author: Jo Ann Brown 
Publisher: Love Inspired 
Release Date: November 30, 2021 
Genre: Christian, Amish, Contemporary Romance 

“Jo Ann Brown’s writing is both powerful and charming. She provides a respite from the cares of the day and gives the invitation to join her for a journey of peace that lingers in the heart.” —Kelly Long, national bestselling author 

Every little secret is a chain to the past… 

For Amish widow Naomi Ropp, moving back to her parents’ Bliss Valley home—with her boisterous twin toddler boys—is a chance to start over and bury the painful secrets of her marriage forever. But her life is turned upside down once again when she learns she’s not the only one hiding things. The parents she believed were always open and honest have been keeping a secret her whole life. And now her only confidant is her father’s new employee—a handsome Amish man who was once her childhood tormentor. 

Samuel King knows more than anyone should about mistakes—and the way he treated Naomi is at the top of his list. But the shock of seeing her pretty face again is quickly overshadowed when they find a slumbering boppli abandoned on his porch. Caring for the sweet newborn together is finally bringing some peace to their troubled pasts. But when a spark leads to growing feelings as they start to look toward the future, Samuel must find a way to convince Naomi to trust the man he's become…and the promise of new love. 

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How can you expect happiness and contentment, if you can't forgive others, and you can't forgive yourself? This is an issue for both Naomi Ropp and Samuel King in this new book by Jo Ann Brown that is both heartwarming and heart-wrenching. I could imagine Naomi's hurt as she dealt with the actions of an unfaithful husband, and I suffered as she discovered a secret that could forever change the family life that she had known. I was so touched by her love for her two-year-old twin boys and her unwavering devotion for her ailing father, but it was her willingness to care for a deserted infant that stole my heart. Why did she deserve to be betrayed, and how could she ever overcome it?

Memorable characters, a sweet romance, and a strong faith message are all a part of this story that shares a lesson in letting go of the past, learning to trust and forgive, and having hope for the future. A Promise of Forgiveness is an entertaining book that kept me turning the pages and I recommend it to all who enjoy Amish fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Just Read Publicity Tours through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Jo Ann Brown

Jo Ann Brown has published over 100 titles under a variety of pen names. A former military officer, she enjoys taking pictures and traveling. She has taught creative writing for more than 20 years and is always excited when one of her students sells a project. She has been married for more than 40 years and has three children and two rambunctious cats. She lives in Amish Country in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys hearing from her readers. Visit her at www.joannbrownbooks.com.

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(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

A Promise of Forgiveness JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight December 6, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on December 13, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. It can be hard to trust and forgive, when the hurt is deep.Hopefully Naomi can leave the past behind and get to know Samuel, as the person he is now.

  2. This book sounds like an excellent read.

  3. Thank you for sharing your review!

  4. The Promise of Forgiveness sounds like a great read and I can't wait to read Naomi and Samuel's story! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful holiday season!