Promise To Cherish
As World War II rages, nurse Christine falls in love with good Amish boy, Eli, and must choose between a new, uncertain life in the Amish faith or the comfortable, safe path her family wishes for her.
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 Christine’s fiancé, Jack, takes things a little too far and she discovers she is pregnant, her family rejects her. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her pregnancy, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She lives with an elderly Amish midwife, who shares her great wisdom on life, and Christine slowly begins to feel valued and loved again as she learns how to bake, sew, and garden.
As her due date approaches, Jack tries to win Christine back, promising they can be a family, but she finds herself falling for Eli. 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 go back to Jack, and the life she always imagined for herself, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?
Books by Elizabeth Byler Younts