Today we are pleased to welcome Casting Director(and author!) Elizabeth Byler Younts to the Author's Casting Call. This author is among one of the sweetest, most adorable people you will ever meet... so if she's signing or appearing anywhere near you, be sure to stop by!
As you know, we don't often feature Amish fiction at this blog, but having heard raves about Elizabeth's books (and then meeting her and hearing, first hand, why she is uniquely qualified to write Amish fiction) I decided I had to check out her latest release, Promise to Keep. And you know what? I was captivated. The story drew me in and kept me turning pages. This, my friends, is a talented storycrafter with an eye for history, cultural accuracy ... and romance! Even if you're not a fan of Amish fiction (the camp I usually fall in) you will enjoy this series! Add The Promise of Sunrise series to your TBR stack--you'll be glad you did! ~Serena
Casting Promise to Keep
The Promise of Sunrise Series, book 3
by Elizabeth Byler Younts, special for EIR
Promise to Keep, as the other Promise of Sunrise books, is set in a small Amish community in Delaware during World War Two. Each book highlights several Amish characters but in a setting that the Amish are not usually seen in—enlisting in the army and going to war, working in a mental institution, or falling in love with an non-Amish war veteran. Finding inspiring images to feed my imagination was really fun and I think it gives a greater dimension to understanding the story.
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Here’s a bit about Promise to Keep: World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.
Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.
When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.
As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.
(click on the character names to link to a picture of that character, as "cast" by the author!)
As I developed Esther Detweiler Julia Ormond instantly fit the bill. Strong features and thick black curls. She’s a spinster in her early-30s, orphaned as a child, and is caring for her elderly grandmother. Esther, as many women during wartimes, took on added responsibilities, one of which taking in an English girl, Daisy, while her father is fighting in the Pacific. Daisy is the daughter of Esther’s shunned cousin who died in childbirth and is deaf. There’s a scene in the last half of the book where her hair is down from her kapp and there is so much of Esther in this image.
Joe Garrison is like a young Paul Newman—a handsome face with a world by the tail smile and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. By the time the reader meets him he has lost his wife and has been sent to war as a Marine. When he returns to Sunrise he doesn’t know how to be a father to a deaf daughter or navigate his destructive the PTSD.
Watch for Serena's interview of Elizabeth Byler Younts at USA Today's Happy Ever After blog, coming soon!