Monday, 23 March 2009

CFBA Blog Tour of A Cousin's Promise by Wanda Brunstetter & Tracy's Take

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Cousin's Promise

Barbour Books (March 1, 2009)


Wanda Brunstetter

Wanda enjoys writing about the Amish because they live a peaceful, simple life─something she says we all need in this day and age.

Using the knowledge her Amish friends have shared with her, Wanda has also produced several children’s titles in the Rachel Yoder─Always Trouble Somewhere series, an Amish cookbook, and a devotional collection entitled The Simpler Life, which was released in July 2008 and celebrates the virtues of the Amish lifestyle. Wanda and her husband are members of the fellowship of Christian Magicians.

Wanda is also a member of the North American Association of ventriloquists, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Northwest Christian Writers Association. She lives in Washington State, where her husband pastors, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish settlements across the country.

Other books by Wanda are A Sister's Test, A Sister's Hope, and A Sister's Secret


Wayne Lambright who, crippled after a tragic accident, feels himself unworthy of her love; and Jake Beechy who, after having abandoned her to explore the English world, returns to renew their courtship.

Willkumm to the lush and lavish Amish country where Wanda Brunstetter's new romantic series, Indiana Cousins, begins with A Cousin's Promise. Loraine Miller finds herself torn between the love of two good men.

When a horrific accident cripples Wayne Lambright, he finds it difficult enough to take care of himself, much less Loraine Miller, his future bride. Will he sacrifice his happiness to give her a better life?

Having already been jilted once, Loraine is terrified of yet another rejection. But does she love Wayne enough to marry him, for better or worse? When her old boyfriend Jake Beechy returns from exploring the English world, he hopes Loraine will give him another chance.

How will God work to give Loraine the desires of her heart? To which man will she pledge her love and loyalty - for better or worse, until death they do part?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Cousin's Promise, go HERE

Tracy's Take

What is it about?

Loraine Miller is excited about her trip to Hershey Park on Labour Day weekend with her fiancé, Wayne, and six of her cousins. When their van is involved in an accident, their lives are turned upside down and are changed forever.

Wayne Lambright struggles with his injuries and resulting disability and decides to break off his engagement to Loraine so that she can pursue a life with someone more able to support her in marriage. Can he really set aside his true feelings for Loraine and watch her move on with her life with her ex-beau Jake?

What I thought:

‘A Cousin’s Promise’ is truly vintage Wanda E Brunstetter. Wanda explores the timeless themes of forgiveness and loving our neighbours through Loraine’s selfless and constant care of Wayne’s family through a difficult time, despite his mother’s griping and grousing at her any moment she can. It is through Loraine’s consistency that Ada is finally able to set aside her disapproval and truly accept Loraine and her pure intentions.

Wanda ably reminds the reader through very realistic scenarios, that God’s ways are above our own and that we should seek Him first, rather than trying to do things in our own strength.


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