Guest Review: The Rebel by Marta Perry

In the final Keepers of the Promise novel, the acclaimed author of the Pleasant Valley series tells about a young Amish woman who must make a difficult choice, just as her grandmother did years ago.

Central Pennsylvania, current day. Restless and adventurous, Amish Barbie Lapp has been stepping out among the Englisch. Minister Benuel Kauffman doesn’t approve of her choices, but he can’t deny the positive influence Barbie has on his wayward teenage sister. As Barbie is drawn to the kindness beneath Benuel’s gruff exterior, the mementos she finds in a dower chest given to her by her grandmother, Elizabeth, provide the insight she needs to decide whether to fully embrace the Amish way of life or leave it behind for forever.

Lancaster County, 1960. As working farms for the Amish become more scarce, Elizabeth Lapp’s husband, Reuben, tries to persuade her that they would be better off moving north. But the prospect of leaving her close-knit community of family and friends frightens Elizabeth. Can she muster enough love and faith to leap into a new life?

Two women from one family, separated by decades, both find that the ultimate adventure takes place in the heart.



Marta Perry is brilliant. In this trilogy, she has taken three Amish cousins and told their stories; but with a twist. Each cousin has an ancestor from the past woven in to their story. In this book, Barbie is our protagonist, and her complimenting ancestor? Her grandmother.

From the beginning of the book, you knew that Barbie’s story was going to be special. It just had an air of importance – like it was the climax of the three stories. It was deeply rooted in the Amish way of life, and gave insight into the difficult decisions that people raised in the Amish community are faced with every single day. It’s a story about discovering oneself through an internal journey of what they’ve been told is right and what they believe is the best choice for themselves. It depicts two separate journeys in two completely different times that mirror one another brilliantly and ultimately lead to love – both romantic and of the self.

This story is beautifully written and completes the tale of this charming Amish family. I am so blessed to have been on the journey with them, and while I’m sad that it’s over, I carry with it a sense of closure and contentment to have been able to experience these wonderful stories right along with them.

Rating: 5 Stars

I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book gifted to the blog in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.


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