A second chance at love blooms in the quaint Amish community of Promise Glen, from national bestselling author Marta Perry.
Dorcas Beiler's reckless teenage years are far behind her. She's serious and responsible now, and the good people of Promise Glen trust her with the education of their children. But when her first love returns after years of exile from the community, her past comes rushing back. Thomas is the only one who knows her secret, and despite his careless charm and teasing manner, she refuses to let her guard down.
Thomas Fisher has plans. Plans to start a construction company and prove himself a success to all those who doubted him, and plans to find the woman he left behind. His chance comes when he lands the opportunity to rebuild the stable and shed at the community school. He won't be paid for his time, but he'll be able to showcase his abilities...and spend time with Dorcas.
Scenting love in the air, Dorcas's young pupils make excuses to bring them together. As old feelings stir, Dorcas and Thomas wonder whether their first love might also be their last.
Perry transports readers to peaceful Pennsylvania in the tepid second Promise Glen romance (after A Christmas Home). After Amish teenage Thomas Fisher is arrested during a police raid at an Englisch house party, his father, the minister of their Pennsylvania Amish community, banishes him to his uncle's house in Ohio. Seven years later, Thomas returns to Promise Glen in hope of starting his own construction company. School teacher Dorcas Beiler has mixed feelings when she sees Thomas again. Once close friends, she was the one who dragged him to the party in the first place, and Thomas was arrested while helping her get away a secret she's kept ever since. Though Dorcas is happy to see her old friend and impressed by his transformation from gangly boy to mature man, she's worried he'll reveal the truth of what happened that night. Meanwhile, Thomas struggles to reconnect with his father, making him unsure if he should stay in Promise Glen. Thomas and Dorcas's relationship is largely based on their shared past and never really develops as adults. Perry's vivid descriptions immerse readers into a slow, soothing Amish lifestyle, but the lack of conflict in Promise Glen dulls the romance. Genre fans will find this solid but not outstanding.