08 December 2021

A Promise of Forgiveness | Excerpt + Giveaway

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“Jo Ann Brown’s writing is both powerful and charming. She provides a respite from the cares of the day and gives the invitation to join her for a journey of peace that lingers in the heart.”
—Kelly Long, national bestselling author

Every little secret is a chain to the past…

For Amish widow Naomi Ropp, moving back to her parents’ Bliss Valley home—with her boisterous twin toddler boys—is a chance to start over and bury the painful secrets of her marriage forever. But her life is turned upside down once again when she learns she’s not the only one hiding things. The parents she believed were always open and honest have been keeping a secret her whole life. And now her only confidant is her father’s new employee—a handsome Amish man who was once her childhood tormentor.

Samuel King knows more than anyone should about mistakes—and the way he treated Naomi is at the top of his list. But the shock of seeing her pretty face again is quickly overshadowed when they find a slumbering boppli abandoned on his porch. Caring for the sweet newborn together is finally bringing some peace to their troubled pasts. But when a spark leads to growing feelings as they start to look toward the future, Samuel must find a way to convince Naomi to trust the man he’s become… and the promise of new love.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: November 30, 2021

The trade paperback version of A Promise of Forgiveness is available now exclusively at your local Walmart or Walmart.com. Preorder available everywhere.



Naomi’s question hung in the air. Samuel knew she and his sister were waiting for him to answer it, but like too many aspects of his life, it was doomed to failure. He didn’t have an answer.

“What I mean,” he said, choosing his words with incredible care, “is that we shouldn’t be judged the same for mistakes we made as kinder as we are as adults. Isn’t that what growing up means? Learning to see the results of one’s actions and words before acting?”

“I’m grown-up,” Kara insisted. “More grown-up than any of you seem to think. Because I’m the boppli of the family doesn’t mean I’m a boppli any longer.” Her voice caught. “I’m tired of being treated like I don’t know anything.”

“No one means to do that,” he said. “I’m available if you need to talk.”

Kara put her hands over her ears. “I don’t need to talk. That’s all anyone’s been doing. The deacon, both ministers, Mamm and Daed. They’ve komm here and asked to talk to me. I didn’t talk to them because I know what they’re going to say. I need to come home and be a gut daughter and live the life they’ve chosen for me. I don’t want to talk to them.”


Jo Ann Brown has published over 100 titles under a variety of pen names. A former military officer, she enjoys taking pictures and traveling. She has taught creative writing for more than 20 years and is always excited when one of her students sells a project. She has been married for more than 40 years and has three children and two rambunctious cats. She lives in Amish Country in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys hearing from her readers. Visit her at www.joannbrownbooks.com.


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  1. JustRead Tours8/12/21 13:46

    Thank you :)

  2. Sounds good. I like the cover.

  3. The excerpt has me wondering about Kara.

  4. Great excerpt and I love the cover! The Promise of Forgiveness sounds like a book I will really enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful holiday season!