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A Cousin's Promise

(Indiana Cousins #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,563 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Alternate cover edition for 9781607421191

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, f
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dec 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
I read lots of Amish books and I have to say this is the worst I have ever read. The story line and dialogue was so juvenile. It was basically two people bickering about one issue for the entire book - "I want to marry you", "No, I am only half a man!" etc etc. Save your money!!!
Janna Ryan
Apr 17, 2009 rated it liked it
I have read a few books by Wanda Brunstetter and I have come to a conclusion. Wanda has an amazing following of readers that love her books and her knowledge of the Amish lifestyle and enjoy delving into that simpler side of life that so many of us just don't have. She has simple storylines that are keep your interest and are easy to follow. The only thing that gives me reason to pause is that her style is so simplistic that I feel like she tells me everything I need to know and leaves no room f ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loraine Miller promised Wayne Lambright that she would love him forever, and agrees to be his bride. But when Loraine, and 7 other friends and cousins are involved in a fatal accident, those that remain face numerous obstacles. Wayne wakes up to find himself crippled, and Loraine is there by his side supporting him as he deals with his loss. But Wayne feels like half a man, and tells Loraine that the wedding is off.

Then Jake Beechy, Loraine's old boyfriend, comes back to town. Wayne does what he
May 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
My mother always told me if you have nothing good to say, don't say anything. But since Wanda Brunstetter is an established author with about 1 million books sold, I think I can say that this is perhaps not only the worst Amish fiction, but the worst fiction I've ever read. I'm a big fan of Amish Romance, and this novel simply was so poorly written that I felt insulted. There is nothing positive I can say about this book at all. Nothing. I gave it two stars just to be nice.
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
I've read other books by this author - and I think this is my last. The story line is lame and it really comes across as being written by a young person. Shallow characters and shallow story line.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well this book went absolutely no where. It was basically a whole lot of the following dialog: "I love you we were meant to be together. I refuse to accept that you don't love me."
" We can never be together since I feel sorry for myself and am allowing my injury to over shadow the fact that I'm alive. I've decided that even though I still love you I will push you away into the arms of another."
Add in one angry cousin, a helicopter mother, and an ex-boyfriend stir it around a bit and you get thi
In Indiana, a car accident leaves Wayne Lambright wheelchair bound. Though he suffers some self-pity and bouts of feeling sorry for his plight, his biggest concern is he deems he is no longer worthy of the love of his fiancee Loraine Miller. Instead he wants her to live a happy life and not have to waste her youth caring for a cripple. Loraine wants to help her fiance, but cannot grasp the deep emotional issues confronting her disabled beau especially since he must adapt from being a healthy do ...more
The story in this book was really sweet. (view spoiler) The plot twits kept me wanting to know what would come next.

However, the characters weren't developed as much as they could have. I felt I didn't know to characters too well, even at the end of the book. All the names were also confusing in the beginning, but I eventually got them figured out.

I'm looking forward to reading the nex
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I read this in preparation for a romance book talk. I wanted to read at least one "Amish" romance. But I didn't like it much as there weren't any fast cars or wild parties in it. There were only about three kisses and only one moan. One highlight though, from "About the Author" at the end of A Cousin's Promise: "In her spare time, Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening. . . . "
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but the simplistic writing didn't give enough depth to the characters or story to make it believable.
Aug 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get into this book. The characters were flat and the dialogue was silly. I guess I prefer Beverly Lewis' books if I'm going to read Amish fiction.
May 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Quite possibly the worst novel I've ever read. In fact, it's the first time I ever found myself DNF.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! It is an Amish story, but different then the usual. I got burnt out on Amish fiction, but this is a good read!
Apr 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Poor writing, contrived plot, unbelievable characters. The only reason I picked it up is because it's set in my hometown, but even that wasn't enough to save it.
Kiara Loverre
Apr 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Lousy writing, boring. Unbelieveable characters. Not a good read,
Jul 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely start a book and don't finish it but this one didn't do it for me!
Debbie Phillips
I read this book because I needed a book to fit the prompt A book with a family-member term in the title. I already had this book (and others in the series) on my bookshelf. I am glad I needed to read it for this prompt. I really enjoyed it.

The characters – Amish cousins, girls and their fiance's, friends, family-members

The setup – the 8 of them and a driver travel from Indiana to Pennsylvania to go to Hersey and see the sights

The inciting incident (problem) - a terrible accident

The rest of the
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first in a trilogy, "A Cousin's Promise" is a very emotional read. After a tragic van accident with three deaths and many injuries, Loraine Miller is left dealing with guilt for suggesting the trip as well as grief over the loss of a cousin and dear friends. Although she is grateful for her fiance, Wayne Lambright, surviving the accident, she is struggling with his anger and depression over losing one of his legs. After adamantly stating that he can no longer marry her, Wayne begins to push ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A tragic accident haunts an Indiana community. Friends and cousins were involved. Wayne and Loraine were to be married in the fall. Wayne calls it off due to the loss of his leg. He is not a whole man and won't be able to take care of her. An old flame of Loraine's comes home. Will Loraine get back with Jake or will Wayne come to his senses?
Jennifer Baxter
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, I have read numerous books from Mrs. Brunstetter and just about loved them all. This one was wonderful, so many twists and turns to keep you guessing on what will happen next. I can't wait to start the second book to this series.
Tiffany Vaughn
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everything that happen in there life and after one accident their lives changes. Not just his but both of theirs. They learn how to over come it and how to live with their new life that was hand to them. Really good book would read it over again.
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was okay! I have read many of Brunstetter's books and her earlier writings have been better.
What I did like about the book was knowing the Amish also have issues that are not always easy to resolve.
Jane Spears
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book deals with grief ,how a young man feels over loss of lower his mother adapts to the loss .his engagement is cancelled due to Each individual use God for guidance
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Regina Sue Hofer
Another wonderful book! Can’t stop reading Wanda!
Janice Dembosky
Aug 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
The Cousin's Promise has an undeveloped plot, flat characters, and dialogue that is pointless most of the time.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read!
Lorrine Hughes
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wanda Brunstetter never fails to keep my attention with her stories.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great plot! Another super book by Wanda! Nice to see how modern things are included for the Amish, and how they perceive things.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love reading and learning about the Amish lifestyle. Wanda has a great writing style.
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, a

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