A Father’s Promise by Donna Hess is an adventure story set in Poland during the occupation of the Nazis in WWII. Do not underestimate the fact that it comes from BJ Press. It was very well done, both in content and in craft. A twelve-year-old boy is sent by his father to live alone in the wilderness. He befriends and raises an orphan girl. This story will evoke in young men virtue that stings with heartache and great compassion, yet the reader will not see it as a soft story. I was truly engaged and found the truths of goodness rise up in a setting of much wickedness.