About this book: Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.
The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she’d misunderstood.
Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.
As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord?
About the author: Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming stories of faith, courage, and love. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards. She is the author of 70 novels and novellas with over five million copies in print, and she enjoys knitting and romantic movies. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise. Learn more about her at RobinLeeHatcher.com.
Judge this book by its cover? A lovely cover that beautifully portrays the story inside
If this book were a movie, I would rate it: G. Though it deals honestly with real-life issues, it is family-friendly fare.
Reminds me of… Tricia Goyer, especially Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska (co-authored with Ocieanna Fleiss); Angela Hunt
You’ll want to buy this book if …you’re a fan of Robin Lee Hatcher, especially as it provides a revealing and very personal glimpse into her own life. It might also be appealing to Christian women who have dealt with a spouse’s alcoholism or felt hopeless in their marriage.
Why did I read this book? On behalf of Litfuse Publicity, for Thomas Nelson for review
Would I read another by this author? Probably not, simply because I’ve found her style doesn’t particularly appeal to me.
My take: A Promise Kept is a well-paced novel, making it a quick and pleasant read. With smooth, clear, unadorned prose, Hatcher crafts a host of characters readers can relate to, placed in an enjoyable setting–a cozy cabin near a small town in the wooded Idaho mountains.
The story unfolds at two levels–the contemporary narrative, as seen from Allison’s point of view, and a historic one, from the view point of her great-aunt Emma. Emma’s tale is also revealed at times through her letters left behind after her death. Emma’s story didn’t hold my interest to the same degree as Allison’s, perhaps because I found some of her choices (of husband, for instance) so foolish. I also found the font used in the letters–a kind of faux handwriting–rather cumbersome to read.
Nonetheless, its very first lines drew me into the depth of Hatcher’s story, which poses a question every Christian asks at some point or another: Does God really keep His promises? The answer found within these pages makes for a simple but sweet story with profound implications.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
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