Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Promises To Keep: A Book Review

About The Book:

New Contemporary Novel from Award—Winning Author

Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony and her family have just moved to Mills River, Illinois, to escape an abusive situation. Only days after settling into their new home, they are surprised to find the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, on their front porch reading the newspaper. Though her sons have sold the house and sent her to a facility for the aged, she is determined to die in the place she lived her life and somehow manages to find her way "home" day after day. Feeling sympathy for the elderly woman, Roz's mother allows Tillie to move back in.

Mara Nightingale becomes Roz's first friend in Mills River. In spite of their many differences, the girls discover they have something in common that binds them together--both are hiding secrets. So they make a promise--"cross my heart and hope to die"--never to tell anyone else.

When danger stalks the Anthonys, Tillie exhibits unimaginable courage and selfless love in her determination to protect the family she has adopted as her own.
A mother fleeing unspeakable danger to keep her children safe...
Two young girls guarding secrets in a "cross my heart and hope to die" pledge...
A father desperate to be reunited with his family...
Award-winning author Ann Tatlock skillfully blends her well-drawn characters into an inspiring tale of unimaginable courage and selfless love.

About The Author:

Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review fromLibrary Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina. Visitwww.anntatlock.com

My Review:

With a cast of characters that will tug at your heartstrings and enough suspense and intrigue to keep you reading late into the night.  This is the first of Ann Tatlock's novels I have had the pleasure of reading, even with it being her eighth piece. However, I will definitely be seeking out more of Tatlock's novels in the future. Included in the book is a discussion guide, perfect for moms groups, book clubs and even individual reflection. With topics like alcoholism, depression, domestic violence, coming of age, dealing with aging, and racial tensions during the 1960's you will discover how God is in the middle of all these experiences and makes people better because of them.

I highly recommend this quick paced, easy to read book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: Promises To Keep by Ann Tatlock is available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

***This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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