Saturday, January 25, 2014

Litfuse Blog Tour: A Promise Kept

A Promise Kept

About the Book:
God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved.

What had become of His promise?

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? 

Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption, A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His own time and His own ways.

My Comments:
This was an enjoyable story with a lot of fodder for thought.  Allison had prayed for her marriage to be healed, but her husband walked out on her.  Does God answer prayers?  Most of us have been told that God always answers prayers--it is just that sometimes the answer is "no".  Allison is coming to terms with the fact that her answer was "no", that her marriage was not going to be saved.  It was time to live life on her own and she chose to start that life in a place she'd always loved and recently inherited, her great aunt's cabin.  While there, she learns through her aunt's journals, that her aunt had been through a similar situation.  

Later in the book Allison's husband seeks reconciliation and Allison has to grapple with what she wants and what God wants her to do.  She wants to protect her heart, yet she wants to be open to the will of God. That had to be a tough spot to be in .  

I like Allison.  She was developing a new life for herself after her old one was basically ripped out from under her.  I loved reading Aunt Emma's journals, the journals of a woman who grew from someone willing to accept less than she deserved to one who built a life and career in a time when most women's lives were defined by family.  

The book is Christian fiction and Allison's faith is definitely front and center in the book but it isn't a book where getting saves solves all the problems of life nor does it push particular beliefs on the readers.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy via Litfuse.  Grade: B+

Don't miss Robin Lee Hatcher's stunning new novel, A Promise KeptRobin is celebrating with a fun giveaway and an encouraging Facebook Author Chat Party.
 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher
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