A story of love and romance, marriage, divorce, heartbreak, and some healing. Above all listening to what God is telling you, not what you want.
The book opens with Allison try to go on with her life after her divorce. She has moved to Aunt Emma's cabin located in the mountains of Idaho. You will feel like you are walking the wilderness trails, taking in the beauty. We also search the attic, and are there to find the pictures, and the journals....what a gift.
With the journals we open another love story, well hidden in the family, and most don't seem to know about it. There is also a bridal gown..whose?? It does have significance, and we will see it again. Allison's daughter, Meridith has come to accept the divorce and loves both parents. Through her there seems to be a healing.
Through all of the stories, and there are more than one, we find God's hands leading, all they have to do is listen. The author's note at the end of the book, really moved me. Thank you Robin.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
"This wasn't the life Allison Kavanagh had imagined for herself, but it was what her life had become. Like it or not, she had to get on with it." With these beginning words, Robin pens a deeply personal and moving story of marriage, divorce, heartbreak, and restoration.
The descriptions of the mountain cabin and community of Kings Meadow just north of Boise, Idaho create a great sense of place. And while I'm not a dog person, I fell in love with Gizmo. Allison had "read somewhere that owning a Papillon meant never going to the bathroom alone, and it was true. . . . She loved him for making her feel less alone."
The contemporary narrative seamlessly flashes back to the 1920s and 30s through the journals of Allison's Great Aunt Emma, a character I was immediately drawn to - financially independent as a nature photographer and considered to be the "rebel" of the family. But a different Emma emerges through the pages of her journal, and her words that impacted Allison will speak to readers also.
Allison, a woman of deep faith who had tried so hard to save her marriage, is heartbroken when her obedience results in Troy walking away. "She'd been so certain God would heal her marriage, but it was clear that she'd misunderstood. For Allison's marriage was over and God did not lie."
Relevant, compelling, emotional, honest, Spirit filled, real . . . A Promise Kept is Christian fiction at its best, a well-written story that entertains, yet challenges and convicts at the same time. For while this story focuses on a marriage torn apart by alcohol addiction, it also reminds us of spiritual truths that we know, but often tend to forget in the heat of the moment. It's piercing message is for all Christians as Allison asks herself, "Am I thankful for the hard things and disappointments that have happened in my life? Have I let Him be Lord over every area of my life?"
A Promise Kept is a great example of how God can use Christian fiction to change lives. I am thankful Robin and her husband, Jerry, were willing to share their story and pray that many readers will pick up this book and be touched by its message. I highly recommend this story to all readers.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Allison Kavanagh who is recently divorced moves into her great aunt Emma's home in Kings Meadow, Idaho to put the pieces of her life back together after a painful divorce. The journals she finds in the attic that were written by her great aunt Emma completely change her life. Through the journals she learns to forgive her ex-husband, Tony. They help her draw closer to God and to hear his voice more clearly. She also comes to the realization that just because a prayer isn't answered immediately it doesn't mean it won't be answered. She learns she must simply wait on God.
In this book you follow the lives of both Allison and her great aunt Emma. Allison's life happening at present and Emma's through her journals written over a span of forty years. Shared one entry at a time, each letter is a glimpse into Emma's past. A past that has been hidden for decades from future generations. You will come to know the true aunt Emma right along with Allison who uncovers secrets as she reads through the pages one by one. You will experience Emma's highs and lows, her moments of rejoicing and her moments of heartbreak along with little bits of wisdom on every page.
"A faith that can't be tested can't be trusted"
I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the lives of these characters for the duration of this story. They were so lovable and endearing and both Allison's and Emma's stories, although they happened in different eras, are prevalent today. You will see God's power of restoration unfold within the pages as each character draws closer to the One that makes all things new.
"Freedom. I thought much about the word over the winter. I contemplated what it means to be free in Christ, and I resolved that freedom in Christ is the only kind of freedom worth anything. Every other kind of freedom pales beside it. And if I am free in Christ, then I will know freedom wherever he leads me, even if He should lead me into a prison cell, as He did the apostle Paul, or into a solitary life in a log house in the mountains of Idaho, as it seems to be now for me.
I continue to pray for Alexander. I wish he might know this freedom too. I understand now, as I could not understand before, that he was bound up on the inside. I wanted him to fill my every need, needs that can only be filled by the King of Kings. It is not fair to put that burden on another human being..."
Such thought provoking revelations are common in this story. It will satisfy you as a reader and strengthen your faith. The romance aspect takes a backseat but you will never miss it as the story makes a profound statement all on its own. Many tears were shed while reading this book and I encourage you to read the Author's Note at the end of the story as well because the tears don't end with the story. This is a miraculous story of healing and restoration that will touch the reader's heart. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. If I recommend a book you can believe it's simply because I liked it. I received no monetary compensation for the review.
Another great book by Robin Lee Hatcher! A Promise Kept is more than just another fiction story, instead this is a very personal story for Robin.
Allison in the main character in A Promise Kept and she is navigating life after having her marriage destroyed by alcohol. After being married for over 18 years, Allison on Tony parted ways. Allison found comfort in a cabin in the woods left to her by her great Aunt Emma. While nestled away and learning what life looks as a divorced woman, she finds Emma's journals.
Allison and her great Aunt Emma both share a marriages destroyed by alcohol, but both also share redemption through that destruction. As Allison reads Emma's journals she sees her Aunt trust the Lord and grow in His truths. She also learns to stand on her own as a woman, wholly leaning on the Lord.
Seeing how Allison and Tony remain honorable toward one another, especially for their daughter's sake, was very encouraging and heart warming.
This is a wonderful book to give to a friend who has dealt with divorce, alcoholism, and even just learning to lean into the Lord. There is tremendous maturity modeled by the characters in this story!
The best part was reading how Allison's life was similar to what Robin Lee Hatcher dealt with in her own life.
I highly recommend this book, I enjoyed the story tremendously!
NOTE : I was offered a copy of A Promise Kept in exchange for an honest review by Litfuse
I'm a big fan of Robin Lee Hatcher, and when I learned that A Promise Kept was a smidge auto-biographical, I was even more intrigued. I flew through this book in a couple of days. Hatcher adopts a unique way of telling two storiesâ€”Allison's through the main narrative and Emma's through journal entries that Allison finds in the house. I loved getting to read both stories. At times, though, I felt that they could have been two separate stories, and I wanted just a little more of Emma's story to finish it out. But I loved how they paralleled each other so nicely.
While this is a romance, I loved how the main focus was on Allison and Emma's developing relationships with the Lordâ€”the greatest romance of all! Everything didn't turn out perfectly by human standards, but it still felt like a "happy ending." The two stories each gave a tangible example of what redemption looks like, again paralleling with the message of the gospel.
Robin Lee Hatcher's latest novel, A Promise Kept, is a moving story that goes beyond the typical romance story lines. Inspired by events in the author's own life, it is Hatcher's most emotionalâ€”and thought-provokingâ€”book yet. [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.