An epic story; brilliantly written, reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy but penned from an entirely different perspective. Easy to read? Not particularly. Worth the investment of time and emotion? Absolutely.
Annie and Michael's story was truly riveting, so much so that I allowed myself a couple of mental "recesses" between sections; reading two other books, primarily to refuel my emotional stamina. What a rare example of true inspirational fiction; this one is magnificent and that's a promise!
In Owen Allen, Promise Me This offers a portrait of true selflessness. Michael Dunnagan's life would have turned out much differently if his path hadn't intersected with Owen's. An orphan terribly abused by the uncle who was supposed to raise him, by God's grace, Michael meets Owen, who offers him the chance to build a new life in America. But tragedy strikes their ship, the Titanic, and Owen is lost, leaving Michael to find his way alone to Owen's aunt and uncle. There he finds a loving home and genuine redemption as he fulfills Owen's promise to rebuild this kindly couple's failing business.
Owen left his sister, Annie, behind in England to finish her education, with the promise that as soon as their relatives' business prospered, he would send for her. After Owen's death she falls under the control of their vindictive aunt, but it is Annie's bitter heart that rules her life even more strongly. Yet over time Michael's letters soften that hard soil, and a tender love begins to grow between them. Through even the horrors of WWI, the selfless love Owen sowed in Annie's heart continues to strengthen, and then flower, until at last it chokes out the evil fruit borne of her aunt's injustice.
I found this story to be both moving and convicting. We often give lip service to the concept of selflessness, but in reality we live according to our own selfish desires. Truly selfless loveâ€”like that of Jesusâ€”joyfully sacrifices its life for others despite the cost, and by that love hurting people are made whole. How different is our perspective from God's!
I love the way this author creates characters who become dear friends you come to care deeply about. I love her engaging plots and moving themes that seem simple on the surface but in fact are profound. Although, for me, the last part of the story seemed to drag a bit, the ending was wonderful and well worth reading through to the end. I highly recommend Promise Me This as a tender and life-changing story with many convicting take-aways we can all benefit from.
This was a fantastic story - a story of heartbreak and hardship, love and devotion, loss and struggle. The main characters were people I would want as friends. And I like the way the author portrayed the strong faith of Owen which began to grow slowly in Michael and Annie as they matured. I will certainly look for more books by Cathy Gohlke.
Promise Me This follows Michael on his journey to America starting on the Titanic and his friend's sister, Annie left behind in England dealing with an overbearing Aunt. The pair face many obstacles at every turn that they have to overcome including Annie's hatred towards Michael. By the end of the story I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if they had the happy ending I thought they should have.
I just finished this book, tears still rolling down my cheeks. Cheesy I know but words will not be able to tell the feelings I have after reading this book. A love story born out of severe trails bringing us to a captured close. At times it felt I could not breathe as I struggled with Annie and Michael's pain and struggles. Sifting through the loss of family and friends around them to finally end in loving arms.
This story is a must read to all to understand God's journey bringing us to abundance in His time.