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Bethany House / 2007 / ePub
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After a fatal car crash, two families lives have been changed forever. For Melanie Johnston, a single mother, her life is completely turned upside down as she realizes her son isn't being remembered in the proper light and for Andie Phelps, the overwhelming recognition of her son pushes her further and further away from her family and the community. The civil and personal battle this story contains is one of trimpuh and tribulation, but in the end, it challenges each woman to see how far they'd go when they made A Promise to Remember.
When a car accident kills two teens from opposite sides of the tracks, the aftermath threatens to tear a community apart. On one side, Melanie Johnston--a grieving single mother--is convinced her son will be forgotten. On the other is Andie Phelps, a reserved woman who retreats even further into herself with grief.
Readers' emotions are torn between these two sympathetic characters as each fights her way through grief and pain--sometimes wisely and sometimes with choices that have the power to divide family, church, and even their small, sea-side town.
A riveting selection for any women's book discussion group.
A Promise to Remember by Kathryn Cushman is the heart-wrenching story of two women brought together by tragedy. The Phelps family is the envy of the community of Santa Barbara, rich, beautiful, and charitable. The Johnston family is the opposite, as Melanie Johnston struggles to get by as a single mother of two. When Chad Phelps and Jeff Johnston die in a car accident, the two families are conjoined with eternal ramifications.
Andie Phelps begins to cope with her grief by attempting to complete a painting she had promised Chad before he died. However, her husband does not understand or value her art, and recommends that the family fund a scholarship instead to honor Chads life. When Melanie Johnston sees that Chad is being lauded after death and realizes she lacks the funds to honor Jeff in a similar way, she decides to take legal action against the Phelps family to insure Jeffs legacy.
Things become more complicated after the lawsuit is made public. Andies powerful friends decided to stand up for her in ways that have a huge impact on Melanies life, and Melanies lawyer is not afraid to throw dirt right back at the Phelps family. Soon both families are caught in webs of their own actions, and both women stand to lose everything.
Those who enjoy womens and inspirational fiction will enjoy this novel. Readers of authors such as Karen Kingsbury, in particular, should give Kathryn Cushmans work a try. She does a great job of capturing the pain-inspired, and sometimes irrational, actions of those coping with intense grief. One of the best things about A Promise to Remember is that it is written in such a way that neither of the protagonists receives preferential treatment. There are times when both women are frustrating, and there are times when it is impossible to ignore their pain, which is the way real life tends to be. Kathryn Cushman obviously understands the complex nature of real conflict. Some of the minor characters and descriptive passages come off a bit flat, but the complex subplots and major characters make up for them. A Promise to Remember will be a fulfilling novel for any fan of the legal thriller genre. -- Althea Margaret Kalman, Christian Book Previews.com
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