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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.

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Publication Date: 2011
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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.

Author Bio

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. Ann lives with her husband, Bob, and their daughter, Laura Jane, in Asheville, North Carolina.

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In this heartwarming faith-based tale, the Anthony family, on the run from their alcoholic husband and father, leaves Minneapolis for the small town of Mills River, Ill. But they've barely begun to acclimate when sassy old lady Tillie Monroe shows up at their doorstep explaining that the house once belonged to her and her late husband. Tillie charms the Anthonys and, before long, becomes part of the family. Under Tillie's spiritual guidance, the family begins to find strength in themselves and God. Young daughter Roz, however, continues to struggle with paternal rejection and longs for her family to reunite. Only when Tillie shows immense courage does Roz realize the true meaning of family and faith. Tatlock (The Returning) writes a lively narrative that will please readers who enjoy Christian drama. While the book may be too predictable for some, others will find its message poignant and moving. (Feb.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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  1. USA
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A simple, thoughtful story
    July 24, 2011
    ML Michaels
    USA
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for .
    What secrets do you keep from people around you? In Ann Tatlock's book, Promises to Keep, Tatlock writes a simple, but poignant story about lives crossed in secrets. Told through the eyes of young Rosalind Anthony, who is working to unfold her own life, walks the reader through the lives of her family on the run from an abusive father and husband to her mother. Roz, who she is affectionately nicknamed, seeks to understand who she is in a coming of age story where innocence is lost through the promises that are broken in her life.

    A simple story told very well. This is thoughtfully written and worth the time in reading.

    Bethany House Publisher provided this book for free as a part of their blogger book review.
  2. Salt Lake City UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Favorite New Author
    June 10, 2011
    jaygarz
    Salt Lake City UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    CB introduced me to Ann Tatlock and I really enjoy her books. I recently purchased a NOOK and this was my 1st

    ebook from CB. It won't be my last! Promises To Keep was a sweet story which views life through the eyes of the young (Roz) and the old (Tillie). It's one of those that you start and can't put down and wish for more after the last page.
  3. Hartselle, AL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Very slow moving
    June 8, 2011
    So Mommy
    Hartselle, AL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for .
    I thought this was a pretty good book. It was a little slow moving to me, but I tend to like the suspense-filled books the most. The story line was good, but I could sense the ending very early on. The early part of the book where the family meets Tillie was probably the best part of the book if you ask me. I'm pretty sure I'd have been a little shocked if a random old lady showed up on my porch one morning! If you don't mind the slow progression of the story, this is a good book to read, but if you're like me and like suspense - you may want to skip this one!
  4. Chicago, IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The second half of the book is worth it
    May 31, 2011
    Nicole
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for .
    Promises to Keep, written by Ann Tatlock, is a story about a preteen girl, Roz, and her life after moving to a new town. Once in the town of fictional Mills River, IL, her family discovers they have a new house guest, Tillie, a rather eccentric, but wise 70 year old woman, who also, in my opinion, happens to be the best thing the family encounters.

    I enjoyed the book, however, I felt like it was a slow read up until half way through. The book has 47 chapters, but is 345 pages long, so you can see that the chapters are short. This I viewed as a disadvantage because I would read only one chapter at a time, and be OK with that. I didn't feel like there was enough of a pull to make me read the next chapter in the same sitting. However, it could be an advantage for someone who doesn't have a lot of time on their hands and wants a book that they can read a chapter in five minutes. If you have the patience to make it through the first half, the second half is well worth it. I flew through the final chapters on the book. Although it was rather predictable, there was still the desire to see what would happen, and yes, some surprises!

    The characters in the novel are complex, yet likable (well, at least most of them!) Ms. Tatlock did a wonderful job of developing the characters, and the different stories they all told in one novel.

    Although the story is a drama, there is some humor and light-hearted moments as well, which is appreciated and frankly, needed, because the topics in the book are rather deep and complex.

    All in all, my review of the book is average. There are elements I liked (the characters), but others I could do without (disliked the short chapters!) I may read more of Ms. Tatlock's work in the future if her books come across my path, but I won't go out of my way to.

    **I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Promises to Keep
    May 18, 2011
    i blog 4 books
    This review was written for .
    Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock is different than much of the fiction that I've read recently. It's what I would call "literature." I think the back of the book calls it "contemporary fiction." In other words ... it's not simply a romance ... there's a bit more going on.

    The story is told from the perspective of 11-year-old Roz Anthony. She and her family have just moved to Illinois to get away from her father, whom she misses very much. She doesn't understand why they had to leave her father and desperately wants him to be part of their family again. She befriends another girl in her class who has her own "daddy issues" and they become fast friends. Many other "minor" plot lines weave in and out of this "main" story and enhance what Roz is going through.

    A few times I wished that the author would speed through a particular conversation or scene to get to another point, but for the most part the story flows really well. Also as likeable as Tillie (Roz's surrogate grandmother) is, Roz's mom got on my nerves for most of the book. I felt like she should just wake up and snap out of it! But ... the author's rendition of this character is probably a little more true-to-life than my wishful thinking. I also felt that the blurb on the back of the book was a bit misleading. I picked up the book thinking it would be suspenseful and somewhat action-packed, but that was certainly not the case.

    Overall, I felt like this was a well written and enjoyable novel.
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