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Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires/William Henry is a Fine NameCathy GohlkeMoody Publishers / Trade Paperback$19.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Annie Allen doesnt care what Michael promised Owen. She only knows that her brother is gonelike their mother and fatherand the grief is enough to swallow her whole. As Annie struggles to navigate life without Owen, Michael reaches out to her through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when Owen did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected. Just as Michael saves enough money to bring Annie to America, WWI erupts in Europe. When Annies letters mysteriously stop, Michael risks everything to fulfill his promiseand find the woman hes grown to lovebefore shes lost forever.
Gohlke's historical romance, set during the time of the Titanic and World War I, explores the depth of human nature and emotions through its three-dimensional, compelling characters, Michael and Annie, as well as numerous minor characters. They keep a familiar and sometimes overused setting from becoming a cliche. Placing the sinking Titanic within its historical context just before World War I also helps keep the story fresh.
Promise Me This illustrates the truth shown in John Bunyan's classic work, Pilgrim's Progress: when we drop our burdens at the foot of the cross, we find peace and freedom. Or, as Psalm 55:22 says, "Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you." Although this is not a book for readers who want heart-pounding action on every page, Promise Me This will certainly satisfy romance readers who enjoy historical details and character-driven plots. Ruth Anne Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Taking a break from work to watch the Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage, Michael Dunnagan meets passenger Owen Allen and decides to stow away in hopes of convincing Owen to let him join his uncles business in America. But the so-called unsinkable ship strikes an iceberg, and a dying Owen extracts a promise from Michael that he will care for Owens relatives in America and his sister Annie, still in England. Annie cant bear the thought that Michael lived when her brother was lost, but the two develop a friendship through the letters they exchange. When World War I breaks out and Annies letters stop, Michael drops everything to find the woman he has come to love.VERDICT: No matter how many times the Titanics sinking has been depicted in film and in print, the 1912 maritime tragedy continues to fascinate us. This dramatic and heart-wrenching interpretation by two-time Christy Award winner Gohlke (William Henry Is a Fine Name; I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires) will enthrall fans of character-driven CF and readers who enjoy Francine Rivers.
Angela4 Stars Out Of 5Titanic and MoreDecember 9, 2015AngelaQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a refreshingly different kind of Titanic story, well written, and a definite page-turner. I gave this four stars because I felt the cruel aunt was wielding too much power unrealistically. Here is this old, bitter, hateful woman who is in poor health, yet with extensive power over so many different people in the early 20th century, leading up to and in the middle of a war?
Other than that, though, I enjoyed the story and do recommend it - I find Cathy Gohlke a very talented author - will definitely want to read more from her.
Danielle Hull5 Stars Out Of 5LOVE Cathy Gohlke's characters!June 24, 2015Danielle HullQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My second Cathy Gohlke book in a week. I am hooked. I love her characters; they stay with me for days after I finish their story. Their situations are foreign to me, but their thoughts and emotions are not. They struggle and learn to trust God and do it His way. This story deals with forgiveness, trust, and learning to do the right thing even when it goes against expectations others have of you.
I wasn't sure I'd like the historical and physical setting of the Titanic but I did really enjoy it. It made me cry. I was surprised that she had the ship go down in one piece, as my understanding is that it broke in half. Otherwise, I appreciated the historical setting of Titanic and WWI.
Note: I noticed one of the critical reviews, and I must say that though the book was long, I read it in two days, and that's with 7 kids at home! It was that good! And I found the story to be believable in the chaos of war.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Magnificent Inspirational Epic!February 9, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An 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!
JMHochstetlerElkhart, INAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5True selfless loveJuly 2, 2014JMHochstetlerElkhart, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleIn 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.
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great story!April 22, 2014CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.