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.
Late at night, after turning the last page, I wrote my review with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes.
Merciful father, I think the one word that comes to mind is powerful.
I don't know about anyone else but a happy ending is one of the things I look for in a story. And with this one, I wasn't sure what to expect.
As things got intense - I mean INTENSE- emotionally, there were many times that I had to physically separate myself from the book. I felt like a swimmer, drowning in this pool of overflowing emotions, gasping for air and saying out loud many times that I could count...' God help me, I can't go on.'
This is no small read.
Masterfully and carefully penned. Profound. Deep. Heartbreaking and heart wrenching .
I've never wept so much in a story (This is no joke, keep that tissue box seriously close if you're going to read this). There were times I felt SO frustrated, because there's a character in the novel whose behaviour is horrifying! I laughed out loud at times and my heart melted when I considered how inspiring many of these characters are.
There is a happy ending. The characters' developments, their maturities and their strengths are beautifully portrayed and the conclusion is just breathtaking.
I have to be honest, I don't think that I will pick this up again. The journey was really though emotionally and if you're considering this book, maybe my opinion could help?
Get ready to immerse yourself into another time and another place.
Owen Allen, Michael, Annie, Maggie, Daniel, The Spragues... Such wonderful people and I am glad I got to know them.
Annie Allen is the last surviving member of her family. Her mother died in childbirth, her father died in an accident, and her older brother Owen died on the Titanic. Left to live with her revengeful, manipulative aunt, Annie finds herself fighting to keep her soul hopeful and unembittered. Through letters to the boy Owen saved and under the watchful eye of the executor of her family's will, Annie begins to put the pieces of her life back together. Then WWI arrives, and everything Annie has worked so hard to rebuild is destroyed yet again.
I am not a huge fan of Christian Women's literature, but this book caught me completely off guard. It is almost an adventure story, where the characters are thrown obstacle after obstacle and somehow manage to survive. Spanning two continents helps to add to the drama, as does utilizing the sinking of the Titanic and WWI, but most of the suspense actually comes in the relational dynamics between the different characters - something I really enjoyed.
There is violence - the death and destruction surrounding the Titanic and WWI are described with enough detail to justify Annie's depression and despair. There is not much language, just period slang inserted for 'flavor'. Some innuendo, which is expected given the relationship which develops between Annie and Michael.
My biggest gripe is that the book ended too quickly. I can understand why it ends like it does; as it stands the story still manages to cover two major historical events spanning a decade and two continents plus a large cast of characters. But this leaves some events and characters underdeveloped. I wish they had broken up the novel into a series and finished fleshing everything out instead of fitting the entire epic between two covers.