Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher (Blog Tour & Review)

A Promise Kept
by Robin Lee Hatcher
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Romance
Available January 2014
Thomas Nelson
304 pages



About the Book
God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved. What had become of His promise?

Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she’d misunderstood.

Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.

As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord?

Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption, A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His own time and His own ways.

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My Thoughts
I'm a big fan of Robin Lee Hatcher, and when I learned that A Promise Kept was a smidge auto-biographical, I was even more intrigued. I flew through this book in a couple of days. Hatcher adopts a unique way of telling two stories—Allison's through the main narrative and Emma's through journal entries that Allison finds in the house. I loved getting to read both stories. At times, though, I felt that they could have been two separate stories, and I wanted just a little more of Emma's story to finish it out. But I loved how they paralleled each other so nicely.

While this is a romance, I loved how the main focus was on Allison and Emma's developing relationships with the Lord—the greatest romance of all! Everything didn't turn out perfectly by human standards, but it still felt like a "happy ending." The two stories each gave a tangible example of what redemption looks like, again paralleling with the message of the gospel.

Robin Lee Hatcher's latest novel, A Promise Kept, is a moving story that goes beyond the typical romance story lines. Inspired by events in the author's own life, it is Hatcher's most emotional—and thought-provoking—book yet. [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Robin is the author of 65+ novels and novellas. Her home is in Idaho, where she spends her time writing stories of faith, courage, and love; pondering the things of God; and loving her family and friends.

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