A Promise Kept
A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher
Allison Kavanagh who is recently divorced moves into her great aunt Emma's home in Kings Meadow, Idaho to put the pieces of her life back together after a painful divorce. The journals she finds in the attic that were written by her great aunt Emma completely change her life. Through the journals she learns to forgive her ex-husband, Tony. They help her draw closer to God and to hear his voice more clearly. She also comes to the realization that just because a prayer isn't answered immediately it doesn't mean it won't be answered. She learns she must simply wait on God.
In this book you follow the lives of both Allison and her great aunt Emma. Allison's life happening at present and Emma's through her journals written over a span of forty years. Shared one entry at a time, each letter is a glimpse into Emma's past. A past that has been hidden for decades from future generations. You will come to know the true aunt Emma right along with Allison who uncovers secrets as she reads through the pages one by one. You will experience Emma's highs and lows, her moments of rejoicing and her moments of heartbreak along with little bits of wisdom on every page.
"A faith that can't be tested can't be trusted"
I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the lives of these characters for the duration of this story. They were so lovable and endearing and both Allison's and Emma's stories, although they happened in different eras, are prevalent today. You will see God's power of restoration unfold within the pages as each character draws closer to the One that makes all things new.
"Freedom. I thought much about the word over the winter. I contemplated what it means to be free in Christ, and I resolved that freedom in Christ is the only kind of freedom worth anything. Every other kind of freedom pales beside it. And if I am free in Christ, then I will know freedom wherever he leads me, even if He should lead me into a prison cell, as He did the apostle Paul, or into a solitary life in a log house in the mountains of Idaho, as it seems to be now for me.
I continue to pray for Alexander. I wish he might know this freedom too. I understand now, as I could not understand before, that he was bound up on the inside. I wanted him to fill my every need, needs that can only be filled by the King of Kings. It is not fair to put that burden on another human being..."
Such thought provoking revelations are common in this story. It will satisfy you as a reader and strengthen your faith. The romance aspect takes a backseat but you will never miss it as the story makes a profound statement all on its own. Many tears were shed while reading this book and I encourage you to read the Author's Note at the end of the story as well because the tears don't end with the story. This is a miraculous story of healing and restoration that will touch the reader's heart. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. If I recommend a book you can believe it's simply because I liked it. I received no monetary compensation for the review.
February 15, 2014
I Loved this sweet story
Another great book by Robin Lee Hatcher! A Promise Kept is more than just another fiction story, instead this is a very personal story for Robin.
Allison in the main character in A Promise Kept and she is navigating life after having her marriage destroyed by alcohol. After being married for over 18 years, Allison on Tony parted ways. Allison found comfort in a cabin in the woods left to her by her great Aunt Emma. While nestled away and learning what life looks as a divorced woman, she finds EmmaÃ¢ÂÂs journals.
Allison and her great Aunt Emma both share a marriages destroyed by alcohol, but both also share redemption through that destruction. As Allison reads EmmaÃ¢ÂÂs journals she sees her Aunt trust the Lord and grow in His truths. She also learns to stand on her own as a woman, wholly leaning on the Lord.
Seeing how Allison and Tony remain honorable toward one another, especially for their daughterÃ¢ÂÂs sake, was very encouraging and heart warming.
This is a wonderful book to give to a friend who has dealt with divorce, alcoholism, and even just learning to lean into the Lord. There is tremendous maturity modeled by the characters in this story!
The best part was reading how AllisonÃ¢ÂÂs life was similar to what Robin Lee Hatcher dealt with in her own life.
I highly recommend this book, I enjoyed the story tremendously!
NOTE : I was offered a copy of A Promise Kept in exchange for an honest review by Litfuse
February 10, 2014
Beautiful, emotional story!
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 storiesÃ¢ÂÂAllison'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 LordÃ¢ÂÂthe 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 emotionalÃ¢ÂÂand thought-provokingÃ¢ÂÂbook 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.
February 9, 2014
Faith, Trust and Romance
Robin Lee Hatcher in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂA Promise KeptÃ¢ÂÂ published by Thomas Nelson brings us into the lives of Allison Kavanagh and Emma Carter.
From the Back Cover: God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. What had become of His promise?
Tony Kavanagh had been AllisonÃ¢ÂÂs 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 sheÃ¢ÂÂd 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 EmmaÃ¢ÂÂs 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 EmmaÃ¢ÂÂs 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 HatcherÃ¢ÂÂs emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayersÃ¢ÂÂin His own time and His own ways.
There comes a point, I think, in everyoneÃ¢ÂÂs lives where what we believe God has said He would do and the actual events do not seem to agree. When this occurs it can be devastating, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I think God allows this to happen to see if we will then draw closer to Him or draw away from Him in our pain. All of this happens within the pages of Ã¢ÂÂA Promise KeptÃ¢ÂÂ. Ms. Hatcher has reached into her own life story and given us an emotionally charged drama that shows this test of faith. I believe she has done a remarkable job of showing the intensity of feeling each character goes through especially Allison and Emma. Ms. Hatcher has given us characters that are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages. Robin Lee Hatcher has written a well done novel that I liked a lot.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
February 8, 2014