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Promises to Keep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Great Read

    A story about lies, the truth, family, and God's unexpected provision for needs yet unknown.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    A story of resilience

    I really enjoyed this story. I think it brings an interesting perspective on a couple of different issues. First, that even in the 60's, there was domestic abuse affecting families. And secondly, how that dysfunction is perceived by the younger members of the family. War, trust, parental love...all included here.
    Roz tries to juggle her feelings about the changes in her family. She finds an ally in her friend Mara who has her own secrets and wishes. I wanted everything to be happy for them again, because isn't that what we all want?
    Children are resilient but not unaffected by the behavior of the parents. This story reminded me of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, another book I loved.
    I was very happy to have happened to find this book, would definitely recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

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    promises to keep

    Promises to Keep is family drama at its best. From page one, the exquisitely written characters wind their way into your
    heart and mind, until you become a member of the family. I revisited my girlhood with Roz and Mara, linking little fingers
    in "pinky promises" and shared secrets.

    Told from eleven-year-old Roz's perspective, the complexity of emotion is deep as she struggles to understand family
    dynamics. Tillie is a story unto herself. To say she's a character is an understatement. She's a hoot, adds some gentle
    humor to the saga, and is the kind of character all writers love to discover. Ann Tatlock is a master storyteller, one of
    the best, and in Promises to Keep, she outdid even herself.

    Janis Anthony and her children Wally, Roz and Valerie leave their home in Minnesota and move to the town of Mills River
    with the hope of a new start away from an abusive situation. Janis has the promise of a job working in her stepmothers
    department store, and along with that job Janis' father has secured a house for them on McDowell Street. After living in
    the house for less than a week, they find an elderly lady sitting on the porch reading the Sunday paper. Turns out that
    lady is Tillie Monroe, whose only hope is to "die"in the home she and her husband built. Tillie moves in and soon becomes
    a member of the family. Meanwhile Roz makes her first friend Mara Nightingale, who has a complicated family life, which
    includes a secret about her father. The girls decide to make a Daddy Deal, where they pray daily that they will each be
    reunited with their father. Roz thinks her prayers just might be answered when she finds out that her father is in town,
    he tells her that he has plans to come home, but makes her swear not to tell anyone that he is even in town. Mara is sure
    that Roz needs to tell her mother, but Roz wants her family together, and holds onto the hope that her father has really
    changed!
    Ann Tatlock is a new to me author, whose writing style draws you into the story immediately. As the story unfolded I
    actually felt like I was a part of the family that I was reading about. As the story unfolds thru the eyes of eleven year
    old Roz, I found myself hoping right along with Roz that her father really had changed.Roz's friend Mara was quite like
    able as well, and because they had quite a bit in common, I enjoyed seeing her story unfold as well. My favorite character
    had to be Tillie Monroe! A seventy year old who has an unwavering faith in God, and is just what the Anthony's need. She
    easily reminds us that it isn't always blood ties that make a family.

    This is such a good book that I hate to give away any more of the plot. Too often, I find that books of this type are
    so formulaic. They're enjoyable to read, but it's easy to predict the ending. In this case, the plot was riveting, and
    the ending stunning and surprising. I went to bed thinking of the characters -- they were so well-developed that they
    seemed like real people -- indeed, friends -- to me.



    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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    Posted February 12, 2011

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