Promise to Remember

Promise to Remember

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by Kathryn Cushman
     
 

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Need your heartstrings pulled a bit? Then read A Promise to Remember.
—Crystal Johnson
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The plot is lively and complex. Just when I thought things couldn't get worse they did, and this problem-heaped-upon-problem style made for a captivating and fast-paced read. All the story's loose ends are finally pulled snug, but not until the last pages....All in all, A Promise to Remember is an impressive debut for Cushman. After this strong introduction, fans of contemporary Christian fiction will no doubt await her next book with anticipation.
—Violet Nesdoly
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Kathryn Cushman's debut novel is well written and engrossing from the first page. This book depicts a realistic account of lives torn apart by tragedy and dealing with the repercussions. I felt each woman's raw pain and anger as if I knew them personally. I found myself nodding as each woman made choices, realizing I would have made the same decision should I be in her shoes. There was no clear 'right' or 'wrong' in this book, only choices made in the wake of devastating heartache. A Promise to Remember is a book about loss, forgiveness and renewal of faith should be on everyone's must-read list. I am looking forward for more from this gifted author.
—Lisa Kisner
Library Journal

The fallout from a fatal car accident divides a community as two boys' deaths overwhelm their families and a lawsuit is brought by one mother against another. People in church and town take sides. Will the tragedy destroy them all? This is Cushman's first novel.


—Tamara Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764203800
Publisher:
Bethany House Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.62(h) x 0.83(d)

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Ane Mulligan
"Wow was my first reaction. This gripping tale of loss, love and forgiveness is one of the best I've read. The spiritual thread arose naturally out of the characters' lives and was never forced. Melanie's discovery and decision was one of the most natural I've read, brought about by a series of circumstances-just like real life. Artfully blended honest emotions, realistic dialogue, and characters all add up to a memorable read, allowing me to suspend disbelief. Cushman is a new author to watch."--(Ane Mulligan, novelreviews.blogspot.com)

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Promise to Remember 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Mikaela Marty More than 1 year ago
beautiful, inspiring story. truly makes me want to be a better person.
Rebecca Weatherly More than 1 year ago
I got this one for free and what a great find it was! A terrific story of forgiveness!
SharonALavy More than 1 year ago
When I read A PROMISE TO REMEMBER I did not know it was a debut novel. Wow. If this is Kathryn's first published book I will have to read the others! When Chad Phelps is killed in a car wreck, also killing the driver of another vehicle, The Phelps family is torn apart as each thinks the other blames them for Chad's death. A lawyer gets hold of Melanie Johnson and feeds on her longing to have a legacy of her dead son. The friends and relatives of Andie Phelps mean well, but they do not help the situation when they boycott the store where Melanie Johnson works The story kept me riveted until the last page.
Sharlene Johnson More than 1 year ago
this book truly inspired me and is a true represenntation of the meaning of forgiveness. thanks to the author for penning this inspiring novel.
A_Southern_Ladys_Rambling More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books that I have read in a while. I love how it really kept you guessing with each page. The Theme of the book mught be hard for some readers but I would recommend it as a great addition to any library. This was a book that I could not put down from page one.
Shawn_Grady More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Cushman has a fantastic talent for bringing the reader inside the heads of her protagonists and developing sympathy for them both, even when they stand on opposite sides of a dynamic conflict. A thought provoking debut that has this reader looking forward to her next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow was my first reaction. This gripping tale of loss, love and forgiveness is one of the best I've read. The spiritual thread arose naturally out of the characters' lives and was never forced. Melanie's discovery and decision was one of the most natural I've read, brought about by a series of circumstances¿just like real life. Artfully blended honest emotions, realistic dialogue, and characters all add up to a memorable read, allowing me to suspend disbelief. Cushman is a new author to watch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brings out how different 2 Mothers of sons being killed in an automobile accident responded. One was very bitter and the other tried to cope. I would probably read other books by this author. I think it would be an excellent book for a book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book on forgiveness and love
Hope4all More than 1 year ago
well writtemn and good story line. it wiould be a great hallmark film
JanetteFuller More than 1 year ago
"A Promise to Remember", by Kathryn Cushman, is a story about how two very different families deal with grief. Chad Phelps and Jeff Johnston are killed in a car wreck. The Phelps family is wealthy and live in an exclusive area of Santa Barbara, California. Melanie Johnston is a single mom and works in a grocery store to earn a living. Chad Phelps had been drinking the night he collided with Jeff Johnston. This book provides a look at how the families go through denial, anger, depression and finally acceptance in dealing with the loss of their teenage sons. This is a Christian fiction book but it is not preachy. Christian beliefs and values are used by both families to move forward and accept this tragedy. The theme of the story is forgiveness. I could really relate to this book because I was in a head-on collision with a drunk driver in 1992. I went through many of the same feelings that were portrayed in this book. This is a very helpful book for anyone who has gone through a traumatic experience. It will help you get things in the proper perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two families grieving lost sons make diverse attempts to deal with their pain. Although the main protagonists are the boys¿ mothers, a husband, a sister and friends take different, sometimes extreme, measures to compensate for the emptiness in their lives. Cushman weaves a captivating story that makes it impossible to put this book down. Her unique gift for deep characterization puts the reader inside the heads and hearts of each member of the saga, even the slimy attorney who hopes for financial gain through one mother¿s sadness. This wonderful debut novel will keep readers watching for another chance to read more exciting, quality fiction from this author. Hopefully, she will follow some of the characters into her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much because it was not a typical plot. It often demonstrated through the characters that we should not judge others because we do not know their past experiences or current hurdles.
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