Promise to Remember, A (Tomorrow's Promise Collection Book #1) [NOOK Book]

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When a car accident kills two teens from opposite sides of the tracks, the aftermath threatens to tear a community apart. On one side, Melanie Johnston--a grieving single mother--is convinced her son will be forgotten. On the other is Andie Phelps, a reserved woman who retreats even further into herself with grief.

Readers' emotions are torn between these two sympathetic characters as each fights her way through grief and pain--sometimes ...
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Promise to Remember, A (Tomorrow's Promise Collection Book #1)

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Overview

When a car accident kills two teens from opposite sides of the tracks, the aftermath threatens to tear a community apart. On one side, Melanie Johnston--a grieving single mother--is convinced her son will be forgotten. On the other is Andie Phelps, a reserved woman who retreats even further into herself with grief.

Readers' emotions are torn between these two sympathetic characters as each fights her way through grief and pain--sometimes wisely and sometimes with choices that have the power to divide family, church, and even their small, sea-side town.

A riveting selection for any women's book discussion group.
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Editorial Reviews

armchairinterviews.com
Need your heartstrings pulled a bit? Then read A Promise to Remember.
—Crystal Johnson
blogcritics.org
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441205445
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: Tomorrow's Promise Collection , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 2,635
  • File size: 631 KB

Meet the Author

KATHRYN CUSHMAN is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. After practicing as a pharmacist, she left her career to marry and begin a family and has since pursued her dream of writing. A Promise to Remember is her first novel. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.
Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit her website at www.kathryncushman.com
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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    inspiring

    beautiful, inspiring story. truly makes me want to be a better person.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Wonderful book!

    I got this one for free and what a great find it was! A terrific story of forgiveness!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    I Love A Novel That Makes Me Stop And Think.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    excellent plot

    this book truly inspired me and is a true represenntation of the meaning of forgiveness. thanks to the author for penning this inspiring novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    A Must Read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    The Theme Is Forgiveness

    "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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    Dynamic and Challenging

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    An Author To Watch

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Recommend

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Heart wrenching

    What a wonderful book on forgiveness and love

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    No such thing as god

    There is no God. Read or watch some Stephen Hawking. Evolution. Science. It all makes sense; there is no creation, or reincarnation. Get a life.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Okay

    When There's Nothing Left But Memories... Andie Phelps is the envy of Santa Barbara. A devoted mother with a loving son and a successful husband, her greatest joy comes from reaching out to others... Melanie Johnston is the envy of no one. A single mom who works long hours to pay the bills, and her greatest joys relate to her teen daughter and son. Then the accident that changes everything. When opposite worlds collide, the impact reaches far beyond these mothers' personal losses. Two wounded women...Two families seeking hope...A community torn apart... How far will they go to fulfill...A Promise to Remember.

    My Review - this book took me a while to get into but I loved all the faith in the story. It got better toward the end and I know my pregnancy has something to do with the fact that it took me so long to read this book. But overall it was okay.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    good

    well writtemn and good story line. it wiould be a great hallmark film

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Caught in a web of grief

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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