Amidst all the characters in this moving novel of loss, love, and renewal, the two who grieve hardest have the most to discover. Tilda Carr has lost the love of her life―her husband, Harold―after forty years of marriage, while her granddaughter and namesake, Tilly, has lost her grandfather and best friend. Together they will embark on a journey of discovery in this intergenerational story of friends, family, and lovers―and learn that there is always hope for new beginnings.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Jean P. Moore was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Miami, Florida. Her novel Water on the Moon , published in June 2014, won the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award for contemporary fiction. Her work has appeared in journals and newspapers such as upstreet, SN Review, The Timberline Review, Angels Flight Literary West, Fiction Southeast, Distillery, Skirt, Slow Trains, the Hartford Courant, Greenwich Time , and the Philadelphia Inquirer. A memoir piece, “Finding Charles,” appears in Persimmon Tree. Several of her poems are found in Women’s Voices of the 21st Century (2014). Her chapbook, Time’s Tyranny , was published in the fall of 2017. She, her husband, and their black Lab, Sly, divide their time between Greenwich, Connecticut and the Berkshires in Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (1/19) “Tilda’s Promise” by author Jean P. Moore reminds us all that tomorrow isn’t promised. Tilda Carr finds she has slept soundly for the first time in ages, only to wake up to her husband Harold’s sudden death. Guilt and shock surround Tilda and her family as they come to terms with Harold’s passing. Tilda is having a hard time with the stages of grief and can’t understand how she is supposed to navigate them in what everyone thought should be in a timely manner. Laura, Tilda and Harold’s 40-year-old daughter can sometimes be a nagging and critical old lady, and Tilda finds herself annoyed at the world. Tilly, her fourteen-year-old granddaughter, is struggling with her own issues and the loss of her grandfather and coming of age at fourteen. I found the premise of the book to be excellent, however, there were several times during the book where side issues caused interruption from the main plot. In addition to the loss of her spouse, Tilda is struggling with problems in her neighbors’ lives, along with her granddaughter’s struggles, and it wasn’t clear as to why Tilda would have such big interest in a neighbor whose wife left him, when she should have been focusing on her own loss and family issues, especially concerning her granddaughter, who is going through gender identity issues. These side plots only seemed to distract me. That said, I found Tilda’s journey and the information about grief and loss to be very informative. It is hard for me to fathom what would happen if I suddenly lost my husband of 41 years. Although most of us think we know how we would react, I’m not sure we do. I also found the narrative interesting about how death impacts generations, especially from Tilly’s point of view. Overall, I found the characters to be relatable, interesting and well developed. Once readers get past some of the filler information in earlier chapters, the storyline moves fast and will spark several emotional reactions. I recommend “Tilda’s Promise” by Jean P. Moore for the excellent representation of how the loss of a loved one impacts individuals across generations as well as the myriad of emotions experienced.
I had seen this book on social media and was immediately drawn to the story line. I had never heard of the author, but no worries, thanks to NetGalley, I was able to request a digital copy of Tilda's Promise to read and review. I always love books involving strong female characters, so I was thrilled when I was approved. The story begins when Tilda Carr wakes up one morning to find her husband of forty years, Harold, has died in their bed. Tilda knows she must come through her sadness and cope with this tremendous loss. While Tilda is obviously the main character in Tilda's Promise, there are infrequent switches to her 15-year old granddaughter and namesake, Tilly's point of view. She is also struggling with the loss of her grandfather - he was her mentor, her hero, her best friend. Right from the start, Tilda's Promise engages readers by sharing Tilda's ability to establish a beautiful and realistic warm relationship among Tilda, her daughter, Laura, and most especially, her granddaughter, Tilly. While initially, there is a lot of grief, the story slowly unfolds and shares the story of a family, their grief and how they found themselves on the other side of that grief. I really felt that the characters were well written and believable -- actually relatable to readers. The story - grief is hard for anyone, and the author's ability to help readers see the perspectives of this family's loss were beautiful. Thank you Ms. Moore! I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy by She Writes Press through Net Galley in exchange for my post. I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so because this book was great! Thank you!
"I don't understand why God, if there is one, put us here to love people so much and then to take them away. It's an awful thing to do." Tilda awakens one morning to find her husband of forty years has died in their bed. It is the one time, in a long time, Tilda slept all night. The hurt, fear, anxiety and grief are told in this wonderfully written novel. Tilda knows she must learn to cope, but how? Her granddaughter Tilly, is also struggling. She has lost her mentor and best friend.How do you help a fifteen year old, when each day brings your own struggle to keep going? This is their journey of healing. An uplifting story! I admired Tilda's relationship with Tilly! There is a lot to learn from Tilda!