Tuesday, January 24

Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke

Michael Dunnagan was never supposed to sail on the Titanic, nor would he have survived if not for the courage of Owen Allen. Determined to carry out his promise to care for Owen’s relatives in America and his younger sister, Annie, in England, Michael works hard to strengthen the family’s New Jersey garden and landscaping business.

Annie Allen doesn’t care what Michael promised Owen. She only knows that her brother is gone—like their mother and father—and the grief is enough to swallow her whole. As Annie struggles to navigate life without Owen, Michael reaches out to her through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when Owen did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected. Just as Michael saves enough money to bring Annie to America, WWI erupts in Europe. When Annie’s letters mysteriously stop, Michael risks everything to fulfill his promise—and find the woman he’s grown to love—before she’s lost forever.

Title: Promise Me This
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Pub Date: February 01, 2012
ISBN: 9781414353074

Cathy Gohlke has captured the drama, devastation and aftermath of some horrible times in history. Her vivid descriptions of the Titanic, and the story of heroic and sacrificial actions by many key characters in this book made the fatal voyage seem so incredibly real and heart-wrenching, it was almost like being there.

Just when lives were getting back to a somewhat normal state, WW1 rocked the world. Once again, the vivid descriptions from the front lines through the eyes of war time nurses portrays images that thankfully most of us will never have to experience.

The cruelty of one particular woman in this story was very upsetting, and her impact and control over so many lives made me angry. It is hard to imagine what would make someone so evil and vindictive.

This book had me mesmerized right from the start, and is definitely a story that will stay with me for a long time. As the quote on the top of my blog says, it is not about the number of books that we can get through, but rather about the number of books that can get through to us. This story really got through to me.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.

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