Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Promise Kept By Robin Lee Hatcher Book Review

// A Promise Kept //

By Robin Lee Hatcher

{Review By Bethany}
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 1401687652
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Bethany's Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
// Book Synopsis //
"God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it.
But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved.

What had become of His promise?

Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she’d misunderstood.

Now living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.

As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord? For a woman accustomed to being someone else’s savior, that will be even harder than it sounds.

Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption, A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His own time and His own ways."

 // Bethany's Book Review //

This was a very nice contemporary inspirational fiction that stresses the importance of faith and the importance of marriage, and that the Lord works all things good, and for His glory-even divorce and difficult marriages.
Previous to reading this book I'd only read one other book by this author, so seeing that the book synopsis looked promising, I thought I'd give it a try. Overall I was pleased that I got to read it, however I do think that since I am currently single and this book is about two divorced women whose marriages God redeems; it did make the novel a bit un-relatable for me and in some ways made it seem like it wasn't "the novel" for me at this time in my life. Thus the three-star rating. However that had nothing to do with the story itself or the author's writing, it completely depends on your current stage in life. For anyone who is married or has gone through the heartache of divorce, I'm sure this novel would be a great inspiration and a comforting book to read as it really displays God's design for marriage being a permanent binding for life, in a very inspiring way.
I personally enjoyed the aspect of getting to know two ladies with similar marital situations in this book. In the story Allison gets to "meet" her Aunt Emma through her old journals and I liked how these two women's stories were played out in the novel, especially the ending. It was neat getting two different perspectives with the same ladies in two completely different time periods. I really admired Emma's character and her love towards her husband, even when he treated her wrong and deserved every right to be bitter towards him. I also enjoyed reading about how this novel is based on the author's true story of her own marriage to an active alcoholic, and how God worked through that situation to not only strengthen her faith, but strengthen her marriage as well.
One nice thing about this novel is that even though it is written about and most likely for married women, I did find it completely clean for young people to even read. Even though the topics discussed are geared towards people who are married, it can also be interesting for a young person to read it as it gives the very real picture that you don't see a lot now days which is how marriage isn't always rosy and bright like everyone makes it out to be. The author did an excellent job portraying this without belittling the importance of staying together for life as promised in wedding vows, and helps portray the fact that though marriage is difficult, it is totally worth it.
DISCLAIMER :: I received a free copy of A Promise Kept from the publisher through Litufse Publicity to read and review. I was not paid in any way to review this book, nor are any of the thoughts expressed in my review biased. All thoughts are my own, and completely honest.
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