Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Promise Kept


Book Review

Robin Lee Hatcher is a well-known, popular author of Christian fiction. A Promise Kept is an extraordinary book because it tells Hatcher’s personal story. She and her husband were divorced because of her husband’s alcoholism. God restored this marriage and Hatcher used her protagonist Allison, to tell this story.
The book is also unusual in that it seamlessly switches between two women. Allison’s story, set in contemporary times is juxtaposed with Allison’s great-aunt, Emma, set in the 1920’s and 30’s. Both of the narratives of these two women gripped me, so much so that I forgot about the winter weather going on outside.
Hatcher skillfully explored themes of betrayal and loss. But she also described redemption and healing. I loved Emma’ story – the story of growing up with a beautiful sister who had boyfriends galore, while she “faded into the wallpaper.” Emma did get married but she had a loveless marriage with an unfaithful husband.  She finally found independence and freedom.
Allison’s story was uplifting. It shows the journey from bitterness and avoiding God to a strong, forgiving woman, transformed by the grace of God. Her story reminded me of how God’s time is often so different from our time. Allison “waited on the Lord” and her marriage was healed.
I actually hated being done with this book. I wanted to spend another year in King’s Meadow, Idaho – the setting for the story. The descriptions of the beautiful surroundings were inspiring – even the parts about the snowy winter. I longed to be a part of Allison’s new church community and the story of her growing friendship with Susan was lovely. I also enjoyed Emma’s beautiful sister, Elizabeth. The story showed “Liza” had more than just a beautiful face.
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the book

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?

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.

About the Author

Robin is the author of 65+ novels and novellas. Her home is in Idaho, where she spends her time writing stories of faith, courage, and love; pondering the things of God; and loving her family and friends.

Learn more about Robin at: http://www.robinleehatcher.com

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