Friday, February 03, 2012

Blog Tour - Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke, a book review

Promise Me This  by Cathy Gohlke    

This book is a very involved and constantly fluid story with twists and turns that give you no idea of the ending.  As most readers of Christian fiction expect a happy ending, this novel doesn’t disappoint. However; there could have been several different endings possible and the author keeps us in suspense until the very end. 

The story begins on the ship docks on one continent and ends on the docks in another continent.  We are taken along on the disastrous Titanic voyage and into the struggle and devastation of WW1.  The author’s intense and realistic descriptions of both events draw you into the story and you feel you are standing in the midst of the turmoil.  It is obvious that the author has done extensive research which makes the story lines very authentic.

The characters go through many heart wrenching and heartbreaking times that bring about a stronger faith and remind us that God is always with us and never leaves us alone, even through the worst times in our lives.

This is not a book you will be able to read in an evening. It’s far too involved and interesting. You won’t want to miss a word!!  There aren’t many books that I give a 5 star rating to, but this is one on them. 

This is from the publisher:

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.

You can read more about the author, Cathy Gohlke, on her website.   

If you'd like a sneak peek you can go to the Tyndale website and read a preview

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Thank you, Mary, for this excellent review! I love that you captured the layers in the story and the amount of research required. Researching this book and waiting on the Lord's direction to write created a journey in my life that I'll never forget. God bless you!

  2. Mary, thanks for sharing this interesting review with us. I have to agree with that 5-star rating. I read Promise Me This and loved it! The depth of research and realistic characters will grab readers from the very first page. I think your followers will enjoy this beautifully written novel.
    Happy reading to all,


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