Promise Me This

Promise Me This
Cathy Gohlke
Tyndale House Publishers

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.

When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be a "Titanic" story...but I was wrong. It was so much more than that.

This book was extremely emotional- for me. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Er...bed, anyway. This book spanned not only the Titanic disaster, but also the horrors of World War One. Although, at first I wasn't sure if I would like Annie (Michael won me over immediately:) I did like her by the end. The second half of the book I loved and hated simultaneously. It was very bittersweet. I thought this book was well-written and researched. I liked it a lot.

The only reason I'm not giving it a ten is simply because I felt the ending was little rushed. Well, I'm not sure if "rushed" is really the best word, but it didn't feel quite as resolved as I would have liked. Even so, this is one novel I highly recommend!

Rating: 9

Objectionable content: This book deals with -let's face it- a lot of death. Between the sinking of the ship and the Great War, well, it can be pretty depressing. There are a few kisses near the end.


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