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  1. says:

    First posted on my blog Legacy of a WriterWhen a book cover captures my attention and then the synopsis also piues my interests I’m sold—I must read the book Which is why I instantly jumped at the chance to read award winning author Cathy Gohlke’s newest release In my opinion Promise Me This is not a book you can just devour in one sitting It's a book to be read slowly with characters to be savored and a story to be treasuredFrom the very beginning I was swept away by this poignant story of Annie and Michael And while I wasn’t fond of Annie in the first part of the book as I watched her change throughout the years after the disaster of the Titanic I grew to love her self sacrificing character Both Annie and Michael go through so much in Promise Me This that at the end of the book as the last page is fast approaching all you hope for is that they get their ‘happily ever after’ And while the ending wasn’t what I thought it’d be I was still content with how we leave the charactersThere were so many twists and turns in Promise Me This—just when I thought things were looking up for these two something huge would happen that hurls them straight into the path of danger and separation Towards the end there were several convenient “coincidences” but also some surprises tooWhen I finally read the last page I didn’t want to leave Annie and Michael I closed the book wishing there had been an epilogue of where these two were a few years after the book ended That’s how real these characters were to me and how much danger and turmoil they had been through in this 400 page bookWhen you begin Promise Me This be prepared to experience a story that will touch your heart in ways than oneI reviewed this book for Tyndale House Publishing It was not reuired that I give a positive review but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book which I have done


  2. says:

    What a rare and lovely specimen I feel compelled to sing this book's praises thus my longer than usual goodreads review because guess what this was a GOOD Christian Fiction Romance novelNo really Just listen it held a message that while not preach y in any way was strong in its presentation of the gospel It was woven into the story in a such a way that it would be hard to separate the message from the story itself—I found it entirely refreshing and inspiringThe romance was simply lovely It was sweet and adorable and there were no moments where things got too mushy or even borderline inappropriate A rare thing in CFR novels sadlyI also loved the 1910's setting involving two of the most devastating but fascinating to me P events in history the sinking of the Titanic and World War OneThe plot moved a little slowly sometimes although I was kept on the edge of my seat toward the end of the book in suspense I enjoyed it but it also made me a little frustrated by how loooooong the drama was dragged out And then there were the characters I liked a lot of them although one or two felt a bit contrived My favorites were definitely Daniel Owen Annie and Michael Eesh Michael I could talk a long bit about this Irishman But I won't I'll leave it for you to find out how wonderful he is once you read the book ;


  3. says:

    sighs Oh how I wanted to like this I'm sorry to say that I just didn't connect much at all with this book or its characters I had heard a lot of good things about it and really REALLY wanted to like it But alas it wasn't meant to be L I K E S The idea Okay here's the thing the synopsis sounded SO GOOD I really loved the idea behind this book there are a lot of ways I think it could have worked but it just didn't So WOOHOO for good ideas Not so much for execution Owen Oh dear Owen sniffles Though I liked some of the characters okay Owen was the only one I felt attached to and well read the synopsis He doesn't stick around long D Ummm the cover is nice? scratches head I know there was something else I liked but my mind is drawing a blank We'll just round off the positives with mentioning how pretty this cover is 'Tis a fine specimen my friends approves D I S L I K E S The writing Oh boyyyyy The writing about drove me crazy It feels like someone is telling you things the ENTIRE book You don't get the chance to feel any of the characters' emotions Instead you're told them All the time The writing is rather void of personality or depth It felt flat and because of that the characters felt flat too Not to mention the fact that WE'RE JUMPING IN OTHER CHARACTERS' HEADS EVERY TWO SECONDS I lost count of how many POVs are in this book but I'm guessing at least ten or twelve Would you please just pick a couple POVs and stay there?? Sometimes having a lot of POVs works really well but in this case all it ended up doing was making it impossible for me to connect to any of the characters ANNIE She got much better I will admit but I had a lot of Issues with this girl for the majority of the book She comes across as being extremely petty condescending and unfeeling for the first 150 pages or so Seriously she acted like she was 10 years old and I was supposed to believe she was going on 15? suints Not to mention the fact that she view spoileralmost killed her aunt when she was lying helpless in bed Granted her aunt was HORRENDOUS but I was just shocked that she never felt remorse for almost killing her Instead she regretted NOT having killed her WHAT THE HECK hide spoiler


  4. says:

    35 starsFor me the story is clearly seen in two parts the Titanic and WWI What went on between was a little fuzzy but the events during the Titanic AND WWI were so amazingly interestingHistory It seemed very sound and well researched I learned a lot about the Titanic and could see myself traveling aboard I was also brought into the trials and terrors of WWI in France England and the hospitalsStoryline some people have said that the story started out slow I thought it was a pretty good start until after Michael reached New Jersey Then like I mentioned it seemed to get a little fuzzy as to why the scenes were important to the plot it seemed like the author had to get from one important event to the other It was still interesting but it seemed a littlejerky at timesCharacters The two MCs are Annie and Michael However the story continually bounces back and forth between about a dozen other characters some are highlighted only for one scene I understand why the author mixed omniscient with deep POV as it gave the opportunity to follow history that was woven into the fiction but as a general rule I prefer deep POVRomance I really like the first half of the book ; And yes that was before the romance hit It wasn't awful but it was very emotional driven There were a few kisses mentioned but or less the romance was about the characters' emotions being drivenSpiritual here is where I knock a star off The spiritual aspect of the story seemed a little inconsistent Owen was held up as the peak of Christianity and he did present a strong Gospel message but it was never clear to me as to whether or not Michael and Annie were actually saved Overall they really didn't live a life striving to please God It was somewhat mentioned toward the beginning a little in the middle completely lost during WWI and then returned in the end I personally think that the story would have been complete without it not to sound harsh but it wasn't that important to the story So yeah the spiritual side was a little weakAll in all I did enjoy this read particularly for the historical aspect I got this book from the Tyndale Rewards Program


  5. says:

    This book was candy for a history buff like me It contained historical fiction details about the Titanic WW1 the Lusitania the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 As well all the characters were written about so realistically that I had to keep reading to find out about them even the not so lovable onesI would recommend this highly to anyone who enjoys good excellently researched historical fictionMemorable uotesPg250 “I do not mind so much about the blackouts or the curfew But I do mind the waiting forever waiting for the next round of shelling the strain of not knowing of lying awake in the night anxious for a morning that may not come”


  6. says:

    “As long as a man has two hands and a strong back he can make things happen It's no good being fearful Worry won't change the future a whit and it misses the joy of this glad day”35 stars Let me just say this was a lot different than I expected but not nescarrily in a bad sense I really liked the characters and how the author portrayed the struggle of human nature to do what is right Owen's godliness and care for Michael was touching and poignantThe romance definitely is worth noting There are two I think not detailed kisess and everything was appropriate I liked how the romance wasn't the focusI really wanted to give this four stars The last 150 pages or so I felt like the story really dragged and that everything could have been wrapped up sooner Also the fact that Michael and Annie were hardly together during most of the book seemed a bit odd Toward the end there were some random POVs and circumstances that didn't go with the flow of the storyAll that being said I very much enjoyed the Titanic and World War 1 theme The ships sinking and emotions showed during that tramatic time in history really grasped my attentionI still reccomend this book because it is so clean and showed many important lessons throughout the book


  7. says:

    This is one of those books that was very up and down for me I didn't like the beginning much but it grew on me a lot in the middle Then it just dragged on and there were too many obstacles So two stars in the endBut I did like it as really a Titanic survivor story and I DO forget how uickly WWI followed itAnnnd this finishes my other reading goal of reading two owned ebooks every month This is the second year in a row that I've done it and I do enjoy it Both for the pleasure of actually attacking that reading stack and for reading books that are a little older And books that I was once desperate to read and yet someone never didNext year I think I'm going to continue doing 2 owned ebooks 2 owned physical books a month and add a fifth owned book that can be of either type According to GoodReads I have 242 unread books I need to add some ARCs I picked up from work over the last few years but otherwise I think that's about right


  8. says:

    Oh wow What a beautiful story I loved how the author drew comparisons between Owen's sacrificial character and Christ's great sacrifice for all of mankind I love how she used Michael's and Annie's stories to flesh out the ideas of what sacrifice and love are all about475 stars


  9. says:

    This is the first time I have ever read anything by Cathy Gohlke And boy was it a pleasant surprise I really enjoyed Promise Me This and her take on the Titanic story I have always been a fan of reading about the Titanic and what a tragedy took place that day In this story Cathy weaves a tale of romance mystery and suspense as well as a release of bitterness and guiltAnnie is a young lady who deeply loves her older brother But he decides to sail on the Titanic to go to New Jersey and make a home there with some family Then when he has enough money and a business he will send for Annie These two are very sweet together and I loved their relationship But Annie gets irritated when her brother Owen befriends a street urchin who is actually a runaway from an abusive situation Michael is the runaway who has never had a friend in his life He also has a dark secret in his past that he thinks about often but was no fault of his ownWell I am sure you guess the plot but Michael finds his way onto the Titanic and ends up as a stowaway When Owen finds out he takes him under his wing to help him They share their food and sleeping area but Owen also shares his dreams with Michael Then in the middle of their plotting and dreaming comes that dreadful night when the Titanic hits an iceburg And Owen pushes Michael into taking his lifevest and a spot on a lifeboat And from that moment on everything has changed in their plans Owen gave his life for Michael and now the dreams they both had become Michael's responsibility He takes over the business that Owen wanted and plans for the day he can bring Annie to AmericaIn the meantime Annie is dealing with her own troubles and an evil aunt I have to admit I felt like slapping the woman a couple times Annie takes over gardening and the woman pulls them all down and burns them Annie has to deal with the bitterness she has to this wicked woman and how it is pulling her down personally She doesn't want to forgive the stowaway who she thinks is the reason her brother diedIn the end there is a lot of joy and freedom from guilt and bitterness but it was a long journey I like how the author didn't just make everything a bed of roses but went through struggles we have daily in our own lives I also like how she wove the story of John Bunyan and Pilgrim's Progress in this book It has long been one of my favorite Christian classics and learning about his tombstone and the inscription made my day There is the use of a swear word twice in this book in the terms of military time I didn't like having it in there so I wanted to mention it in my review I can't wait to see what the author has in store next for us her readers Excellent bookYou can learn about Cathy Gohlke at her website or on Facebook Definitely going to be searching for her other booksI received a copy of this book for review purposes through Tyndale Publishing I did not receive any monetary compensation All thoughts are 100% mine


  10. says:

    The impressive ueen of ships Titanic and its unfortunate demise has everything to do with where this book begins and therefore where it ends For if the ship itself hadn’t sunk to the bottom of the ocean that blustery cold April night then there would have been no story to tellI know from experience that there are a hundred and one reviews out there for every book published that will tell you what the book is about That uite purposefully is not my intention What I will tell you is that Promise Me This is of an epic story in three parts than just a historical novel with a romantic ending The two main characters Michael Dunnagan and Annie Allen are separated throughout most of the novel after meeting briefly as teenagers Promise Me This was a touching though long story I have to admit that I grew impatient waiting years and years for the two main characters to meet and the romance to begin which unfortunately wasn’t until about three fourths into the book In my opinion there were too many unneeded character perspectives throughout the book and not enough time spent on creating the depth I would have liked to see from the two main charactersI’m certain that anyone who likes to read Historical Fiction will enjoy reading this book It is a good story and very well written I give Promise Me This 4 starsVisit Cathy Gohlke’s website at wwwcathygohlkecomTyndale House Publishers supplied me with a paperback version of Cathy Gohlke’s Promise Me This in return for my honest opinion of the book


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Promise Me This

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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 wh. “As long as a man has two hands and a strong back he can make things happen It's no good being fearful Worry won't change the future a whit and it misses the joy of this glad day”35 stars Let me just say this was a lot different than I expected but not nescarrily in a bad sense I really liked the characters and how the author portrayed the struggle of human nature to do what is right Owen's godliness and care for Michael was touching and poignantThe romance definitely is worth noting There are two I think not detailed kisess and everything was appropriate I liked how the romance wasn't the focusI really wanted to give this four stars The last 150 pages or so I felt like the story really dragged and that everything could have been wrapped up sooner Also the fact that Michael and Annie were hardly together during most of the book seemed a bit odd Toward the end there were some random POVs and circumstances that didn't go with the flow of the storyAll that being said I very much enjoyed the Titanic and World War 1 theme The ships sinking and emotions showed during that tramatic time in history really grasped my attentionI still reccomend this book because it is so clean and showed many important lessons throughout the book

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En 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. Oh wow What a beautiful story I loved how the author drew comparisons between Owen's sacrificial character and Christ's great sacrifice for all of mankind I love how she used Michael's and Annie's stories to flesh out the ideas of what sacrifice and love are all about475 stars

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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. sighs Oh how I wanted to like this I'm sorry to say that I just didn't connect much at all with this book or its characters I had heard a lot of good things about it and really REALLY wanted to like it But alas it wasn't meant to be L I K E S The idea Okay here's the thing the synopsis sounded SO GOOD I really loved the idea behind this book there are a lot of ways I think it could have worked but it just didn't So WOOHOO for good ideas Not so much for execution Owen Oh dear Owen sniffles Though I liked some of the characters okay Owen was the only one I felt attached to and well read the synopsis He doesn't stick around long D Ummm the cover is nice scratches head I know there was something else I liked but my mind is drawing a blank We'll just round off the positives with mentioning how pretty this cover is 'Tis a fine specimen my friends approves D I S L I K E S The writing Oh boyyyyy The writing about drove me crazy It feels like someone is telling you things the ENTIRE book You don't get the chance to feel any of the characters' emotions Instead you're told them All the time The writing is rather void of personality or depth It felt flat and because of that the characters felt flat too Not to mention the fact that WE'RE JUMPING IN OTHER CHARACTERS' HEADS EVERY TWO SECONDS I lost count of how many POVs are in this book but I'm guessing at least ten or twelve Would you please just pick a couple POVs and stay there Sometimes having a lot of POVs works really well but in this case all it ended up doing was making it impossible for me to connect to any of the characters ANNIE She got much better I will admit but I had a lot of Issues with this girl for the majority of the book She comes across as being extremely petty condescending and unfeeling for the first 150 pages or so Seriously she acted like she was 10 years old and I was supposed to believe she was going on 15 suints Not to mention the fact that she view spoileralmost killed her aunt when she was lying helpless in bed Granted her aunt was HORRENDOUS but I was just shocked that she never felt remorse for almost killing her Instead she regretted NOT having killed her WHAT THE HECK hide spoiler

  • Paperback
  • 416
  • Promise Me This
  • Cathy Gohlke
  • English
  • 25 June 2019
  • 9781414353074

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