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Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Roz is a young girl who misses her father.  Her mother had enough, and moved away from Roz’s father in order to keep her children safe. Roz’s father, Alan Anthony, tracks down his family and convinces Roz that he is a changed person and that he wants nothing more than to reunite with them. He keeps meeting Roz in secret and won’t allow her to tell anyone that he is in town. Some people they run into call her father by a different name, and seem to think she is his niece, not his daughter. Confused, Roz ignores the voice in her head that are telling her not to trust her father.

Mara is Roz’s best friend and she has secrets of her own. Together, the girls make a pact that they will pray for things to work out for each of them, and most of all with their fathers. Mara figures out the truth about her father very early on, while Roz continues to trust her own in secret. He keeps telling her that everything will be ready in a short time and Roz just waits and hopes for that day to come.

Tillie is a curious old lady who shows up on their doorstep, claiming that they are living in her house. Declaring that she will die in her own home, Tillie moves in and stays with the Anthonys. But while she’s there, Tillie shares her faith with Roz and the rest of the family. She offers advice when asked and help when needed.

All of the characters in this book have “promises to keep”. Roz and Mara promise things to each other, Alan makes promises to Roz, Tillie promises to die in her own home, and Roz’s mother promises to protect her children and keep them safe. Can they all keep the promises they have made?

Ann Tatlock weaves an interesting tale in Promises to Keep showing the life of a battered wife who is trying to make a new start. At the same time, she does it all from the perspective of a child who wants her family back together again, but knows in her heart things will never be the same. Promises to Keep wasn’t my favorite book by Tatlock, but it was interesting to see how it all played out in the end.

Rating: 3.5/5

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.