Monday, February 3, 2014

A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher *Review

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.

 My Thoughts:
This was an amazing book of redemption and forgiveness! I absolutely loved it, and it made it even more amazing realizing that it was based on the author's own personal story. I just cried once I reached the end. Sometimes we don't see God's hand at work, and think he says no, or forgets about us. This story shows how God is there weaving the story together through out, even though we don't see it. I loved the ease in the relationship between Allison and Tony. It really showed how far God had brought Allison, that she was able to forgive Tony for 'ruining' their marriage with his drinking. I loved how Allison set her own selfish desires aside, to meet the needs of her daughter when she came to visit.

The story was magnified by her Great Aunt Emma's story, as Allison discovers her journals and photos in the attic. I love when stories intertwine like this, bringing a story from the past, that can be a learning tool for the present.

Purchase a copy and learn more at Robin’s website

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