Today’s review is on A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher.
Besides being on an Amish fiction kick, I also recently discovered Robin Lee Hatcher’s novels and they are fantastic, in fact I’m trying to read as many of her books as I can! For the most part I have read only some of her contemporary romances, but I am also interested in checking out her historical novels. Some of her other books that I have read, but I probably won’t have reviews up for are Who I Am With You, Cross My Heart, and Love Without End.
I picked up A Promise Kept because I was intrigued by the premise, and also I’ve really been enjoying Hathcer’s style in focusing on a love story in the present-day but also flashing back to the lives of one of the main character’s ancestors. In this novel we are introduced to newly-divorced Allison Kavanaugh who is still grieving over the end of her marriage, she moves into a cabin that was owned by her great-aunt Emma. During her stay there she discovers a treasure trove of keepsakes that her great-aunt had held onto, among them a collection of journals that she had kept. While trying to heal from her own pain, she discovers secrets that her great-aunt never told her, and that her and her great-aunt are alike in ways she never imagined.
I’ll admit that before I started reading A Promise Kept I did read the author’s note at the end because I was curious to find out why she chose to write this book. I was fascinated to find out that some of the things that happened to Allison are events that happened to the author in real life. Although there are also many differences between the author and the character that she created. Throughout the course of the novel, Allison grows as a character, especially as she comes to terms with the grief she has over the death of her marriage and figuring out how to get along with her ex-husband, especially since they have a daughter and sometimes are forced to spend time together.
I also enjoyed reading the sections of the novel told from Allison’s great-aunt Emma, and in some ways I wish that there would be a whole book dedicated to Emma’s story, especially her life as a nature photographer. If Robin Lee Hatcher has written a book about Emma Carter, please let me know!
It was a pleasure to see the relationships that Allison builds with a bunch of individuals in Kings Meadow, especially the older and wise Susan, I loved seeing her pour wisdom and friendship into Allison’s life throughout the novel. We also get to meet Chet Leonard and see a little bit of his backstory – he is one of the main characters in Love Without End, which is a great novel and highly recommend it, especially if you have read this novel.
I also enjoyed getting to know Allison’s daughter Meredith and her ex-husband, Tony, an how a friendship starts to blossom between the two of them. And I also liked seeing Allison’s relationship and faith in the Lord to continue to grow, and how reading her great-aunt’s journals also helps her grow in faith.
Overall, this was a really good book, I felt like it dealt with some hard topic, especially divorce and moving on from that. The ending was very sweet, and I was happy to read that things “ended” sweetly for the author too. As I’ve mentioned before, Robin Lee Hatcher is definitely one of my new favorite authors and I’m looking forward to reading as many of her books as I can, and A Promise Kept was a great read. 4/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.
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