“Promises to Keep” by Ann Tatlock
“Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony and her family have just moved to Mills River, Illinois, to escape an abusive situation. Only days after settling into their new home, they are surprised to find the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, on their front porch reading the newspaper. Though her sons have sold the house and sent her to a facility for the aged, she is determined to die in the place she lived her life and somehow manages to find her way “home” day after day. Feeling sympathy for the elderly woman, Roz’s mother allows Tillie to move back in.
Mara Nightingale becomes Roz’s first friend in Mills River. In spite of their many differences, the girls discover they have something in common that binds them together–both are hiding secrets. So they make a promise–“cross my heart and hope to die”–never to tell anyone else.
When danger stalks the Anthonys, Tillie exhibits unimaginable courage and selfless love in her determination to protect the family she has adopted as her own.”
Longer books like this one would normally take me 2-3 weeks to read but I read this book in 4 days!! I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen with Roz, would she get to see her daddy again? Can he be trusted? What’s going to happen to Mara when she meet her daddy? Will Tillie get to die in “her” house? And so much more.
This book is written in the view of a 11 year old named Roz, her mom had to run away from her husband/Roz’s daddy to keep her family safe. In the new town Roz makes one friend named Mara. Both girls want to be with their daddies so they make a daddy promise, saying they will pray and encourage each other through their journey in getting their daddies back into their lives.
Mara finally got to meet her daddy for the first time but it wasn’t what she expected. Mara also told Roz she should be careful with her daddy, she had a bad feeling about him.
Tillie an old women who refused to leave the home she wanted to die in ended up moving back into her house with another family. While there she continually shared her faith with the Anthony family. In the end we see the family come to trust in how God is and Roz learned her real Father, the one that counts is in Heaven watching her.
I LOVED this book. So much detail making you feel like you where there. I even felt a couple of times as if I was another friend of Roz and Mara, helping them with their daddy promise.
This is a great read and I would recommend it to others. The book I think would be good for women ages 16-100.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received this book for free from Bethany House for reviewing purposes. This post reflects my personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.