Friday, February 11, 2011

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Promises to Keep
Bethany House (February 1, 2011)
Ann Tatlock


Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Promises to Keep, go HERE.

Watch the book trailer:


Rachna Chhabria said...

Promises to Keep, sounds like a great read. I like the title a lot.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Rachna- you'll LOVE it!

Elsa said...

I just can't wait to be back home, so that I can read as much as I want! :D Haha...

Mom, here is the link to my other blog--

LOVE YOU. Great job on everything!

Cheryl Klarich said...

I LOVE your tumblr blog. I need to figure out how to get it posted here!!!

Robyn Campbell said...

Cheryl. Bethany House has SUCH great authors on their list.

Ann Tatlock lives close to me. And I didn't even know that.

This book sounds excellent. A read to savor all the way through and feel sorry when it ends.

Thanks for such a strong, wonderfully done review. You've told me all I have to know. Gotta get the book.

Jennifer Shirk said...

This looks really really good.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Oh, Robyn, thank you so much for the encourgement!

I know- what to choose???? So many awesome books!
This one STOLE my heart!

I emailed Ann Tatlock and she got right back! She'scool, and her writing is smooth as silk.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Jennifer, others have given rave reviews, and, oh my, it is so deserved...

A total reading pleasure. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Terri Tiffany said...

PS I ordered this book today because of your review:))
And I LOVE to email to other bloggers-- do it all the time:)) Blessings!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Thanks so much Terri!
I pray that you are as blessed as I was.