When a book cover captures my attention, and then the synopsis also piques my interests, I'm sold--I must read the book! Which is why I instantly jumped at the chance to read award-winning author Cathy Gohlke's newest release. In my opinion, Promise Me This is not a book you can just devour in one sitting. It's a book to be read slowly, with characters to be savored and a story to be treasured.
From the very beginning, I was swept away by this poignant story of Annie and Michael. And while I wasn't fond of Annie in the first part of the book, as I watched her change throughout the years after the disaster of the Titanic, I grew to love her self-sacrificing character. Both Annie and Michael go through so much in Promise Me This that at the end of the book, as the last page is fast approaching, all you hope for is that they get their `happily ever after'! And while the ending wasn't what I thought it'd be, I was still content with how we leave the characters.
There were so many twists and turns in Promise Me This--just when I thought things were looking up for these two, something huge would happen that hurls them straight into the path of danger and separation. Towards the end, there were several convenient "coincidences", but also some surprises, too.
When I finally read the last page, I didn't want to leave Annie and Michael! I closed the book, wishing there had been an epilogue of where these two were a few years after the book ended. That's how real these characters were to me, and how much danger and turmoil they had been through in this 400 page book.
When you begin Promise Me This, be prepared to experience a story that will touch your heart in more ways than one!
I reviewed this book for Tyndale House Publishing. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.