‘Promise Me This’ by Cathy Gohlke: a Review

If you missed this gem a few years ago, it's time to remedy that! Find out why 'Promise Me This' by Cathy Gohlke is a must-read!Promise Me This

by Cathy Gohlke

From the back cover:

Annie Allen never imagined the day she watched her brother, Owen, sail on Titanic would be the last time she’d see him. Nor could she guess how the tragedy would forever knit her life to Michael Dunnagan, who survived through Owen’s sacrifice.

As Annie struggles to navigate a challenging life in England, Michael labors in New Jersey to create the gardening business Owen once dreamed of and to heal Annie’s grief through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when her brother did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected.

Bound by a promise yet battling circumstances beyond their control, Michael and Annie dream of the day she can join him in America. Just when Michael saves enough money for her passage, WWI erupts in Europe. Then Annie’s letters mysteriously stop, forcing Michael to risk everything to find the woman he’s grown to love before she’s lost forever.

About the author:

Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Secrets She Kept (winner of the 2016 Carol and INSPY Awards), Saving Amelie (winner of the 2015 INSPY Award), Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012), William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2008), which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award.

Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children’s and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their children and granddaughters. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com

My thoughts:

And we thought life was tough…

From the sinking of Titanic to the horrors of WW1 in Europe, Promise Me This takes a look at life from the viewpoint of survivors — not just physical survivors, but mental, emotional, and spiritual, too.

Promise Me This is powerfully written. Wonderful (and evil!) characters grace the stage amidst suffering, hardships, and amazing love. The parallels between Owen and Christ, between John Bunyan’s characters and these, will leave you with much to ponder.

Do have a box of tissues handy, as you will experience such a range of emotions with these characters. You’ll not want to put Promise Me This down! It’s definitely a keeper!

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3 thoughts on “‘Promise Me This’ by Cathy Gohlke: a Review

  1. carylkane

    Great review, Sarah! I’m adding this one to my Goodreads shelf. 🙂

    • Thanks, Caryl. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! <3

  2. Thank you, Sarah, for your generous and thoughtful review of “Promise Me This.” I loved researching and writing this book, and sharing a story that portrays Christ’s sacrifice for us and our response to His unmerited gift. God’s blessings for you this Holy Season!

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