Title: Promise Me This
Author: Cathy Gohlke
Publisher: Tyndale House
Released: January 20, 2012
When Annie Allen watches her brother, Owen, sail off on the Titanic, she never even imagined that it would be the las time she’d ever see or hear him again. The last person she had left who loved her was gone. Now, with Owen gone, Annie has to navigate English life all alone, all while holding back the resentment and anger she feels for Michael Dunnagan, the man who survived because of Owen’s sacrifice.
Michael Dunnagan can’t blame Annie for her anger, because he feels it too. Why would God save a street rat while a good man like Owen died? Bound by a promise to Owen, Michael is determined to make Owen’s aunt and uncle’s farm a success and bring Annie to America.
Somehow that promise and brotherly love turns into real love as Michael and Annie exchange letters. When Annie’s letters suddenly stop in the throes of World War I, Michael is determined to Find and bring back the woman he loves, but will everything work out or will will war tear them apart forever?
Due to the high praises of the authors on the cover, it’s safe to say that I had high hopes for this book. Most of what I thought throughout this book was simply: Wow. A good wow.
This author weaves an intricate story and makes this book something more than a novel about the Titanic with a romantic ending. This author made a massive book with three parts and very emotional contents. For the first half of the book I was fighting back tears and for the remaining half of the book I was trying not to destroy my nails from chewing on them.
This book tugged on my heartstrings by showing Annie’s brother and his kindness. It made the death of him so much harder, never mind the fact that he’s a fictional character. It also tugged when it showed the pain that Annie felt and the anguish that Michael went through. It touched on things that no movie would even begin to show.
The second half of the boom was completely different. For most of the second half life is slowly finding a normal, but this isn’t a boring section. The author made sure to include some conflict that made you feel for the characters. When WWI starts, however, you’re on the edge of your seat. So much conflict and do much pain, again forcing me to hold back tears. The author really sends a curve all the reader’s way about 75 pages from the end. I was about ready to just skip to the end to see how it all worked out, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it, not wanting to miss a single word of this book.
The romance between Annie and Michael isn’t what you would call a passionate one, but one built off of a friendship and a common love. It’s sweet and gentle and absolutely perfect not only because of the fact that all they do is exchange letters, but also because Annie is only around sixteen and Michael seventeen around the time they start writing each other. I loved every second of walking their love grow.
Because of the detail of this book and and the intricacy in which this book was written skyrocketed this book into one of my favorites. This book not only makes me look forward to reading other Titanic based books, but also makes this book into one that’s going to stay on the keeper shelf and one that I’ll definitely read again.
Overall, this book is incredible. I have absolutely no complaints. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a romance an anyone who want to remember the Titanic on the hundred year anniversary of its sinking. I give this book a give out of five.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.