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A Promise to Remember (Tomorrow's Promise Collection Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Cushman
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Book Description

When There's Nothing Left But Memories


Andie Phelps is the envy of Santa Barbara. A devoted mother with a loving son and a successful husband, her greatest joy comes from reaching out to others...

Melanie Johnston is the envy of no one. A single mom who works long hours to
pay the bills, and her greatest joys relate to her teen daughter and son.

Then the accident that changes everything. When opposite worlds collide, the impact reaches far beyond these mothers' personal losses.

Two wounded women...Two families seeking hope...A community torn apart... How far will they go to fulfill

A Promise to Remember


Editorial Reviews

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"...a great choice for women's groups or simply as a gift for a woman going through challenging circumstances." -- CBA Retailers + Resources

"...an impressive debut for Cushman.... fans of contemporary Christian fiction will no doubt await her next book with anticipation." -- Violet Nesdoly, blogcritics.org

"...once you start reading there is no way you won't be affected in some way .... Kathryn Cushman is bestseller material!" -- Crystal Johnson, armchairinterviews.com

"...well written and engrossing from the first page.... should be on everyone's must-read list." -- Lisa Kisner, ReaderViews.com

"For lovers of inspirational fiction, A Promise to Remember is a must read." -- Vennessa Ng, titletrakk.com

"The emotions felt by the characters in this story pulsate off the page..." -- Deena Peterson, deenasbooks.blogspot.com

"This gripping tale of loss, love and forgiveness is one of the best I've read." -- Ane Mulligan, novelreviews.blogspot.com

About the Author

KATHRYN CUSHMAN is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. After practicing as a pharmacist, she left her career to marry and begin a family and has since pursued her dream of writing. A Promise to Remember is her first novel. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764203800
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFWLYHG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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133 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that takes your breath away October 4, 2007
Format:Paperback
Kathryn Cushman has done an incredible job. She somehow finds a way to tell both sides of this tragic story and make you both angry AND sympathetic to each mother. Choosing to show both Andie and Melanie as flawed human beings reacting to death in their own way, Cushman allows the reader to decide who is right and wrong here.

I was amazed at how detailed Cushman's story was. She introduced both mothers in the midst of the most horrible moment in their lives, and had each reacting in a logical way. The women never became stereotypical or cookie-cutter characters in any way. To be honest, I still don't know who I felt more sympathetic toward, and that's the sign of a powerful writer. Ultimately, she delivers a strong ending (it's hard to say "upbeat" when dealing with a story like this) that really ties everything up nicely.

Kathryn Cushman is a writer to watch. I'm usually pulled more toward the suspense/thriller genre, but I'm glad I took a chance on this talented writer and entered her literary world for a little while. Looking forward to the next one!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Both Sides October 1, 2007
By Carrie
Format:Paperback
Haunting. That's what I call a book or movie that stays with me for days after I close the back cover or leave the theatre.

A Promise to Remember haunted me for days. Kathryn Cushman did a wonderful job making both grieving mothers real and sympathetic. When I was in Andie's scenes, I'd get angry at single mom Melanie and her twisted view of a "legacy." But when reading Melanie, I'd be angry at the wealthy Phelps' and the memorials they could buy for their son.

A Promise to Remember is a wonderful read.

If you like Karen Kingsbury, you will LOVE A Promise to Remember.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking Read January 5, 2009
Format:Paperback
Kathryn Cushman's debut is wonderful, but it's not a light read. My heart ached for Melanie, who was compelled to visit the cemetery every day because she was afraid Jeff was lonely and because she'd made a promise never to abandon her children. I longed to comfort Andie, who was drowning in guilt that she wasn't a good enough wife and mother. The ending isn't "happy", though I was at peace with it. Still, I was left wondering how both families would move on after surviving such loss. I thought of friends who've lost children, and grieved anew for them.

This soul-stirring novel will stay with me for a long time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read that makes you think August 5, 2010
By C. Boyd
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book as a free kindle book. I was unfamiliar with the author and I was unaware that it was a Christian book. What a wondeful surprise I experienced when I got into the book and realized that not only did I appreciate the author's talent but I found the book thought provoking and very good. This book is about grief, miscommunication, anger and remorse but it is also about healing, faith, forgiveness and love. It is a great book club read and I have recommened it to my Facebook friends becasue of the messages woven into the story line. I will remember this book and this author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Theme Is Forgiveness April 27, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"A Promise to Remember", by Kathryn Cushman, is a story about how two very different families deal with grief. I chose this book to read because I recently installed the "Kindle for PC" software on my laptop computer. The publisher is offering this book as a FREE download for Kindle users.

Chad Phelps and Jeff Johnston are killed in a car wreck. The Phelps family is wealthy and live in an exclusive area of Santa Barbara, California. Melanie Johnston is a single mom and works in a grocery store to earn a living. Chad Phelps had been drinking the night he collided with Jeff Johnston.

This book provides a look at how the families go through denial, anger, depression and finally acceptance in dealing with the loss of their teenage sons.

This is a Christian fiction book but it is not preachy. Christian beliefs and values are used by both families to move forward and accept this tragedy. The theme of the story is forgiveness.

I could really relate to this book because I was in a head-on collision with a drunk driver in 1992. I went through many of the same feelings that were portrayed in this book. This is a very helpful book for anyone who has gone through a traumatic experience. It will help you get things in the proper perspective.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No emotional connection June 11, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I can say that for a free book, this wasn't too bad. In other words, I don't hate that I spent time reading it. It did not, however, make me want to seek out more by this author. And I'm glad that I didn't pay for it.

It's hard to connect with the characters. I don't feel pulled in at all by the tragedy that both families have suffered. I thought that the character of Melanie Johnston was easy to hate, even though you're supposed to feel sorry for her. I did not.

I didn't care any more for the other family, either. Again, the characters were just so one-dimensional, I couldn't connect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caught in a web of grief January 4, 2008
Format:Paperback
Two families grieving lost sons make diverse attempts to deal with their pain. Although the main protagonists are the boys' mothers, a husband, a sister and friends take different, sometimes extreme, measures to compensate for the emptiness in their lives. Cushman weaves a captivating story that makes it impossible to put this book down. Her unique gift for deep characterization puts the reader inside the heads and hearts of each member of the saga, even the slimy attorney who hopes for financial gain through one mother's sadness. This wonderful debut novel will keep readers watching for another chance to read more exciting, quality fiction from this author. This reviewer hopes she will follow some of the characters into her next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars promise to remember
Wonderful book. Very inspirational. Easy read but held my interest. Somewhat mystery and kept me wondering what going to happen.
Published 3 days ago by pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful
This was the best book I have read in a very long time, sad to see it end!!!! If a sequel came out I would grab it up!!! Thank You well done
Published 4 days ago by brandi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story
Published 5 days ago by CB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A touching story.
Published 1 month ago by B. Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was a powerful message that touched my heart. I believe, I cried through the whole book. A definite read for someone that is lacking in faith. Just a great book.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Momma's View
The book was a good, clean and well-developed read. It presented a real-life scenario with human emotions affecting even non-Christians. Would recommend.
Published 2 months ago by V. S.
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Published 2 months ago by CTreff
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise to Remember
Forgiveness is a powerful tool for true happiness. This novel taught me that God is always in control. Great reading material.
Published 2 months ago by Jean Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Melanie is a single mother with a teen-aged daughter who is a...
Andie was Chad's mother, and Melanie was Jeff's mother. Chad's car caused a crash and both boys were killed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ruth sjaardema
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story
Great story line. Kathryn Cushman looks at the May, complex emotions attached to loosing a child. The story kept me interested.
Published 3 months ago by Paula C Matthews Boyea, author of The Healer's Hands; Spiritual Growth and Miraculous Healing
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