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At the heart of this absorbing, Grishamesque Christian novel by Christy Award–winner Moser (Time Lottery) are four Branson, Mo., residents who are chosen to serve on a jury hearing a manslaughter case. Bobby is a young husband and father, working three minimum-wage jobs and deferring his dream of becoming a professional woodworker; Abigail is a has-been actress; Ken is a middle-aged, divorced golf pro always on the prowl for a one-night stand; and Deidre is the wife of a prominent surgeon, Sigmund Kelly. In the course of the trial, each of the four learns powerful life lessons, but this is not merely a feel-good inspirational read. It is also well-paced and suspenseful: early on, it becomes clear that Deidre and her husband have a deep investment in the outcome of the trial. Readers will be eager to discover the Kellys' secret and will also want to learn whether the divided jury is able to reach a verdict. The subplots about the jurors' personal lives—is Sig having an affair? will Ken reconcile with his son?—add another hook. Still, the book isn't perfect. The prologue, which spotlights the killing, is forgettable and confusing rather than intriguing, while the requisite religious awakenings of several of the characters feel forced and largely superfluous. (Jan.)
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This book offers mystery and suspense. Moser has always been a favorite author of mine, since her Sister Circle Series. She has a way of displaying every day lives being transformed by a merciful and powerful God. This book is no different. Run--do not walk to pick up Solemnly Swear by Nancy Moser, I was up until 1am the next day reading it!! --

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414301634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414301631
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty-five novels that focus on the characters discovering their unique purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories.

Nancy's newest book is "Bride of the Summerfields". It's the second book in her Manor House Series set in 1880 England. If you like Downton Abbey, you'll enjoy getting to know the Westons and their servants in Summerfield Manor.

Nancy's book "An Unlikely Suitor" was named to Booklist's "Top 101 Romance Novels of the past Ten Years". Both "An Unlikely Suitor" and "Masquerade" are set in the Gilded Age of New York City (see a book trailer for "Masquerade" below.) Nancy has also written four biographical novels, letting real women-of-history tell their life stories: "Just Jane" (Jane Austen), "Washington's Lady" (Martha Washington), "Mozart's Sister" (Nannerl Mozart), and "How Do I Love Thee?" (Elizabeth Barrett Browning). If you enjoy Civil War era stories, check out "The Journey of Josephine Cain" which showcases the building of the Transcontinental Railroad after the war, and the new Christmas Civil War Anthology: "A Basket Brigade Christmas" with novellas by herself, Stephanie Grace Whitson, and Judith Miller.

Moser's contemporary books are known for their intricate plotting. Some titles are "John 3: 16", "The Sister Circle", "The Good Nearby", "Weave of the World, "The Seat Beside Me", and "The Invitation."

Her time-travel novel, "Time Lottery", won a Christy Award and "Washington's Lady" was a finalist.

Nancy and her husband Mark live in the Midwest. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She offers a monologue of Martha Washington (in costume) letting Martha share her life story. She also gives "God's Gifts Workshops" around the country, helping women identify their gifts as they celebrate their sisterhood. She kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on July 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
In her author's notes, Nancy Moser quotes a phrase that embodies the recurring theme in this inspirational story: Characters live to be noticed; people with character notice how they live. As the tale unfolds, her characters become people of character who graciously hold up a mirror for us to reflect on our own foibles. Revealing the masks we wear and the roles we play in order to protect ourselves from the judgment of others often keep us from being the real person we were created to be.

Patti McCoy, a naïve resort worker, is on trial, accused of killing her boyfriend, Brett Lerner, an arrogant opportunist who had his share of dark secrets. As Patti proclaims her innocence, a jury is empanelled, and we are introduced to four of them, each with a unique interest in the case and each with a lesson to learn about his or her own character. Each one has flaws that many of us struggle with. Among the demons of Ken Doolittle, a former golf pro, are pride, lust and fear. Deidre Kelly, the wife of a prominent pediatric surgeon, wears the mask of a perfect society wife and mother while living in fear that her past will be discovered. Abigail Buchanan is a lovely actress who, at age 77, still longs for fame and fortune. And Bobby Mann, a father of two who works three jobs to provide for his family, is filled with self-doubt and fear, and refuses to accept the faith that his wife holds out to him.

The author deftly moves among these characters and their stories while providing interaction during the jury deliberations. Each one is clearly defined and easy to follow in short, fast-moving chapters. As the secrets and character flaws of each are revealed, the themes of hope and redemption recur, sometimes offered by friends and relatives, and sometimes by the testimony of wise pastors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deena Peterson on February 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
You just never know what will happen in a novel by Nancy Moser...and that's a very good thing!

Patti McCoy is on trial for her life. She's accused of killing her boyfriend, Brett Lerner. Did she do it? Or did she just show up at the worst time ever?

The jurors listen to all of the evidence, and then begin to deliberate. Among the twelve, we get up close and personal with several of them...and discover that this story is about far more than just Patti's trial...

Ken, the washed up golf pro, has a choice of reuniting with his estranged son or living the life he pretends he wants. We also meet Abigail, a starlet in her trying out for roles that really shouldn't be hers--question is, what will she do about it?

Bobby works three jobs and is supporting a wife and three kids...and hiding from a past that makes him hang his head in shame. Can he overcome the obstacles in his way and succeed in life, or will he hang onto what is known, even if it's destructive?

Finally, we meet Deidre, wife of famous surgeoun Sigmund Kelly...striving to have the perfect life she's always wanted and has finally earned...right? What lengths will Deidre go to in order to keep her family whole and complete?

What we thought was about a murder trial turns out to be so much more...and that's just like Nancy Moser! A muli-layered author who always surprises with so much more, you just can't go wrong with her novels.

I'm giving "Solemnly Swear" five out of five bookmarks with a gavel as a charm...and an order to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth...I loved this book, and I think you will as well!

Happy Reading!

Deena from A Peek At My Bookshelf
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2007
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Brett Lerner was a blackmailer who was waiting in his hot tub for the mark to arrive and give him his payoff money. Instead, the blackmailer hits Brett over the head. Brett is later found by his pregnant girlfriend Patti McCoy who starts screaming and then runs away when the police come. They find her and arrest her and put her in jail until the trial date arrives.

The members of the jury are a mixed group from a famous actress to a man who works three minimum wage jobs because he doesn't believe in his own talent. Also in the group are a former golf chairman and the wife of a doctor who operates on children for free. One of the members of the jury is pushing his/her spouse to sway the jury for a guilty verdict and though that person agrees to do so, the price paid is enormous.

Nancy Moser is a fantastic storyteller who lets her audience see into the hearts of the characters. There is nobody evil in this book, just lost misguided people making awful, not to say illegal decisions. SOLEMNLY SWEAR shows how one fabrication can spiral into many more lies and hurt other people, especially loved ones; as Sir Walter Scott proclaimed: "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." Some of the jurors learn from their experience and try to turn their lives around to become better people; none of them will be like they were before the jurisprudence experience.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katy McKenna on February 2, 2008
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If you're considering giving Nancy Moser's latest novel a read, allow me to Solemnly Swear to my belief that you'll throughly enjoy it.

From the prologue (which I found entirely engrossing) on, Moser had me spellbound. Seldom have I wondered about the personal backgrounds, life experiences, and motivations of jurors, but in Solemnly Swear we get a glimpse into the lives of four such people. And we end up realizing how one misconception, one slight, one lie, and one missed purpose could unite to condemn (or possibly free) the accused.

If you've ever thought you might have what it takes to be an impartial and fair jury member, read this gripping tale. And then if you get called to jury duty, remember it....
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