- File Size: 879 KB
- Print Length: 389 pages
- Publisher: Sarah Book Publishing; First edition (February 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BPKYDJC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born four weeks apart, Owen Cartwright and Weston Walker were best friends. Now, in 1848, they are six years old. Their fathers, Harmon and Monroe, worked at the local sawmill along with doing a little farming. There was an unusually strong bond between the two boys. Did they get into mischief? You bet! Enjoy the smiles/laughs. Baby seeds? Innocent investigations from the boys of where babies came from. How about the time they met with a skunk? Go with them when they found some moonshine.
In the fall of 1857 the sawmill closed thus "forcing" the families to leave Tennessee and move to Mississippi. Although the others settled in well to their new life, Owen and Wes did not thus resulting in some bad choices. At what age did they wear their first pair of boots? Was slavery right? A new subject for Wes and Owen to discuss and ponder was which one of them would fall in love first? How would the other feel? What happened when death struck one of the families?
Skipping forward to 1865, Owen tells the story of life as soldiers in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry. Why did Owen not tell his family the full truth? What was the complete truth and how many years would it take to surface. Read the story of Owen's life throughout the years and enjoy your trip back in time.
Written in the vernacular of that time and area this book may be hard for some to read but I loved it. It helped transport the reader to that era, making the story even more real.Read more ›
On keeping with the setting of memoir/biography she offers a touching Prologue: ‘What is a friend? According to the dictionary, a friend is a person who you like and enjoy being with, someone who helps and supports you in every way possible. That definition falls short of the friendship chronicled in this book. Imagine if you will, two boys who are the same age and grow up together. They are buddies, constant companions, and partners-in- crime. Perhaps the word that best describes the relationship between the two is accessory. They watch out for each other and are co- conspirators in virtually everything they do, before, during, and after the fact. They are a force to be reckoned with. Like boys do while growing up, they make promises to one another as well as to others, most of which are of no real significance. They are boys involved in boyish things and can be forgiven for backing out of something they had initially agreed on, especially if the promise isn't sealed with their special handshake.
However, as men, their promises are grounds for the expectation of follow-through, for successful completion of specified intentions. They are of a singular mind; once their word is given, going back on it is seldom, if ever, an option. If envisioned from the right perspective, their friendship lasted for over a hundred years. This is their story.Read more ›
he hardships, friendships,and overall love of two families in the south during the 1800's and pre and post Civil War. The humor of two young boys and their antics growing from infants to adulthood had me thoroughly entertained. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
'Promises' takes the reader back to 1884 Tennessee, and the lives of Owen and Weston, a pair of six-year-old who are nigh-inseparable best friends. An engaging, flowing narrative that reads more like a memoir or a journal than a work of fiction relays the friend's time together. Tales of mischief, hijinx, laughter, and everyday life ensue. Durham's prose in woven together with intricate detail of the towns and homes that make up "Promises' settings. It offers up the way life was in the culture of the pre-confederate South with no apologies or embellishments- this is the way people lived, how they filled their day, and how they fed their families.
When war comes, both boys enlist. Now living in Mississippi, they join its 2nd infantry and see action in some of The Civil War's bloodiest battles- Antietam, Manassas, and Gettysburg. Wes is killed and Owen spends two years in a prison camp. The book is Owen's story after the War. He returns to his family, picks up the pieces, and lives his life. Life, death, birth, success, failure, more war, and a lumber business follow, all told through the prism of that slice of life that most of us reside in. Not rich but not poor, scratching out a life and fighting to make it one with meaning.
'Promises', with its characters that are rich and textured without seeming embellished and its evocative narrative would be a four-star book, possibly five, if not for one fatal flaw. The book's dialogue, written to mimic the vernacular of the time, is damn near unreadable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Owen Cartwright was born in January, 1842, in rural Tennessee. His best friend ever is Wes Walker, only a month older. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Happy Reader
This book was awesome. It had me on the first page and kept me reading late into the night. You meet Owen and Wes, two country boys as they travel from boyhood to manhood. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Boundless Book Reviews
***Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing an objective review for Amazon.com. Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. Roberts
I found this book a bit tough to get into but once I did I hated when I had to stop! The story follows a set of two families in the beginning and later on focuses more on the one... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sprinklemonkey
I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rayleigh Gray
It has been a long while since I have devoured a 400 page book this fast. What choice did I have? I simply couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Raymond H. Mullen
Promises: Ardyce Durham
Friendships are valuable and long lasting when you are compatible, have the same interests and even know how to have fund and get into trouble... Read more
The first paragraph of the ‘Author’s Note’ summarizes the story best. “This book was inspired by the life of my paternal great-grandfather. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Coto
The most interesting part about this book is that it is a fictional biography. The author mentions that she did research into her paternal great-grandfather’s life, but her work... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MonkeyKing