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- Print Length: 354 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004NNV9UK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There is Tillie--the woman who built the house Roz is living in
Roz--an eleven year old girl whose parents have split up
Wally--Roz's older brother, who runs away to join the Army during the Viet Nam war
Mara--Roz's best friend--a biracial girl when racism is still alive and well
Johnny--Tillie's son who thinks she belongs in a nursing home instead of being in her own home
Lyle--Tillie's son who has been on the mission field in Bolivia but he's coming home
Alan--Roz's drunken father
Promises to Keep reads like a memoir, told in Roz's voice and with the wisdom only an eleven-year-old can exhibit. It details a year in her family's life, from Tillie showing up on their doorstep, to her father showing up in town; from meeting Mara at an air raid drill, to seeing their prayers answered in a most unusual way.
Roz is the only one Alan allows to know he is in town, and he does so by leaving Sugar Daddy candy in her desk at first. Then he meets with her at a diner, telling her he wants the family back together. Mara is not very trusting of him, even though she never meets him. She seems to have a sense about Roz's father that Roz can't see because she is too close to the issue. When everything falls apart, Mara is there for Roz.
I give this Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a friend like Mara.
This has some Christian themes but it was not "in your face" like many books I've read.
The novel is narrated by Roz, a young girl that is struggling to understand why her mom moved her and her siblings far away from their dad, despite the fact that most of the memories that Roz has of her father are tainted with fear. It was interesting to see how idealistic she could be, despite having been witness to the terror that her father inflicted on her family. She just has a complete blind spot when it came to her father.
After moving to this new town, Roz and her family soon find their home being invaded by a crazy old lady named Tilly. She was an outrageous character that you couldn’t help being fond of from the very beginning. “The strange woman’s profile was framed in the passenger window, and for a moment I almost felt sorry for the old lady who was being hauled back to the home against her will. It seemed a sad way to finish up a life.” (Promises to Keep, pg 15). We learn that Tilly’s husband and herself built the house Roz and family moved into and when Tilly broke her hip, her son sold the house and put her in assisted living. Tilly refuses to accept that she no longer owns the house, and eventually everyone stops fighting against her and just lets Tilly do what she is going to do.
Tilly is a great character. She brought a different perspective into Roz’s life and a wisdom that you only develop after spending a lot of time living. “People look for greatness only in the extraordinary and completely overlook the wonder of the ordinary. That’s why those moments are all forgotten, counted as nothing. It’s a terrible loss.” (Promises to Keep, pg 116). I liked how Ann Tatlock used Tilly to bring up faith. I have my beliefs, but I tend to steer away from books that spout parts of the Bible like a geyser. It just gets to be too much. But Tilly is a character that I very quickly liked, and so when she expressed her thoughts and feelings on faith, it didn’t feel forced – it was just part of who Tilly was, and that is missing from a lot of other books that try to write a story about God. This was a story about a broken family trying to pick up and start again – the people they encounter afterwards are part of the natural flow of the story and Tilly and her faith go hand in hand with that.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, I think that this was a great read. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially someone with a bit of a crisis on his or her hands. There was something calming about following these characters, and Tilly especially was such a great character. I was very impressed and would definitely pick up more of Ann Tatlock’s work.
Well, Promises to Keep is another good book. I think it isn't quite as good as Sweet Mercy, but similar in feeling and writing style, and still quite a good story.
Roz is a girl of about 9 whose father was a drunk and abusive. Her mom finally got the strength to leave him and move to the town her grandfather lived in. Roz's father was broken hearted while he watched them drive off, so this is what Roz remembers. She wants to think of her dad as a loving dad rather than a wife beater.
The next few months are the life events in this house and about a seemingly strange older woman who parks herself on them and becomes a part of their family. There are touching scenes and typical childhood scenes. But it's set in the 60's so it's just a different era, and a more wholesome time for children, in a small town where everyone knows each other and people trust one another.
I liked the book. Very clean, not overly sad with the way the abuse is portrayed, but still, you get the idea of how hard life was for Roz's mom and older brother, who also suffered at the hands of that dad.
Do I recommend it, yes.
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