- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Heritage Beacon Fiction (April 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941103669
- ISBN-13: 978-1941103661
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rumors and Promises Paperback – April 18, 2016
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Praise for Rumors and Promises:
~ Sharlene MacLaren
Author of 16 faith-based, bestselling novels
including the Tennessee Dreams series
Set in 1900 in a fictional Michigan town, Rumors and Promises is a tender story of two people whose love is tested against difficult and trying circumstances. Author Kathleen Rouser takes the reader on a journey of betrayal and loss and rumors determined to ruin the best of reputations.
~ Jill Eileen Smith
CBA best-selling author of The Crimson Cord
and The Wives of King David series
Rumors and Promises is a poignant story of God's mercy and unconditional love. Kudos to Ms. Rouser for crafting a touching and thought-provoking tale of forgiveness in all its forms.
~ Marianne Evans
Award-winning author of Devotion
About the Author
Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could read. She desires to create characters, who resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives. Previously a homeschool mom, she more recently has been a college student and is sometimes a mild-mannered dental assistant by day. Along with her sassy tail-less cat, she lives in the Midwest with her hero and husband of 33 years, who not only listens to her stories, but also cooks for her.
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I liked the way that Rouser showed her flawed characters needed to find forgiveness and protection in a sinful world. This early 1900's story took us to a place in time where women who were taken advantage of had little to no protection and suffered the consequences whether they were responsible for the actions or not. The main female character, Sophie showed the vulnerability to the world she lived in and how she had to deal with the life in which she was handed. Thankfully, Sophie was introduced to a community in Stone Creek, Michigan that showed compassion...well, most of the community. Unfortunately, not all of the people of this small community were compassionate but rather chose to spread rumors trying to ruin Sophie's reputation before knowing all of the circumstances.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and how the author brought into the story how compassion and forgiveness are what churches should be found faithful in because that is how Christ looks at us. As sinful as we are, He has provided forgiveness because of His compassion for our sinful state.
My favorite character is Ian. He's a Pastor and finds himself caring for Sophie and Caira and then he finds about her past. He's not perfect even though he's a minister. He has his own burden of guilt that he carries. This story shows how giving those burdens to the Lord can help us deal with today and the things that come up.
I would recommend this book for historical romance Christian fiction lovers. I would suggest that it be a mature adult to read as it does cover (without too much detail) the subject of sexual abuse. It is tastefully covered, but would not recommend this book for teens.
Sophia hides the truth that Caira is her daughter and tells everyone that they are sisters. Heartwarming, and oftentimes humorous, the reader is hopeful that Sophia and Caira’s charade will not be disclosed. Sophia prays God will forgive her sin of lying and deception. God answers her pray by having her bump into Reverend Ian McCormick.
Reverend McCormick is a man seeking God’s guidance, but he hides a treasure chest of hidden hurts himself. Sophia’s knight in shining armor is flawed. Can God heal Sophia’s and Ian’s flaws that keep these two loving people at arm’s length?
Kathleen Rouser’s Rumors and Promises is a well-written historical romance that leaves the reader with a better understanding of what societies’ finger-pointers can do to a young girl’s moral. This venerable young heiress, though homeless and alone, shows us that as Jesus forgave the woman at the well—when you call upon God, He is our omniscient champion without equal!