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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Promises To Keep

To Tillie, ownership was in fact a matter of sweat, years, and love a person poured into a house. If the latter was true and could hold up in court, this house would be Tillie's Long after she was dead.

Janis Anthony, along with her 17-year old son Wally, 11 year old daughter, Rosalind who goes by Roz with a Z instead of an S, and Valerie who was 2, moved into a home that her grandfather paid cash for when she needed a place to live.

Janis and her family left her abusive husband, Alan, and decided for safety of herself and her kids to move far away and never look back. That's all that Roz can remember is watching her Daddy crying on the stoop of their house as they drove off. Her momma never did look back.

Tillie has vowed that she will die in the house that her and her now deceased husband Ross built back in 1917, but since a recent slip and fall on ice that left her with a hip injury, her three sons moved her into St. Claire's Home for the Aged and sold her home. Yet when Tillie keeps escaping from the home and laying claim to the house Janis and the kids live in, God is about to bring about a new kind of family that will meet all of their needs.

I received the latest novel, Promises To Keep by Ann Tatlock compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and found myself captivated by the warmth and sincerity of two different circumstances united under one roof. I love Tillie Monroe and all the wisdom that her age has brought to the troubled Anthony family and watching it play out on the written pages of this heartwarming book.

Here's even more great information about the book, the author and a first chapter glimpse that is guaranteed to have you wanting to read this amazing story.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Promises to Keep
Bethany House (February 1, 2011)
Ann Tatlock


Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina.


Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony and her family have just moved to Mills River, Illinois, to escape an abusive situation. Only days after settling into their new home, they are surprised to find the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, on their front porch reading the newspaper.

Though her sons have sold the house and sent her to a facility for the aged, she is determined to die in the place she lived her life, and somehow manages to find her way "home" day after day. Feeling sympathy for the elderly woman, Roz's mother allows Tillie to move back in.

Mara Nightingale becomes Roz's first friend in Mills River. In spite of their many differences, the girls discover they have something in common that binds them together--both are hiding secrets. So they make a promise--"cross my heart and hope to die"--never to tell anyone else. When danger stalks the Anthonys, Tillie exhibits unimaginable courage and selfless love in her determination to protect the family she has adopted as her own.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Promises to Keep, go HERE.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book! I'm still trying to get my thoughts together to post a review that will do it justice! Good job!! :)


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