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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.
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It can be difficult to pull off an adult level book with a child as a main character, but Ann Tatlock really pulls it off here.
I have to mention I love the simplicity of this cover. I used to wear my hair in two braids when I was a little girl and somehow looking at the cover I was "pulled" into Roz's world.
Tatlock's characters all come alive. I will often avoid a book about abuse, especially involving children. Tatlock pulls off a difficult topic sensitively, yet realistically. My heart broke for Roz as her innocence was shattered about life, and her father.
Yet, ultimately this is a book about love, human and divine and its power to break barriers. Tillie brings heartwarming humor to the story and shows Roz the power of a father's love.
Mara and Roz's friendship brings in the topic of race at a time when the South is desegregated in name only. Ultimately this entire book has a beautiful thread of what it means to desire the love of a human father. In the end its real message about the love of a heavenly Father that can fill the void.