Friday, March 16, 2012

Promise Me This

In “Promise Me This” by Cathy Gohlke, we meet Annie and Owen Allen. Annie and Owen lost their parents and Annie has been raised by a very strict aunt. When Owen sees a chance to go to America and start a new life for him and Annie, he takes it. Owen gets a ticket on the Titanic and is excited to leave for America. Before he sets sail he moves Annie into a boarding school so that she will be away from their aunt. A few days before the Titanic leaves Owen meets Michael Dunnagan. Michael is running from an abusive uncle and Owen takes him under his wing. Michael becomes a stowaway on the Titanic and Owen teaches him everything he needs to know about growing flowers for the nursery his family owns in New Jersey. As fate would have it the Titanic never reaches America. Before the ship sinks, Owen makes sure Michael is put on a life boat. Owen does not survive the sinking and Michael continues to New Jersey alone. He is welcomed by Owen’s aunt. When Annie learns of her brother’s fate, she becomes angry that Michael survived. As the years go by she begins to forgive Michael and they become good friends through writing letters and finally come to love each other. Before Annie can leave England, World War 1 breaks out in Europe. Annie has trained to be a nurse and wants to help in the war effort. Her aunt makes her go to the heart of the war and puts her in great danger. Michael decides to go to Europe to be near Annie and to protect her. Will the war keep Annie and Michael apart or will they live happily ever after?

This book is a definite tear jerker. We all know the story of the Titanic and of World War 1, but this makes both events a little more real. This book also shows us that in the midst of tragedy, God is with us and will never leave us no matter how bad it may get. I highly recommend this book, but have a tissue handy! I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

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