A Promise to Keep
Published by Anaiah Press
Publication Date January 21, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Action/Adventure
Setting: New York, Wyoming Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.
Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Fear had left Savannah paralyzed – unable to truly live life. And Michael’s life was spent overcoming fear. As a search-and-rescue specialist, he was constantly putting himself in danger to save others from it.
A Promise to Keep shows Savannah’s struggles with holding on to her faith in God’s love for her after the death of her husband. I loved the vivid picture she had of letting go of her fears and truly trusting God to handle them. It was very well done!
The first half chronicles Savannah and Michael reconnecting at their twenty-year high-school reunion and the next few days as they get to know each other again. It is sweet and romantic (Michael is so kind and sensitive, and so in love!). Yet Savannah struggles greatly with fear of becoming attached to this daring rescuer and then losing him.
The second half of the book changes pace when Michael returns to his life and we see some daring rescues. The first one was so crazy it had to be based on a true account! I will confess to not being able to really picture the grave danger they were in – but this may just be me. The second one is much more dramatic and prolonged. I like the way the author told of the events here and then switched over to Savannah’s life and the way she was beginning to spread her wings and then switched back to more about the rescue.
I was a little disappointed at not finding out the details about why the people needed rescuing. There was such a big deal made about what they did wrong, I would have liked to know what they were thinking and what happened to Andrea.
A Promise to Keep was a great debut novel. I recommend it for lovers of Christian romance.