04 March 2014

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher


A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

Thomas Nelson Publishers

Reviewed by Teresa S Mathews

5 Stars*****

When I saw the information popping up about this book I knew it was one I had to read; what a good decision that turned out to be. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it and I hope this review will persuade you to read it also.    

When Allison met Tony it was almost love at first sight, within a year of their first date they were married and having a baby. What a life-time of beautiful memories they were going to have. How cruel it is when life deals you something you are not expecting and before you know it your dreams are in ashes. After years of making excuses for Tony's problem Allison has had enough and she gives him an ultimatum, straighten up for good or hit the road. Never in her wildest dreams did she think he would divorce her.

Allison had prayed for years for God to deliver Tony and heal their marriage. She was so sure God had told her He was going to answer her prayers but somehow she must have gotten it wrong. Now she is on the way to live in the mountains north of Boise in a beautiful cabin that was once her great-aunt Emma's.

While exploring Aunt Emma's house Allison stumbles upon a beautiful wedding dress in the attic; Allison can't help but wonder who it belonged to since Emma was never married. Having her curiosity piqued, Allison looks further into the things left behind and finds stacks of old journals written by Emma. Will these journals clear up the mystery of the dress? Or will they produce a shocking secret that no one has spoken of for almost eighty years?

I can't praise this book enough; Robin has created a story so powerful it will deeply touch your heart, especially when you know this is based loosely on her own story. Not only do you get to walk with Allison's as she struggles to maintain a relationship with God after she thinks she has misunderstood His will for her life. You get to rejoice with her when she realizes that GOD has had everything under control the whole time and that He can take our messes and create miracles from them. Thank you so much Robin for sharing this moving story with us.

You can find this book and more by Robin at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and CBD.

GIVEAWAY: We will be giving away one copy of Robin's books this week, Winner's choice of book and format. International Winner Ebook only.



71 comments:

  1. What a wonderful review, my dear cohort! You have such a way with words, TERESA, which has me chomping at the bit to read this one ASAP. I LOVED The Forgiving Hour! I have a couple I need to review first but APK--SOON! :)

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    1. This story was so precious and I loved it had a bit of mystery to it also. Robin did an outstanding job!!

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  2. Great review, Teresa! I haven't read this one, yet, but you've tempted me! I think it might be available on audiobook, too!

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    1. I'm really tempted, b/c I just finished The Forgiving Hour last week and it was AWESOME!

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    2. CARRIE this is one you won't want to put down, I love the fact it's like TWO books in one..you have Allison's story and then Emma's. Both were equally fascinating .

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  3. Thank you, Teresa. What a well-thought-out review. I appreciate your words.

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    1. Thank you ROBIN! Your beautiful writing surely made it easy for me. :-)

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  4. Loved this book as Allison works at developing a new normal in her life. This is an excellent book for those who are dealing with a family member who is involved in addictive behavior. When I read the book I didn't know about Robin's situation but suspected that it was written from experience. I encouraged a friend to read it as she is dealing with living with an alcoholic husband.

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    1. RUTH you are so right, this book would be a wonderful tool for someone going through the same situation as Allison/Robin. Robin's writing was certainly ordered by the Lord! I am so glad things worked out for her and her husband.

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    2. Praying that your friend and her husband and family will move closer to Christ as they walk through this.

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    3. She goes to Celebrate Recovery and has given her husband over to the Lord. No more co-dependency just dependent on God to allow what ever is necessary to get his attention.

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  5. Great review!I love Robin's books.I am looking forward to reading this one.It sounds wonderful.Thanks again...jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks JACKIE I'm so glad you dropped by! :-)

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    2. Hope you enjoy the book, Jackie.

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  6. What a lovely review, Teresa! I am certainly eager to read this special story!!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi BRITNEY, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, I hope you get to read it soon.

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  7. I just finish reading this book last week while cruising in the Caribbean. It makes you wonder what happened after the book finish. Maybe Robin will have a sequel to this one/

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    1. I fell in love with Kings Meadow while I wrote A Promise Kept, so I'm returning to that setting for three more books, contemporary romances this time. Not exactly a sequel, but readers will see some familiar faces along the way. The first book, Love Without End, releases in November 2014.

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    2. That sounds wonderful!! Can't wait for that Robin.

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  8. I already wanted to read this book but this review seals it!!

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  9. I loved your review for A Promise Kept. I have this book on my wish list and would love to win a copy. I agree with the commenter above me, Connie, this review seals the deal for me :-)
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Brittany, I hope you get the wish to read it soon.

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    2. BRITTANY so glad you enjoyed my review, I KNOW you will love the book. Maybe you'll be our blessed winner! :-)

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  10. Thanks for the chance to win! Now that I've read about this book twice today, I really want to read it. :)

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    1. Whether you win or not, Jennifer, I hope you get to read the book soon.

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    2. JENNIFER I hope you win and if not I do hope you'll have the chance to read this wonderful story! :-)

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  11. I have Robins book on my kindle, ordered in a pre order statis and now need to read it.
    I know it will touch the hearts of many.
    Linda
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Linda. So many books, so little time. True? I hope A Promise Kept moves to the top of your Kindle reading list soon.

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    2. Hi LINDA you really need to get to this one soon, it's very heart touching. I loved every minute of it.

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  12. TERESA, I LOVE this review! I am hooked and want to read this book. Thanks for just enough tor eel me in but not give anything away :) {{hugs}} GF :)

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    1. tor eel?! Ok, should be to reel...doh!

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    2. I like the "to eel me in," Anne. Paints an interesting mental picture. ;-) Teresa knows how to do a review without giving away key points. Hope you get to read the book soon.

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    3. ANNE you have me giggling for sure...my fingers have days like that, it's like they have a mind of their own and it's not connected to my body!! :-) I do hope you get to read this one, it was well worth my time!

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    4. Robin is one of the first Christian Fiction authors I ever read and I devoured her books like a bag of m&m's :)

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  13. Would so love to win a print copy of this book.

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    1. Hi BONNIE thanks for coming by and good luck!! :-)

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  14. Thank you for reviewing such great books for us! Love Robin's words and hoping to read another of hers!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. I hope you get to read the book soon, Melody.

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    2. Hi MELODY...I sure hope you get to read this one too. You are very welcome, we sure love reviewing all these amazing books.

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  15. Hey Robin,
    I would absolutely love to read your new book. The cover of your book is absolutely beautiful. I absolutely love what read it was very intersting.
    Thanks for doing the giveaway.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Hi DANIE I'm so glad you came by and you are so right, that cover is gorgeous.

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    2. Thanks, Danie. The cover is stunning. When it was first sent to me, it was instant LOVE. Hope you get to read the book soon.

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    3. You are so welcome Robin, and I am so glad that I stopped by.

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  16. Great review, Teresa! I have read some of Robin's books previously and would love to win this one (although I plan to read it anyway!) Wishing you both many blessings!

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    1. KATHERINE thank you so much and I sure hope you do get to read this one. I was so blessed to be able to read it. :-)

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    2. Thanks for reading my books, Katherine. You are so appreciated.

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  17. I've got to read this, even if I don't win!!!

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    1. TINA that's a good spirit, but I do hope you are our blessed winner! :-)

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    2. Thanks, Tina. That means a lot to me.

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  18. A PROMISE KEPT sounds like a book I must read too.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi MARY, thanks for stopping in!! I hope you will be able to get to this book soon, it will bless you. :-)

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    2. Mary, I wish everyone could win. But win or not, I hope you get to read it soon.

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  19. Hello Teresa. Great review my friend. I've been wanting Robin's book. Sure hoping to win it. Lovely title and cover also. Robin I really need this book. It sounds so good. Thanks to you and my OWG friends for the give-away. GOD bless!
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hello MAXIE you really do need this book! It is such a beautiful story! Thanks for coming by and making me smile! :-)

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    2. Thanks, Maxie. I hope you get to read A Promise Kept soon.

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  20. What a wonderful review! I would love to win this book but even if I don't, I surely will be getting it! Thanks so much for the chance to win it!
    kcrouse1950 at verizon dot net

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    1. KATHI so glad to hear you are going to be reading this, I promise will enjoy it!

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    2. Thanks, Kathi. I hope you get to read it soon.

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  21. Wow, what a great review, T.! You left me wondering about so many things, now I just have to read the book to get answers!! :)

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    1. That's the best kind of review, isn't it, Marian? I do hope you get to read A Promise Kept soon.

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    2. MARIAN you know "mom" is sneaky like that! I got you hooked and now you HAVE to read it! lol :-)

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  22. Great review Teresa! I've read several of Robin's books lately and enjoyed each and everyone. I'm sure this one will be a very powerful read.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Patty glad you liked my review. A Promise Kept is absolutely amazing!! I hope you get to read it soon!

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  23. I think I will love this book! Can't wait to read it! Hope I win! gigisnyder@icloud.com

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    1. I can't wait either, JACKIE! Good luck to you!

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  24. Hi, Robin and Teresa!!

    Thanks for your beautiful review, Teresa!!

    As I commented on Carrie's interview with Robin - I was married to to an alcoholic whom I ALSO divorced, after years of being abused, and his unsuccessful rehab stints. To my knowledge, he was never healed (he is now deceased), however - God used my marriage to draw me back to Him, thereby - healing me!!

    "A Promise Kept" is certainly a novel to which I can relate, and would love to read!! Thanks for writing a novel that will, undoubtedly, help many people struggling with the same issues, Robin - and which will let them know that God loves them and can use even the worst of life's situations for their good - !!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    0WG

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  25. Thanks for the beautiful review Teresa. I loved how you left out spoilers leaving us to wonder how God works this out, and the fact that it is based on Robin's true life story impels me even more, to want to read this book. Thank you Robin for sharing 'your story--this sounds like a book that will minister to many hurting women. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of Robin's books--it will be difficult to decide which one I would want most.
    Vicki
    (OWG knows my info)

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    1. Hi VICKI it's hard sometime to write a review without giving a little away. This story is so good I know you will love it! :-)

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  26. Just took another look and the cover is beautiful and I like the way the sun rays coming from the window seem to draw you to the attic and the wedding dress, and draws you to want to know the story inside.
    Vicki

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    1. VICKI you're right the cover is gorgeous! :-)

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