Book Review | Promises to Keep

Title: Promises to Keep

Author: Ann Tatlock

My Review:

In the summer of 1967, Rosalind and her family move to a new town to escape her abusive father. Within a week, Tillie Monroe is sitting on their porch reading the newspaper. Having fallen and broken her hip, her sons sold the house and put her in a nursing home, but Tillie is determined to die in the house her husband and she built. And before another week is out, she has wormed her way back into it.

For Rosalind’s mother, Tillie is a godsend. A live-in housekeeper, babysitter and nursemaid. Rosalind and her brother, Wally, don’t see her the same way. Rosalind makes a new friend at school, a black girl named Mara. Both girls have secrets, Rosalind her father’s abuse and her desire for him to change to become part of their life again and Mara wants to meet her real father. They make a pact to pray for both of their wishes to come true.

This is an awesome piece of fiction! Ann Tatlock writes a chilling tale that could have been plucked out of the headlines. An absolute page-turner, with a heart-pounding climax that will have you double-checking that the doors are locked before you go to bed at night. The friendship between the two girls is by turns sweet and heart-wrenching, confronting prejudice and abuse with realism. I’ll be keeping an eye open for other novels by this author for sure! Two thumbs way up!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Myla is a life-long resident of Nova Scotia, Canada. She is married with two sons. A self-described bookworm, her hobbies also include knitting, painting, photography and music.

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