Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Promises to Keep

I recently received “Promises to Keep” by Ann Tatlock from Bethany House Publishers to review.  Before I tell you what I thought, let me tell you a little about the book.
Summary from
"Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony and her family have just moved to Mills River, Illinois, to escape an abusive situation. Only days after settling into their new home, they are surprised to find the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, on their front porch reading the newspaper. 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."
My Review
I thought this was a pretty good book.  It was a little slow moving to me, but I tend to like the suspense-filled books the most.  The story line was good, but I could sense the ending very early on.  The early part of the book where the family meets Tillie was probably the best part of the book if you ask me.  I'm pretty sure I'd have been a little shocked if a random old lady showed up on my porch one morning!  If you don't mind the slow progression of the story, this is a good book to read, but if you're like me and like suspense - you may want to skip this one!
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