Book Review: “Promise Me This” by Cathy Gohlke

February 10, 2012 at 7:22 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Cathy Gohlke in her new book “Promise Me This” published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us a romance that begins with the disastrous maiden voyage of the Titanic.

From the back cover:  Annie Allen never imagined the day she watched her brother, Owen, sail on Titanic would be the last time she’d see him.  Nor could she guess how the tragedy would forever knit her life to Michael Dunnagan, who survived through Owen’s sacrifice.

As Annie struggles to navigate a challenging life in England, Michael labors in New Jersey to create the gardening business Owen once dreamed of and to heal Annie’s grief through letters.   In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when Owen did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected.

Bound by a promise yet battling circumstances beyond their control, Michael and Annie dream of the day she can join him in America.  Just when Michael saves enough money for her passage, WWI erupts in Europe. Then Annie’s letters mysteriously stop, forcing Michael to risk everything to find the woman he’s grown to love before she’s lost forever.

A lot has been said about destiny but to show it take place in a book well that takes real skill.  In “Promise Me This” Cathy Gohlke shows us her skill as a writer by giving us a book about destiny.  Michael Dunnagan is a stowaway on Titanic and only through Owen’s sacrifice does he survive the sinking.  Now he can begin a new life in America without any of the expectations that branded him back home.  “Promise Me This” is amazing, filled with wonderful characters that breathe life right off the page and real life events that help shape them.  Not only is this a book that has history that is authentic it has wonderful themes of love, hate, bitterness, guilt, fear, grace, and forgiveness.  Seems like quite a handful but in the skillful hands of Ms. Gohlke they are crafted into a wonderful story that we want never to end.  I highly recommend this book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. Thank you, Vic, for this fantastic review. I’m glad you enjoyed Promise Me This, and that you so clearly grasped its themes. That’s tonic for a writer’s heart! God bless!

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