Promise Me This by Cathy Golhke ~ Tyndale Blog Tour and Review

Promise Me This

My Review: Promise Me This is a novel of epic proportions, spanning tumultuous years of tragedy and hope.

Michael Dunnagan is an orphan fleeing his abusive uncle, when he crosses paths with Owen Allen, who swiftly takes Michael under his wing. That predestined meeting sets off a chain of events that only God could find a way to use for good. And the Titanic is only the beginning.

 Told with a smooth style that allows the reader to be swallowed up into the drama, Promise Me This holds on tight and doesn't let go until the final page is turned down. I found myself lost for hours on end, unwilling to put the book down until I found out what happened next. This is one of those rare books that eludes description, it left me speechless as to how to properly portray it in a way even close to doing it justice.

To me, the characters were real, and I was standing right there with them through it all. My favorite character was Michael because of his unflagging determination to fulfill the promises he made to Owen and to himself. It was inspiring to see his faith grow from doubting to willing to trust God no matter the cost, even if it wasn't what Michael wanted--even if it hurt.

 Richly woven with threads of love, sacrifice, loss, tragedy, and hope, written with a style that fills the senses, actually taking me there, Promise Me This would be a tragedy to miss!

Final Rating: 5.5 out of 5

About the Author:

Cathy Gohlke
Cathy Gohlke is the two-time Christy Award–winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Promise Me This, William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires, which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Award and was listed by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2008.

Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children's and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, make their home on the banks of the Laurel Run in Elkton, Maryland. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com.

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I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thanks :)


  1. Thank you for your beautifully written review of "Promise Me This," Faye. I'm so glad you were caught up in the book. I loved when you wrote that it was "inspiring to see his faith grow from doubting to trusting God no matter the cost, even if it wasn't what Michael wanted--even if it hurt." That's just the point, isn't it--for all of us? God's blessings to you!

  2. Cathy, you're welcome! I enjoyed it immensely.
    It's hard to do, but we should most definitely be striving toward trusting God no matter what in all circumstances! I love characters who inspire me like that.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Beautiful review, Faye - and I completely agree! :)


  4. Thank you, Amber. It was a wonderful book! I'm glad that you enjoyed it too :)


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