Monday, September 10, 2012
Good Historical Novel
Promise Me This, by Cathy Gohlke, is a book of historical fiction. It begins in England in the early 1900s and sends two of the main characters off on the Titanic, one as a stowaway. They become friends but death quickly follows leaving the other with a promise to keep. And what a promise that is. Michael continues to Owen’s relatives in New Jersey where he works hard to earn money to bring Annie, Owen’s sister, to the U.S. But life and a war get in the way. A wicked aunt and a loving guardian bring this story together and make it interesting. Gohlke does a good job of covering the tragedies of the war yet gives us a little hope that all wlll end well in the end – at least for Annie and Michael. The book is well written and the historical aspects are well done and interesting. However, the wicked aunt is a bit over the top. Otherwise, I’d encourage you to read this book. I enjoyed it a great deal.