A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher | Giveaway and Blog Tour

Don’t miss Robin Lee Hatcher‘s stunning new novel. Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption and eventual reconciliation with her husband, Robin’s A Promise Kept is an emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who keeps His promises.

Robin is celebrating with a fun giveaway and an encouraging Facebook Author Chat Party. 

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 6th. Winner will be announced at the “A Promise Kept” Facebook Author Chat Party on the 6th. Connect with Robin and friends for an evening of encouraging book chat, prizes, and an exclusive look at Robin’s next book!

So grab your copy of A Promise Kept and join Robin on the evening of February 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on 2/6!

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{More about A Promise Kept}

God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved.

What had become of His promise?

Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she’d misunderstood.

Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.

As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord?

Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption, A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His own time and His own ways.

Purchase a copy and learn more at Robin’s website.

Robin Lee Hatcher

{More About Robin Lee Hatcher}

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

Find out more about Robin Lee at http://robinleehatcher.com.
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A promise from God is a promise kept

Robin Lee Hatcher draws on her own personal pain to illustrate God’s goodness.

Seattle: When Robin Lee Hatcher’s marriage ended in divorce, she was devastated.I’d been so convinced God had promised me that He would save our marriage,” the author says, but she quickly learned that sometimes God answers prayer in the most unexpected ways. In the following years, God used the pain of what appeared to be a failed marriage to draw her closer to Him. In A Promise Kept (Thomas Nelson/January 7, 2014/ISBN: 978-1401687656/$15.99) Hatcher draws on that personal pain to craft a story about a woman married to an alcoholic, a woman who has to learn the value and importance of surrendering everything to the Lord.

Despite the similarities to her own life, Hatcher notes, “Allison’s life is not the same as mine. I didn’t retreat to a mountain cabin nor have an aunt whose journals helped me discover truths I needed to know, nor did I withdraw from God during the depths of my grief as Allison does. But every lesson God teaches me eventually makes its way into one of my stories. That was certainly true of A Promise Kept.”

In A Promise Kept, Allison finds herself divorced despite her long-held belief that God would save her marriage. She’s left asking, “What became of God’s promise?” Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, then married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum to get and stay sober or leave, she thought it might save their marriage. She never expected he would actually choose to walk out the door. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear she’d misunderstood. Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant great aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small-town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.

As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Has she really surrendered every piece of her life to the Lord?

Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption and eventual reconciliation with her husband, A Promise Kept is Hatcher’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who keeps His promises. “I hope readers will be encouraged to keep walking forward,” Hatcher says. “I hope, if they are in a troubled marriage, that they will seek God with their whole hearts and not act out of selfishness but out of obedience. I hope reading A Promise Kept will deepen their faith in a God who answers prayers, in His own way and His own time.” 

Robin Lee Hatcher will be hosting a Facebook party on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM EST to chat with readers about A Promise Kept, give away copies of the book and reveal the grand prize winner of a social media giveaway. More details will be available on her Facebook page. 

Advance Praise

“A beautiful, heart-touching story of God’s amazing grace, and how He can restore and make new that which was lost.”

~  Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author

“Hatcher’s beautifully crafted tale alternates between the past and the present. Allison and Emma are incredibly relatable characters, and readers are able to examine their own lives through the mirror of the novel’s events. Filled with family and faith, the author’s phrasing is exquisite and a treat to savor.”

~ RT Book Reviews Top Pick

“Hatcher departs from her more recent historical novels for this contemporary exploration of the conundrum faced by believers when they accept God’s word but can’t see it being manifested in their lives. Seeking refuge from the pain of her recent divorce, Allison Kavanagh moves to the remote mountain cabin in Idaho, bequeathed to her by beloved Aunt Emma… With the help of family and newfound church community, Allison reconsiders the trajectory of her marriage, and gradually works through her spiritual and emotional turmoil. The mountain setting is as appealing an aspect of this upbeat, well-paced novel as Allison, Emma, and their family and friends.”

~ Publisher’s Weekly

 “Award-winning Hatcher’s latest is a story of love, heartbreak, and redemption… Hatcher’s inspirational novel dramatizes the perception that even when it seems like you’re alone, you are always a part of a greater plan.”

~ Booklist

About the author

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, Hatcher is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 70 novels and novellas with more than five million copies in print.

Hatcher’s own experience being married to an alcoholic led her down an unexpected path. Her divorce, though painful, strengthened her faith and gave God the opportunity to save not only her husband but her marriage as well. Their reconciliation became the answer to prayer Hatcher had been waiting for and it became part of the deeply personal story she wanted to share with her readers in A Promise Kept.

Hatcher enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband, Jerry, make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

For more information about Hatcher and her books, visit her online home at www.robinleehatcher.com, become a fan on Facebook (robinleehatcher) or follow her on Twitter (@robinleehatcher). 

Suggested interview questions

 — Can you tell us a little bit about A Promise Kept and specifically how your own life inspired this story?

–How does your husband feel about you using aspects of your lives in a novel and speaking openly about it in interviews?

–How much of your main character’s situation is based on your own and will readers see a portrait of the author in your heroine?

–What would you say to someone who feels like God has abandoned him or her or forgotten His promise?

–What is the most important thing God taught you during your own period of refinement?

–Is there anything in particular that your heroine, Allison, clings to that helps remind her of God’s promises?

–An important question raised in A Promise Kept is, “Am I surrendering everything to the Lord?” What is the significance of this question and how do you determine the answer?

–When things don’t work out the way we want them to, it’s easy to blame God. What would you say to someone wrestling with these feelings, and how can we avoid the bitterness that sometimes accompanies them?

–God never seems to answer our prayers the way we expect or even in the timing we wish for. What advice do you have for people who are in the waiting period?

–Allison moves into the cabin she inherited from her self-reliant aunt Emma and uncovers a side of the woman she didn’t know existed. Is this wise woman inspired by someone in your real life?

–You have an important group of women who have influenced your life. Tell us the most valuable aspect of these friendships.

–In your letter to readers, which appears at the end of A Promise Kept, you talk about how your divorce felt like a failure. How did God turn that failure around in your life?

–Alcoholism played a large part in your marriage and eventually your divorce. What gave you the strength to continue to pray for your spouse even when no answer came?

–There are many women in our audience who are married to someone who has struggled with addiction, and though they have prayed for them, the answers have yet come. As Christians, we know that divorce is a last resort, but is it ever possibly the answer to prayer? How did you come to that painful decision?

–A Promise Kept is such a personal story; what do you hope each reader takes away from it?

Robin Lee Hatcher is available for interviews to promote the release of A Promise Kept. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com

Buzz

“A beautiful, heart-touching story of God’s amazing grace, and how He can restore and make new that which was lost.” ~  Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author

“Hatcher’s beautifully crafted tale alternates between the past and the present. Allison and Emma are incredibly relatable characters, and readers are able to examine their own lives through the mirror of the novel’s events. Filled with family and faith, the author’s phrasing is exquisite and a treat to savor.” ~ RT Book Reviews Top Pick

“Hatcher departs from her more recent historical novels for this contemporary exploration of the conundrum faced by believers when they accept God’s word but can’t see it being manifested in their lives. Seeking refuge from the pain of her recent divorce, Allison Kavanagh moves to the remote mountain cabin in Idaho, bequeathed to her by beloved Aunt Emma… With the help of family and newfound church community, Allison reconsiders the trajectory of her marriage, and gradually works through her spiritual and emotional turmoil. The mountain setting is as appealing an aspect of this upbeat, well-paced novel as Allison, Emma, and their family and friends.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

 “Award-winning Hatcher’s latest is a story of love, heartbreak, and redemption… Hatcher’s inspirational novel dramatizes the perception that even when it seems like you’re alone, you are always a part of a greater plan.” ~ Booklist

Reviews

  • heirlooms, a hope chest, and an log cabin’s attic window? Instant love. Robin Lee Hatcher doesn’t disappoint with A Promise Kept. Heartfelt and deeply moving, this book reached down to my soul. I could identify with the characters, vulnerable and strong at the same time. A Promise Kept tenderly reaches across generations to show that God does all things in His time, which is perfect and beyond measure. Spend a few moments in prayer after reading this book to consider the ways in which God has moved in your own life. A book doesn’t have to declare the words “Devotional” on the front to make it personal.

  • A book as timeless as the author. Robin Lee Hatcher has done it again!

  • I have read several of Robin Lee Hatcher’s books in the past and I’ve always enjoyed everything I read by her. “A Promise Kept” was no exception. It was a really interesting story which intertwined a woman’s present struggles and her great-aunt’s past struggles.

    Allison’s story is probably pretty common… her and her husband had the perfect life until he started drinking. One day she finally gave him an ultimatum. Unfortunately he chose the drink over his life with her. As she moved on with her life she struggled a lot with being a Christian and a divorcee. Then she moves into her great aunt’s old house and finds her old journals. As she reads the truth of Emma’s life, she finds out a lot about herself.

    This is a great story about a spiritual journey and it’s very well-written.

  • A Promise Kept
    By: Robin Lee Hatcher

    I loved A Promise Kept by Robin Hatcher. This book captured my interest from the first page. I enjoyed the back then-recent times interchange as I read the book. Emma lived during the 1920s-1930s. It wasn’t intrusive or confusing. It was like a story within a story. Both were very interesting and I kept reading to see what would happen next to Emma and to Allison. Along the way, I laughed and cried with the characters as they lived their lives and dealt with their hardships. The cover on this book is priceless. I love the wedding dress and old photograph. This is the perfect Christian romance story. For a wonderful read, pick this book up today!

  • Set in two different time frames, but with the common bridge of doubt, pain, finding strength and rediscovering God, “A Promise Kept” by Robin Lee Hatcher was an eloquently written story about two different women in different times, yet facing similar issues of rediscovering the person that God had made them to be while struggling with painful relationships that seem to have no hope.

    The book captured the pain that not only ending relationships can carry with it and the questions that later arises, but also the importance of not losing who you are, no matter where in life one is, and touches on the power of healing, rediscovery and family.

  • My Thoughts On The Book: I am a big fan of Robin Hatcher and love reading her books. This particular book really touched a heartstring and made it very special. I loved the interwoven story of Allison’s great aunt, Emma. Both stories illustrate how God works in His own way and His own time. There are no such things as unanswered prayers, they are just not always answered the way we thought they should be, as Allison finds out. The stories lesson is to keep praying for those you love and be grateful for those who prayed for you and yours. Prayers make a difference. God hears your prayers. This book is a definite addition to my library for a future re-read and a group book study. I cannot wait to share and discuss this book with my book lover friends.

  • Although Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her works of historical fiction, this book veers from that a bit to tell a story of grace and redemption in a modern setting – a story of waiting on God and trusting his plain for your life. This book was really fun to read and I liked how the modern story was paired with the story of her great aunt via the journal. It seems like we can learn a lot when we listen to the voices of the past. This story is well written and the characters are super relatable, even if they sometimes the path they take is one that seems to defy modern logic. It’s amazing how God can work a situation out in ways you never thought possible and Hatcher does a great job of telling just such a story in this novel.

  • Forgiveness. One of the hardest things to do when we are hurt but one of the most important in order to heal. Allison teaches us so much in this novel about forgiveness, healing and turning to God in order to find our way. Fantastic novel.

  • This is an excellent novel. The two story lines, one contemporary and one historical, are woven together perfectly. I loved how the characters developed in the novel. The struggle we experience in believing what God has promised is portrayed very realistically. The story line is very compelling. This is a very well written novel.

  • I finished A Promise Kept last night and it was one of the most beautiful books I’ve read. It kept my attention, the characters were different, each in their own way, but did not confuse me, the story within of Emma kept me turning the pages, I loved the sections of prayer as each made me hesitate to think of my own life and say a prayers and I was so sad to see it end. You showed your true and excellent worth in this book and I can see it climbing the charts. Congratulations on such brilliant work which produced a Beautiful story.

  • I enjoyed this book. This is one of those books where you see God writing the story even when you don’t see it. It’s like he is slowly weaving the tapestry into something beautiful, but you can’t see the whole scene yet. I love how at the end of the story, the tapestry turns into something beautiful. It is written in small chapters when Allison discovers Emma’s journals, we are able to read those entries and then it flips back to Allison. I like the writing style of it. I love the authenticity of Robin Lee Thatcher writing.

  • I don’t normally enjoy books that jump from one time period to anther time period but this book was really good. Each chapter was a different time period from Aunt Emma and Allison but I really enjoyed the present chapters which were Allison’s story.

    I am sure that you will love how the story ends. I was so happy!

    It also touches on a drinking problem and the author shows us how with God anything is possible.

    I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.

  • Robin Lee Hatcher weaves a masterful story about love, family and redemption. It is somewhat biographical as she and her husband went through a very similar time. The characters are for the most part, completely believable, since they are based on Robin and her husband. However, I thought the character of Allison’s daughter could have been developed a little deeper. All in all, this is an EXCELLENT book. I highly recommend it. It is hard, not impossible, but hard to put down. I give it 5 turning pages.

  • Not So 31 says:

    A story of how God’s promises don’t always turn out the way we expect them too, but He does always keep his promises. A Promise Kept is my first book by Robin Lee Hatcher, but it most certainly won’t be may last! I must say, I have never been so intrigued by a story that is not a mystery. I absolutely enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. I connected with the story because it was written spectacularly and the characters felt real!

  • This is a story of how can can redeem not only anything but also anyone when we least expect it. I was surprised by the path Robin took her characters in and found myself wishing some things would have gone different ways. At the conclusion of this novel, Robin takes you behind the scenes for the real-life details of the inspiration for this story. One that shows that even though our time table for things we believe God wants in our lives, is a very different one than God has in place at times. In the end, however, ALL things work together for the good of those that love the Lord. I easily give this one a 4 out of 5 stars.

  • A Promise Kept is a contemporary story about a woman struggling with painful choices, trying to discern God’s will for her life. I loved the whole premise of the book, and the setting in the beautiful mountains north of Boise, Idaho, gave me a chance to escape to a place quite different from my native Georgia. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed how the author allows readers into women’s lives through exploring their diaries: we see the day-to-day life of Allison’s Great Aunt Emma, as she slips from the decade of the Roaring 20s into the Great Depression of the 1930s. Then Allison, inspired by her Great Aunt, also begins to write in a journal. It made me see how a woman’s faith survives through her words, powerful even generations later. I highly recommend this book!

  • I love books where the characters find letters or diaries or journals of some sort that give them a window into the past. It is so easy to think that our lives are so different now than they were fifty or one hundred years ago, but that often is not the case. While working through her own hurts and disappointments, Allison discovers a wedding dress her great aunt saved, along with many photographs and a whole stack of diaries. Seeing her aunt work through heart ache and disappointments that she never knew about opens her up to the struggles so many people face, but don’t always share with others, even those they are close to. We all have our own path to walk and we need to trust that we are being guided as we should be, even when things don’t go the way we hoped or planned.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It would be a fantastic book for someone going through either divorce or alcoholism. I loved the characters of Allison and Tony. I really enjoyed the sub-story of Allison’s Aunt Emma – I wanted to know more and more of her story as the journals were read by Allison. I would recommend this story to any reader, but would make a great gift for someone dealing with any of these issues.

  • This was an enjoyable story with a lot of fodder for thought. Allison had prayed for her marriage to be healed, but her husband walked out on her. Does God answer prayers? Most of us have been told that God always answers prayers–it is just that sometimes the answer is “no”. Allison is coming to terms with the fact that her answer was “no”, that her marriage was not going to be saved. It was time to live life on her own and she chose to start that life in a place she’d always loved and recently inherited, her great aunt’s cabin. While there, she learns through her aunt’s journals, that her aunt had been through a similar situation.

  • I am absolutely certain that from its exquisite cover down to the contents, ‘A Promise Kept’ is a novel you will enjoy no matter your age!
    Robin Lee Hatcher shines in this tale of one woman coming to realize God answers all, in His own time and His own way and whilst ‘He hates divorce, He does not hate the divorced’.
    Could it be we discover a little of Robin Lee Hatcher herself?

    From its evocative onset you sense the apprehension of a middle aged Allison as she begins a new phase in a life riffled until now with bitterness. Her prayers were answered just not as expected and Allison comes to the realization she might have misunderstood the Lord.
    Her alcoholic dependent ex-husband has left her drained after years of denial. Now accompanied by a little Papillon named Gizmo, she takes refuge in a Idaho mountain cabin deeded to her by her Great Aunt Emma, a nature photographer.

  • I bring you a review of “A Promise Kept” by Robin Lee Hatcher. It kept you engaged, had a historical element to it, and just kept on moving. It kept me looking for more directly from the beginning.

  • This is a beautiful novel in its own right but the fact that it has its roots in the author’s own personal testimony makes it even more touching. Robin Lee Hatcher weaves a poignant tale that explores the all-too-common circumstance of a marriage ripped apart by addiction in spite of every effort made by the committed Christian spouse to protect the union….Entwined among this contemporary story is a historical tale, that of Aunt Emma, as revealed in her journals which Allison discovers in the house–and which open Allison’s eyes to a new perspective of God’s timing and His redemptive plan.

  • A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher reminds me of when I fell in love with this author, and why. A touching story that’s reminiscent of events in her own life, it’s one that is sure to keep the reader remembering it for some time. A reminder that marriage vows are sacred and that God can work miracles of all kinds.
    I liked that this story took place over three different time periods, it was written well and didn’t confuse me with the back and forth as books sometimes do.
    This book has the ability to provide hope for those who may think their situation is hopeless.

  • Written by an author whose personal experience with a troubled marriage and an alcoholic husband touch every page, this novel is a very moving testimonial of the ability for the Lord to work in mystery ways to guide our lives and answer our prayers. Although, the significant issues the characters are attempting to resolve are focused on issues with alcoholism the focus of the author on prayer and faith in God keep the story line applicable and relatable to anyone who has ever doubted their understanding of God’s wishes for their life. This story is uplifting and encouraging to both those strong in their faith and those struggling with putting trust in God; a welcome and enjoyable read!

  • A well-paced novel, making it a quick and pleasant read. With smooth, clear, unadorned prose, Hatcher crafts a host of characters readers can relate to, placed in an enjoyable setting. The story unfolds at two levels–the contemporary narrative, as seen from Allison’s point of view, and a historic one, from the view point of her great-aunt Emma. Emma’s tale is also revealed at times through her letters left behind after her death. Emma’s story didn’t hold my interest to the same degree as Allison’s. Nonetheless, its very first lines drew me into the depth of Hatcher’s story, which poses a question every Christian asks at some point or another: Does God really keep His promises? The answer found within these pages makes for a simple but sweet story with profound implications.

  • A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher was a good book to read. This book was so sweet and it was also a book I came to love.

  • As Allison is making a new start in life after her divorce in the home her great aunt left her, she learns many things about her aunt that she never knew. I would love to be able to learn more about my deceased family members so see how they handled life’s difficult situations and to see which one I would most resemble. This is a lot more than a story about divorce, it is about letting go and letting God take control. I have had to battle control issues for most of my life and when I finally give it to the Lord everything seems to fall into place. I really want to start journaling the way Emma did so I can see if God can use it to speak to me.

  • From the opening lines of A Promise Kept, I knew I could relate to Alison Kavanagh’s story of life not turning out the way she expected but having to learn to embrace it for what it is now.Although the circumstances of each of our lives may differ from Alison’s, it is one that most readers can relate. The pain and disappointment of unfulfilled hopes and how our faith often takes a nose dive when we enter these seasons of disillusionment is weaved throughout this story.

  • This is a modern day fiction with a little historical fiction mixed in and I absolutely LOVE that! Both stories are both well written and together they make one GREAT Book!

    I also love that you can really tell that this story is told from the heart and from personal experiences that Robin Lee Hatcher has felt and gone through in her own life. It makes this book very personal, emotional. and well written and it may be the best book I have ever read by her!

    But most of all, I LOVE the ending….BUT I can’t ruin it…you will just have to read it! :)

  • A Promise Kept was a story I couldn’t put down. This was a story I connected with. And few times, I could replace a character with myself, well with my old self. A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher offered a glimpse into the life of divorce, but not just one angle, but two. It is an uplifting and a reminder that God keeps his promises to us, sometimes not in the way we imagined, but He does.

  • My personal accolades go to Robin Lee Hatcher for her bravery in sharing her intimate story of How God will answer our prayers as promised, if only we are willing to wait on His timing. Having been in the same situation during my past, I related emotionally, spiritually and commonly with Allison’s and Emma’s stories. God is always the same, he can bring us to a different place within our heart – He doesn’t change, we the victims change. That’s what I received from Ms. Hatcher’s beautiful writing of her relationship with God and her loved ones. A Promise Kept is surely a tribute to glorify God. The characters are realistically developed, expertly personalized and lovable. This story will remain in my heart for a long time as a reminder of what God can, will and has done in my life and in others. Sharing how God creates an overcomer is exactly the point of why the book was written. When God has brought you to it, He will bring you through it. To that I might add….and to teach others how to be an overcomer. Thank you Robin Lee Hatcher for your courage and intuition to share this story in such brilliance.

  • I have long enjoyed reading books from this author. I am not disappointed in this one. It is all you would expect from such a great author. It makes you think, it stirs your soul, and it makes you ask yourself where in your own life you need to work on letting God have control. While the setting is beautiful and the characters stimulating(and you don’t want to miss the characters) this book is so much more. Talk about hitting me where I need it. Make sure to read the book and see if God speaks through the pages to you like He did me.

  • I just finished reading A Promise Kept and I was deeply moved by love, faith, and trust that the two women in this book who loved God put into his hands. The author has written another wonderful story to read and share with beautiful characters.

  • Veronica’s ‘Views says:

    The interweaving of Allison’s story now and in the past with her great-aunt’s as she reads her journals is like a beautiful tapestry that shows both the pain and heartache they went through, but also the joy and healing as they come out the other side. The message of trusting God’s timing and being thankful for the hard times really hit home with me. This book challenged me to look at things differently and use those hard times to draw nearer to Jesus and to know that they are just a season in life, one that God will use for my good.

  • Hatcher’s vulnerability and transparency are evident on each page, making a heart-to-heart connection with her readers through Allison and Emma. Alternating between Emma and Allison’s points of view in the past and present, both women are confronted with the realization that following God’s urges of the heart and trusting in His promises often results in a future unexpected, yet still full of grace. Together their stories create a whole but I do wish that that there had been more development of the individual storylines, especially since the story covers a year time span and the conclusion was quite sudden. Certainly Robin Lee Hatcher’s most emotional and personal story to date that will resonate in the hearts and circumstances of many.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher. It was very well-written and a fast-paced read. It does take readers on a journey through very weighty topics – alcoholism and divorce, but it doesn’t weigh the reader down.

  • What a wonderful book! I think this is Hatcher’s best that I have read. I enjoyed Emma’s story (flashback) more so than Allison’s (present day). But both stories were interwoven in a great way that made the entire book enjoyable. Part of the reason I think this is so great is because Hatcher has put a part of her past experience with divorce into this story that makes it more real. This is not all happily ever after, while the ending surprised me I think it’s neat how it all came together. I have read other reviews and many people don’t see this as being realistic but it obviously is because it happened to Robin! I kept thinking about my parents divorce as it was a lot different than what was told in this book but I still enjoyed the story.

  • On certain levels I could completely identify with Allison. I was living life in Virginia in 2008 when I found out about my husband’s infidelity and because of that, I had to move to Nampa, Idaho. I was not thrilled about that, yet it worked out to be the best thing for me.
    I enjoy Robin’s books so much because they are set in Idaho and having only lived here for a few years I learn more about the state.
    This book was a fast and enjoyable read with alternating points of view between Allison and Emma.
    This would be a perfect book for a cold winter evening.
    Highly recommended!!

  • “A Promise Kept” is a story of grace, answered prayer and restoration. Even though God answers our prayers in His time and for His purposes, we don’t often get to see His plan ahead of time. When He makes us a promise, He keeps it although sometimes He delays in order to teach us patience, trust and faith.

    Allison and Tony married young and became parents. They were blessed, but it didn’t take long for Allison to find out that Tony had a drinking problem. Issuing him an ultimatum believing God had promised her that her marriage would be restored, she never dreamed her husband would choose to leave rather than give up drinking. She retreats to her Aunt Emma’s mountain home and finds Emma’s diaries which reveal a different person than the one she grew up knowing. She discovered that she and her Aunt had more in common than she could have guessed.

    Robin Lee Hatcher inspires and encourages with “A Promise Kept”. The Aunt Emma backstory captured my heart almost more than Allison and Tony’s. The way she overcame her troubles and learned to trust God was an incredible example of how we should all react in times of trial and the results that take place when we do. If you have ever waited on God’s answer to your dearest prayers or felt like giving up when God doesn’t seem to be hearing you, this story will change the way you feel about waiting on Him. Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotional stories, but “A Promise Kept” is quite possibly her best yet.

  • I thought the writing was fabulous. Her story drew me in, captured my attention and made me love her characters. This story is a great reminder that God doesn’t work according to our timetable and that His ways are far above ours.

  • This was both an exciting book, and an emotional journey. As we see Allison working to restore her relationship with God and learn to move on from her divorce, we also gain the insight of her past married life with Tony. I feel that by moving back and forth between present and past, we can learn to relate to each character better knowing where they came from. Not all books that do this are able to pull it off in a natural way, but I was thrilled with how it works. I loved hearing Emma’s life through the journals. I’m sure we all have times when we wish we knew what went on in our family past. I felt Emma’s character was well written and was easy to connect with even though she had already passed on when the book begins. This is a great story of forgiveness, love and second chances. You will not read this without emotion.

  • This book came to me at a time in my life when I needed it most. Giving control over to God is extremely difficult when you think that you have the answers. It is hard to wait for the right time, and we often get ahead of ourselves in trying to make our lives happen. Allison found inspiration through her aunt Emma’s story, and I did as well. The things Emma faced and overcame was incredible, and gave Allison the inspiration she needed to do the right thing about her marriage.

    Hatcher is known for her heartwarming stories, but I think this is her best one yet. She clearly portrays that waiting on God is the answer, and encourages us through her story; “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14. This was a story of redemption, second chances, and the rewards of waiting on the Lord. Recommended for lovers of clean, insightful, Christian fiction.

  • Moments says:

    I highly recommend this book, it is well-written, emotional, thought-provoking and one that should not be missed.

  • I loved this story surrounding a promise kept. It is written reflecting protagonist Allison Kavanagh’s now and her great-aunt Emma Carter’s fabulous journaling Allison discovers tucked in the attic with a wedding dress and a well-preserved past.

    Robin Lee Hatcher shares lives that are healthy and go beyond being stuck in the past. Leaning on the Lord developing trust in Him beyond all else, the outcome is beneficial to all as they journey together beyond hurt.

    I was drawn to this book by the title. A Promise Kept. So important when we think our days are empty of what we had hoped and find that it is kept in the best way of all ~ for our good. A promise, a heart song. Waiting for God’s best. Waiting for His timing that comes when all are ready is truly the best time of all.
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  • This was a very delightful story that proves that GOD does answers prayers, but in his own time and unique way. I really liked the character Allison. She was a strong woman who tried to do what she thought God wanted. I really enjoyed this story. Robin writes so well the story just flows and is so easy to read. I highly recommend this book, especially if you are on a journey to find who God really wants you to be.

  • This was a very nice contemporary inspirational fiction that stresses the importance of faith and the importance of marriage, and that the Lord works all things good, and for His glory-even divorce and difficult marriages.

  • This story is very meaningful. I will say normally I do not read the Authors notes after a story but suggest you do. It makes this book even better!

  • How do I begin to express what this book means to me?
    Absolutely one of my all time favorite books!
    I will keep this book and read it over and over, I love it so much!
    I can’t wait to recommend it to my friends!
    This story is such a powerful reminder that God is faithful and He keeps His promises, though not always in the way we expect! Powerful, brilliant, spectacular, spell-binding!!!
    To the author: God bless you for sharing, everyone needs to hear this!

  • Robin Lee Hatcher does an excellent job of switching this story back and forth between Aunt Emma’s life decades ago and current event happening now. It was very easy for me to keep up with both stories and I really enjoyed them both. But I think Aunt Emma’s story is the one that gripped my heart the most. As the secrets were being unveiled, the more my heart went out to this special lady. And I don’t want to tell anything because it will give it away for you!

  • I was captivated by the writing style. Robin Lee Hatcher chose to tell the story concurrently from three different time periods–Great Aunt Emma and Allie during her marriage and after her divorce. I never got lost, and I often looked forward to hearing more from her Great Aunt. It seems that Hatcher always hated the story at the right time–she left me hanging on several occasions. I was not always certain what would happen next, and the secrets that were revealed astounded me in the extreme.

    The personal impact of this story upon my heart and emotions was stronger than I thought it would be. I am a nine-year divorcée myself, and I could sympathize with Emma and Allie to a degree. There were a few times that I had to set the book aside as I faced emotions and thoughts that had long lay dormant. God even spoke to me as I immersed myself in Allie’s tale. The author’s purpose in writing this came across–God always answers but not always in the way we expect. What a glorious promise! No sappiness in this romance. In fact, it was sometimes almost too real.

  • I was quickly drawn into the story of A Promise Kept. I loved that the main character, Allison Kavanagh, was 46 years old! Robin Lee Hatcher offers us glimpses of Allison, as well as Aunt Emma, in her 20′s, 30′s and 40′s. This insight into the seasons of their lives made the stories especially beautiful but also heartbreaking. I particularly looked forward to reading the pages of Aunt Emma’s diaries. Though much of it was dated in the 1920′s and 30′s the same themes- love, jealousy, hope, faith, loss, etc. are still alive and well today. I was surprised that the author drew some of the story from her own personal experiences. It’s wonderful how she was able to learn, as well as help others, through God’s work in her life. An inspiring story filled with the reassurance of God’s love

  • This is a great story! I love how two love stories and personal journeys are brought together into one story. I like the character of Allison, but I love how Emma is brought through as well! Great story!

  • Preslaysa says:

    This book is very well-written and I could sense Robin Lee Hatcher’s transparency through the lens of the story. This made me easily connect with the main characters, Allison and Emma. This story resonated in my heart. A must read!

  • What a beautiful story…one of lost dreams, heartache, love and second chances. Hatcher provides an excellent backdrop for the sustaining mercy and redemptive grace of God to shine brightly in her characters and their circumstances. It is evident that Hatcher is sharing her heart in this novel…the emotion is so real in both Allison’s and Emma’s stories. I enjoyed having an inside look at the journey of both these women. Hatcher’s inclusion of Emma’s story fit fluently as she told Allison’s. You don’t want to miss this one! I’ve become a huge fan of Hatcher’s writing and this may be her best novel to date!

  • I loved this story, loved how the two women’s lives were weaved together though they were years apart, you can’t help but become emotionally attached to them.

  • I have to say this book was my favorite book by this author. She hit a homerun with this story. There was a personal touch to the story that you could sense and it is explained at the end of the book.

  • The author wrote a fast paced, well written, well described book. The topics that the reader travels through are not light, easy ones. They are quite the opposite. They are heavy topics, but the way Ms. Hatcher wrote in the troubling topics of divorce and alcoholism made you think. They didn’t make your soul feel heavy. It was just trying to understand how they affected the characters.

  • This is a truly heartwarming story about faith and finding one’s way back to God.

  • I rather like this style of Robin Lee Hatcher. I have read her “Autumn’s Angel” in A Bride for all Seasons, and I have to say this more contemporary A Promise Kept is a very welcome change. Hatcher does a great job in drawing me in. The backstories created are in depth yet not lengthy that I lose focus. It is a perfect blend of parallel past and the present. The book itself reads smoothly and not choppy. As the story develops I find myself drawn into the world and into the lives of the characters.

  • ~ The book seemed plausible, like it could really have happened.

    ~ I was immediately drawn into the stories. Allison’s current life and her past, and Emma’s past.

    ~ Switching back and forth in time and in person kept me interested and alert.

    ~ I felt peaceful as I read this novel. I like things that make me feel peaceful.

    ~ The descriptions of the Aunt Emma’s house and the town made me want to pack up and move to Idaho, mountains, snow and all.

    ~ Since mourning and grieving are central to the book’s theme of redemption, my heart was touched.

    ~ I really liked Susan, Allison’s Christian friend, who spoke truth and scripture into her life. It spoke to me as well.

    ~ I really appreciated the short chapters, just two or three pages most of the time. That works very well for snatch reading whenever I can snatch a few moments.

    ~ I have a better understanding of the struggles of a woman who is married to an alcoholic.

    ~ I will look for books by Robin Lee Hatcher to read in the future.

  • There is something about a Robin Lee Hatcher book that I know it will be super enjoyable to read but also a quick read. It is that perfect kind of book when life is busy and hard to find time to soak in a long book. She writes both in the contemporary and historical genres but this book merged both together which I always find enjoyable. I enjoy seeing how the past and present work together to form a fantastic story.

  • A Promise Kept is a wonderful story of redemption, trust, and hope, and it powerfully shows how God will do what he says he will do … just not always in the expected manner!

  • Written in a thoroughly engaging manner, “A Promise Kept” does not avoid the difficult questions about divorce, alcoholism, domestic abuse, and where God is in the midst of it. I enthusiastically recommend this book.

  • I very much enjoyed A Promise Kept. The setting was described beautifully, and the characters were deep and real. The best part about the book was reading two stories in one! The chapters went back and forth from Allison’s life in the present, to Aunt Emma’s life in the past. That aspect was not confusing at all, it was very enjoyable! A Promise Kept is a story full of grace, redemption, and second chances. Also that God answers prayers, just not always in the way you expect!

  • A Promise Kept is a very well-written, intimate story of God’s faithfulness. Although the story is fictional, it is based on a challenging time in Robin’s own life — what appeared to be the end of a marriage that she truly expected God to save. As in Robin’s own situation, the main character of her story finds herself doubting whether she correctly heard God’s promise about her marriage.

    Robin does an excellent job of interweaving Allison’s contemporary story with her Aunt Emma’s surprising tale revealed through her journals. And she learns that God is always faithful to answer prayer, sometimes in unexpected ways and in His own timing.

  • The author has created a very touching life history and spiritual journey through the pages of A Promise Kept. Very detailed and emotional, the story of how Allison began to rediscover her faith is heartwarming and an example for others who have faced divorce, and have lived with an alcoholic. The rediscovery of faith is a very strong point in this story of new beginnings and past heartache that have been blended into a poignant story of two very special women.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the lives of these characters for the duration of this story. They were so lovable and endearing and both Allison’s and Emma’s stories, although they happened in different eras, are prevalent today. You will see God’s power of restoration unfold within the pages as each character draws closer to the One that makes all things new. Such thought provoking revelations are common in this story. It will satisfy you as a reader and strengthen your faith. The romance aspect takes a backseat but you will never miss it as the story makes a profound statement all on its own. Many tears were shed while reading this book and I encourage you to read the Author’s Note at the end of the story as well because the tears don’t end with the story. This is a miraculous story of healing and restoration that will touch the reader’s heart. I HIGHLY recommend it!

  • Although A Promise Kept is a work of fiction, I found this story particularly poignant because the story is based upon the author’s personal life experiences. I loved A Promise Kept and found myself drawn into the story and the characters from the start. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop… If you’ve ever had your expectations about God’s care and character shattered due to life’s events, be sure to read this wonderful book by Robin Lee Hatcher!

  • As always, Robin Lee Hatcher has done a good job of showing grace and mercy within the pages of A Promise Kept and displayed how our promises are not negated by things like divorce or hard times. Allison struggles greatly and shows it by questioning God, asking many of the same questions that we all might ask if in the same circumstances. I like how it allowed us to relate with Allison and made her character feel “real” to us.

  • I love stories that transitions from past to present and A Promise Kept does it beautifully. The story flows so well, and is very easy to follow. I enjoyed reading the present day story of Allison, her story is so easy to relate to because so many people find themselves in just the same spot that she is in. It was Emma’s story that totally held me though, we get snippets of her life that span forty years, we witness her ups and downs, the glimpses of her past even reveal secrets that she hadn’t shared with anyone.It was interesting to see the differences and similarities in Emma and Allison’s life. While the author deals with some tough subjects such as divorce, alcoholism, and domestic violence, she does it realistically.

  • This is such a beautiful book. Everyone should read it. My heart is very much attached to this book on such a deep level, and I know so many of you have experienced or are experiencing the loss and heartbreak of a failed marriage. I urge you to read this. Be encouraged. Be reassured about God’s love for you and His perfect plans for you. Be blessed. Please do yourself a favor and pick this book up for yourself and a friend.

  • A Great Reminder that God always answers prayer just not always how we expect. A book made even more special since it was based on the authors own experience.

  • A Promise Kept is a powerful story of redemption on many levels. It is definitely a departure from the faithful but romantic novels that Hatcher usually writes. While it is still faithful and romantic, it is deeper and … edgier … somehow than her other works. That just might make it the best one.

  • A Promise Kept is a beautifully written and inspirational story of faith, love,forgiveness, redemption, and second chances.

    I loved the story’s message and lesson that Allison learned during her journey: God’s timing is not our timing, and His ways are not our ways. But He always keeps His promises, sometimes in surprising and even painful ways. Allison learns to love as God wants her to love, and she learns the redemptive grace of forgiveness. If you are experiencing a variety of struggles in your life, this inspirational story is a thoughtful guide that could change your outlook and provide an understanding of how God’s grace is working in your life, even if it is not as you would have expected.

  • Relevant, compelling, emotional, honest, Spirit filled, real . . . A Promise Kept is Christian fiction at its best, a well-written story that entertains, yet challenges and convicts at the same time. A Promise Kept is a great example of how God can use Christian fiction to change lives. I am thankful Robin and her husband, Jerry, were willing to share their story and pray that many readers will pick up this book and be touched by its message.

  • A Promise Kept is surely a tribute to glorify God. The characters are realistically developed, talentedly personalized and lovable. This story will remain in my heart for a long time as a reminder of what God can, will and has done in my life and in others. Sharing how God creates an overcomer is exactly the point of why the book was written. When God has brought you to it, He will bring you through it. To that I might add….and to teach others how to be an overcomer. Thank you Robin Lee Hatcher for your courage and intuition to share this story in such brilliance.

  • A story of love and romance, marriage, divorce, heartbreak, and some healing. Above all listening to what God is telling you, not what you want.
    Through all of the stories, and there are more than one, we find God’s hands leading, all they have to do is listen. The author’s note at the end of the book, really moved me. Thank you Robin.

  • Happy Four says:

    This is a beautiful story of the past, present and hope of the future. I love how Allison moves in to the cabin she inherited from her Great Aunt Emma and discovers things not only about Emma, but herself. This book is full of forgiveness and reconciliation as Allison puts all she is, has and thinks she has lost at the cross and surrenders it to the Lord and life comes full circle to her.

  • Allison is a woman whom I found myself loving as I read.
    I know people who are in the same place as Allison, and I saw and heard clear echoes of their experience in her story.
    I’m glad that this book was written, very glad.
    Most of us can enjoy *A Promise Kept* as a slice-of-life novel that is engaging and satisfying. As we read, we can watch Allison become an even deeper, more grounded woman.
    And some of us will read and know exactly what Allison has been through, and will understand her as a sister.
    And all of us can marvel with Allison as we ponder the crazy, wonderful, unexpected, tearful, prayerful, beautiful way that God works out His plans for us.
    There is heart-ache and rejoicing in this story.

  • This was an amazing book of redemption and forgiveness! I absolutely loved it, and it made it even more amazing realizing that it was based on the author’s own personal story. I just cried once I reached the end. Sometimes we don’t see God’s hand at work, and think he says no, or forgets about us. This story shows how God is there weaving the story together through out, even though we don’t see it.

  • There comes a point, I think, in everyone’s lives where what we believe God has said He would do and the actual events do not seem to agree. When this occurs it can be devastating, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I think God allows this to happen to see if we will then draw closer to Him or draw away from Him in our pain. All of this happens within the pages of “A Promise Kept”. Ms. Hatcher has reached into her own life story and given us an emotionally charged drama that shows this test of faith. I believe she has done a remarkable job of showing the intensity of feeling each character goes through especially Allison and Emma. Ms. Hatcher has given us characters that are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages. Robin Lee Hatcher has w

  • While this is a romance, I loved how the main focus was on Allison and Emma’s developing relationships with the Lord—the greatest romance of all! Everything didn’t turn out perfectly by human standards, but it still felt like a “happy ending.” The two stories each gave a tangible example of what redemption looks like, again paralleling with the message of the gospel.

    Robin Lee Hatcher’s latest novel, A Promise Kept, is a moving story that goes beyond the typical romance story lines. Inspired by events in the author’s own life, it is Hatcher’s most emotional—and thought-provoking—book yet.

  • The author did a great job of weaving together various back stories, as well as transitioning back and forth from past to present. She presented us with a powerful story of God’s faithfulness without beating us over the head. the characters are ones that you come to care about. All in all, an enjoyable read.

  • This book is one that is hard to put down. I found myself wanting to know what happens in both Allison and Emma’s life and just enjoyed the whole story so much! The book is extremely emotional and the characters and story will draw you in and keep you there long after you turn the last page. You’ll love this book as much as I did, I’m sure!!

  • Robin,
    Your new book looks absolutely beautiful! I would love too read your book. And I also would love too win the kindle too