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I'm going to go out on a limb and say this just might be the book of the year! I know, it's only February, but friends, this book is AMAZING! It grabbed my heart from the very first pages and carried me through to the last and left me wanting more.

This is one of the most beautiful stories I have had the pleasure of reading. In fact, it was an honor to read these words penned by Cathy Gohlke. Yes, she has a new fan!

We have the Titanic. Countries near and far.  Family and friends. Tragedy and beauty. This book simply takes you away to another time and place and I must tell you it captivated me. There are so many valuable lessons to carry away from this book. This is one to pass on to your family and friends. Through the lives of these characters we find the love of Christ. We find His intimate grace and powerful strength that draws us near to Him. We see His sacrifice and His gift everlasting.

These characters were powerful and strong through the weakness that touched them. We see a young man come from a tragic life and find peace. We see a young girl who loses all come to find a love that lifts her from the bondage of circumstance. Cathy brings us to the forefront of forgiveness and leaves us with the beautiful picture of hope.

We see a young man give all for those he loves and those he has just met. Honor means something. Valor is something to claim and hold dear.

Dreams are real and hope is alive when we live in faith. I loved this book and it is one I will share with my friends. I would say, this book could be life changing as it portrays God's love.

I say, come sail the seas and see what lies beyond the boundaries of disappointment and trial. These are characters you will fall in love with and admire as they grow before you.

This book was a gift from Tyndale for it's review.

Cathy Gohlke is the two-time Christy Award–winning author of 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


Cathy Gohlke said…
Thank you, Robin, for this wonderful review!
You captured the heart of the story when you said, "Through the lives of these characters we find the love of Christ."
It is my prayer that readers will see exactly what you saw and experience His love for themselves.
Portugal said…
Promise Me This was a touching, though, long story. I have to admit that I grew impatient waiting (years and years) for the two main characters to meet and the romance to begin, which unfortunately wasn't until about three-fourths into the book. In my opinion, there were too many unneeded character perspectives throughout the book, and not enough time spent on creating the depth I would have liked to see from the two main characters.
I'm certain that anyone who likes to read Historical Fiction will enjoy reading this book. It is a good story and very well written.

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