A Promise to Remember by Kathryn Cushman ISBN: 9780764203800
When a car accident kills two teens from opposite sides of the tracks, the aftermath threatens to tear a community apart. Readers emotions are torn between two sympathetic characters as each fights her way through grief and pain--sometimes wisely and sometimes with choices that have the power to divide family, church, and even their small seaside town.
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Something that struck me as I read the first chapter was how the author illustrates the power that a promise to a dying loved one posses. My mother-in-law passed away last year. She was a lovely, kind lady who gave of herself everyday to her family and other. She truly was one of those rare gems that come into your life just once in a life time. Her children were truly lucky to have her as a mother. I'm sure we all made some sort of promise as we spoke to her in her hospital bed. However the most tangible promise was the one my husband made. He simply promised to stop smoking. Simple because it was not an earth shattering promise, but if you have ever been a smoker you know that that is not easy to stop. This promise to his dying mother empowered my husband with the will to stop smoking from that point. He never again craved a cigarette. I'm not sure he would have quite so simply if it wasn't to his promise to his mother.
The last promise is the last thing we can do for them. It is so important. The problem can be in impossible promises. Fortunately for me I promised to take my vitamins, make my dr appointments, and live as a full of a life as I could.
I will have to complete this book. I can feel the tension mounting and am very interested to see how this is going to play out. I love the similarities between the grieving mothers, how imporantant it is to them to honor the memory of their sons. But today's snippet there was a current of anger that is guaranteed to be interesting. Thanks for sharing this book with us.
Hi everyone! I'm so encouraged to read your comments and see that you are feeling the characters' emotions right along with them. It was a challenge to write this story from the perspective of two "good" moms, instead of one "good" mom and one "bad" mom. I hope you continue to feel both sides!
Wendy and Wendy-- I agree with you. Those final promises seem stronger than any other promises we make in our lives. In some ways I find that strange, in other ways, it makes perfect sense.
Just put this book on request at my library. These first few reads make me want to see how God works to comfort these women through the struggles they face. I love how it is showing both sides of an issue when so often we only hear one side of a story and the other side is demonized. I am a divorcee and realized not far into it there truely are two sides to every story. Hurt travels in tragedy in an outward circle, enveloping for a time everyone in its wake but eventually with time those ripples lessen in intensity and the calm returns. Change remains but the ability to deal with it begins slowly to creep in.
Wow, Katherine, that was beautifully said. Thanks for taking the time to post.
I just read the last excerpt from the book and am finding myself wanting to believe that Les Stewart has good intentions but it seems that Sarah has him pegged.
As Katherine stated I'm excited to see how when God is put into the equation how the situation and thoughts of the characters change. I think that Andie is going to be able to find solace from the Lord while Melanie is going to struggle at first. It's been implied that although Jeff knew the Lord, Melaine does not. No matter how hard a situation is if you go through it with the Lord it's tens times better than trying to go through it without Him.
Katie Cushman, thanks for allowing the Lord to use you in your writing! I pray God richly blesses you as you continue in your ministry.
Katherine, you've written a beautiful (and true) portrait of two-sided tragedy. And, as you also stated, aren't all tragedies two-sided?
Lenita, thanks for the encouragement. I completely agree with you about dealing with grief--even leaning on the Lord it can be excruciating, how people make it without Him is beyond my understanding.