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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,022 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony and her family have just moved to Mills River, Illinois, to escape an abusive situation. Only days after settling into their new home, they are surprised to find the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, on their front porch reading the newspaper. Though her sons have sold the house and sent her to a facility for the aged, she is determined ...more
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Published February 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jimmy
Promises to Keep is told from the viewpoint of a young girl, who along with her Mother and two siblings move to another state to escape an abusive father.

Settling in a new town and buying a home, they soon find the previous owner escapes daily from the nursing home adamant to die at home, and soon becomes part of their lives.

This novel takes you on an emotional ride that includes the struggles of making friends with someone outside your race, growing up, growing old, starting over, and refusing
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Carly
Wow! This was an excellent book! I didn’t really know what to expect because the back cover does not give much detail about the story, which I actually like. I prefer not knowing a lot about a story before reading. I prefer instead to simply let the story unfold without any expectations. That is exactly what Promises to Keep did. I generally don’t like to give a lot of details about a story in my reviews because I prefer to let the books speak for themselves and just share my feelings about the ...more
Barbara
"Promises to keep." It was so very good. Touched on allowing our feelings to overcome our judgement. I had just told someone I tend not to like stories done in the first person. Written from just one person's point of view, BUT I think that is what made this book amazing. Seeing the world as a 11 year old from a broken home saw it, as she wished it to be. It both made be laugh and cry. Well done. This is maybe 3rd I've read by Ann Tatlock and she does such a good job presenting a child's perspec ...more
Katie
In Promises to Keep the reader is swept away and into the mind of an eleven year old girl who is struggling to cope with her parent’s separation. While Roz knew that her mother had a good reason to leave him, her longings for her daddy and dreams of grow up in the midst of a family are hard for her to deal with. Looking at the world through her eyes, I was wrapped up in her uncertainty and her desperate desire that her father would keep his word. The author did a wonderful job of vividly telling ...more
Alisha Marie
So, I'm just going to come out and say it: I found Promises to Keep sort of...blah. It wasn't a remarkable book, but it wasn't a horrible book either. And so I'm left trying to review a book I didn't like, but didn't passionately hate either...I'm worried my review will be blah due to this but anyway here goes nothing.

Promises to Keep starts off incredibly slow. In fact, I put it down like 3 times before I decided to stick with it once and for all. In fact, the only reason I kept reading this bo
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Barbara
Ann Tatlock is one of my favorite authors because her characters are genuine, her settings are realistic in the historical details they portray, and she is very talented in her use of language and plot development. This story is set in the 1960's and it had it's sweet parts, but many sections were very tense. The topic of domestic abuse is a difficult one to deal with, and she does it very convincingly; she seems to be able to portray the state of mind not only of the perpetrator of the abuse, t ...more
Readnponder
This was an enjoyable, relaxing book that I read in a weekend. I've read many books by Ann Tatlock and she doesn't disappoint. This book is about a family that has to flee from a violent, alcoholic father and start a new life. Told through the eyes of 11-year-old Roz, we see a girl who still yearns for her father and has a selective memory. The mother has to return to the workforce and the oldest son enlists in the Army on the day he turns 18 with hopes of going to Vietnam. I especially enjoyed ...more
Joleen
I didn't realize itt, but I have 7 Ann Tatlock books. I've only finished one of them, which was Sweet Mercy. Loved it...remember it well and that's why, while going through my 1500 books I picked this one out to read,

Well, Promises to Keep is another good book. I think it isn't quite as good as Sweet Mercy, but similar in feeling and writing style, and still quite a good story.

Roz is a girl of about 9 whose father was a drunk and abusive. Her mom finally got the strength to leave him and move t
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Linda
The Anthony family is trying to settle into their new home in Mills River away from their alcoholic father, when suddenly the former owner of their home, Tillie Monroe appears repeatedly on their doorstep being rather insistent that the house IS still hers! Janis has to return to work and is worrying about Childcare when Tillie next appears making herself home and cooks the family a yummy meal. Tillie moves back into her old home and become a surrogate grandmother to the Anthony children and a f ...more
Sherry Carter
Eleven-year-old Roz Anthony captured my heart. When I turned the last page, I felt like I'd left behind a dear friend.

Roz and her family escaped an abusive situation and moved to Mills River, Illinois. A few days after settling in their new home, the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, showed up on their porch, determined to die in her life-long home.

Roz's first friend is Mara Nightingale. The two girls seem to have nothing in common but they both have painful secrets. As the girls become close, th
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Anna
The author did a good job with a sensitive subject: domestic violence and alcoholism, and the effects on a family, especially the pre-teen girl who is the main character. She also does a good job of getting inside this young girl's head and seeing life from her point of view. We can see the larger story, but because of her youth and innocence, she continues to hope against hope that her family can be reunited. In the end, she has to let go of this fantasy, but learns what REAL family is all abou ...more
Misha
What I liked: For once, this is a book for adults that is about a child, in which the kid actually thinks like a kid. It wasn't writing down trying to sound childish, and she wasn't some incredibly mature and precocious child who was like a mini-adult; it made me see things from her perspective without realizing that I was. I felt like I was 11 right along with her. I find this is rare in books, and admire how Ann Tatlock was able to do this.

What I didn't like: It was a little predictable at tim
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Nila
This was a quick read, a good cross between a history and contemporary story. About two very young girls who after losing their fathers in different life scenarios, vow together to pray and hope for their fathers return for each other. The story is told from the point of view of Roz, short for Roselind. Either young lady understand life enough to make decisions but as things start to come to head, young Roz realizes that who she thought she could trust is NOT who she can trust.
The ending I didn'
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Vickie Lambert
This was a really good book; I think I have a new favorite author in Ann Tatlock. I liked that the story was told in Roz's 11-year-old voice, and with her innocence. The story started out with a mysterious elderly lady sitting on the front porch of a home she had built with her deceased husband and raised her family in, but no longer owned. Her sons may have sold the house and put her in a nursing home, but in her mind this house is where she belonged. It turned out that the new family needed he ...more
Tina
Very engaging and great read! I highly recommend!
Cheryl
Touching story

Not a murder mystery or an explicit romance but a great story nonetheless. A young girl telling her story of growing up in the sixties. A single mother household after they escape an abusive relationship, a wayward senior not selling to live in a nursing home returning to her former home and ends up staying with the young girl and her family. Beautifully written about an era that was changing during the Viet Nam war, race relationships evolving and the end of a young girl's childho
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Debbie
Amazon Description
Eleven-year-old Roz (Rosalind) Anthony and her family have just moved to Mills River, Illinois, to escape an abusive situation. Only days after settling into their new home, they are surprised to find the previous owner, Tillie Monroe, on their front porch reading the newspaper. Though her sons have sold the house and sent her to a facility for the aged, she is determined to die in the place she lived her life, and somehow manages to find her way "home" day after day. Feeling s
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Mollythepirate
Set in 1967 in the fictional town of Mills River, Illinois we find our main character, eleven year old Rosalind 'Roz', and her two siblings (a younger sister Valerie and an older half-brother Wally) and their mom moving into their new home to start a new life after leaving husband and father (and step-father) behind in Michigan.

The home they move into was sold out from under an elderly town pillar named Tillie who decides she isn't ready to leave the home she built with her husband and she keeps
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Trisha Turner
Read the Back:
A MOTHER fleeing unspeakable danger to keep her children safe…

TWO YOUNG GIRLS guarding secrets in a “cross my heart and hope to die” pledge…

A FATHER desperate to be reunited with his family…

Award-winning author ANN TATLOCK skillfully blends her well-drawn characters into an inspiring tale of unimaginable courage and selfless love.


My Thoughts:
An edge of your seat kind of book from the very first page! This book really delves into the life of 10 yr. old Roz and the entire story is na
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Laura
Promises to Keep by author Ann Tatlock is a heart-warming story that will keep you riveted until the last page.

Tillie Monroe is ready to die, but there is only one place she wants to do it - in her own house. Unfortunately, while she was in hospital recovering from a fall, her son sold her house out from under her. A new family moved in and unfortunately for them, Tillie keeps showing up everyday.

Fortunately for Tillie, the family that moved in needs her more than she needs her house. Running f
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Linda
Janis Anthony decides to leave her abusive husband, Alan, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, taking their three children, Wally, Rosalind (Roz) and Valerie along. With the help of her father (Grandpa Lehman), they purchase a home in Mills River, Illinois.

Within a few days of settling in, Tillie Monroe, the former owner of the house, appears on their porch, reading their Sunday paper. She explains that she and her husband built this house, raised their family there, and that she has every intention of dy
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Elvia
The story takes place from the point of view of Roz, a girl who is trying to deal with her mother moving her and her siblings to another state to escape the hands of her abusive father. It is written about the 70's or late 60's although there are clues, it's not specific, where race relations are still troubled at times. She makes friends with a Black girl who ends up having issues with her father as well. Both girls are dealt a hard hand when it comes to father figures and both enter a Daddy De ...more
Maureen Timerman
Told from eleven year old Roz's perspective, she along with her Mom Janis, brother Wally, and sister Valarie leave MN and move to IL. They no sooner move into their new home in Mills River when Tillie Monroe shows up on their front porch...reading their paper! They must have thought they had a real nut on their hands. Love the lessons Tillie is able to teach this family, guess the Lord knew what he was doing when he brought her there!
The friendship between Roz and Mara will make you chuckle...c
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Ruth
When parents divorce, kids often feel caught in the middle, and Roz is no different. She remembers the abuse that drove her mother to leave her father, but she also remembers the good in her Dad and is thrilled when contacts her and starts seeing her without her mother's knowledge. Mara's secret is that her "parents" are her grandparents and that she is the product of an affair between an older white man and a young black woman--and this book is set in the early 1960's. Most of the book deals wi ...more
Jessica
When I chose this book at the library, I didn't know what it was about. I found it on the new release shelf and it was tattered and worn already so I figured it would be a good book. After reading it, I determined that it was a good book. Promises to Keep is about Roz, an eleven-year-old girl that is struggling to come to terms with the recent separation of her parents. The book starts with the Anthony family moving from Minnesota to a small town in Illinois. Roz's mother Janis moves her family ...more
Karen & Gerard
Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock is about a little girl’s dream of her parents getting back together even though her mother took off with her children to keep them safe. Alan Anthony, the father is an alcoholic that was abusive to his family, but convinces his daughter, Rosalind, that he has changed and is going to come back and make everything better. When the mother and kids move out on their own to a small town, the house they are surprised to find Tillie, the old lady who built the house, sit ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock is a family drama with heart-stopping suspense. In 1967 Roz Anthony's mother, Janis, has moved with her children, seventeen-year-old Wally and two-year-old Valerie from their home in Minnesota to make a new start in Mills River, Illinois. Roz understands why her mother needed to get away from her father's drunken abuse, but being just eleven, she still wants her daddy. She meets Mara at school, a girl who is ostracized because of the color of her skin and who has ...more
Cafelilybookreviews
I always enjoy picking up an Ann Tatlock novel, because they are so easy to get lost in.

I become completely immersed in the story and feel like I am right there with the characters. Promises To Keep was no different and I enjoyed every page.

This book is a heart-warming story that tugs at your emotions as you travel along with Janis Anthony, a woman running from her abusive husband and trying to protect her children.

Moving to the quiet little town of Mills River, Illinois to be near her father
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Jodie
Janis moved her family to Mills River to escape an abusive relationship. From Roz's point of view, her daddy can still be trusted. Roz continues to long for her dad to make things right and get back together with her mom. Living in Mills River has turned out to be a little different than anyone expected, especially after they find an old lady, Tillie, sitting on their front porch reading their newspaper. What they don't realize is that Tillie is not going anywhere!

This is my first book by Ann Ta
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Trinity Rose
This is the first book I’ve read written by Ann Tatlock and Promises to Keep is an amazing book. I was quite captivated from the first page until the end. For me reading a book in two days means it’s a fantastic read.
One reason I was amazed was because Promises to Keep is told by an eleven-year-old girl named Roz. If someone would have told me that it was told from this young girl’s perspective I wouldn’t have thought I would have liked it, but I love it and mean to keep this one on my bookshel
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Ann Tatlock is a novelist and children’s book author. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Christy Award, the Midwest Book Award and the Silver Angel Award for Excellence in Media. She also serves as managing editor of Heritage Beacon, the historical fiction imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She lives with her family in Western North Carolina.
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