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Tilda's Promise

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Amidst all the characters in this moving novel of loss, love, and renewal, the two who grieve hardest have the most to discover. Tilda Carr has lost the love of her life―her husband, Harold―after forty years of marriage, while her granddaughter and namesake, Tilly, has lost her grandfather and best friend. Together they will embark on a journey of discovery in this interge ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by She Writes Press
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Jean Moore Good question, Deborah Weir. My experience has been that book club members purchase their own books, either ebooks or print editions. The books may be…moreGood question, Deborah Weir. My experience has been that book club members purchase their own books, either ebooks or print editions. The books may be ordered online or through a reader's favorite bookstore. When the book is part of a library's book club, the library orders the books. I hope that helps and thanks for asking. I am currently filling my calendar for the remainder of 2018 and into 2019 with book club dates. I am happy to appear in person where I can. I am currently scheduled for visits to book clubs in New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, and California. I am also available for FactTime or Skype meetings! Thank you!(less)
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Jenna Bookish
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Tilda’s Promise places a strong emphasis on culture and family ties. Of particular importance is the family’s Jewish heritage, especially for Tilda’s granddaughter, Tilly, who views it as her link to her recently deceased grandfather. References to Jewish culture, history, and traditions are peppered throughout the novel.


My main gripe with novel has to do with the pacing, which felt somewhat slow at times. I think this was partially due to the presence of some things which I don’t feel added muc
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This read provides a realistic look at life after a love one dies. From the start, I was engaged with the story especially the relationship among Tilda, her daughter Laura and her granddaughter Tilly. Initially, there does not seem like much is going on but grief. Then slowly sub-plots unfold and I am hooked. A beautiful story about family, loss, and finding self.

My thanks to BookSparks and the author for providing me with a copy of Tilda's Promise in exchange for an honest review.
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn’t necessarily expect this book to pull me in like it did, but I found myself pleasantly surprised when I quickly became immersed in this story.

Tilda’s Promise offers up a relatable story that both adults and young teens can relate to. Every character in this book seems to be grieving in some way- and in reality, who isn’t? I think that’s what made this book so readable for me, the depth in which this book explores the grieving process and how it affects different generations in different
Sarah Bowe
A grieving widow, Tilda, and her namesake, Tilly, lose their husband and grandfather respectively. Both struggle in different ways to come to terms with his death. A beautiful exploration of family though it was very slow moving.
Laurie Buchanan
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author of TILDA'S PROMISE, Jean P. Moore, takes on two topics that many people find difficult to discuss: grief after the death of a loved one, and what it means when a person doesn't identify with the gender they're assigned based on their observed sex at birth—transgender. I applaud Moore's approach and follow through in the captivating storyline of TILDA'S PROMISE that bursts at the seams with hope and upliftment.
Kathleen Ochshorn
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a sensitive, touching book that captures the difficulties of coping with being a widow, especially during that first year. Moore weaves together the everyday, realistic details of Tilda's life as she seeks meaning in family and relationships with friends, including a young neighbor. I found the book completely believable, warm, and even humorous at times. Moore writes directly and with real understanding. This is no cliched treatment and Tilda finds no simple answers, but her character e ...more
Steve Rubin
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written, touching story of love, loss, and family. Moore creates strong and compelling characters, all facing and eventually overcoming obstacles. Among the “ties that bind,” perhaps the most intriguing are those between the novel’s namesake and her loving but troubled granddaughter. Love does not conquer all here, nor are there careless happy endings. When it comes to complicated relationships, Moore suggests possibilities, not easy solutions. And isn’t that the way life works?

Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I don't understand why God, if there is one, put us here to love people so much and then to take them away. It's an awful thing to do."
Tilda awakens one morning to find her husband of forty years has died in their bed. It is the one time, in a long time, Tilda slept all night.
The hurt, fear, anxiety and grief are told in this wonderfully written novel.
Tilda knows she must learn to cope, but how?
Her granddaughter Tilly, is also struggling. She has lost her mentor and best friend.How do you h
Lori Dietrich
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

> "Tilda's Promise" by Jean Moore is a beautifully written exploration of an older woman's grieving when her husband of 40 years unexpectedly passes away. Grief is hard and experiencing it with Tilda is educational and inspirational.
> She honestly faces issues such as when she should, could or want to have a life with another man.> I absolutely loved the Cuban episode when Tilda had her first almost relationship. It was honestly told with great humor. But she not only has her own proble
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Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (1/19)

“Tilda’s Promise” by author Jean P. Moore reminds us all that tomorrow isn’t promised. Tilda Carr finds she has slept soundly for the first time in ages, only to wake up to her husband Harold’s sudden death. Guilt and shock surround Tilda and her family as they come to terms with Harold’s passing.

Tilda is having a hard time with the stages of grief and can’t understand how she is supposed to navigate them in what everyone thought should be in a tim
Debi Lantzer
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I had seen this book on social media and was immediately drawn to the story line. I had never heard of the author, but no worries, thanks to NetGalley, I was able to request a digital copy of Tilda's Promise to read and review.  I always love books involving strong female characters, so I was thrilled when I was approved.

The story begins when Tilda Carr wakes up one morning to find her husband of forty years, Harold, has died in their bed. Tilda knows she must come through her sadness and cope w
Barbara Stark-Nemon
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Still waters run deep. Jean P. Moore’s Tilda’s Promise, is a novel that delivers depth of meaning through the quiet narrative river of a woman’s life. Scheduled to enter the enjoyment of retirement and family connections, Tilda’s idyllic life is suddenly disrupted by loss, grief, and the uncharted territory of a grandchild’s identity crisis. Her fortunate status and loving marriage cannot protect her from the anguish of loss and the necessity of reimagining her future and that of her friends and ...more
Deborah Weir
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How do billions of dollars in new money change a staid New England town? Will an elderly widow find room in her life for another man? Age-old questions spark this colorful adventure as two women, a grandmother and her granddaughter, search for their true selves. Tilda’s Promise speaks to women of all ages and should be on every book club’s list.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: booksparks, read-2018
How do you grieve when your husband of 40 years passes away unexpectedly? This is what happens to Tilda and how she handles the grief and finds the strength to move on is what this story is about. Tilda's daughter and granddaughter must also find a way to deal with their loss and move forward.

I enjoyed the book and the message that there is always hope and we should never give up.
Kay Neff
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok read. The first half of the book was tough to get through. It seemed to bounce around a lot. The middle to end was better than I expected!
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written intergenerational story of love and loss and then hope.
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Losing a grandparent is extremely difficult. Losing a spouse is unimaginable. Both Tilda and her granddaughter, Tilly are grieving and struggling with the death of their husband and grandfather. The novel follows the two women as they adjust to life without their loved one and try to find their true selves.

My relationship with my own grandmother was very similar to Tilda and Tilly's. I was extremely close with her and to this day, still refer to her as my very favorite person. With that said, I
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After raising a family and engaging in several careers, I have returned to my first love, writing. My recent publications include fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in various literary journals, magazines, and newspapers--and now, my first novel, Water on the Moon.

I am happiest with my laptop in place, hands on the keyboard, with Sly, our truly wonderful rescue (black Lab) snoozing by my side while