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A Promise to Keep

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Anaiah Press
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson does not want to keep the promise she made to her dying husband…to go to their twenty-year high school reunion. However, out of obligation she sets out to attend and finds herself hiding behind a fern so she wouldn’t have to talk to anyone. Did her plan work? No.

Michael McCann has changed since his high school years and when he sees the woman he loved back then hiding behind a tree, he sets out to hang out with her. The two of them take an impromptu trip to
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Promise To Keep by Melony Teague. The story begins at the class reunion of Savannah Sandersson and Micheal McCann. They have not seen each other in 15 years and they meet again at their high school reunion and then decide to make some new memories. Savannah and Micheal are wonderful characters you want to connect with. The story follows their adventures and shows us how they make peace with their past, and create a new future. I was very drawn into the story and ch ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word! This is such a fabulous novel! When I first read the description a few months ago I knew that this was a book I wanted to read, so needless to say I jumped at the chance to request a review copy. I was pulled into the story from the first page and hated to stop reading! Savannah was a wonderful heroine, I liked her instantly and my heart broke for all she had been through, I really admired her strength. And as for Michael, can you say SWOON?! I must confess that I have a soft spot fo ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2020
Melony Teague's debut novel is engaging. The story line not only kept my interest it made me want to continue to read.

I loved every minute I spent in Savannah and Michael's world. Ms. Teague reunites these two high school friends at their 20 year high school reunion. Where Savannah promised her high school sweetheart, and dying husband Nick she'd attend. The visualization is so good throughout this novel that I can still see the fern that Savannah was hiding behind at the reunion.

I enjoyed the
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great debut novel!!
This is an author to watch out for in the future. I can tell that this style of writing came straight from the heart!! It just flowed from her pen.
Reading about Michael and Savannah was great!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this!!
Michael is proof of someone that can change and change he did! And according to Savannah a lot!! There's a certain glow about him and it suited him well. I think he's still kinda awkward but then most of us are in certain situations and people c
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
Author Melony Teague has written an absolutely wonderful contemporary romance debut. Teague writes from deep within the heart, bringing so many emotions into her story and characters, everything between joy and sorrow, as well as humor and a delightfully sweet and swoony love story. The characters are realistically brought to live, making it easy for readers to relate to them and quickly fall in love with them. This is the type of story that will cause readers to soar, making it extremely hard t ...more
Deanne Patterson
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deanne by:
This is an author to keep an eye on. This is her debut novel and wow, is it really something.
An easy flowing and exciting plot makes to book easy to read with relatable and likable characters.
A promise to her late husband has Research librarian Savannah Sanderson attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion. She doesn't want to do it but she's doing it for him.
Unexpectedly meeting up with a former classmate who has changed and matured so much from high school that she she doesn't even r
Cathy Cermele
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Promise to Keep is a fantastic and impressive debut novel. In the heart-stirring story of Savannah Sanders and Michael McCann who reconnect at their high school reunion., the author crafted characters who I genuinely loved. Savannah will break your heart as the widowed young woman who is only attending her 20th high school reunion to keep a promise she made to her dying husband. Savannah doesn't really want to be there, but a promise is a promise, right?
Luckily Michael is looking for an escape
Jeanie Nance
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I connected immediately with Savannah. She's at her high school reunion, somewhat unwillingly, and her reconnection with an old friend and their shenanigans delighted me. The author made me feel I was right there. This could be a wonderful movie. The first half of the book explores the satisfying and exciting development of Savannah and Michael's relationship, and the second half is dramatic, an intense action scene that I promise you'll not soon forget. Highly recommended. ...more
V. Palmer
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Promise to Keep by Melony Teague is the kind of contemporary romance that will stay with its readers for a long time!

One of my favorite parts of A Promise to Keep was the adventure Savannah and Michael took! The author did an amazing job bringing these settings to life. Additionally, I loved how even when the road trip adventure was over, the adventure of the story surprised and delighted me! Getting to see Michael in his hero environment added a level of surprising intensity to the story that
Susan Mason
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Melony Teague’s debut novel is simply delightful! Utilizing a mixture of poignant romance, humorous incidents, and nail-biting suspense, the author keeps the reader hooked until the very end. Interesting settings from Niagara Falls, Canada to the wild caves of Wyoming come to life within the pages, making the reader feel they are really there. I will definitely be looking forward to more works by this author.
—Susan Anne Mason
Jaycee Weaver
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old friends, new fears, changing hearts

A thoroughly enjoyable debut, A Promise to Keep is an adventurous exploration into all of the highs and lows of the human experience. Unrequited love, rediscovered friendship, piercing grief, and stifling fear are just the beginning of their story. I won’t share spoilers, so I’ll just say that I already know whose next book is going on auto-TBR.
Mikal Dawn
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With beautiful tenderness, Melony Teague has given us a window into the joy, sorrow, humour, and soaring love of characters that come alive. Be ready to have your heart stolen in this must-read fiction debut.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kudos to Melony Teague on her debut novel! It is an enjoyable read with lovely characters and a nicely paced plot that flows well. The author addresses the bottomless pain and grief of losing a spouse to cancer but balances out the tragic with frequent moments of humor, levity, and quirkiness as well as some heady adrenaline-rush at certain parts of the story.

The story opens with Savannah, a widow still deep in her grief, and Michael attending their 20th high school reunion. They have a long hi
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely wonderful!! It is a beautifully written story about second chances. Keep a box of tissue handy, you will need them. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such A Wonderful Story!

❤ This is such a wonderful story. I loved every moment of reading it. A great second chance at love and life for Savannah and Michael. There are so many heart touching moments throughout the pages, I recommend having tissues nearby. Lots of happy years and laugh out loud moments too. An excellent debut! I cannot wait to read what Melony Teague writes next.
Emily Yager
A lovely contemporary romance, with adorable and sometime hilarious moments, a touch of suspense, and uplifting inspiration. Full of deep emotion, action and adventure. What more could one want from a book?

This is the author’s debut novel. And wow, what a read. There are so many parts that I loved about this book, the cover, the characters, the setting, etc. etc. etc. Honestly you’ll just have to read the book for yourself.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melony has a gift for creating characters that you want to reminisce with at, oh I don't know, a 20-year high school reunion. I loved this story from the first chapter to the witty dialogue and of course the rock climbing scenes. A perfect sweet romance escape from a cold winter night. ...more
Tammy Brown
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Today was my wind-down day, with a good book. This book did not disappoint. A Promise To Keep is a very good read, for any reader wishing to enjoy a current day, faith-based, romance novel. The text was written in a way that was both engaging and intriguing, leaving me to not stop, until finished. I truly appreciated the modern spins on activities experienced by the main characters, as well as the realistic faith struggles many face today.
Katy Eeten
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming and engaging clean read

This was a wonderful romance. The first half of the book was full of sparks! The second half was action packed and had me rooting for Michael and Savannah to reunite. This book did not disappoint!
Donna Parker
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book!

I really enjoyed reading this book and all the twists and turns. Love the humor, adventure, action,and romance. Very exciting to read
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I enjoyed reading this love story Lovely heartening story of love and faith. Looking forward to more books from Melony Teague.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it

Savannah Sanderson only had one reason to attend her high school reunion, and that was because her husband begged her to, just before his death. And she granted his wishes. But she wasn’t expecting their old friend, the friend who walked out and left them, never to return or stay in contact with. And Michael McCann looks nothing like he did in high school, so she didn’t recognize him at first sight of him. The tension is high, neither wanting to see the other, but both d
Suzie Waltner
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
In her debut novel, Melony Teague introduces readers to former friends Michael and Savannah who, due to choices and circumstances, meet again after twenty years at their high school reunion.
These two have a history that gives them insight into each other despite the years and distance between them. Michael has become a better man, one who makes it his life’s work to rescue others while Savannah’s experiences have caused her to burrow into a protective shell. One Michael wants to bring her out of
Susan Snodgrass
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
'She wouldn't cry. She was done with tears.....with the fortitude of fragile glass.'

Savannah Sanderson promises her late husband that she will go to her 20th year high school reunion, which is the absolute last thing she wants to do. She finds a hiding spot behind a fern and that's where she plans to stay until the night is over. Then another classmate, Michael McCann, spots her and drags her out. He's changed his life completely since high school, too. He and Savannah decide to visit some old f
Barbara Conrey
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect book to read in our imperfect world. It starts with a promise and a death, but then fills with hope and laughter and drama that keeps you on your toes and glued to your seat.

This debut flows flawlessly. The pace is perfect; the tension mounts. You need to keep turning the page.

Any reader who enjoys Christian romance will love this book.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very predictable book about two friends who reconnect at their 20th high school reunion. Savannah's husband has died and she is afraid to love again. She only attends the reunion because she promised her husband before he died that she would go. She is surprised to see an old friend, Michael who has changed for the better since high school. The rest of the book is Savannah trying to come to terms with her feelings for Michael. An accident brings Savannah to his bedside and the rest is ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Teague has given readers a beautifully written story in A Promise to Keep. The characters are relatable, emotional, realistic, and easy to love. My heart went out to Savannah immediately. I couldn't imagine going to a reunion, simply becuase she promised her late husband. And yet she did, thankfully! Her character had so much to go through before she could move on with her life, and it was such a joy watching her go through the grief process, and grow as a character.

Enter Michael on the scene, w
A Promise to Keep, the debut novel for this author, was a very enjoyable second chance story. I really enjoyed watching as Michael and Savannah reconnected, especially as they spent time together in the days after the reunion, both around their hometown and also up into Canada. The author did a good job of capturing the nervousness of both characters as they worked to get to know each other again.

Michael’s long standing feelings for Savannah made him such a likable character, who I couldn’t help
Rachel Dodson
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great read. My first by this author. I enjoyed the setting and the characters. It really made me want to visit Niagara Falls. It was well written and captivating. I highly recommend it. I recieved this book for free from the author. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.
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Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction.

Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the co-author

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