Promises to Keep [Book Review]

April 30, 2021

Promises to Keep by Nan Rossiter

Promises to Keep by Nan Rossiter (cover) Image: a man, woman, and dog sit on a pier overlooking a lake

Genre/Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Southern Fiction, Family Life, Romance

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My Summary:

Thanks #NetGalley @HarperPerennial for a complimentary eARC of #PromisesToKeep upon my request. All opinions are my own. Promises to Keep is a sequel to Promises of the Heart in the Savannah Skies series. It can be read as a stand-alone (although it’s always a richer reading experience to have read the first in the series).

Set in the South (Georgia), this story finds thirty-something Maeve working in a private nursing home and enjoying a relationship with her handsome boyfriend, Gage, who works construction and adores his dog, Gus. Complications arise when they realize that they’ve been keeping secrets from each other about their past. Can they save their relationship?

My Thoughts:

Overall, Promises to Keep is a heartwarming and engaging uplit romance told from a Christian perspective with characters to cheer for.

What I love: In between reading some heavier reads, I appreciate a simply-told story with a cast of likable characters and a rural, small-town setting! I love the themes of friendship, forgiveness, grief, second chances, honesty, secrets, a supportive community, and family loyalty. I appreciate that this romance also includes some meaningful content dealing with elder care, a secret of the past coming back to turn your life upside down, grief, a difficult family relationship, and communication/relationship challenges. Although neatly tied up in the end, the various storylines were interesting, compelling, and seemed realistic to me.

***may contain spoilers***
Content Consideration: teenage pregnancy, adoption, death of a parent, death of a grandparent, grief

Recommended: I recommend Promises to Keep for readers who are looking for light, uplit reads with poignant themes, for fans of romance (mostly closed door) and HEA, and for fans of stories that include a Christian perspective.

My Rating:  3.5-4 Stars


Promises to Keep by Nan Rossiter (cover) Image: a man and woman and dog sit on a dock overlooking a lake

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Meet the Author, Nan Rossiter

Author Nan RossiterNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Rossiter loves to weave together stories about the complicated relationships to which all readers can relate — motherhood, sisterhood, friendship, marriage and romance. She draws from her own experiences to create authentic situations that mirror the trials and triumphs of life. Compassionate, real, and funny, her books take readers on emotional journeys that often include heartbreak and joy, but also include threads of faith, a furry friend or two, and an uplifting ending. Nan’s books have been highly acclaimed by reviewers from Publisher’s Weekly to Booklist. Her novel, SUMMER DANCE, was the 2018 winner of the Nancy Pearl Award.


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  1. Great review Carol. This sounds like a good story all held together with some romance. Did you read the first one in this series?

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