Monday, December 26, 2011

Promise Me This-Cathy Gohlke

Promise Me This

Cathy Gohlke

Tyndale, Feb 1 2012, $13.99

ISBN: 9781414353074

Fifteen year old Michael Dunnagan came to the dock to celebrate his abusive Uncle Tom leaving as a stoker on the Titanic. The teenager is awe struck by the great ship, which has completed the trials and is getting ready to begin the maiden voyage. A stevedore hires Michael to help load supplies.

However, instead of leaving, he becomes a stowaway. Passenger Owen Allen heading to join the family firm in New Jersey, finds and befriends the lad. When the impossible occurs, Owen makes Michael give him a death bed promise that he will take care of his younger sister Annie in England. Michael sends Annie many letters from America but she resents his living while her sibling died. However, over time the grieving Annie begins to heal and welcomes Michael’s letters. It is believable that the two pen pals fall in love so he finally accumulates the funds needed to bring his Annie to America. Before she can come, WWI ignites ending their correspondence. He resolutely crossed the ocean once before when he had no money and sets off to do so again to find his beloved.

This is a great historical that brings to life the fatal voyage and its aftermath through the reactions of a terrific support cast; not all on board. The couple is a wonderful pairing, but it is the victims and not just those who died at sea, but the survivors like Michael filled with guilt, grief and respect as well as the mourning loved ones. Readers will relish this powerful rendition of the Titanic.

Harriet Klausner

1 comment:

Cathy Gohlke said...

Thank you so much for this excellent review, Harriet! I loved writing "Promise Me This" and am thrilled when readers embrace the significance of the story. It's hard to believe that 100 years have passed since Titanic foundered. Just as amazing, we stand near the threshold of WWI's 100th anniversary--a war that forever changed our world and set in motion so much of what has transpired in the past century.
Prayers for God's blessings and peace for you in this new year!