A book a day...keeps insanity away! I am an avid book reader. When I am not reading, I love to play the piano, sing, or shop until I drop! Reading has been a huge part of my life since I was young and my Mom introduced me to the public library! Since then I have not stopped reading! I hope you enjoy my reviews!
Hattie is barely twelve
when her pa’s “business adventures” disrupt her family and move them to
the new town of Tropic, nestled in the shadows of old Ebenezer Bryce’s
Canyon. Her pa views the town as opportunity. Hattie is hopelessly shy
and views it with apprehension; she dreads the task of making new
friends. More than anything else, Hattie wants to be like her father—not
afraid of meeting new people, talking to strangers, and standing up for
herself. So it is with trepidation that she accepts her pa’s challenge
and promises to make new friends. Hattie forms more promises as she
struggles to make friends, finding companionship in places she wouldn’t
have expected and learning that there is a difference between
complaining and standing up for oneself.
Promises is a wonderful LDS novel geared toward middle graders. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any LDS reader from middle grade on up. I really enjoyed getting to know the main character Hattie. Throughout the novel I felt like I came to know her and I really felt for all that she went through. I found myself wanting her to stand up for herself and her feelings. I was cheering inside when she did take a stand and chose to be courageous. The emotion that you feel in this story is incredible and the author did a wonderful job creating these scenes. The mystery element to this novel was a nice touch, and I enjoyed how that part played out. It definitely wasn't what I expected and I was glad that the author could surprise me. I give Promises four out of five stars and I look forward to more from author Carolyn Twede Frank!
You can pick up the paperback version via amazon here.