Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock is a novel about dreams; dreams for a different tomorrow. It’s about a young girl, Roz, who is taken by her mom to hide from her dad. Her mother tells her that they will never see him again, but Roz knows different. Her dad is in town and some day, they will all be together again. Dreams do come true. He promised.
Meanwhile, Tillie Monroe lands on the porch of the Roz’s home and claims, “This is my house.” Tillie’s son, Johnny, sold this home to Janis, Roz’s mother, after he put Tillie in a nursing home. Tillie has no plans to die in a nursing home. This is her home and she plans to die in it.
Janis is hiding from an abusive ex-husband. Her dream is a safe place to raise her three children. But is she safe?
The story focuses on the relationships between the elderly Tillie, Janis, and Roz as they dream of something better and the plans of Roz’s dad to come home. He says he’s changed. He’s no longer the abusive man he once was. Or is he?
The tension increases chapter after chapter right up to the end. I read the last few chapters so fast that I had to go back and read them again to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
Set in the 60’s, Promises to Keep not only kept me entertained, but it also brought back many memories I had of growing up during the Vietnam War and Civil Rights era. I loved the book, and highly recommend it to anyway who likes a good story.