Set in 1943 the novel is a patriotic war one that focuses on women’s softball teams set up 1943-54. The teams provided camaraderie, rivalry and a focus in hard times. It is a glimpse at life on the home front.
The teams also did their bit for the war effort encouraging the sale of war bonds. The girls also provided dance partners for servicemen but they were strictly chaperoned.
The heroine is just seventeen but sent off with the words “Stay close to God no matter how crazy your schedule gets.” No matter what life throws at us, we must be sure to walk beside God.
There is the debate about church attendance and knowing God. Going to church will never make you a Christian, only surrendering your heart and life to God will do that.
Some people believe they can manage just fine without God… but why settle for ‘fine’ without God, when you can have ‘fantastic’ with God? “He’d be a fool to pretend he didn’t need God”
Walking with God can mean stepping out in faith. “Silence her fears and trust Him.” We can trust God at all times. We must pray about decisions and then when we receive peace, we must go for it.
A perfectly delightful WWII home front story.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
About the book
Book Title: A Promise Forged
Author: Cara Putman
Genre: World War 2 Romance
Release date: Originally released in 2010, Re-released in 2017
Kat transformed in front of him. Her chin came up, her fingers stopped twitching with the fabric of her gown, and a real sparkle bubbled in her eyes. It was like watching Snow White come to life when the prince kissed her.
A heartwarming WWII historical from award-winning author Cara Putman:
Kat Miller has dreamed of playing baseball her entire life. When she earns a spot on a team in the All-American Girls Professional Softball League, she finds that things aren’t as glamorous as she imagined. She struggles with long road trips, grueling practices, and older teammates who are jealous of her success. And to top it all off, an irritating reporter is constantly getting under Kat’s skin.
Events in Jack Raymond’s career have left him cynical and distanced from God. He never wanted to write at a small paper, and he certainly didn’t want to be assigned to something as inconsequential as a women’s softball team. Then Kat walks into his life. The fiery, young softball player somehow climbs the walls around his heart and makes him want to hope again.
When lies fly and the league appears to fail, will Kat and Jack’s new love survive?
About the Author
Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 30 and 31.
Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.
Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at www.caraputman.com
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