Promises To Keep by Nan Rossiter is a delightful contemporary novel that will warm your heart. It is the second book in the Savannah Skies series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel is about love and care from the cradle to the grave as we see both pre-term babies and seniors.
It is important to care for those who cannot care for themselves. When a young mother realizes she cannot care for her baby, another stepped in (before the story opened) with love and care.
As our bodies let us down, it is important to remember that where now we see a senior standing, inside there is still a beating heart that has lived and loved. “What stories are locked behind those frightened eyes?” It is sad to see a loved one abandoned by their family in a senior living facility.
In contrast there is a daughter who refuses to abandon her father to Alzheimer’s. “I’m not just going to forget about him… even if he doesn’t always recognize me.” We witness lives opening up when familiar music is played. Musical memories are deep-seated.
The past is good to learn from but a terrible place to inhabit. Secrets from the past hiding in the present are heavy burdens to bear. We need to release them.
We must forgive others now, if we wait we may be too late.
Pets turn a house into a home. Therapy pets feature within the story. They help to calm others. We see two dogs, a cat and some hens within the tale. All become characters in their own right.
The characters were wonderfully drawn. They were realistic with their loves, hopes, dreams and flaws. They will warm your heart.
The loss of a parent hurts. We witness several lives lost – not always to death, some are to misunderstandings or Alzheimer’s.
As a classic car gets a new lease of life, it is renovated with love. This can be seen as a motif for our lives. When we are loved, our lives open up.
I really enjoyed Promises To Keep. It was a totally charming novel that tackled relevant issues that affect us all. I certainly want to read more by Nan Rossiter.
A word of caution: there were bedroom scenes with far too much detail for me to be comfortable with. I skipped over them. It did not detract from my overall enjoyment.
I received a free book from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.