Author Ann Tatlock

Promises to Keep

She simply wants what every young girl wants—a daddy who loves her….

Eleven-year-old Rosalind (Roz) Anthony escapes an abusive home life when her mother decides to leave her husband and take the children to another state. Leaving Minnesota behind and settling in Mills River, Illinois, the family is surprised to wake up one day and find a stranger on their front porch, reading the morning paper. That stranger is 70-year-old Tillie Monroe, the former owner who aims to die in the house her husband built for her and where she lived all her married life—before her sons sold the place out from under her. Tillie’s insistence on coming home proves a godsend for the family in ways they could never imagine. Alan Anthony has followed the family to Mills River, but reveals himself only to Roz. What Roz wants more than anything is for her daddy to quit drinking, to be the good man she knows him to sometimes be, and to take his rightful place as husband and father. He promises to change. But should Roz trust him?


Reviews of this bookNovel Journey and I give it our highest recommendation. A must read.
                                –Ane Mulligan (

Ann Tatlock has a way of spinning a story that leaves readers deeply moved and unguardedly contemplative—and her newest offering lives up to that standard.
                                –Michele Howe, CBA Retailers

A lively narrative….poignant and moving.
                                –Publishers Weekly

“Award-winning inspirational fiction author Tatlock continues to excel in her latest contemporary novel….Even as it moves along at a comfortable pace, the novel is peppered with suspense….Recommended for fans of inspirational coming-of-age stories and tales of brave young women.”
    –Elizabeth Ponder, Booklist, starred review

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