I love reading books by debut authors, who you’ve actually known for a little while, and then you see their book enter the world. I actually met Melony Teague at CFRR. It was only for a moment, but she was a delight to be around. Since then I’ve been following her on social media. When I saw that she was about to release her book baby, I jumped at the chance to read it.
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.
Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.
Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?
Teague has given readers a beautifully written story in A Promise to Keep. The characters are relatable, emotional, realistic, and easy to love. My heart went out to Savannah immediately. I couldn’t imagine going to a reunion, simply becuase she promised her late husband. And yet she did, thankfully! Her character had so much to go through before she could move on with her life, and it was such a joy watching her go through the grief process, and grow as a character.
Enter Michael on the scene, who provided some comedic relief that had me giggling. He was perfect for Savannah – and the way he “rescued” her at the reunion – well you’re just going to have to read that for yourself. It was well written and delightfully entertaining. The adventure they went on together after that was just what both of them needed. Teague did a great job in having a steady pace for their love story, it did not feel rushed at all.
I loved the setting of the story – mainly because it’s in my neck of the woods, but still, it drew me in. I could picture everything vividly, and almost started driving the couple hour drive so I could see the places Teague was describing.
What a stunning debut novel by Melony Teague. With romance, fun, adventure, and humor, A Promise to Keep has a little something for everyone. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. A Promise to Keep (Jan 21, 2020) is her fiction debut. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.