About the Book
Book: A Promise to Break
Author: Kathryn Spurgeon
Genre: Christian Historical
Release Date: July 11, 2016
SIBYL TRIMBLE, the daughter of a wealthy banking family during the Great Depression in Shawnee, Oklahoma, promises her father to be part of a political movement to change the world. By 1932, the timing to fulfill that promise seems right. Her life consists of fashionable clothes, cruising in a Model T, and dancing every weekend at the local speakeasy.
FREMONT POPE is a handsome, blue-eyed, down-on-his-luck hobo, and Sibyl’s life turns
upside down when she meets him. Her love for him and his Christian family opens her eyes to a different way of life than she has ever known.
Based on a true story, this historical novel follows Sibyl through some difficult choices. She must dig deep within herself to find strength to face her father and determine which, if any, of her past beliefs can be salvaged. What is more important, love or duty?
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As I began reading this book I was reminded that most young girls think that their father is extremely wise and beyond reproach and that was certainly the case with Sibyl Trimble. Sibyl didn't understand all that took place when she attended a political meeting with her dad when she was very young but she did understand when he asked her to make a promise and to keep it. "Promise me. Promise me, child, that you'll follow me and change the world". What she didn't realize in 1922 was that her father wasn't quite the man that she thought and there would come a time when she must choose what she believed was right!
Author Kathryn Spurgeon has written a novel that is based on true facts. Sibyl Trimble was Spurgeon's grandmother and both family records and historical facts have been used to tell Sibyl's story from her youth until she met and married Fremont Pope and they started their family. A Promise to Break tells us about love, faith, and politics in the 1930s and it vividly describes those Depression years. Sibyl had grown up enjoying the perks of a well-to-do family and falling in love with and marrying a 'hobo' from the wrong side of the tracks was an unlikely possibility, but this story shows the true blessing that Sibyl received. It was Fremont Pope who showed Sibyl what true Christianity was and what true, selfless love truly felt like and it was Fremont who supported her when she was asked to choose between her mother and her father in their nasty divorce case. Sibyl hated to lose her father's love and approval but she was torn and her decision was a surprise that wasn't accepted by either parent. The true natures of both parents were revealed during those proceedings and the anguish of Sibyl and her siblings was very hard to read.
I enjoyed this book and I appreciate the research that Spurgeon devoted to it. A Promise to Break is often sad but it is also a testament to the power of love and true faith. As Sibyl strived to gain knowledge so that she could finally make a difference, she realized that 'I didn't have to struggle by myself. I could learn, not just from libraries and newspapers, but from God's own words.' (p. 212)
This is the first book of a three part series devoted to Sibyl and Fremont Pope and I hope to learn more about their lives in the other books. If you enjoy historical fiction and stories of hope and faith, you will want to read A Promise to Break.
I received a copy of this book from the author but I wasn't required to write a favorable review. These are my honest thoughts.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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