Promises Unbroken by Kristina Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was so good.
For some reason, everyone seems to have a fascination with the 1920s and mobsters. And now I understand, because this was such a cool setting for a book. The whole 1920s prohibition scene was such an excellent backdrop for this story.
And can we talk about the characters? Mae was so stubborn (probably to a fault, but her loyalty to her sister was amazing.) And Davis … my man! That guy was just the best. Yeah, he had his failings, but the way he stood by Mae and encouraged her and preached truth to her … he was epic. And he was an accountant that could shoot and fight and be heroic, which is rare in books, I think. Not all accountants are skinny and helpless – rather, Davis investigated all of Rossi’s financial crimes quite well. (That was such a cool part.) And how can I not mention my favorite, Alberto Moretti. Ahh, this guy. He was awful. But I loved him anyway. He was such a well-developed character, and even though he was such a sad guy, he cracked me up. (Especially when he antagonized Vin.) And poor Alberto, always getting stuck with all kinds of promises … (and it even ties in to the title, in a way.) He needs to stop promising people things, poor guy. And how could I forget, my favorite fictional preacher, John Scranton! Wow. I loved his steadiness, his courage, his protection of Mae. That guy right there was an epic side character.
Now, the plot. So cool. The whole thing with Hazel/Lillian was really interesting because she didn’t want to come home. She wasn’t innocent in the whole deal like Mae would’ve liked. That just creates all kinds of intrigue. And add all of that to Rossi’s criminal dealings that Davis deals with, and this plot moves along very quickly. There was all kinds of action and suspense. Yeah, people got shot and beat up, but it wasn’t anything graphic at all.
And now we come to the best part. The morals/themes of this book. Obviously, from the title, you can see what a lot of it’s about. Mae struggled to trust the Lord, yet His promises remained sure and certain in the face of her fear and doubt. Davis had his own story of coming to a point of desperation and realizing all that he had was the Lord. And Alberto … well, his story is a little bit of a spoiler, but I’ll just say that he finds God’s promises to be unbroken to him as well. Scripture layered this book, and though the characters weren’t perfect, they’re a good example of living in a world that’s not our home. Davis’s struggle over his involvement with the Rossis makes you think about living in the world and how our inaction over evils can be considered a sin. All kinds of things to make you think in this book.
I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction or suspense. I can’t wait to read the next one on the series! (And there’s more Alberto!!)
Thanks to the author for a free copy of this book!
Kristina Hall is a sinner saved by grace who seeks to glorify God with her words. She is a homeschool graduate and holds a degree in accounting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, arm wrestling, lifting weights, and playing the violin. Check out her blog at https://kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com/