Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!
Joining us today for Takeover Tuesday is Kari Trumbo. She’s stopped by to give you a behind the scenes look at An Imperfect Promise. Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and chat away!
Behind the Scenes: An Imperfect Promise
I was sitting at a friend’s house chatting one day about 2 years ago. My son came in and he was grumbling about something. I asked him to stop, he agreed and I asked him, “Do you promise?”
My friend gave me a little look, but waited until my son answered and walked away before she confessed to me that she never makes promises anymore. Promises are the relationship equivalent of a covenant and not fulfilling a promise is a serious matter. I’d never really thought of it that way. But it got my mind whirling.
What if you made a promise with the best of intentions…but God had other plans? That’s what An Imperfect Promise is all about. Orphan, Gini Pear, wants so much to give her charges the love she never felt. She never wants them to feel the sting of rejection or being overlooked, so she’s devoted her life to staying unmarried and helping her sister-by-faith, Esther, to raise their children.
When John moves in next door to help take over his sister’s ranch, Gini’s promise is put to the test. This isn’t something she can easily give up. As I said, promises are important. When we make a binding promise, we can feel like utter failures for not following through. A lot has to happen for Gini to get her happily ever after.
Writing this story has really made me look at my own life and my own flippancy with promises. I didn’t treat them as importantly as I should. If my word is my bond and my reputation is based upon it, it should be one of the most important things I take into consideration. It also made me realize that man’s promises are fallible, and if we find that we are stifling our ability to be the hands and feet of Jesus because of commitments we’ve made, then it’s time to take a look at what we are promising. Are we treating our commitments, our promises, like I did with my son? Something that’s just expected and not really considered?
Food for thought: Do you hold promises to be important? Are there varying degrees of importance?
About the Author
Kari Trumbo is a best-selling author for many Christian Historical Romance novels and is a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing, or editing, she home schools her children and pretends to keep up with them. Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of over twenty years, two daughters, two sons, two cats, and one hungry wood stove.
About the Book
The Blurb: “Some promises aren’t meant to last a lifetime.
Gini would do just about anything to take care of the eleven orphans in her custody. She’s vowed to never marry, but that oath is pushed to the limits when John moves in next door. The new Nebraska rancher is a tad abrasive but willing to step in when the entire town has given up on her little orphanage. She’s prayed for help for so long, but are God’s plans even bigger than she can conceive?
There are some things a man can’t outrun.
John’s running from the love he left behind in Kansas. On a mission to help his sister, John takes over her ranch, which has seen its share of problems. Day after day, John fights against those trying to seize his land, but a more present danger lurks right next door, the sweet redheaded owner of the orphanage, who’s fast stealing his heart.
As the world closes in on him, John must protect his home from rustlers and his heart from getting trampled, once again. If he can’t, he just might lose them both.”