Synopsis: “A Promise to Break: Love, Faith, and Politics in the 1930s” by Kathryn Spurgeon is the story of Sibyl Trimble, who makes a promise to her father when she is a young girl that she will support a socialist political movement to change the world. From a wealthy banking family in Shawnee, Oklahoma, she is comfortable with fashionable clothes, cruising in a new Chrysler, and dancing at the local speakeasy. Even the Depression cannot put a damper on her comfortable lifestyle. By 1932, the timing seems right to fulfill her promise. Then she meets a handsome, blue-eyed, down-on-his-luck hobo and her life is turned upside down. The more she gets to know him, the more she learns about her world, her purpose, and God. Her love for him opens her eyes to a different way of life than she has ever known.
Based on a true story, this novel follows Sibyl through some difficult choices. She must dig deep within herself to find the strength to face her upbringing and determine which, if any, of her past beliefs can be salvaged. She must decide which is most important, love or duty.
Critique: Exceptionally well written, making it a consistently compelling read from beginning to end, “A Promise To Break” is one of those rare stories that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. “A Promise To Break” is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections.
James Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review
Small Press Book Watch
October 2016 Reviewer’s Choice