About the Book
Book Title: A Promise Forged
Series: Buckeye Promises
Author: Cara Putman
Genre: World War 2 Romance
Release date: Originally released in 2012, Re-released in 2017
Kat transformed in front of him. Her chin came up, her fingers stopped twitching with the fabric of her gown, and a real sparkle bubbled in her eyes. It was like watching Snow White come to life when the prince kissed her.
A heartwarming WWII historical from award-winning author Cara Putman:
Kat Miller has dreamed of playing baseball her entire life. When she earns a spot on a team in the All-American Girls Professional Softball League, she finds that things aren’t as glamorous as she imagined. She struggles with long road trips, grueling practices, and older teammates who are jealous of her success. And to top it all off, an irritating reporter is constantly getting under Kat’s skin.
Events in Jack Raymond’s career have left him cynical and distanced from God. He never wanted to write at a small paper, and he certainly didn’t want to be assigned to something as inconsequential as a women’s softball team. Then Kat walks into his life. The fiery, young softball player somehow climbs the walls around his heart and makes him want to hope again.
When lies fly and the league appears to fail, will Kat and Jack’s new love survive?
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About the Author
Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 30 and 31.
Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.
Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management.
You can learn more about Cara at www.caraputman.com.
Guest Post from Cara
Each of my books starts with a hook that engages my interest, and then as I play with it, I think it will engage readers. A Promise Forged was no different. For this book I was writing a series of three World War II novels for Barbour. I already had two historical hooks that fascinated me: children evacuated from London to Ohio, a top secret project to break Engima in Dayton, but I needed one more. I knew the lead characters were going to be siblings, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the kid sister. Then I remembered the All-American Girls Professional Softball/Baseball League.
And I started thinking.
What would it have been like to desperately want a chance to play a sport you loved professionally?
And to be part of the nascent league when no one was sure whether it was a good or bad idea?
I decided that was the perfect place for Kat. She was the kid sister with fire and passion. She wanted a chance to prove herself, and this would be the perfect place. Then she needed a hero worthy of her. One who could go toe-to-toe with her and still see who she could be.
He came in the form of Jack, a cynical reporter who is disappointed to be assigned to cover girls’ baseball. But then he gets to know Kat and some of the others. And he sees something in her that she doesn’t see in herself. It’s the beginning of fireworks that he doesn’t think can go anywhere because she has to go home to her senior year of high school.
As I began researching the history of the league, I learned that the AAGPS/BL archives were kept at a small museum in South Bend, a couple hours from where I live. I spent a day there talking with the curator and exploring all the records. Because the league wasn’t expected to last there weren’t many records from the first year. That meant I had to guess about some things like schedules based on what happened in the years after.
A Promise Forged became a book I loved writing. Kat was feisty, Jack was cynical, and baseball provided a great setting. I can’t believe this football loving woman can admit that!
There is a lot packed within the pages of A Promise Forged. The story is well written and very well researched. As I was reading, I felt transported back in time to America in 1943. USO dances, war bonds, and girl ball players — I was reminded time and time again of A League of Their Own, but loved how Cara Putman made this a story all her own.
Kat, the protagonist, is a 17-year old softball/baseball prodigy. What I enjoyed so much about her character is her genuine, unflappable faith in Jesus. Her faith reminded me a little of Daniel from the Bible in that Kat never wavered even though there were quite a few frustrating, discouraging, and exhausting moments where she could have easily given up. But she never does! One moment in the novel, Kat becomes anxious about something. She begins to pray and realizes that “ultimately, [praying] remained the best thing she could do. Much better than continued fretting.” What a great reminder to me to not allow my fears, worries, and doubts get the better of me and get me off track. Nothing should be stronger than my relationship with God.
Jack is a suave hero. He is worldly, educated, and cynical. He’s exactly what you think of when you think 1940s newspaperman. Because of a past mistake, Jack is stuck covering girl’s baseball, which makes him rather annoyed and frustrated. But he sticks with it, and forms a quick friendship of sorts with Kat. He’s drawn to her beauty and her natural skills as a ball player, but he is also drawn to her innocence, wholesomeness, and strong faith. Jack, at the start of this story, does not have a personal relationship with Jesus, but over the course of the story changes his perspective, which makes him even more likable a hero in my estimation. While reading this novel, I was definitely rooting for Jack!
Overall, A Promise Forged is a sweet, well-written historical novel that I enjoyed quite a bit. The friendship and romance between Jack and Kat grew very well and realistically — no insta-love in this story. I very much enjoyed the baseball games and the antics of the various ball players. And, I loved being transported to 1940s America even for just a little while. If you are looking for a fast-paced, engaging historical novel to escape into then I highly recommend A Promise Forged by Cara Putman.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Celebrate Lit. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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