Promise

Promise

In the aftermath of a devastating tornado that rips through the town of Tupelo, Mississippi, at the height of the Great Depression, two women worlds apart?one black, one white; one a great-grandmother, the other a teenager?fight for their families? survival in this lyrical and powerful novel ?Gwin?s gift shines in the complexity of her characters and their fraught relations In the aftermath of a devastating tornado that rips through the town of Tupelo, Mississippi, at the height ...

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Title:Promise
Author:Minrose Gwin
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0062471732
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Promise Reviews

  • Elisha (lishie)
    Oct 18, 2017
    Well-done account of what is usually the "other side"... The intertwined stories of two families, one black, one white during the 1936 Tornado of Tupelo, Mississippi. And to be sure, the black folks' account was not registered for the books. The dead's names were not written down, not ...
  • Read In Colour
    Nov 30, 2017
    I want to rate this higher and probably would have but REASONS. In the aftermath of a tornado, whiteness is still centered. Black people were expected to delay looking for their family to assist white people. And this little white girl ordering grown ass black people around? Lawdamercy...
  • Tammy
    May 05, 2018
    Wow! Minrose Gwin has crafted a gruesomely descriptive story in Promise! I live in the Midwest and tornadoes are one of my biggest fears. I felt as if I was actually there experiencing the aftermath. Once I started reading, I didn?t want to stop! ...
  • Caryn
    Mar 11, 2018
    Full review & giveaway on my blog: http://www.thebookwhisperer.org/2018/... ...
  • Susan Gottfried
    Apr 14, 2018
    I LOVED the premise of this and couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and indeed, the writing is fantastic. So what was the problem? Ultimately, it was the story of a custody battle, except one half of the two people involved in didn't know anything about it for most of the time, so ...
  • Trudy
    May 08, 2018
    Minrose Gwin is quite a storyteller. Talk about characterization! She is a master! These characters are so fleshed out that I could almost hear them breathing. All of their thoughts, motives, influences, actions were laid bare here. So, why four stars instead of five? For me, the ex...
  • Kristen Beverly
    Nov 20, 2017
    Really, really fantastic characters. Loved Jo and Dovey. I had to keep reminding myself though that this wasn?t historical fiction. It?s really just straight up fiction. Which is ok, just some inconsistencies with the time period I believe. But a really great story. Didn?t want t...
  • Patty
    Mar 14, 2018
    I have a love of historical fiction and a fascination with weather so this book caught me on two levels. Promise is a fictional tale about the very real F5 tornado that hit Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1936. Ms. Gwin?s grandparents lived in the area at the time and survived the event. She...
  • Angela M
    Feb 10, 2018
    One horrific natural disaster, two families - one black, one white, two babies thrown by the tornado and the same heartache for both families over the loss and devastation, two families connected by more than this devastation. This is more than a story based on an actual tornado in Tup...
  • Asheley
    Mar 13, 2018
    4.5/5 Promise by Minrose Gwin is a historical fiction story that is based on the F-5 tornado that tore thru Tupelo, Mississippi on April 5, 1936 at around 9:00 p.m. History says that over two hundred people died in this tornado ? it was actually more than that, but only the white ...
  • DeAnn
    Mar 18, 2018
    4 stars for Promise! This one is set in 1936 Tupelo in the aftermath of a tornado that ripped through the town. Not surprisingly, this one has racial tension, but the tornado claimed lives, property, and created devastation for just about the whole town. The author did a great job of m...
  • Susie | Novel Visits
    Feb 11, 2018
    {My Thoughts} What Worked For Me Realities of a Natural Disaster in the 1930?s ? We all know what it?s like when tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes strike today. We often times witness the devastation as it?s happening and we see how quickly people respond and aid arrives. ...
  • Megan C.
    May 23, 2018
    Solid read, but didn't blow me away. I had stylistic issues with dialogue and also with the narrator. (I'm really picky about narrators, which I will fully admit.) I don't like it when accents feel overly exaggerated - the southern accents and the affect from the narrator at times felt...
  • KC
    Jan 15, 2018
    3.5 stars. In the height of the depression, a devastating and horrific tornado has leveled the small town of Tulepo, Mississippi. Houses are destroyed and many are killed, injured, or displaced. Two families fearfully affected; one white, one black. Jo, a teenage girl struggling to kee...
  • Padgett Gerler
    Apr 17, 2018
    Minrose Gwin?s historical novel, PROMISE, is so vivid, so rich, it feels as if it were painted with a brush. PROMISE is based on the F5 tornado that tore through Tupelo, Mississippi in 1936, leveling the town, killing hundreds and injuring over 1,000. The story follows two charac...
  • Gaele
    Mar 01, 2018
    Gwin tells the tale of the 1936 Tupelo tornado from two perspectives: Dovey, an African-American laundress and Jo, a young white girl and daughter of a Judge and schoolteacher. Simply surviving the storm when so many didn?t, then holding on to hope and determination to survive and fi...
  • Karen
    Apr 02, 2018
    A work of fiction based on the true event of the April 5, 1936 Tupelo, Mississippi tornado and its devastating aftermath. The author herself heard stories of this tornado during her childhood, growing up in Tupelo. This story tells of the damage and how it was handled especially in th...
  • Rikke
    Feb 28, 2018
    2.5 stars. Sadly I didn't like it as much as I had hoped. ...
  • Linda
    Mar 31, 2018
    With all the weather-related warnings we have today, it's hard to imagine a time when F-5 tornados could sneak up on communities. The author did a wonderful job of describing the total devastation this 1936 tornado did to the town (and black and white citizens) of Tupelo, Mississippi. ...
  • Deb Darling
    Mar 25, 2018
    Compelling book of love and loss, in a period of 1930's bigotry in Mississippi, from the viewpoint of both whites and blacks. I think the reason for 4 stars instead of 5, is that it mostly made me sad. ...
  • Angie
    Feb 26, 2018
    Originally posted @ Readaholic Zone including an interesting video I found. Minrose Gwin deserves a standing ovation for PROMISE. This is the most outstanding book based on true events that I have read. Hence, this book stands alone above all others due to so many factors which I wi...
  • Alison Hardtmann
    Mar 12, 2018
    Minrose Gwin explores the aftermath of a tornado that struck Tupelo, Mississippi on April 5, 1936, through the experiences of two women. Jo McNabb is the sixteen-year-old daughter of a local judge living in a comfortable brick house and Dovey Grand'homme is a grandmother and a laundres...
  • Rachel
    Mar 20, 2018
    I waited on pins and needles for this one since I heard about it months ago, and it did not disappoint. ...
  • Phyllis Krall
    Jun 04, 2018
    A historical novel about the deadly tornado that hit Tupelo, Mississippi in 1936 causing devastation and death to many. Two families are linked through horrifying circumstances and struggle to recover. Dovey is a laundress who works for the McNabb family . When the tornado hits she ...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 15, 2017
    I hated to finish Promise because it meant leaving some incredible characters. Gwin gives the reader little chance to breathe as she takes us into the horrific terror of the historic 1936 storm in Tupelo, MS. Gut-wrenching scenes of water-logged days and nights ? people wande...
  • Dustin Hood
    Feb 22, 2018
    Anyone from the South can tell you how terrifying and profoundly life-changing a tornado can be on your life and generations to come. When a tornado tears through Tupelo, Mississippi in 1936 the town is immediately disheveled into a landscape unrecognizable. Records indicate the tornad...
  • Thelma Fountain
    Apr 13, 2018
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. I had a difficult getting into this one. The concept of the events of a tornado and the aftermath interested me since I have personally lived through two tornado's but that may have also been the reason I had difficulty. Tornado's are traum...
  • Pat
    May 02, 2018
    I thought the book was interesting and I liked the story. The beginning of the book describing the tornado was very good. There were too many repetitive details that I found to be distracting or I would have rated it higher. ...
  • Jane
    Apr 10, 2018
    Gwin's fictional tale of two families during the 1936 tornado in Tupelo, Mississippi is a definite read even though a good editing could have reduced its page length by approximately twenty pages. While they search for loved ones through the rubble of the destroyed buildings and decayi...
  • Kathryn
    Apr 10, 2018
    Minrose Gwin presents a story focused on two families, one white and one black as they struggle to reunite with their kin after the F5 Tornado that hit Tupelo, Mississippi on April 5, 1936. F5 are considered extremely dangerous according to more than one source, they are capable of tot...