When Fact and Fiction Collide – Promise Me This and the Sinking of the Titanic

Today, April 15, 2013, marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. While it was the end of many things, this terrible tragedy spurred the start of groundbreaking advancements in safety procedures and precautions. Life is funny that way—from the most heartbreaking circumstances often arises a shining light that could not have been seen without suffering.

Cathy Gohlke uses the fertile ground of this tragedy for the start of her critically acclaimed story Promise Me This. The novel follows a young man and woman whose lives are forever changed and bound together by the events that unfolded on that April 15, 101 years ago. Annie Allen never imagined that the day she watched her brother, Owen, sail on Titanic would be the last day she’d see him, but when tragedy strikes, one man’s promise and another’s sacrifice will forever change her life.

“Gohlke tells a gripping tale of sacrifice, loss, love, and hope against the setting of familiar historical events.” Publishers Weekly

“This dramatic and heart-wrenching interpretation . . . will enthrall fans of character-driven [Christian fiction] and readers who enjoy Francine Rivers.” Library Journal, starred review

“This grabs the reader from the first sentence. The characters are well defined. . . . Readers will come away with a fresh understanding of that horrible day.” Romantic Times, 4 ½-star Top Pick review

To find out more about Promise Me This,read the first chapter here.

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Shaina Turner

Shaina Turner

Shaina is the Fiction team's newest addition. In her role as Acquisitions Assistant, she helps facilitate the release of novels, provides feedback to authors on best practices for social media, along with maintaining Tyndale Fiction's Twitter, @Crazy4Fiction. Shaina enjoys reading, both recreationally and the many proposals that come through, and loves to visit the towns she reads about in novels.