Blog Tour: A Promise Forged
About the Book
Book Title: A Promise Forged
Author: Cara Putman
Genre: World War 2 Romance
Release date: Originally released in 2010, 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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A Promised Forged is a charming story that effectively captures the flavor of WWII in the American Midwest. I am familiar with the All-American Girls Professional Softball League, but enjoyed experiencing the league through the eyes of one of its players. Kat and Jack are well-developed and interesting characters, but I struggled to relate to them – however, that may be a result of my being a few decades older. Slang from the era and periodic historic tidbits add dimension to the story. Jack’s struggle to reconcile his faith with the difficulties and unfairness of life is realistic without being preachy or contrived. Although they didn’t play large roles in the book, Kat’s parents were enjoyable characters. They obviously care for her, and the three have a close relationship. An easy read, I finished A Promise Forged in two sittings.
I received a copy of the book for free from CelebrateLit Publicity, and a positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Guest Post from Cara
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!
Here are Cara's remaining blog stops:
August 4: Book Reviews from an Avid Reader
August 4: Among the Reads
August 4: The Power of Words
August 5: C Jane Read
August 5: The Christian Fiction Girl
August 5: Christian Bookaholic
August 5: Texas Book-aholic
August 6: Reading is my Superpower
August 6: Genesis 5020
August 6: Lady Ansel Book Vibes
August 7: Kat's Corner Books
August 7: Carpe Diem
August 7: Proud to be an Autism Mom
August 7: Janice's Book Reviews
August 8: Debbie's Dusty Deliberations
August 8: A Baker's Perspective
August 8: Blossoms and Blessings
August 8: Mary Hake
August 9: By The Book
August 9: Chas Ray's Book Nerd Corner
August 9: Simple Harvest Reads
August 10: Kaylee's Kind of Writes
August 10: Lighthouse Academy
August 10: Remembrancy
August 10: Jeanette's Thoughts
August 11: D's Quilts and Books
August 11: 100 Pages per Hour
August 11: Luv'N Lambert Life
August 11: Big Reader Site
August 12: Godly Book Reviews
August 12: Cafinated Reads
August 12: Book Bites, Bee Stings & Butterfly Kisses
August 13: A Reader's Brain
August 13: A Good Book and a Cup of Tea
August 13: Book by Book
August 14: All of a Kind Mom
August 14: Maureen's Musings
August 14: Daysong Reflections
August 15: The Morning Chapter
August 15: Amanda in PA
August 15: Inklings and Notions
August 16: Connie's History Classroom
August 16: All 4 and About Books
August 16: Bibliophile Reviews
August 17: Pause for Tales
August 17: Tell Tale Book Reviews
August 17: For the Love of Books
To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away a grand prize that includes the movie League of Their Own, a box of cracker jacks, M&Ms and a $20 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d2ac/a-promise-forged-celebration-tour-giveaway