Friday, August 3, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: A Promise Forged by Cara Putman



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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My Thoughts


“Never forget that you’re here to show us women can play like 
men, while never letting us forget that you’re women.”
- Philip Wrigley

Cara Putman certainly knows how to tell an engaging story, and I enjoyed A Promise Forged very much. The story has unusual character depth for a novella, and beautifully combines history, romance, and spiritual elements. Although not a sports fan, I found the backdrop of women’s baseball during the WWII years intriguing. From tryouts, to competition between teams, to jealousy among players, to the politics involved, Putman does a great job conveying what that time period was like. I had heard of women’s baseball, but didn’t realize the idea originated with Mr. Wrigley.

Jack and Kat have a good chemistry between them, although I’m not sure my mom would have approved of the age difference. At 25, Jack’s goal was to be a reporter for a large newspaper, and resented his assignment of covering the women’s baseball league – especially as this was an experiment with no guarantee of success. All Kat wants to do is play a sport that she loves professionally, and the first season begins during the summer before her senior year in high school.

What I loved most about their relationship is how they so beautifully met each other’s needs. Jack believed in Kat’s ability and was her encourager. And Jack’s weakness of spiritual faith was countered by Kat’s quiet confidence and peace about God’s plans, whether it be women’s softball or something entirely different. I know this story had to end, but I’d love to see the development of their relationship through the next few years.

Recommended.

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Cara C. Putman. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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 <http://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!


Giveaway




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! 

To enter, click on the image above or the link below...



Blog Stops

Among the Reads, August 4
C Jane Read, August 5
Genesis 5020, August 6
Carpe Diem, August 7
Mary Hake, August 8
By The Book, August 9
Simple Harvest Reads, August 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Lighthouse Academy, August 10
Remembrancy, August 10
100 Pages per Hour, August 11
Bigreadersite, August 11
Godly Book Reviews, August 12
Cafinated Reads, August 12
A Reader’s Brain, August 13
Book by Book, August 13
All-of-a-kind Mom, August 14
amandainpa, August 15
Pause for Tales, August 17

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