Character Spotlight ~ Robin Lee Hatcher’s Allison & Emma

A Promise KeptMeet two women generations apart in

Robin Lee Hatcher’s

historical novel

A Promise Kept

Thomas Nelson

The Story

God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved.

What had become of His promise?

Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she’d misunderstood.

Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.

As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord? 

Enjoy meeting Allison and Emma

Brief physical description

Amanda Peet


Allison Kavanagh: Allison is 45 years old when the story opens. She has long dark hair and blue-green eyes. Attractive and in good health.

Emma Carter: Emma’s story is told in her POV from the time she is ten (1917) to the age of twenty-six and some of her later life is told while in Allison’s POV. She has blond, curly hair and blue eyes. She is not a beauty like her younger sister but is not unattractive.


Allison: Amanda Peet

Emma: Gloria Stuart in the Invisible Man (1933)

Strengths and weaknesses

Allison: She fought hard to save her marriage. She was a loving wife and is a loving mother. She is a hard worker. But she also has the codependent traits of being a rescuer, trying to save others from themselves, and a controller, trying to make life work out the way she plans.

Gloria StuartEmma: Despite always feeling as if she was in her sister’s shadow, she is never bitter about it. But she does feel unworthy of love and therefore allows herself to be misused by her husband.

Your inspiration for the character

Allison: All of my characters are allowed to be themselves, but certainly a great deal of Allison was inspired by my own life experiences. We share a number of traits, even though she is different in many ways too.

Emma: Emma is completely a product of my imagination, although ever mature woman of faith in my books has something of my mother in them.

Background to the story

On the day when I realized the unexpected way God had answered my prayers for my marriage and had kept His promise to me, I knew I would one day want to write a novel based on my story.

In A Promise Kept, Allison is a newly-divorced woman, still nursing the hurt from a failed marriage to her husband of over 20 years. She has come to the mountains of Idaho to live in her great-aunt’s log home. As God begins to heal her heart, restore her faith, and teach her how to move forward in faith, Allison also begins to discover––through journals and photographs found in the attic––things about Aunt Emma that she’d never known.

Thanks Robin!


Relz Reviewz Extras
Reviews of BelongingFit to Be Tied, When Love Blooms, and Wagered Heart
Character spotlight on Cleo Arlington & Sherwood Statham
Character spotlight on Guinevere & Morgan
Interview with Robin
Visit Robin’s website and blog
Buy A Promise Kept at Amazon or Koorong

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6 Responses to Character Spotlight ~ Robin Lee Hatcher’s Allison & Emma

  1. Compelling book. Look forward to reading it.

  2. This sounds SO good. I love the cover too. I can’t wait to read it.

  3. We have Robin’s books in the church library. I would love to win this one to add to our collection. Thanks for the opportunity to do so.

  4. I
    I don’t think this is a give-awaybut at some point I do hope to win a copy of this book.
    Thanks, Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  5. Great choices!! I can easily see them as Allison and Emma. :-)

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