Published by Tyndale on August 1, 2000
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Romance
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"The Promise Remains" is a heartrending story about a young couple, long separated, who find their way back to each other, along the way learning about God's provision in the face of their own doubts and fears. A contemporary setting with great character development. The first novel from a promising new author.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
As a young single man, I’ve often been told by those older and wiser than I that, next to my decision to be in a relationship with God, who I choose to marry is the most important decision I will have to make. Ethan Ware, because of his decision regarding the former finds himself denied the latter.
And yet, he made a promise to never stop loving her and she made a promise to never give up on him. Many years later and thousands of miles apart, Ethan Ware and Sara Anthony are still affected by that night – for The Promise Remains.
In his debut novel, published a decade ago (edit: now almost two decades ago…and I’m no longer a young single man), Travis Thrasher tells a wonderfully enchanting love story that spans the course of twelve years. Realistic characters coupled with great writing give the story emotional depth and prepare the reader to accept the truth within. A love story pure and simple, Thrasher proves that guys can be romantic and have a heart for God. It’s an inspirational story guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
The Promise Remains is a story of love, perseverance, and the providence of God. Thrasher’s heart is poured out in this novel, you can tell. He tells his story masterfully, creating suspense and mystery that only heightens the power of love.
Mini Q&A with Travis
Josh: The Promise Remains was your first published novel. What’s it like to see your book on a store shelf for the first time?
Travis: It’s a very special thing, especially when it’s something you dreamt about for so many years. I always wanted to buy that first copy I saw in the bookstore, but I couldn’t bring myself to. I always thought the person at the register would see the author photo and be like, why are you buying your own book??
Josh: Why write this particular story? How much of yourself is written into this novel?
Travis: I’ve shared this before, but I wrote seven dark, ambitious works before sitting down and trying to write a simple love story. I wasn’t ready to tackle the bigger stuff then.
There’s a lot of me in The Promise Remains. The main character dreams of being a writer. Hmm. He used to live in North Carolina. Hmm. But the story itself is total fiction, and even the character Ethan is a caricature of certain parts of me.