Literary Pursuits

Review: A Promise Engraved

Today I’m sharing a book review for A Promise Engraved, a Christian historical romance novel by Liz Tolsma. It is part of the Doors to the Past series published by Barbour but can definitely be read as a stand alone novel.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher as part of JustRead publicity tours. This post includes Amazon affiliate links.

My Review

A Promise Engraved covers the events leading up to the Battle of the Alamo from the perspective of a fictitious young woman who was there. When I first started reading the book, I assumed she wasn’t an actual historical person, but I had to wonder as I got into the story. Liz Tolsma blended fact and fiction so well that I was eager to read the Author’s Note after finishing the book to find out what parts were made up.

It was a split-time novel with a contemporary storyline involving a ring that was traced back to the time of the Alamo and was significant in both stories. I don’t always enjoy the split-time plot device, but it worked for this book. A mystery related to the ring carried through in both periods. Historical fiction with a mystery twist. What could be more intriguing?

From the Publisher

Young, spirited Josie Wilkins life is about to take a turn when faced with political turmoil and forbidden love in San Antonio of 1836. John Gilbert has won her heart, despite being a Protestant preacher who is forbidden to practice his faith in Texas. Will either of them survive an epic battle for liberty to create a legacy of love?

Nearly 200 years later, Kayleigh Hernandez takes breaks from her demanding job as a refugee coordinator working with Mexican migrants to attend flea markets where she has found a uniquely engraved ring. Enlisting the help of appraiser Brandon Shuman, they piece together a love story long forgotten. But will dangers linked to Kayleigh’s work end her own hopes for leaving a legacy built on hope, faith, and love?

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

About the Author

Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels, romantic suspense novels, prairie romance novellas, and an Amish romance. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter. Her son is a US Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. Please visit her website at and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She is also the host of the Christian Historical Fiction Talk podcast.


Enter the giveaway for a copy of the book and a $15 Amazon gift card.

Other books in this series…

Check out my review of Love’s Fortress by Jennifer Uhlarik, and my Instagram post for High Wire Heartbreak by Anna Schmidt.


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