A Promise to Break

Love, Faith and Politics in the 1930s

A Promise to Break
Part of the THE PROMISE SERIES series:
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 14.99
ISBN: 9780997334722
Size: 6.00 x 8.00 in
Pages: 278
Kindle: $ 0.99
ISBN: 9780997334722


THE PROMISE SERIES is a family saga of intrigue, disappointments, and achievements.

A Promise to Break,  Historical Romance Based on a true story.

Sibyl makes a promise to her father when she is a young girl that she will be part of a political movement to change the world. From a wealthy banking family in Shawnee, Oklahoma, she is comfortable with fashionable clothes, cruising in a new Chrysler, and dancing every weekend at the local speakeasy. Even the Depression cannot put a damper on her comfortable lifestyle. By 1932, the timing to fulfill the promise to her father seems right.

Then she meets a handsome, blue-eyed, down-on-his-luck hobo and her life is turned upside down. The more she gets to know him, the more she learns about her world, her purpose, and God.  Her love for him opens her eyes to a different way of life than she has ever known.

Sibyl goes through some difficult choices. She must dig deep within herself to find the strength to face her upbringing and determine which, if any, of her past beliefs can be salvaged. She must decide which is most important, love or duty.


A Promise to Break acts as a looking-glass for Shawnee in the 1930s – from the Santa Fe Depot, to the bustling downtown, the filling stations, and the dance joints. Spurgeon creates a believable world filled with the ups and downs associated with life during the Depression. Ken Landry, Museum Director, Pottawatomie County Historical Museum & Historical Society

Reviews:James A Cox on Midwest Book Review wrote:

"Exceptionally well written, making it a consistently compelling read from beginning to end, "A Promise To Break" is one of those rare stories that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf."

Published by Kathryn Spurgeon

Inspirational writer and speaker Memory House Publishing