A Promise to Break

A Promise to Break,  1930’s Romance

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.

Based on a true story, this novel follows Sibyl 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 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

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