Nicole Says… Read Promise by Minrose Gwin

By Nicole McManus

In April 1936, in Tupelo, Mississippi, a massive F5 tornado ripped through the town, killing more than 200 people. However, history records the suffering and loss of only one side of the population. During the aftermath, the African-American citizens affected by this horrific event were not included in the final numbers. Minrose Gwin grew up in the town of Tupelo, thinking she knew all about the F5 tornado, but when she discovered the truth, she vowed to give the other side a voice. Promise is an eye-opening, terrifying, fictionalized tale.

Dovey is walking home from work, when the storm hits. She is flung through the air and nearly killed. Determined to get back to her family, she perseveres. Along the way, she sees the wreckage and dozens of souls injured. Jo comes from a much-hated family, yet when she finds a baby, she promises to protect him, no matter what. This is their story; one of heartache, secrets, and loss.

Minrose Gwin does an exquisite job of showing readers what it is like to be in the middle of a gruesome tornado. The terrifying scenes come alive with breathtaking clarity; readers will feel as though they are being swept away and battered by the intense winds. The following days show how the worst events bring out unknown characteristics within the spirit. Survival instincts kick in for some, while others are forever lost in their grief. Due to the harsh environment, this story is not for the faint of heart.

I have never read a book by Minrose Gwin, but this was an incredible introduction. The story reads like a tornado… slow build-up, quick action, vast devastation and lingering emotions. Long after you finish the final page, you will still feel the author’s powerful words.


About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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