Two women from different generations brought together by another’s wrongdoing.
When British backpacker, Isabel Stark happens across a car accident on a lonely stretch of road in the South Island of New Zealand her life changes forever. The sole passenger, Ginny Havelock asks her to make a promise before she passes away—to find Constance and to say she’s sorry.
Isabel’s a lost soul who’s been drifting through life unsure of where she fits, and the promise she made in New Zealand haunts her upon her return to the United Kingdom. Her only clue as to finding Constance lies within a conversation held at Ginny’s funeral. It takes her to the Isle of Wight.
In the 1940’s sixteen-year-old Constance’s life on her island is sheltered until the death of her brother; Ted brings the reality of war crashing down around her. He leaves behind his pregnant young widow Ginny. When Constance meets a handsome Canadian Airforce man, she’s eager to escape her grief and be swept up by first love. It’s a love which has ramifications she could never envisage.
When Isabel and Constance’s paths finally cross will Ginny’s last words be enough for Constance to make peace with her past? And in fulfilling her promise will Isabel find a place she can call home?
The Promise is a beautifully written book about how one woman’s past can help another woman’s present.
It was lovely to read about the journey Isabel finds herself on discovering the tragic love story that happenned. I enjoyed reading about how the investigation into the past helped Isabel get better and helped her to sort through things.
It did take me a few chapter to get into this book mainly as the chapters are fairly short and the quick timeline switch took a little while to get into but after that I was hooked. I discovered I really kijli the characters, especially Isabel and I wanted to keep reading to find out if she got the answers she wanted.
This is the first book by this author I have read and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from her. Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Michelle Vernal live’s in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s always written, but it was only after her first son was born that she decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so she could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece she ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. She went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of her take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, she set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here she is.