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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Promise by Ann Weisgarber - Book Review

About The Book:

1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him, but when Catherine travels to Oscar's farm on Galveston Island, Texas—a thousand miles from home—she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her.

The island is remote, the weather sweltering, and Oscar's little boy Andre is grieving hard for his lost mother. And though Oscar tries to please his new wife, the secrets of the past sit uncomfortably between them.

Meanwhile for Nan Ogden, Oscar’s housekeeper, Catherine’s sudden arrival has come as a great shock. For not only did she promise Oscar’s first wife that she would be the one to take care of little Andre, but she has feelings for Oscar which she is struggling to suppress.

And when the worst storm in a generation descends, the women will find themselves tested as never before.

My Thoughts:

Captivating, enthralling, mesmerizing - these are all words that are tossed around easily when describing novels, but in the case of author Ann Weisgarber's latest novel, "The Promise," these words are truly deserving. Weisgarber has created a story that draws the reader into the tale of two women, struggling to overcome individual devastating odds, as they face a storm that will go down in history as one of the worst hurricanes on record.

Weisgarber perfectly captures the background of 1900 Galveston, Texas; the styles and culture of the era, and the events leading up to a horrific tragedy that would affect all of the residents of the slender island. Her characters are compelling and fascinating, and combined with a story that is hard to put down, she has created what I consider to be one of the best books of the year so far. 

I highly recommend this book for historical fiction lovers, and those who enjoy a well-written story. 

About The Author:

Ann Weisgarber was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio. She has lived in Boston, Massachusetts, and Des Moines, Iowa, but now splits her time between Sugar Land, Texas, and Galveston, Texas. Her first novel The Personal History of Rachel DuPree was longlisted for the Orange Prize and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers.

Check out Ann's website at http://annweisgarber.com/

My thanks to Caitlin Hamilton Marketing and Publicity for supplying the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds really good!

Mystica said...

Thank you for the review. This sounds very interesting.

Beth Hoffman said...

Wonderful review, Sharon! This book is high on my "To Read" list.

Happy weekend, my friend!