When word reaches England that Juliana Archer is now a widow, her one-time friend Ian Pierce, Viscount Axton goes to India to escort Juliana home on the pretext that her father is ill.

During the journey, Ian extracts a promise from Juliana to spend time with him and get to know him again. Ian had proposed to Juliana several years prior and he still wants to marry her, but she doesnt trust him.

Every time Ian thinks he is making progress with Juliana something happens to take them back a few steps. It isnt until tragedy strikes that Juliana realizes how much she truly loves Ian.

Though conflict between the hero and heroine becomes a repetitive pattern (distrust/ trust/distrust/trust), A CHRISTMAS PROMISE is a sweet, enjoyable story. SENSUAL (Oct., 320 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager