Shipbound for the colonies, Rebecca Neville meets a dying Lady Stanmore and vows to care for her infant son, James. Upon arrival, she assumes a new name for herself and the baby, in an effort to escape the past.

Ten years later, the Earl of Stanmore discovers what happened to his wife and demands that his noble son be found and returned to England.

Unable to part with the boy, Rebecca accompanies James return, if only to see him settled. She faces his cold and calculating father, yet time reveals the man beneath the hard exterior.

Once more, Rebecca attempts to fit into English society, but old friends and jealous enemies dredge up her and Stanmores past, bringingly them close to losing the love they have just found.

THE PROMISE is a tender, emotional love story that also explores slavery, spousal abuse, and the rights of women in historical England, as well as highlights the differences between American women and English women, their opposing views of womens roles. History springs to life in this latest from an immensely talented storyteller. SENSUAL (Sep., 390 pp, $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin