Set in the late 1800s, Hake links the
saga of the three Gregor brothers and the promises they made to their dying father. Emotionally moving, the stories -- about confident men who help women in need of love and caring -- stir the heart . Humor lightens the oppressive darkness the characters experience, and although the flow is choppy at times, it's a heartwarming read.

Dr. Rob Gregor promised his father that he wouldn't harden his heart to keep from hurting. Rob arrives in Texas and treats a rape victim who is consequently pregnant. She wins his heart with her unassuming ways in "To Love Mercy."

"To Walk Humbly" hero Duncan promised to name his first son after his father. Duncan notices his neighbor Carmen's unselfish ways and her limp. Little does she know that Duncan sees beyond the outer appearance and will do all he can to win her heart.

Christopher promised he would not waste time. When a friend is killed in a bank robbery, Chris is driven "To Do Justice" and find the outlaws responsible. He meets Kathryn Wren, who has been abused by every man in her life, and Chris is determined to show her a different life. Things become complicated when he learns she's the outlaw's sister. (BARBOUR, Jan., 352 pp., $6.97)

Reviewed by: 
Jennifer Reyes