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The Promise
The Promise: A Novel | Ann Weisgarber
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“This second engaging novel from Weisgarber . . . has shades of Willa Cather, Sinclair Lewis, and Conrad Richter.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review 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 that she is struggling to suppress. And when the worst storm in a generation descends, the women will find themselves tested as never before. The Promise, now available in paperback, received rave reviews from critics and captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Against the backdrop of the devastating Galveston hurricane of 1900, Ann Weisgarber tells a heartbreaking story with two unforgettable voices.
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Jas16
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Catherine flees a scandal by hastily agreeing to marry a man she has not seen in 12 years. When she arrives in Galveston she is faced not only with a man she barely knows but also his grieving son and disapproving housekeeper (a character I loved). Set in 1900 I found this book difficult to put down. It my second read by the author and I am glad she has one more book for me to get my hands on.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 3mo
BookNAround This one was one of our Great Group Reads The year it came out and Weisgarber did a book reading event for us that was fantastic. 3mo
valeriegeary Oh man I loved this book! I randomly checked it out from the library, on a whim, had never heard of the author before, or the title, and just wow, was I pleased! 3mo
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Jas16 @BookNAround @valeriegeary Have either of you read her new book? It is also really good. 3mo
BookNAround @Jas16 I haven‘t yet but it‘s on my list to get to one day. 3mo
valeriegeary 👆 ditto! 3mo
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Jas16
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And that was my final book of #24in48. I did not stick to my planned reading at all. Next readathon I should not even bother making a stack. This is still one of my favorite weekends of the year.

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HeatherFitz
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An amazing story of 2 strong women and their struggle with each other and their places in the same world. Once you start it you'll have a hard time putting it down

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ibeeeg
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I finished this book on 9-4-16. I read it one day. Boy of boy, the emotions. The writing is fantastic. The tension is thick. The characters drew me into their lives. The history is felt. There is grit. There is sadness. There is redemption. There is a fabulous sense of real-ness. I was adoring the story. And then SLAM!—it ended! That ending I did not like, but then I realized it was the best ending even though I didn't like it.

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jdtchicago
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There wasn't nothing good about funerals. The very notion was a disturbance.

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Jaime
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I didn't know what to expect & didn't expect much, but I was compelled by this story of two women from different backgrounds in 1900. It's a story about growing up, changes, death, duty, shame, prejudice, and forgiveness. And all under 400 pages.

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shaelyni
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There's just no better way to enjoy a book than under the sun in a hammock. Soaking up some vitamin D and making my way through The Promise ☀️

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shaelyni
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Gorgeous weather this weekend - lots of yard work done, but ZERO reading. Ready to get back into The Promise this week ☀️

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shaelyni
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My current read: I always enjoy a good historical fiction. This is making me so glad I wasn't born back in the early 1900's. I don't think I could have survived in a society where one marries just simply to be married.