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"A gripping, beautiful story of loyalties and hidden loves. Ann Weisgarber's pitch-perfect characters will break your heart and keep you guessing right to the very end"--Carol Rifka Brunt, New York Times bestselling author of Tell The Wolves I'm Home

"Set against the worst natural disaster in twentieth century American history, The Promise is a riveting tale, told in lean luminous prose, of the power of love and the frailty of the human condition. Weisgarber knows storms, those that devastate the land and those that rage in the human heart. Her characters will live in your imagination long after you've turned the last deeply moving page"--Ellen Feldman, author of Next to Love and Scottsboro

"This is a warm and beautiful read, but be warned you might need to have a box of tissues handy!"

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The extraordinary, devastating new novel from the author of double-Orange-Prize nominated The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 gentle and slow development of solid relationships and connections 3 avril 2014
Par Gaele - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My first introduction to Weisgarber’s name came with her Orange Award nominations: like many book reviewers, my TBR pile is out of control, so I haven’t yet opened my copy of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, much to my embarrassment. But, rectifying that, I am pleased to have been granted early access to this title via Skyhorse Publishing through Edelweiss.

Fitting nicely into my obsession with all things historical, travel back to turn of the 20th century, prior to the depression, motorcars or the devastation of the two World Wars. Catherine is a young, unmarried woman quite popular in the social-climbing Dayton in which she lives. Facing the devastation to her reputation after a situation involving a married man, Catherine needs to find an out. She takes up correspondence with a former admirer, and believing that he is her last hope before a final fall to ruin, she travels to Galveston Texas to make a life with the recently widowed farmer, Oscar.

Catherine is a bit of a self-centered cat as the story starts, as the details of her indiscretion are revealed, readers are left to use their own judgment as to whether it was truly innocent, or there are depths that this young woman conceals from all who truly know her. Vastly different from Dayton, the remote island, climate, lack of conveniences and the adjustment to a new husband, his grieving child and the quietly competent housekeeper with an agenda of her own have Catherine set back on her heels.

Oscar is quietly kind and determined to make a life for his family, and see that Catherine manages to fit in and find happiness on the island, even as he is a traditionalist in terms of women’s issues, rights and their place that should be firmly entrenched in the home. Catherine is often frustrated, confused and feels invasive: all of these emotions are aided by Nan’s response to her and the fact of her arrival.

Nan is the housekeeper, a firm friend of Oscar’s deceased first wife, and her familiarity with the young boy Andre and her promise to his mother are only slightly overshadowed by her own feelings for Oscar. Her relationship with Catherine is contentious, even though most of the tension is subliminal and surfaces only in brief flashes of disrespect or silence. The two coexist, but are only superficially friendly, and the struggles facing the island in the days to come will change everything.

Told in alternating points of view both Nan and Catherine contribute to the story, each has a unique voice that is informed by their background, intentions and agendas. The subtle differences in description and emotional balance each speak to the women’s state of mind in what had to have been a tumultuous and stressful time. What emerges through the aftermath of the storm is the reliance that both woman come to find in one another as they face the worst possible situations after a horrific storm and its destruction.

Beautifully descriptive both in the before and after storm descriptions, this story is a delight, and brings to light the myriad of emotions and struggles the characters face. The gentle and slow development of solid relationships and connections between the characters as they proceed with their lives and learn to redefine their lives post disaster realistically present the challenges and changes that are required during a life, when nothing quite follows those childhood dreams.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 2D characters flung into a quick ending 13 mai 2014
Par D.Marie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book started off with promise (no pun intended), but it became clear as the narrative switched from Catherine, to Nan's POV, and back again, that the story was going to be a little inconsistent. In fact that was my biggest problem with the book -- the contradicting POVs were meant to shed light on the other character's deep-down motives, but in the end, it only made both women come off as unrealistic and unrelatable.

As for the plot, it was quite obvious from the beginning what would happen, the only difference being the ending was a slapdash wrap-up that left me, as a reader, greatly wanting. I literally finished the book, looked up, and thought "What just happened?" You know a story hasn't been properly told when that occurs. I gave it 3 stars because the descriptions of Galveston were good, but not much else was redeeming about this...an easily forgettable novel.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 No 'Promise' of a happy ending 21 novembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The story is good, as historical fiction goes, and the writer is skilled, but be warned: the mood is as bleak as the landscape. Life is hot and humid in turn of the century Galveston, a hurricane is brewing, and the characters are plain worn out and joyless. The main character is hard to like, simply because she cannot forgive herself, or stop caring about the opinion of other people, long enough to crack a smile. Fun? Laughter? Not these folks. Stiff as boards. Life isn't to be enjoyed, it's to be endured. It's all about obligation. Still, as a reader you will be drawn in, you will want more for these characters than they are ever going to get, and it will leave you longing, and maybe there's some genius there on the author's part, making you feel the longing...but lots of 'life is hard' books are uplifting and inspiring, and this one was just flat-out depressing. Hence three stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic!! 20 novembre 2016
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This novel was beautiful!! The perspective given from two different points of view was brilliant - you could see each woman's natural prejudice slowly unfold into a grudging understanding as they realize that growing up in completely different cultures impacts how you view the world. It is a heart-rending book but worth the heartache as you fall in love with all the characters (as different as they are) because the author does such a fantastic job of portraying each as a real, flesh and blood person with all the weaknesses and strengths each individual has who is lovable and struggling through life's complications and trials. I agree with many others that she writes with the expertise of a Willa Cather!

Another aspect I deeply appreciate is the author's ability to portray the deep, passion of the characters (on a deep, physical level) without being graphic or tawdry. The passion that grows between Catherine and Oscar is palpable but so tastefully explored. To me it is a beautiful depciction of redemptive love - Oscar's simple ways yet his ability to respect the dignity of all others and to love on a deep, spiritual level - his acceptance of and love for Catherine and the way it transforms her is breathtaking!

I now must read Weisgarber's first novel and hope that she continues to write more historical fiction where she paints her vivid landscapes of American life while creating lovable, multi-faceted, beautiful characters! Though this novel will rip your heart out, it is well worth the read! Well done, Ann Weisgarber!! Keep your novels coming!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautifully rendered 14 janvier 2016
Par ME - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I generally wait until my Book Club meets, before I write my review, but this beautifully rendered novel elicited such emotion in me, that I feel the need to express my thoughts now.

The Promise is a tale of love lost, redemption found, and heartache endured. It is the story of a journey of a thousand miles, and the decision of a lifetime. Ms. Weisgarber wove a tale richly layered, one that examined the human condition in its most vulnerable state, from two profoundly different points of view.

The characters, despite being tremendously flawed, were so endearing. I absolutely loved how Catherine was so self-righteous in the beginning of the novel, and eventually turned inward, admitting her own imperfections. Nan was surprisingly shrewd and observant, and Oscar’s benevolence was so heartwarming. Additionally, Andre’s innocence was just infectious. They were all exquisitely constructed characters.

I truly appreciated the historical aspect of the novel, and was fascinated by the description of life in Galveston during that time period. The author’s graceful writing eases the reader into the tragedy that lie ahead, and even allows one to forget that catastrophe is on the horizon. This gem of a novel has spurned me to do more research on the Great Storm of 1900; what a grievous event in our history.

Kudos to Ann Weisgarber… I look forward to reading her other highly acclaimed novel.
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