Shannon Hayes’ husband David was killed in Iraq nearly a year ago, and now she must face her first holiday season without him. With a toddler in tow, she travels to the Vermont farm where the rest of the family has gathered for the holidays. There she comes face to face with the man who was with him when he died, and her destiny, his older brother Ryan.
For the first time in years, Ryan returns home to keep a promise he made to David—to take care of Shannon and their daughter. It’s a pledge Ryan is reluctant to keep because he’s been secretly in love with Shannon since first setting eyes on her. Their attraction to each other is instant, intense and soon the promise isn’t the only thing between them.
Tory Richards has created a tale of heartache, passion, and love yet a chance for a brother to love again.
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The Promise is a good sexy story about life, love and family. This is obviously a love story, but the secret of The Promise is that second love, finding love after the first one dies, is not a betrayal. You don’t have to forget your first love to find happiness with your second.
Under fire in Iraq, David’s last words to his older brother, Ryan, are to take care of his wife, Shannon and their daughter. Ryan feels responsible for David’s death, He feels guilty that with his brother’s death, Ryan is now free to pursue Shannon’s love. He has avoided seeing her for five years, afraid he couldn’t keep his love for her a secret from David. Now, with David gone, he doesn’t want anyone, least of all Shannon, to think that he would have wanted David dead so he could have her.
Shannon is also torn, because of her loyalty to David’s memory. But as the family gathers for the holidays, can Shannon and Ryan ignore the love that is burgeoning between them? Can either of them get over the guilt and love they feel for David, to pursue their own happiness?
The Promise is a nice love story, with a predictable HEA, but a lot of soul searching goes on before they get to that point. Conflicts abound, but love conquers all. David would have been happy to see his two favorite people get together, but it takes the whole family to make them see that it’s okay to move on to a future together.
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