A few years back I read Ann Weisgarber’s first novel The Personal History of Rachel Dupree and had fallen in love with her beautiful writing. Upon finding out she had a new novel coming out, The Promise, I knew I had to read it! Quite often I find that second novels never live up to my love of a first one but that is not the case with The Promise. This emotional and haunting novel touched my heart and I know I won’t soon forget it.
Catherine is an accomplished pianist who is becoming well known in Dayton society until she makes some very bad decisions that have devastating effects on her reputation and she is left shunned by the very people she once called friends. Exhausting all possibilities of help she finally turns to her childhood friend Oscar and writes him a letter. He is a widower with a five-year-old son who needs a mother and he proposes marriage. Catherine agrees knowing she really has no choice and travels to Galveston, Texas where Oscar runs a dairy farm. She can only hope that Oscar never finds out about her past.
Upon arriving Catherine wonders many times if she’s done the right thing especially when she meets Nan Ogden, the housekeeper in Oscar’s home. Nan seems to be so much more than a housekeeper especially to Andre, Oscar’s young son. She would do anything for the boy and his father who she has been secretly pining for. Needless to say Nan has no patience for Catherine’s uppity ways and even less patience for the way that Catherine and Oscar begin to look at each other.
As things come to a head in Oscar’s household a devastating hurricane hits Galveston. Catherine becomes more and more terrified as the storm closes in and the rain and wind whip the house. When Catherine is left alone with Andre she fights tooth and nail to protect him. She could never have imagined that she would find herself in a situation like this. The one thing it does is show her just how much Oscar and Andre mean to her. Is it too late though? Will the storm destroy everything and everybody?
I can’t even begin to put across how vividly told this novel is. As I was reading I could feel the oppressive heat of Galveston and of the storm coming in. My heart was racing faster and faster with each word and I could literally feel the emotions and fear of Catherine and Andre enduring the storm. While The Promise is a work of fiction the author tried to keep true to the island and it’s people, the storm, and what happened afterward. The Galveston storm of 1900 was considered to be the worst US natural disaster of the twentieth century and this novel perfectly portrays the horror of it.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy historical and women’s fiction! A huge thank you to Ann Weisgarber for another amazing novel!
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