The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Source: Thanks to Caitlin Hamilton Summie
Description via Indiebound:
From the author of "The Personal History of Rachel Dupree," shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and longlisted for the Orange Prize.
1900. 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 which she is struggling to suppress. And when the worst storm in a generation descends, the women will find themselves tested as never before.
I started reading The Promise one morning last week. I didn't do anything else for the rest of the day. Reading for hours and hours wasn't on the schedule but I couldn't help myself. Don't you love it when you find a book that you can't put down?
The Promise is the type of historical fiction that I adore. The details are spot on, the characters have distinctive voices, and the story is stellar. There is a depth and richness to Weisgarber's writing. Her descriptive powers are great. I could nearly feel the Texas heat. I could almost hear Catherine playing the piano.
The story is set against the true tragic events of the 1900 Galveston hurricane which adds suspense and danger to the tale.
This book so lush and inviting that it's really no wonder that I read it in one day. Get your hands on a copy of The Promise. You'll probably want to clear your schedule.