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The Promise

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.
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About the Author

Ann Weisgarber was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio. She has lived in Boston, Massachusetts, and Des Moines, Iowa, but now splits her time between Sugar Land, Texas, and Galveston, Texas. Her first novel "The Personal History of Rachel DuPree" was longlisted for the Orange Prize and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers.


"This second engaging novel from Weisgarber . . . has shades of Willa Cather, Sinclair Lewis, and Conrad Richter, and the prose has a streak of formality that gives the book a period flavor, but Catherine's first-person narration (and later that of Nan Ogden, the housekeeper at Catherine's new home) is also appealingly immediate. It's a wonderful setup for solid storytelling . . . warm and winning."-- "Publishers Weekly," starred review "Excellent use of historical detail and strong character development mark this second novel by Weisgarber, whose 2010 debut, "The Personal History of Rachel DuPree," was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and it should attract wide readership." --"Library Journal" "Based on the true story of one of the deadliest storms in American history, "The Promise" is the work of a skilled storyteller. Weisgarber ("The Personal History of Rachel Dupree," 2010) has written a beautiful, deeply engaging story about love, loss, and the power of secrets to change our lives." --"Booklist" "Weisgarber has delivered a second novel of finely drawn characters anchored by historical events. It's the sort of tale that you find yourself staying up late at night to finish."--Dallas Morning News "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" "In this superb novel, Ann Weisgarber has created voices so convincing it is as if the dead themselves have arisen to tell their story. "The Promise" is a novel that, once started, few readers will be able to put down."-- Ron Rash, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Serena" "Ann Weisgarber's "The Promise" is set against the backdrop of the worst natural disaster of the 20th century in the U.S., but the weather is no match for [this] story of two women's love for the s

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