Friday, 8 July 2016

New Release & Review: The Promise: A Story Of The Quake by A.B. Michaels

The Promise: A Story of The Quake
A Sinner’s Grove Novella
By: A.B. Michaels
Released June 24th, 2016
Red Trumpet Press


April 18, 1906. A massive earthquake has decimated much of San Francisco, leaving thousands without food, water or shelter. Patrolling the streets to help those in need, Army corporal Ben Tilson meets a young woman named Charlotte who touches his heart, making him think of a future with her in it. In the heat of the moment he makes a promise to her family that even he realizes will be almost impossible to keep.

Because on the heels of the earthquake, a much worse disaster looms: a fire that threatens to consume everything and everyone in its path.

It will take everything Ben’s got to make it back to the woman he loves—and even that may not be enough.

The Promise, a stand-alone novella, is the latest offering from A.B. Michaels’ multi-genre series “Sinner’s Grove.”

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Part of the Sinner's Grove series, The Promise is a heart-warming tale of love and hope set against the devastating earthquake in San Francisco in 1906. 

Charlotte 'Charlie' Lindemann is in San Francisco with her young sister 'Berry' Beryl. They are staying with their widowed aunt Marget, who's health and mobility has suffered since the death of her husband and son. Away from home, it's a time of reflection for eighteen year old Charlie. Her sweetheart Richard Klausen wants to announce their engagement but she's not so sure of how she feels about the man she's known most of her life. The quake changes everything when amid the chaos, she sees a soldier who's kindness and looks take her breath away. 

Benjamin 'Ben' Tilson left his homestead in Oregon to become become a soldier. Now aged twenty-three he's only five months away from civilian life again. The only thing he knows about his future is that he wont be working on the farm. After a night out resulting in a fight, he and a friend miss the last ferry back to their company's barracks, so bed down in the Army stables. The noise of spooked horses awakens them near dawn and alerts them to what is about to happen. Earthquake. The ensuing mayhem brings Ben face to face with a young woman who's looks literally take his breath away. With a promise to fulfil, he doesn't know if he will ever see her again, but determination, despite the desperate time spurs him on. 

"Why did he ask if I was the one?" 
"Because you are," she said "You are the one." 

A beautiful love story interwoven with fascinating historical facts, the author creates vivid imagery with words that transported me back in time, bringing the story to life. This is the first book I have read by this author although I am aware of the other books in this series. I own two and now I need to bring them to the top of my TBR list because The Promise has reminded me why I was drawn to this multi-genre series in the first place. The writing is sublime, the protagonists are strong, showing depth of their character during a time of adversity. Yet, the story is bursting with hope which develops into an overwhelming sense of love conquers all

Lastly, as a keen cook and baker, any novel that mentions food and then adds recipes at the end deserves an extra star. 

***arc generously received courtesy of the author via Tasty Book Tours***

I was rolling out a pie crust, thinking about how Richard and I were going to break the news of our broken engagement to my father, when a man entered the kitchen. I looked up and thought perhaps I was imagining things. The stranger was tall and dark, with a full but neatly trimmed beard and mustache. He was wearing a light flannel shirt and dungarees and held a felt hat in his hand. His eyes were . . . they were Ben’s eyes. I stopped what I was doing, caught my breath, and immediately reached to check my hair, forgetting that my hands were covered in flour.
Miss Lindemann?” he asked in that same calm, comforting voice I remembered.
Corporal Tilson?” At once I realized I must look a fright, with my hair coming out of its coil and my apron covered with flour dust and spatterings of dough. My heart was dancing in my breast and I tried to settle down by breathing slowly.
He walked toward me, wearing a slight smile and gazing at me with those beautiful gray eyes. I was caught by them, like a most willing prey.
You’re . . . you’re not in uniform,” I managed to say.
He looked down at his shirt, as if he’d forgotten he was wearing anything at all. “I’m on leave,” he said. He held his hands out and grinned. “This is the real me, I guess.”
I couldn’t help myself, I grinned back and held out my own arms. “And this is the real me, too.”
We both laughed, and if you asked me what the sensation was that arced between us in that moment, I’d tell you it was joy. Pure and simple joy.
But all too soon I remembered he wasn’t mine to feel joyful about. He belonged to another. I tried to put us back on more formal footing.
You’ve come a long way,” I said. “I trust it’s because of your promise to Berry.”
He nodded. “Among other things, yes. I said I would be back, and here I am.”
I know Berry will understand about not finding the doll,” I said, attempting to reassure him. “But I’m very glad you came. She was so hoping to see you again.”
He looked at me, his eyes growing more intense. As he stepped closer, he asked, “Were you hoping to see me?”

I could feel the blush starting at the base of my neck and working its way up. If he only knew how much I’d hoped.

Born and raised in northern California, A.B. Michaels holds master's degrees in history and broadcasting, and worked for many years in the public relations and marketing fields. An avid quilter and bocce player, she currently lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and two furry "sons" who don't seem to realize they're just dogs

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