The Promise (The Lady Quill Chronicles, #1)
Orphaned as a child, Adele of Berron found herself betrothed to a stranger and hidden from the outside world until the day of her marriage. Forced to leave her home and those who have cared for her since infancy, Adele is thrust into the adventure of her life. Rafe of Valrek, her companion through the dangerous web of intrigue she faces, has been promised to Adele since the battle for Calis destroyed both of their lives. His reckless decision to conceal his identity from her may destroy all he holds dear. Or maybe in each other they will find the ally neither ever dreamed existed.For a paperback copy of this book please visit http://www.buymybook.biz/

The Promise (The Lady Quill Chronicles, #1) Details

TitleThe Promise (The Lady Quill Chronicles, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Medieval, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Business, Amazon

The Promise (The Lady Quill Chronicles, #1) Review

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    January 1, 1970
    I decided to read this one again to get ready for the second book which just came out, The Vow. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.I quickly got swept into the story and had a hard time putting it down. I love the medieval setting and the plot and characters were really likable. Holy cow, there were a lot of very likable men in this one. I loved our hero Rafe, he was such a great leader. He is tough, smart, loyal and honorable. I really loved that about him, he was so honorable. He I decided to read this one again to get ready for the second book which just came out, The Vow. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.I quickly got swept into the story and had a hard time putting it down. I love the medieval setting and the plot and characters were really likable. Holy cow, there were a lot of very likable men in this one. I loved our hero Rafe, he was such a great leader. He is tough, smart, loyal and honorable. I really loved that about him, he was so honorable. He had been betrothed to Adele since he was twelve and made a vow then to be loyal only to her. I loved that he waited for her and always kept her in his thoughts even though they had never met. I loved that he was this totally tough guy, but around Adele he became totally tongue tied and shy. Although at times I wanted to shout SAY SOMETHING! But, his awkwardness with Adele was really endearing. He was also really loyal to his friends, and they were equally loyal to him. I loved his friends. I couldn’t get enough of Leofric (probably my favorite, love him!), Finan, Rand and even Daegmund and Anlaf (weird names, but great guys). How could you go wrong when a book is packed with this many awesome (hot) guys? Lady Adele was also likable, at times she comes across as shy, but underneath she is very savvy and can hold her own. I liked her and her friend Eda quite a bit. The story was fun, I liked all the action and mystery. Even though the romance was more subtle, I still enjoyed the story. There was enough to keep me happy and I actually liked that it didn’t overwhelm the rest of the story. It really was an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I think Finan’s story is next and I can’t wait to see what woman will soften him up!ContentRomance: CleanViolence: Mild My character casting would be (I know Rafe has brown eyes, but I kept picturing Henry Cavill and my friend pointed out he could wear contacts or maybe I could get someone to photoshop it?)
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  • Nikki Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    SynopsisDear Reader,I wish to tell you a tale that began with a promise destined to change the lives of many.When only a child, Lady Adele of Berron lost her family during a dreadful battle and was betrothed to a stranger.Lord Rafe of Valrek, only a boy himself when the battle of Calis raged, grew to be a feared warrior and trusted advisor to his King. But sadness filled his past and Adele served only to remind him of all he had lost.However the promise that bound these two together caused great SynopsisDear Reader,I wish to tell you a tale that began with a promise destined to change the lives of many.When only a child, Lady Adele of Berron lost her family during a dreadful battle and was betrothed to a stranger.Lord Rafe of Valrek, only a boy himself when the battle of Calis raged, grew to be a feared warrior and trusted advisor to his King. But sadness filled his past and Adele served only to remind him of all he had lost.However the promise that bound these two together caused great anger to some.What, Dear Reader, happened in those days of treachery and darkness? Incline your ear that I may whisper the secrets that you so desire to hear......Lady Quill**********This is actually how the book starts out. I love that it starts out like this. Like you have found a long lost tome and are about to embark on a Never Ending Story-ish type of adventure. I'm also a sucker from historical fiction. This book is very well written and easy to follow. It's full of adventure, romance, and intrigue. It's also a clean romance so no matter the age, it can be read by anybody. All of the characters, I thnk, are well rounded and fully developed. The two characters that the story mainly revolves around are Rafe and Adele. Rafe and Adele were betrothed when she was 2 years old and Rafe 12 years. Adele's family had just been murdered by her Uncle and to keep her safe and the king on the throne she was betrothed. Rafe is the son of the powerful family Valrek.Sixteen years later, it is just about a month to their nuptuals. Rafe is worried that Adele's life may be in danger now that she is about to brought out in the open. He decides to travel by himself to get her and have his good friend Finan take his place in Merrodon where he is supposed to help two lords come to a satisfactory settlement. Thinking that no one would suspect him collecting his betrothed. He goes to get her and her companion Eda and they head out the next morning. The mistress that was taking care of Adele mistakenly assumes that Rafe is really his friend Finan and that carries over to Adele and Eda. Rafe says nothing to correct the mistake. He wants to use it to see how Adele will behave with a "regular" person. They are set upon their first day out and have to travel hastily after avoiding capture. Sleeping out in the open and eating over a campfire. Something that Adele has never done before, but looks at it as an adventure. When they arrive at Merrodon there are just more trials for them to overcome.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    This was definitely my kind of story, chivalrous men, impending war, romance, and strategies aplenty. The writing was rich and flowed smoothly didn't want to put it down. I loved the friendships of Lord Rafe, Finan, Leofric and Rand, their unwavering loyalty to each other was amazing. Each character was nicely fleshed out as well, you came to admire, hate, love, them all.This story is about Lord Rafe of Valrek and his betrothed Lady Adele of Berron and much, much more.War had left Adele at the a This was definitely my kind of story, chivalrous men, impending war, romance, and strategies aplenty. The writing was rich and flowed smoothly didn't want to put it down. I loved the friendships of Lord Rafe, Finan, Leofric and Rand, their unwavering loyalty to each other was amazing. Each character was nicely fleshed out as well, you came to admire, hate, love, them all.This story is about Lord Rafe of Valrek and his betrothed Lady Adele of Berron and much, much more.War had left Adele at the age of two the only survivor of her family. Lord Rafe of Valrek who was ten was betrothed to her for political reasons. Adel is kept hidden in safety until Lord Rafe comes to take her as his bride. Lord Rafe collects Adel and her companion and then the real adventure begins. Original plans are changed enemy boarders are crossed, pursuits are followed, enemies turn friend, lies are told, alliances are made, and broken. There are many twists and turns to this wonderful tale that I do not wish to ruin for you.The characters as I mention really make this story Lord Rafe of Valrek he is courageous, naive when it comes to womens emotions, loyal, kind, strong, and humorous. He was awesome, at times I would get aggravated with his inability to communicate or miss communicate his feeling to Adel. His loyalty and love of his friends and they of him was a crucial part to this story and very endearing. We all have or want friends like Finan, Leofric, and Rand. They worked so well together like the intricate workings of a clock, and they would forfeit their lives for each other. I loved it! Now Adele she is delicate, strong, thoughtful, unsure of herself at times, patient and a good choice for Rafe. They made me smile, and want to scream at times for they had a hard time articulating their feelings for one another....but when they did it was sweet. Finan he was great he got into more trouble than need be and it wasn't even his fault. I loved his unwavering loyalty to Rafe, awesome friend. Leofric was one of my favorites he comes off less than he really is, and I loved that about his character for he is far more than what his father sees in him. He was soooo endearing one of my favorites. Rand is a nice complication to the story and friendship, he takes a calculated risk and it pays off. Eda is Adel's friend and companion and quite the spit fire, she takes very good care of her friend. Her is Eda defending her friend, " Understand this Finan, Lady Adelle means more to me than you will ever know and I can tell when something has occurred to distress her. I care not what you disagreed over, it matters not, but I wish you to understand that your responsibility toward Lady Adelle is not just that you keep her safe, but that you keep her happy as well." Her is a quote from Eda to Rafe, " You should be careful Finan, for that which you are beginning to lose you cannot retrieve and that which you are beginning to crave is not yours to request, In this I have experience Finan, and I know that this path leads only to great heartache....try to do that which I could not and turn from the road before you." There are even more wonderful characters than just these that I will leave for you to explore. The romance is great in this story to very sweet and is woven through out but does not override the whole story, which normally I would complain about, but it really worked for the story. Great story can' wait for the next in the series.Clean read
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  • Molly Ferguson Futrell
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 4 1/2 SparksMy Review:Ah yes. This book was splendid indeed. The author: D.D. Chant is a remarkable writer, opening up with a Prologue of the character, Lady Quill writing a letter to the reader. I rarely see books that starts with that. Well done.I do not really read Historical Fiction, but the author shows hard work and a lot of quality on making this an intriguing read. I spent most of my time reading this about seven times in the past few days, because the author herself made it s My Rating: 4 1/2 SparksMy Review:Ah yes. This book was splendid indeed. The author: D.D. Chant is a remarkable writer, opening up with a Prologue of the character, Lady Quill writing a letter to the reader. I rarely see books that starts with that. Well done.I do not really read Historical Fiction, but the author shows hard work and a lot of quality on making this an intriguing read. I spent most of my time reading this about seven times in the past few days, because the author herself made it so special. What I really liked about this book is the author made it captivating. The descriptions were done right and correctly. The dialogues between the characters seemed fairly natural and made me--the reader, believed that I was there. The paragraphs are not quite long, but the perfect length. What I really liked most: the author creates this world that readers can understand and communicate with in real life. The Promise has a lot of meaning, making the readers guess what this book is really about.There was a name of a character that caught my eye: Lord Coughly. Why do I like this character? His name stands out. The word, "cough" and his name "Coughly" sounds interesting. Never have I ever read a book that has that name. It seems original...which I really liked. The book reminded me of King Arthur stories, but not necessarily. It was quite original which stood out from the story.I am looking forward to be reading the rest of her books. I see bright things ahead of her.*Overall there was thirty-two chapters and a prologue/epilogues. It was a fair easy-read. I will recommend it to Historical lovers for teenagers and adults.
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  • D.D. Chant
    January 1, 1970
    Another masterpiece!!!Okay, okay....so it's mine again, but can you blame a girl for trying???The Promise is the first book in The Lady Quill series which tells the story of 5 foster brothers and how a single battle changes the course of their lives.Pretty please give it a try???I'll give you a brownie!!! :-D
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  • Delta
    January 1, 1970
    Free 07-10-15 (YA Medieval Romance Fantasy)http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Lady-Qu...
  • Lia
    January 1, 1970
    Oh I really loved this book! Looking forward to reading the vow!
  • Melania Ramona
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Nice characters and story, but I wanted something more... exciting and lively
  • Sara Cardon
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this medieval story. It starts with Rafe going to bring his bethrothed to his home for safety. He's never met Adele, and wonders if he'll like her or if she'll like him, and with dangers mounting anyway, decides on an imperfect plan to go, but not as himself. He's more a man of action than words and starts to feel like he's messing things up. However, his question on if they'll simply like one another as themselves - without titles or feeling obligated to - gets answered. And it I really enjoyed this medieval story. It starts with Rafe going to bring his bethrothed to his home for safety. He's never met Adele, and wonders if he'll like her or if she'll like him, and with dangers mounting anyway, decides on an imperfect plan to go, but not as himself. He's more a man of action than words and starts to feel like he's messing things up. However, his question on if they'll simply like one another as themselves - without titles or feeling obligated to - gets answered. And it gets confusing, which is humorous. What I really loved about the story is the fiercely loyal friendships among a group of honorable men. I grew to love and admire their dedication to each other. The plot has many turning points and a lot of political intrigue, which included memorable characters with different ways of approaching challenges. The writing is well done... the viewpoint is third person omniscient, which works with this complex plot and cast. The struggle with this is the narrative viewpoint takes the time to switch continually to how each character reacts/feels/interprets a single event - which adds a lot of wonderful insight, but makes me constantly trying to follow whose head we're seeing inside of at the moment, paragraph by paragraph. I had to read more slowly than I'm used to so I could keep straight whose insight is on display at that moment. It felt tedious to read like that, as much as I liked seeing what they thought. I would have liked to "stay" with one mindset until a page break, where it switches to someone else's head. I enjoyed the setting, loved the characters, the sweet romance, and how a relatively simple mission sets off a series of political intrigues, revenge, alliances, friendship loyalties being tested, and trying to avoid another horrible war when some are set on starting it.
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  • Jill Swanson-Diaz
    January 1, 1970
    I have an interview with the author and my full review up on my blog! http://littlehyuts.blogspot.com Please stop by to check it out!This is truly a wonderful tale!This was a fantastic read! I don't usually read historical fiction, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Promise. Dee Dee did a fantastic job of creating an intriguing story, reminiscent of King Arthur's era.The author has a well crafted writing style and her passion for historical times and writing clearly shows in every chapter. She has tak I have an interview with the author and my full review up on my blog! http://littlehyuts.blogspot.com Please stop by to check it out!This is truly a wonderful tale!This was a fantastic read! I don't usually read historical fiction, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Promise. Dee Dee did a fantastic job of creating an intriguing story, reminiscent of King Arthur's era.The author has a well crafted writing style and her passion for historical times and writing clearly shows in every chapter. She has taken a Lords and Ladies tale to a new level that really sets her apart from other historical fiction authors.This story begins with a unique prologue that immediately grabs your attention. The dialogue and way of speech is excellent and very fitting for the time portrayed in the story. It did not complicate the writing and the plot flowed along nicely. The reader was able to become a part of the story which is something I really enjoyed. The Promise was full of action and constant surprises. It's romance was wonderful and not forced. I like that the romance really blossomed as the story progressed. Rafe and Adele make a great couple despite their arranged marriage. The fact that Rafe chooses to hide his identity to Adele really made things interesting. This story is more than just budding romance, it also tells of honor and the impact war has on the land and ones soul. Most importantly the impact of ones loyalty to a promise.This was a great first book in what is sure to be a really great series. I can't wait to read the second book as well as other books from the author. To anyone, young or old, who loves a good heart pounding tale of war and love, I highly recommend this book!
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    First off, I would like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book for free. I was so excited going into the book, and was even more ecstatic when I actually began it.This book was remarkable. D.D. Chant is a very talented writer; the Prologue of the novel drew me in instantly. I liked how it was a letter written by Lady Quill addressed to us, the readers; it was definitely a unique start. I LOVED the historical aspect. I had been getting into Historical Fiction lately s First off, I would like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book for free. I was so excited going into the book, and was even more ecstatic when I actually began it.This book was remarkable. D.D. Chant is a very talented writer; the Prologue of the novel drew me in instantly. I liked how it was a letter written by Lady Quill addressed to us, the readers; it was definitely a unique start. I LOVED the historical aspect. I had been getting into Historical Fiction lately so this was definitely something that quenched my thirst for it. The story itself was captivating, and there were times throughout the book where I didn't want to put it down. The dialogues between the characters seemed natural and far from normal cliches. I really liked the characters in general. Adele was a very likeable character, however, her friend Eda did get on my nerves just a tad sometimes. Lord Rafe...now, I feel like a lot of the problems the character faced in this book could have all been avoided if Rafe had just been honest about who he really was right from the start, but then, there wouldn't be a story would there? ;)I felt that the reason behind hiding who he was to Adele at first was sweet in a way. He wanted to get to know his future bride, and to have her like him in turn for who he really was, not just because he was Lord Rafe and their marriage was forced. I liked how their romance blossomed; how he didn't fall instantly in love with her at first sight, but rather, the more he got to know her, the more his feelings began to grow. Overall, this book was a fantastic start as to what I perceive to be a wonderfully intriguing series. I can't wait for more from D.D. Chant and thank her again for allowing me to review this amazing read.
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  • Nobonita - The Bengali Nomad
    January 1, 1970
    Review also posted at my blog: http://perrytheplatypus1102-3daydream...A copy of this book was provided by the author for review purposes.I've had very few experiences with Indies before The Promise,and they were not that pleasant either.I found myself struggling to continue with those books.Which is why I had my doubts when I got an email from the author asking me to review her book.But the blurb seemed promising,so I went ahead with it.I already had a lot of review copies piled up so I had bee Review also posted at my blog: http://perrytheplatypus1102-3daydream...A copy of this book was provided by the author for review purposes.I've had very few experiences with Indies before The Promise,and they were not that pleasant either.I found myself struggling to continue with those books.Which is why I had my doubts when I got an email from the author asking me to review her book.But the blurb seemed promising,so I went ahead with it.I already had a lot of review copies piled up so I had been neglecting this until one day I finally gathered up the courage to open up this book in my e reader.Now imagine my surprise when I found myself getting deeper and deeper into the story along with the passing of every page.At this point,I felt extremely guilty for neglecting such a wonderful story for so long!>.<You know what they say about never judging a book by its cover?Well,I never even bothered to listen to that advice and it literally came and slapped me in the face!The Promise had turned out to be a wonderful book right from the beginning till the end.No time was wasted with introductions; the author went straight to the point,which is a good sign,since I'm not much of a patient reader.The characters were portrayed wonderfully,and every single line draws you into a reverie.A must read for all fans of historical fiction.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise by D.D. ChantThe Lady Quill Chronicles Book 1The battle of Calis took all of Lady Adele's family in death. Lord Brogan of Valrek desired to keep her safe. So it was that at two years old she was betrothed to his ten year old son, Rafe. She was hidden away to keep her safe and in her eighteenth year Rafe would come and take her to his home. Adele was happy in her life at the fort and with the women there while she waited for the years to pass unto Rafe came for her.Rafe wanted to see The Promise by D.D. ChantThe Lady Quill Chronicles Book 1The battle of Calis took all of Lady Adele's family in death. Lord Brogan of Valrek desired to keep her safe. So it was that at two years old she was betrothed to his ten year old son, Rafe. She was hidden away to keep her safe and in her eighteenth year Rafe would come and take her to his home. Adele was happy in her life at the fort and with the women there while she waited for the years to pass unto Rafe came for her.Rafe wanted to see what his betrothed was truly like. So he devised a plan to go to her as someone sent by Rafe. His father believed nothing good became of deceit but allowed him to go. During their journey home Rafe did find the girl quite delightful and constantly looked for openings to tell her the truth, only he was not a man good with words….especially when it came to women. As always, the longer he waited the harder it became to tell her.This story is full of so many unique characters. Rafe's close friends from childhood, Finan and Leofric. Rand who was a childhood friend until his father started the battle of Calis and as a young boy he had to stand at his side...opposite his friends and Adele's companion, Eda. This book has the sneaky, the evil and the Gradock’s and a few good sword fights and dagger throwings. There are more adventures ahead but this book has good closure, I did not feel that I was left hanging. http://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com/...
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5Again this is one of those books that I wish we could give half stars to. So here is how I will split it. I give the first half of the book 4 stars and the last half 5 stars. I really was sucked into the story and I loved the characters. I felt like the first half of the book dragged a bit. It also just got to wordy at times. We would go pages with no one speaking. I felt like some of that could of been cut out and would of been even more enjoyable. I do however understand that when you are b 4.5Again this is one of those books that I wish we could give half stars to. So here is how I will split it. I give the first half of the book 4 stars and the last half 5 stars. I really was sucked into the story and I loved the characters. I felt like the first half of the book dragged a bit. It also just got to wordy at times. We would go pages with no one speaking. I felt like some of that could of been cut out and would of been even more enjoyable. I do however understand that when you are bulding a series you have to include enough info to be able to continue it. The second half of the book however, I just loved. I found myself laughing out loud at parts, on the end of my seat at parts, and truly shocked at parts. I enjoyed it. One of my biggest items that I love in a book is the romance(clean of course). This one the romance is not the main story but I found myself loving even more because of it. I loved Adele and Rafe and frankly I found Rafe strong and adorable all at the time. It's refreshing to not always have the male lead be some egotisical jerk that turns nice. It's just nice when they're nice. Can I also just say I loved how many amazing males characters we had in this book?! To many to even talk about and yet I loved all of them.I think this is the start of a great series and I can't wait to read the next one!
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  • Montana G.
    January 1, 1970
    I really like historical fiction, so I was excited to read The Promise by D.D Chant. It turned out to be a really good read :)The Promise follows the story of two people, Adele and Rafe, who were betrothed to each other at a young age. Adele had been kept hidden away her whole life and when she turns eighteen, Rafe comes to get her. He fails to mention that he’s her fiancé and, instead lets her think that he's Finan, one of his good friends.I loved the way the story was told and the characters w I really like historical fiction, so I was excited to read The Promise by D.D Chant. It turned out to be a really good read :)The Promise follows the story of two people, Adele and Rafe, who were betrothed to each other at a young age. Adele had been kept hidden away her whole life and when she turns eighteen, Rafe comes to get her. He fails to mention that he’s her fiancé and, instead lets her think that he's Finan, one of his good friends.I loved the way the story was told and the characters were so unique! Adele was a nice, good person and I really liked Rafe. The romance between them was also great in the way it developed over time and there was definitely no insta-love involved . Also, the side characters, especially Finan (who Rafe was pretending to be), were really funny and a great part of the story. The book was a bit slow at times, but, overall, was a really good read. I’m excited to see what the author comes out with in the future and I’d give The Promise four out of five flowers.Review also posted at http://www.thebookbelles.blogspot.com
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  • MaryBliss
    January 1, 1970
    I think the author had a fun time writing this. It just isn't my cup of tea. I don't like manufacturing drama by having protagonists hide truth from each other, especially when they do it for long, long periods of time when they have plenty of opportunity to speak it safely. And the swordplay prowess was a bit beyond believable. But if you don't mind those, you might like it.
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  • Lectus
    January 1, 1970
    I am a sucker for historical fiction. I was in love with Rafe since I started reading what he planned to do to meet his bride. I liked the confusion of the romance and I especially liked that it didn’t linger until the very end.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    This story is so captivating!! I read it on Wattpad, but loved it so much I downloaded it through Amazon. Very easy to read and follow, but certainly not boring. A nice mix of action/adventure, mystery and (clean) romance. Looking forward to Book #2...
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  • Noelia
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 ☆ casi 4 ☆
  • Chrissy
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute story. I liked the first half but loved the second half. I am excited for the next one.
  • Connie Huddleston
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting story line and great characters. I truly enjoyed reading this book. A couple of what one might call errors disrupted my enjoyment such as the characters being thrown to the "floor" when they were outside. This error occurred more than once.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    The characters are so likable (or despicable, depending on whether they are good or bad). The story is interesting. Initially, I felt it was geared more for a middle school level or young adult level. However, the last half of the book improved. So I am looking forward to book 2 in the series.
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  • Virginia Tican
    January 1, 1970
    A fine Medieval Romance~Adventure. This is a clean love story but no less lacking in action, intrigues, betrayals also friendships lost then found, new alliances plus humor. All in all. a really Good read.
  • Joyce Neigebauer
    January 1, 1970
    UnhappyIt took to long to get to the heart of this story. I keep having to go back a chapter or two to get where ever one joined in to the plot of the story
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    A strong story with well drawn characters, action, intrigue, betrayal and, of course, love. Now for books 2 and 3, which I have added to my list.
  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    One thing you should know about me is that I usually don’t do historical romance. Sure, historical action (which does not exist) is fine, but a whole book centered on romance is a little overboard for me. Yup, I have no patience reading a whole book about a girl and a guy falling in love in Saxon England. It just gets a bit boring! However, with The Promise, I was kind of proved wrong….4 out of 5 starsBasically, The Promise is the love story between Rafe and Adele. Of course, it’s not just a lov One thing you should know about me is that I usually don’t do historical romance. Sure, historical action (which does not exist) is fine, but a whole book centered on romance is a little overboard for me. Yup, I have no patience reading a whole book about a girl and a guy falling in love in Saxon England. It just gets a bit boring! However, with The Promise, I was kind of proved wrong….4 out of 5 starsBasically, The Promise is the love story between Rafe and Adele. Of course, it’s not just a love story. It’s a historical love story with action and intrigue! Yay! In other words, it’s not boring. And coming from me, that’s pretty high praise. Then again, when you have a story with murders, a nasty villain, action and blood, how can you call it boring? That’s a rhetorical question, isn’t it?Compared to Broken City, I have to say that The Promise is better. Well, at least that’s my opinion. I feel like the characters are more memorable and the plot was less spontaneous. Also, the typos were less obnoxious. There were still typos, but it was more like missing a comma in the middle of a sentence instead of gaping grammatical errors. (No offense…)I really liked the writing style! It was clever and addicting without being in your face, as well as having to vintage feel to it. I admired how the style really did sweep me into Saxon England with all the dresses and weapons and others. Plus, it expanded my vocabulary! (Random, I know.) I had to look up some words, but that’s totally fine with me. Now I can officially say I know what yarrow tissane is! Happiness!The prologue to The Promise is epic! I mean, what other story has a prologue that’s like a letter to the reader, quickly debriefing him or her on the basics of the story? Not only did that save space and words, but it quickly intrigued the reader as well. I’m pretty impressed, which is quite impressive as well. Also, Lady Quill is such a cool name! I wonder if it has to do with writing the story with a quill….Who knows?
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    This is an adventure that started when our hero and heroine were but children. They are promised to each other after the death of her family, to wed when she is of age. Lord Rafe is responsible for his clan and is an advisor to the King. He has been betrothed to Lady Adele since he was 12 years old and is ambivalent about the whole thing. He is intelligent, strong, loyal, kind and takes in strays. He has been sending her gifts for years and has lead her to believe they have been from his father. This is an adventure that started when our hero and heroine were but children. They are promised to each other after the death of her family, to wed when she is of age. Lord Rafe is responsible for his clan and is an advisor to the King. He has been betrothed to Lady Adele since he was 12 years old and is ambivalent about the whole thing. He is intelligent, strong, loyal, kind and takes in strays. He has been sending her gifts for years and has lead her to believe they have been from his father. He knows at some point he will have to retrieve her. He is now 28 and she is 18, the time has come. He is protective and is willing to sacrifice himself for her safety. He is shy and unsure where women are concerned.Lady Adele is quiet, strong, capable, and always tries to see the good in situations and people. She has been raised surrounded by women and prepared to take her place next to Lord Rafe. She has known that Lord Rafe has been sending gifts and has kept the letters that came with the gifts. She has been retrieved by the man she thinks is Lord Rafe’s right hand man, Finn. The trip back to Rafe’s home is filled with danger, killers, and attacks and fleeing on horseback. There are betrayals, interesting alliances, and treasonous acts. Adele discovers Finn is Rafe and wants him to love her as she has loved him for a very long time. This road to love is wonderfully action packed. It was a page turner and had me cheering out loud, which was hard to explain to my family. The characters, both primary and secondary are rich in detail without being bogged down. I do not want to give any spoilers, suffice it to say this is a brilliant book and has me waiting impatiently for the next book in the series.
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  • Tywyll
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise is a sweet romance, with bits of action and quipping wit. The characters were likeable. Each had their own voice and reason for acting the way they did. They were human, with strengths and weaknesses. I enjoyed how they spoke so properly, as befitting their station and the setting. I liked how the romance progressed between Rafe and Adele, from appraising observations to feeling something deeper stir within. It was a bit jarring to be in both of their heads at any given moment, with The Promise is a sweet romance, with bits of action and quipping wit. The characters were likeable. Each had their own voice and reason for acting the way they did. They were human, with strengths and weaknesses. I enjoyed how they spoke so properly, as befitting their station and the setting. I liked how the romance progressed between Rafe and Adele, from appraising observations to feeling something deeper stir within. It was a bit jarring to be in both of their heads at any given moment, with an omnipotent POV at times, but it did help us to see their true feelings. I just would have preferred breaks or a visible transition.As for the actual plot, it was a tad confusing. The suspense over who was chasing Rafe and Adele, and why, lost a bit of its oomph as quite a bit of time passes in-between attacks; some of which come from other people before the main villain's attempt. The ending disappointed me in that there was no real conclusion regarding the villain. It just ended sort of abruptly. Thus, I was happy to read that a sequel is in the works.The writing is pleasant, aside from comma overload and abuse (aka commas where period should be, and sometimes no commas were commas should be.) This results in a galore of run-on sentences. There were apostrophe and spelling errors, such as interchanging its/it's, and even your's instead of yours. These issues seem a trend of the authors. As I am currently reading another of her works, I notice the same issues of commas and apostrophe errors are present. Despite this, The Promise is a clean romantic read. Those, who like medieval settings, befitting dialogue, women characters who are meek as well as strong, will enjoy this book.Note: I received a free copy from the author for a fair and honest review.
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  • Ruty B
    January 1, 1970
    What if you had to marry someone you have never seen before? This situation wasn’t unusual when Lady Adele and Lord Rafe of Valrek lived. A time in which engagements were arranged before the kids were grown-ups. A time when honor, trust, alliances and friendship were all that matter.This book presents us a great romantic historical story with a lot of action, romance, treason and great characters.Lady Adele has lived secluded all her life in The Fort waiting for the moment she was old enough to What if you had to marry someone you have never seen before? This situation wasn’t unusual when Lady Adele and Lord Rafe of Valrek lived. A time in which engagements were arranged before the kids were grown-ups. A time when honor, trust, alliances and friendship were all that matter.This book presents us a great romantic historical story with a lot of action, romance, treason and great characters.Lady Adele has lived secluded all her life in The Fort waiting for the moment she was old enough to marry Rafe. When the day came he decided to go on her quest. With the certainty that the only way to truly know her is to pretend to be someone else, Rafe takes on a journey that will be full of obstacles and a new surprise in every corner. After their first encounter they set on a journey to the lands of Lord Valrek. With the companion of Lady Eda they get to know each other deeply and developed a great affection.Along the book, secrets come to light, identities are revealed and a threat is discovered. Every page brings a new surprised so it’s never gets boring.The Promise is one of the best romance stories but it not lacks action. In a time when honor was one of the greatest assets a man can have, the book has more than one sword’s fight, horseback riding and armies of hundreds of men.With two central characters, as Adele and Rafe, jumping to conclusions before nothing has been said and that are perfect for each other the book has great dialogues, well written and very amusing. Characters that we see evolve, face ghost from the past and go on.Overall a great book, fun, easy to read, enjoyable and well written.*** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. ***
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to D. D. Chant.)Lord Rafe Valrek has been engaged to Lady Adele since he was a child. He has never met her, but has always viewed the engagement as a good thing as it meant that he wasn’t forced to socialise with other ladies, which he had no interest in.Rafe decides that he would like to know what Adele is like before he marries her though. Sending his most trusted guard – Finan to visit Lord Merrondon, p (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to D. D. Chant.)Lord Rafe Valrek has been engaged to Lady Adele since he was a child. He has never met her, but has always viewed the engagement as a good thing as it meant that he wasn’t forced to socialise with other ladies, which he had no interest in.Rafe decides that he would like to know what Adele is like before he marries her though. Sending his most trusted guard – Finan to visit Lord Merrondon, posing as Rafe, Rafe himself sets out to collect Adele, intending to lie to her about who he is, so that he might find out what she is truly like before he marries her.This little plan is going fine until Rafe realises that people are following him, and he and his party are attacked.I don’t read books in this genre very often, and to be honest I got ridiculously confused. I found the whole ‘Rafe posing as Finan’ and ‘Finan posing as Rafe’ confusing, as I kept losing track of who was who. There was also a lot of talk about battles and stuff that I just didn’t understand, and didn’t follow.The storyline relating to Rafe lying to Adele about who he was also annoyed me, it didn’t take him long to form an opinion of her, yet he continued the deceit which was unnecessary and unfair to everyone involved.I’m afraid I didn’t finish this book as I just couldn’t keep up with what was going on. I don’t think this was a fault with the book, but more a fault with me!I would suggest that anyone with an interest in historical romance would probably enjoy this book, it just wasn’t for me.5 out of 10.
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