I'm delighted to be one of today's stop on the blog tour for The Promise by Michelle Vernal. Despite having never read anything by this author before, as soon as I read the blurb I knew that it sounded like a book that I would enjoy, I just didn't realise how much.
Isabel Stark is back-packing in New Zealand when she witnesses a car accident. Before the car's only occupant, Ginny Havelock, takes her last breath she makes Isabel promise to pass on a message to someone she refers to only as Constance. Feeling a sense of duty along with a mild dose of curiosity, Isabel attends Ginny's funeral before heading back home to the UK.
Once she's home, she can't get Ginny and the promise she made her out of her head so she decides to see if she can track down Constance. She knows that it's a long shot but she's determined to try so, armed with the information she gleaned at Ginny's funeral, she head's off to the Isle of Wight.
Isabel's journey to find Constance is a beautifully written and touching tale that slips back in time to a love story set in World War Two cleverly combined with Isabel's own journey of self-discovery. The author did a brilliant job of highlighting how lonely the elderly can be and how easily this problem can be resolved with a little companionship and care. I think Constance was my favourite character overall, she was vibrant and forthright despite having a very sad tale to tell.
I fell in love with the characters in this wonderful book, they were written so well that they felt real and I was totally invested in their story. I'm a huge fan of dual-time novels and this one was exceptional. I've been to the Isle of Wight a few times over the years and the descriptions of the island transported me right back there, complete with the smell of the sea air.
The Promise is an uplifting and touching story that I didn't want to end and I will definitely be hunting down Michelle Vernal's other books to read in the future.
|Photo courtesy of Michelle Vernal|
Michelle Vernal is a Harper Collins author who loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband, their two boys and a needy three-legged black cat in Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone and has recently taken up yoga—a sight to behold indeed. She is a freelance writer for a Canterbury lifestyle magazine who is currently working on her seventh novel. Michelle’s a firm believer in happy endings, and all of her stories are written with humour and warmth.
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With kind thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my review copy and my slot on the blog tour.