The Promise is a regency romance tale with more than a hint of the paranormal added to the mix.
The story begins in tragedy as Anthony,the 18 year old
son of the Duke of Aldbourne loses Lady Marianne in a freak accident involving a
carriage. As lady Marianne dies a daughter, Elizabeth, is born to the Duchess of
The story then moves forward 18 years to where Elizabeth meets
Anthony at the annual Thornhill Ball. And this is where the fun really begins.
There is a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between the pair as they keep crossing
Anthony seems determined to woo Elizabeth but she tries to rebuff his
advances, seeing him as a rake. Throughout the story their are minor flashbacks
for Elizabeth which she doesn't understand and finds quite disturbing. The tale
moves to a thrilling climax that I wasn't expecting but thoroughly
The story is well told and with a sense of the era that leaves
me in no doubt that the author both knows her stuff and has done her research
well. I will be looking out for more of Lauren Hunter's work.