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Book Birthday! A Promise To Keep

I’m happy to celebrate fellow Anaiah Press and Canadian author friend, Melony Teague’s book birthday! I’m about halfway through her 2020 debut read, A Promise To Keep.

If you look really hard at the book cover, you might notice a shared North American heritage site – Niagara Falls.

Happy book birthday Melony! Now over to you….

Thanks for having me on your blog, Ann!

Why I Love Reunion Romances

First off, I have a confession to make.

I am a hopeless romantic. I just can’t fathom reading a story where there isn’t some sort of love story. Whether it be a story of a developing relationship between a couple, or the love story of how a parent loves their child with that parental love, or how someone loves someone with that unconditional and sacrificial love. For me, there’s always gotta be love in there somewhere.

Which brings me to why I love second-chance romances.

First, as a reader, I love the idea of a second chance at love. After loss, the optimist and romantic in me wants to see another happy conclusion.

As an author, I love reunion, or second chance romances because the romance usually kicks off with a pair who have known each other before and have a history of some sort. Whether that is a past relationship or friendship or even if they were enemies, I love the fact that the story can kick off with a bang without the need for small talk and the characters getting to know each other. These kinds of stories lend themselves to the characters having some sort of issue they need to work through in order to move forward.

In A Promise to Keep, Savannah is a newly widowed woman. Not only does he have to learn to love and care for herself again, but she has to overcome her fears. Some of them are rooted in the fact that she’s getting over the trauma of watching her cancer ridden husband deteriorate and has been his caregiver for years, and some of it is because she’s wounded and vulnerable. Savannah is afraid to get hurt again.

Enter Michael, who had his heart broken in the past, and we have two characters who have issues. Michael is not the reckless troublemaker that he was in high school and Savannah is taken back by the change in him.
I loved figuring out just how they’d sort it all out and Michael is the perfect counter act to Savannah. Can you say, opposites attract?

Readers, what do you think? Do you prefer strangers to lovers or second-chance romances?

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Promise. A High School Reunion. And a pact that proves harder to keep.

Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.

Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah. Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?

LISTEN TO AN EXCERPT OF CHAPTER ONE of A PROMISE TO KEEP HERE

ABOUT MELONY

Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. With foamy lattes in-hand, she writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Though she has no hobbies outside of reading, writing, and eating chocolate, she is a member of ACFW and The Word Guild. She teaches seniors in her community to write their memoirs. She confesses with no shame that she has a strong belief that pumpkin pie is an acceptable breakfast food since it’s mostly vegetables. Her Fiction Debut, A Promise to Keep, released in Jan 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats who think they’re humans.

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2021 Reads On My TBR List

As a book reviewer, I’m blessed to have access to books not released yet to the public. With the privilege comes a responsibility to read and give an honest review of the novels coming out.

And you lucky reader, have access to all of my book reviews here on the blog.

Some books I’ve already reviewed. Others, I haven’t read yet but they are definitely on my WTR list – Want To Read.

2021 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

BOOK REVIEW: The Vanishing at Loxby Manor

Book By: Abigail Wilson

A secret society outlawed decades ago. A woman gone missing. A family who isn’t all they appear to be. The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is a chilling read – make sure your lights are on for this one.

Charity Halliwell has returned to England after being whisked away by her parents five years prior. Instead of heading to America with her family to visit her older brother, Charity begs to return to the home she left. Her wish is granted. If only she’d gone with her family…

I won’t spoil the story and give more detail than that.

The easy narrative pulls the reader in to a time and place where legends were created and brought to life. Loxby Manor and the people who reside in it are hiding secrets. Is no one to be trusted? Charity is pulled into intrigue and has a personal stake with the woman who disappears the very night Charity arrives. The novel is spent searching for the woman, questioning those who last saw her and chasing leads that brings her nowhere.

There are twists and turns that the reader may not easily predict, which makes this a delightful experience. There are enough clues sprinkled throughout the pages to help readers draw their own conclusions and then quickly squashed as Charity uncovers the truth.

If you enjoy regency romance with a whole lot of intrigue (and don’t mind murder), you’ll enjoy this read.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

BOOK REVIEW: The Butterfly and the Violin

BOOK BY: Kristy Cambron

What a poignant story of finding beauty in ashes.

This dual time story takes the reader to Vienna, Austria from 1939-1945. Adele is Austria’s Sweetheart, a violin prodigy and daughter of a high ranking Third Reich officer. Her future is bright in a world that is rapidly changing. Her faith is strong and her compassion for others something to admire.

In present day Manhattan, Sera is obsessed with finding the original painting of Austria’s Sweetheart – a painting she’s searched for since she was eight years old and saw it hanging in an art museum in Paris. When a lead brings her to the home of a business mogul, she is shocked to learn that her very life’s work is caught in the middle of a multi-million dollar estate dispute.

Kristy Cambron weaves the past and the present in an intricate pattern of intrigue. These two women’s stories will collide in a beautiful finale of healing from the pain of the past.

A beautiful narrative. A horrendous event. A delicate balance between past and present. A story of hope, and beauty, when all seems lost.

I loved it.

BOOK REVIEW: THE CURATOR’S DAUGHTER

Book By: Melanie Dobson

A captivating, thought-provoking read by Melanie Dobson – her best novel yet.

Be prepared to experience the heartbreak of the stories of the Jewish people during WW2 and the people who tried to help them. And don’t be surprised at how much our world hasn’t changed since then.

A young, ambitious archaeologist working for the Third Reich is eager to make a name for herself in a world where women are expected to abide by the 3Ks – kunchen, kirche and kinder (kitchen, church and children). When she’s pulled from the field and reassigned to curate treasures others have found, it’s only the beginning of a series of twists and unexpected turns neither Hanna, nor the reader anticipates.

A young, teenaged girl is caught in a modern cult, fighting for the same purity of the Aryan race. She will spend the rest of her life fighting the hate that dictated her early teens and left her with a trauma that haunts her dreams.

Both these women are intricately linked – but the connection is not easily seen by the reader. And once all is revealed, hang on to your page! It will leave your head spinning.

There are so many great things about this novel. I think what struck me the most about it, is that it’s a novel relevant to our time. Like, this month. With all the rioting and messages of hate that have been regularly reported on, The Curator’s Daughter is releasing at the right moment in our history. There was evil in the world back then, there is evil now.

A beautiful thread of hope, forgiveness, and second chances is sewn together through the end. It’s a story about discovering your roots, preserving the stories of those who have gone before us and overcoming the past.

Go buy the book! You won’t be sorry you did.

I received an ecopy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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