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The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

The Promise (2013)

by Ann Weisgarber

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In 1900, young pianist Catherine must leave town after she creates a terrible scandal. Can marrying old flame Oscar and moving to the rough and wild Galveston Island save her ?
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jul 29, 2017 |
This novel was both light reading and yet brutal. It told the story of a "fallen woman" who, no longer able to live among her own town and family, writes to an old admirer, and travels to him to be married.

Set in the days leading up to the hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas in the first decade of the 20th Century, the author examines the social norms of the period in detail in the light of love in its many forms. Worth the read. ( )
  sdunford | Mar 12, 2017 |
The best part of this novel was the descriptions of life in and around Galveston, a thriving seaport in 1900, and of the deadly hurricane that destroyed it. Catherine, a professional pianist living in Dayton, has become an outcast, due to her affair with her cousin's husband. With nowhere else to go, she accepts the proposal of a young man from her past with whom she has kept up a correspondence. Oscar Williams, son of a coal delivery man, has moved through a series of jobs out west but has settled as a dairy farmer in the outskirts of Galveston. A widower with a five-year old son, Oscar has Ben helped by Nan Ogden, a young woman who has lost two finches to accident and disease. The story is told by alternately by Nan, Catherine, and a third person omniscient narrator rather awkwardly stuck in. The focus is mainly on Catherine's adjustment to her new life and the rivalry between the two women, but the hardship of settlers in this rough, often dangerous location is also detailed. A fast and generally enjoyable read, but, like Nan, I was often annoyed by Catherine's wimpiness. ( )
  Cariola | Jul 14, 2016 |
The premise of the novel was great--The Galveston Flood of 1900. However, the plot and characters were too simplistic and 2D. The ending was rushed and very unsatisfactory. ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Jul 7, 2016 |

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"At the end of the 19th century, the city of Galveston, Texas, was a booming town with a population of 36,000 residents.
Its position on the natural harbor of Galveston Bay along the Gulf of Mexico made it the center of trade and the biggest city in the state of Texas."

"Before the Hurricane of 1900, Galveston was considered to be a beautiful and prestigious city."

The year is 1900.
Our story begins in Dayton, Ohio and continues in Galveston, Texas.
Catherine Wainwright, a young pianist, is desperately pressed to flee Dayton because of a scandalous affair with a married man.
She quietly renews acquaintance with Oscar Williams, previously a coal hauler in Dayton and now a widower-rancher in Galveston, Texas.
Although they've little in common, she agrees to become wife to Oscar and mother to his 6 year old son, Andre.
She is faced with remote, rather primitive living on a small farm outside the city of Galveston.
Two people narrate the story—Catherine, a sophisticated, city girl, and, later, Nan, bayou born and bred housekeeper to Oscar and Andre.
Once again their backgrounds are worlds apart.
You come to know these characters on a deeply personal level, in a very brief time span.
Shortly after arrival, the marriage occurs August 30, 1900 .
The massive hurricane, which would prove to be the deadliest disaster in 20th century America, arrives September 8, 1900. ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 11, 2016 |
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1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him. But when Catherine travels to Oscar's farm on Galveston Island, Texas - a thousand miles from home - she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her.… (more)

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Editions: 1629142360, 1632206455

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