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The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
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The Promise (2013)

by Ann Weisgarber

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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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Your best friend is dying and she asks you to look after her small son when she is gone. You, Nan Ogden, agree and all is well until her husband, Oscar Williams, the boy’s father remarries. The new wife comes from Dayton, Ohio to Galveston, Texas to live with her new family and everything changes. The year is 1900 and the new wife named Catherine is not accustomed to life on a farm where things are much different than they were in the city.

Catherine is a concert pianist who became involved with a married man. She leaves Dayton to marry Oscar who was a former admirer. By doing so, she removes herself from the scandalous life that she created in Dayton. Adapting to life on the farm in Galveston with a family proves to be a big challenge for Catherine. Nan also finds being in the house with Catherine awkward. Circumstances soon cause these two women to face the most difficult challenges in their lives.

This historical fiction describes the difficulties of life in the 1900’s in Galveston, Texas with such great detail that I felt as if I were actually there. I appreciated the difficulties as well as the pleasures that the characters experienced in their daily lives. I liked that music and its enjoyment played a big part in the story. And the romantic relationship between Catherine and Oscar evolved in a wonderfully believable manner. Lastly, I learned much about the hurricane that caused many deaths and widespread destruction in Galveston in 1900. I look forward to reading future books written by Weisgarber.
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  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
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. ( )
1 vote 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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