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The Promise

by Dee Davis

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On the night that her parents were killed in a car crash and she left abandoned in the snowy mountains, a man saved her, and they bonded deeply together. But in the morning he was gone. Left with no proof of his existence except in her memories, she'd been convinced that he was a dream, a delusion. But it never sat right with her and so she returns to the mountain to know for sure. The hero is shot riding back from his daily work and takes shelter in the cave. He's in bad shape when a woman comes upon him, a woman he craved for but fearfully doubted he would ever see again. She takes him back to her cabin, cares for him. It's gratifying to know that one is not entirely insane or delusional and the sense of completeness falls over both of them by being in each others arms again. But a suitor is plaguing the heroine, pushing for her paintings. When she runs him off, he sets fire to her studio and almost kills her in the process. The hero saves her but he soon realizes that in his absence from his time, his brother and he family are threatened. The heroine is torn up at the idea of never seeing him again but she knows he has to return to his own time to save those he loves. But she never imagined that she would be following him. She soon finds herself in 1888 and on a range. There, in the woods outside of cabin where his family lives, she shoots and kills a man who was about to shoot the hero. Together they embark on a mission to solve an old mystery of missing silver that spans over 200 years. But the heroine knows the time she spends with the hero is short. She can never exist in his world or he is hers. They are destined it seems, to part forever. If the plot summary above seems chaotic and jagged, I can tell you that's what I felt like when reading this book. There was just so many different plot lines and conflicts that it I found it to be horribly muddled. To start with, when the hero comes forward in time, they have to deal with one villain. But that is solved and the battle over just over hallway through the book. Then the hero and heroine go back and must deal with the silver and the mystery of the mothers betrayal and then battle the evil sheriff. At the same time, you have 2 love stories happening. There's the main one (as I call it because it's the only one mentioned on the back of book) which I thought was rather dull and monotone. Then there' the second love story which I would have much preferred to be the lead with the brother and the prostitute. This one was lovely and had a deeper conflict that the other. All of this does come together and everything sort of connects to everything else but over all I was horribly bored and rather disappointed. I mean I didn't hate it by any means. The love between the ehro and heroine was nice and passionate but it was too easy. They already loved each other and knew one another on a deeper scale by the time they meet again in the present. I just wanted more of them...but less of the attempt at suspense at the same time. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
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The mine called out to Cara from deep in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, near the town of Silverthread. It was rich in ore, overflowing with wealth that could make a family's fortune—or destroy it. In it had begun the weaving of a web of deceit, a murderous tapestry of lies that had meant the deaths of many innocents. But also in its shadowy maw lay the path to redemption and love. Its labyrinthine tunnels held a magic that could draw a woman one hundred years into the past, into the arms of one who could make her life whole. But crossing time was just the beginning. To right the wrongs already done, to paint a new future, one brighter and full of love, Cara would have to unravel its mysteries. She would have to depend upon the rugged man who emerged, trust his vow that he would keep her safe and cherish her forever. Then, and only then, would she truly understand the danger—and the power—of… THE PROMISE

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:55 -0400)

The mine called to Cara from deep in the San Juan Mountains, near the town of Silverthread. Surrounded by a murderous tapestry of lies, it had once been rich in ore, overflowing with wealth that could make a family's fortune -- or destroy it. But also in its labyrinthine tunnels lay the path to redemption and love, a magic that could draw a woman one hundred years into the past, into the arms of one who could make her life whole. But crossing time was just the beginning. To right wrongs already done, to paint a new future, one brighter and full of love, Cara would have to unravel the mine's mysteries. She would have to depend upon the rugged man who emerged from its opening and trust his vow to keep her safe and cherish her forever. Then, and only then, would she truly understand the danger -- and the power -- of the promise. Winner of the Prism Award, the Promise is the third book in Dee Davis' newly re-released time travel trilogy.… (more)

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