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"Stunning combination of Time Travel and Romantic Suspense"

Dee Davis took the paranormal romance world by storm in 2000 with her debut novel EVERYTHING IN ITS TIME, which garnered P.E.A.R.L nominations for Best Time Travel and Best New Author. Her popularity has only grown as she subsequently found her niche in the world of romantic suspense. Ms. Davis combines the two talents in THE PROMISE which promises to be another winner.

The best day of Cara Reynolds' life exploded into a nightmare on a treacherous mountain road in Colorado. It was her sixteenth birthday, and she had felt truly loved. Her mother had even given her the heirloom silver locket that had been passed down through the women in her family for generations. Now she was lying in the snow, thrown clear of the wreckage of her parent's car, remaining conscious long enough to witness the fire that engulfed their vehicle and the truck that had struck it head on.

Nineteen year old Michael McPherson had recently laid claim to his own homestead. If he was to make a success of his ranch, he would have to find a way to keep his cattle from wandering away. He ponders his future as he searches for strays in the snow covered hills. Would he find ever find a special love like the one his parents shared? His mother was so sure that there was a perfect woman for every man, and that his was just waiting to for him to find her.

Discovering a snow covered mound, Michael fears the worst, but when he brushes away the crust he finds not a dead cow, but a lovely young woman who is injured but very much alive. The sight touches his heart and Michael begins to wonder if his mother hadn't been right after all. The inclement weather prevents them from searching for her parents, or from seeking shelter in the town. Michael takes Cara to an abandoned mine to keep her warm and safe while they wait out the storm. He had saved her life. It would be nine long years before she could return the favor.

Cara wakes to find Michael gone, but the steadily burning fire is a promise of his intent to return. She is overjoyed to hear her name being called. It takes a moment to realize that it is not Michael's voice she is hearing but her grandfather's. She would later be told that the man who haunted her dreams was a figment of her trauma afflicted mind. Still she'd gone back to look for him, to no avail. At last she'd been forced to agree with her doctor's assessment. --- Michael had returned to the mine filled with hopes for the future, only to find the beautiful girl gone. He'd never forgotten her. Like Cara he'd gone back often, hoping to find her.

NINE YEARS LATER

San Juan Mountains, Colorado, 1888

It is no surprise that when Michael is critically wounded by a sniper's bullet, he takes refuge in the very same mine he where he had once saved Cara's life. As he slumps against the walls of the tunnel, memories assail him. Just when he fears he will not live to see another day, he hears someone moving inside the mine. His savior is a woman. In the light of day he recognizes her, his dream woman...Cara.

San Juan Mountains, Colorado, present day

Left alone in the world, Cara had earned her way as a gifted painter. She'd come back to the abandoned mine to let go of the dream and make her peace with the place, when she stumbled upon the him. Seeing the extent of his injuries she knew that he needed immediate care and struggled to get him to her cabin. It was hard to believe he was real, but the fact brought only joy. What magic had brought her to him just when he needed her most? In her home Michael noticed one of Cara's watercolors. Titled "Lovers Reunion", it depicted the two figures entwined at the entrance to his mine. Joy suffused him, she had not forgotten him! It was not until he noticed the date at the bottom that he realized the implications. Could it be possible? Had they been separated all those years ago...by time itself?

Suspense comes in when villains of both past and present covet the silver recovered by Michael's father in another family owned mine called The Promise. The mine had been the source of short-lived joy and long-lived grief. Michael's mother had disappeared along with the silver. Though it was thought she'd run off with it and a handsome young muleskinner, her fate had never actually been determined. When Michael and Cara discover evidence of a threat to the rest of his family, Michael knows he must go back. But how? He couldn't live with himself if he didn't try, but could he bear to live without Cara again? Could they ever be together when he had obligations in the past, and she belonged in the future?

THE PROMISE is a timeless love story, filled with an abundance of colorful side characters who only enrich this gripping romantic suspense. The reader will love watching Michael's younger brother Patrick become his own as man, and Loralee, an honest working woman with a heart of gold, turn her luck around. The villains are as devious as they come, and of course the commitment between Michael and Cara is a testament to love that transcends all obstacles put in its path. I promise you'll want to put this book on your keeper shelf.

Copyright 2002

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 8, 2002

SUMMARY

Across the boundaries of time...

The mine lay deep in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, near the town of Silverthread, and was rich in ore, overflowing with wealth that could make a family's fortune-or destroy it. In it would begin the weaving of a web of deceit, a murderous tapestry of lies that would mean the deaths of many innocents.

But also in the shadowy mine 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 only the beginning.

To right the wrongs already done, to paint a new future, one brighter and full of love, Cara Reynolds would have to unravel several mysteries. She would have to depend upon the rugged man who emerged from the mine, 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

 

The Promise
by Dee Davis

Love Spell
January 1, 2002
ISBN #0505524759
EAN #9780505524751
368 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Dee Davis

Hell on Heels
Chain Reaction
Hell with the Ladies
Wild Highland Rose
Dancing in the Dark
Midnight Rain
Dark Of The Night
Just Breathe
After Twilight
Everything in its Time


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