The Promise

  • by Ann Weisgarber
  • Narrated by Coleen Marlo
  • 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Personal History of Rachel Dupree, shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and longlisted for the Orange Prize.
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. The island is remote, the weather sweltering, and Oscar's little boy Andre is grieving hard for his lost mother. And though Oscar tries to please his new wife, the secrets of the past sit uncomfortably between them.
Meanwhile for Nan Ogden, Oscar’s housekeeper, Catherine’s sudden arrival has come as a great shock. For not only did she promise Oscar’s first wife that she would be the one to take care of little Andre, but she has feelings for Oscar which she is struggling to suppress. And when the worst storm in a generation descends, the women will find themselves tested as never before.


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Customer Reviews

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Characters that draw you in

I normally listen to fantasy or sci fi novels. This is story that really drew me in. Many books do not hold my attention and I don't finish them. Not this one; I really wanted to know how things worked out for the main character. The author also did a great job transporting you to this place and time. Unlike many modern novels, there is general background whisper of old-fashioned moralistic message that percolates and boils up occasionally.
There is a lot of repetition some times, with the characters thinking the same thoughts over and over again, which I suppose people do in a real life. I confess getting a bit annoyed once or twice, but overall I'm glad I stuck with it. I thought this was a very memorable book that you will not regret or forget.
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- Kevin Stokes


Would you listen to The Promise again? Why?

Yes I would. I really enjoyed the character portrayal. The development of the marriage and the unfolding of the trust, love and committment between Catherine and Oscar

Which character – as performed by Coleen Marlo – was your favorite?

I liked the two main characters Catherine and Nan. My favorite was Catherine. She started off so pretentious through social breeding. As she came "down" in her lot in life to marry beneath her, I truly enjoyed how she managed this with such credibility. She was judged harshly in Nan's eyes because she never really took to the "expected" role of a dairy farmer's wife. She slept in, contributed minimally to the running of the household. But none the less, she fell in love and became a mother, and eventually she earned Nan's compassion and respect.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really enjoyed how Catherine and Oscar's love unfolded. He was so patient with her. I liked him so much more when Catherine discovered the letter.

Any additional comments?

Read this book!

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- Jillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios