The synopsis on the back of the book:
Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village. There, they are taken in by the Wheelers, owners of the village shop. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads.
Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will have the woman he needs.
However, when McBride finds out where Charlotte lives, his threats begin, and Harry takes it upon himself to keep Charlotte safe. Only, World War I erupts and Harry enlists.
Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride's constant harassment and the possibility of the man she loves being killed.
Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Self Published
Goodreads Rating: 4.52
Why I Chose This Book
I am taking part of the blog tour for this book. You all know I can’t say no to a Historical Fiction novel!
First Initial Thoughts
Charlotte and Hannah are two sisters who’s grandparents and parents passed away within the last 5 years. They were living on the streets when they are in Yorkshire village. With only a few shillings left she hopes that she can get a room for the night at Wheeler’s shop. However, when the Wheeler’s meet Charlotte and Hannah, Stan especially doesn’t want them to go. For years they have wanted to have children of their own. He believes that it’s their second chance. So they hire on Charlotte as a shop keeper and Hannah goes back to school.
The Wheeler’s remind me of the couple from the movie, UP - if they had a chance to have children. They are just that sweet old couple. I love that they took a chance in taking in Charlotte and Hannah when they had nowhere to go.
However, as soon as things are going well with the Wheeler’s McBride returns back to her life. McBride is a cousin of her Father’s. Her Father put McBride as her guardian in his will. McBride - ugh he was not a good man. Let’s just say he was an old creep that was disgusting and cruel. And not only that, he wants to marry Charlotte. After Charlotte fled his home with Hannah a few months prior, he finds out where Charlotte lives and starts harassing her to come back.
Harry Belmont is an owner of a coal mine in town and is a wealthy individual. He lives on the Belmont estate. Once he meets Charlotte he is smitten with her. I really liked Harry. He is a good man that cared not only for his class, but others as well. I loved how Charlotte and Harry met. It was so sweet (and a little romantic). Charlotte was hesitant in letting Harry in but she also secretly liked him.
I love an English countryside setting. From the old village to rolling green hills, it just sounds romantic and dreamy. It makes me miss the UK very much! I also found it interesting how she wrote about England during the time of WWI. In the beginning of the story she emphasized how England was happy and prosperous but as WWI started, you read how the English countryside faired during such a time.
To protect Charlotte Harry proposes marriage. Marriage would protect Charlotte from the hands of McBride. Charlotte agrees. Even though it was a marriage of convenience, there was a spark between them that they could not deny. I loved how they both had a secret crush on the other before marrying. Their strength and loyalty was definitely something they both had in common and could share.
The other half of the story was about WWI. Just as soon as they married WWI began and their life was turned upside down. Harry enlisted in the war. Charlotte is devastated and is afraid that Harry may never come back home. While he is away Charlotte has to run the household and still deal with the harassing letters from McBride. Speaking of letters, the letters between Charlotte and Harry during the war were so sweet and beautiful. Through those letters their love blossomed and grew. I think it also helped Harry stay alive and hopeful through those dreadful times.
Promise of Tomorrow is an emotional story that reminds that there is no promise of tomorrow. But what we can do is cherish the now. Stand for what you have and protect your family. And family is what you make of it, it doesn’t have to be by blood.
I have never read AnnMarie’s books before but this one did not disappoint and I was staying up late into the hours reading this story. I loved this story of a strong female character who took it upon herself to make sure her sister was taken care for and would do anything for. Charlotte really grew as a character in this novel. In the beginning she was a little timid and frightened but by the end she became a strong and assertive (in a good way) woman.
Would I Recommend?
Yes! If you love the English countryside you will throughly enjoy this story. Even though it’s not a Christian book, it is still a clean read. It does have some parts with offensive language, but that is about it.
About AnneMarie Briar
Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. Her passions, apart from writing, are travelling, reading, researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.
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Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from Rachel Random Resources Blog Tours. All opinions are my own.