07 August 2014

Diana Reviews 'The Promise Keeper' by Lisa Norato



Reviewed by Diana Flowers
5 *****
NO SPOILERS!

Intriguing Seaside Historical!

In The Promise Keeper, author Lisa Norato has created a unique, hauntingly beautiful historical set in Massachusetts; with its craggy shoreline and rocky bluffs, the roar of the surf, and the almost mystical lighthouse – rising tall and ever present, high above the forest trees. 

Iris Moon lives with her widowed father at Nook House and every morning – with her beautiful silver-blonde hair unbound and tossed by the sea wind – she appears to Keeper Mayne, the reclusive inhabitant of the lighthouse, as a beautiful apparition high above on the captain's walk. Seizing the opportunity to find out more about this mysterious keeper of Pilgrim Light, Iris volunteers to take a Christmas basket to him. She expects him to be a curmudgeon but not such a handsome one, and something vaguely familiar about him immediately draws Iris to Jonathan Mayne and will not let go. When a tragedy occurs and brings Keeper Mayne out of seclusion to Nook House, what secrets are revealed about the death of Iris's mother? … and who is the madman bent on revenge against the Moon family and why? Why did Jonathan choose an isolated life as a keeper in a lighthouse guiding ships to safety, and what is his connection to Iris and her beloved father?

The Promise Keeper is a beautifully written novel that exudes the mystery, aura, and romance reminiscent of classic novels such as Wuthering Heights. Ms. Norato's use of descriptive imagery and knowledge of the era in which this story takes place is phenomenal, and I reveled in the beauty of her prose. The main characters are exceptional and easy to love, the secondary are endearing (to say the least!), and the many twists and turns are guaranteed to sweep the reader away on a seafaring journey they will long remember! I was very impressed with everything about this book, and I highly applaud Lisa Norato for a job well done!

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 This book may be purchased through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  


GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of The Promise Keeper or Prize of my Heart - both by Lisa Norato! Leave your email or check back to look under the Winners column on the top right hand side.




28 comments:

  1. We'd like to let you all know that the author of this stunning review, Diana Flowers, won't be able to reply back in person as she is recovering from a very recent operation. The rest of the OWG team will be here however to welcome all our friends and visitors and to reply to your comments about this beautiful story by Lisa Norato!

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  2. Diana,
    What a beautifully written revew. Hope you get better with your surgery. Sending hugs and prayers your way.
    I would love to read this book.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. DANIE you are so right... DIANA always creates such beautiful reviews! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  3. Diana...marvelous job as usual!! Lisa did an outstanding job on this book, it was amazing.

    Hurry and get better bff, we miss your beautiful smiling face on here!! Praying for God to strengthen your body and take away the pain! Love you!

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  4. Sorry, that Diana can't be here today, but I'm praying for a quick and comfortable recuperation for her. I am so appreciative of this amazing review. It brings tears to my eyes to have The Promise Keeper mentioned in the same sentence as Wuthering Heights! Thank you all and bless you, you wonderful OWG Ladies - Noela, Teresa, Diana and Carrie!

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    1. The review surely makes me impatient to get to read your book, Lisa. Working on the last edits of my new story and then I hopefully can relax and read whatever I want, including The Promise Keeper! Looking forward to it

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  5. Diana, we are so glad you are out of the hospital and doing better. Thanks for this lovely review of a wonderful book by a fabulous author. Gentle hugs to you my dear friend!!!

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    1. Hugs back, CARRIE! It was my pleasure! I had so much fun writing this review, but was afraid I wouldn't do it justice...such a wonderful story!

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  6. Beautiful review. Sorry Diana isn't here today - but glad she is home recovering. Not often anymore do I get a chance to write a comment on a giveaway, but the cover of this book so enthralled me, as did the story description that I had to comment. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read. I'll be glad to see you back again, Diana!

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    1. Good to see you here, Barbara! We know you are a busy lady. I hope you are well.

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  7. Great review! It sounds like a wonderful book! Please include me in the drawing!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  8. I love books set near the sea! I think it is a good setting for a book. I would love to be entered to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

    emmamalissa(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This book has such real feel to it too EMMA, I'm sure you'll feel like you're right there by the sea! :-) All the best!

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  9. Thank you for your wonderful review. I'm going to enjoy this.

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    1. You certainly will MARY!! All the best with your entry!

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  10. Hello sweet Diana. Hope you are healing fast. Take care that you don't do anything you shouldn't. You are missed. Great review tho. Will make Lisa proud. Hello to the rest of you OWG girls and also Lisa. Would love to win one of Lisa's books. By the way, my daughter did get that call that she has that job. But paying her a lot less, so don't know how she will pay her bills. She was making 49 plus without overtime which usually had, and here they are only paying her 45,000 Of course she shouldn't have that many bills. Oh well. Thanks for your prayers and this give-away.
    Maxie

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    1. Thank you MAXIE for your lovely message to Diana, which I'm sure she'll enjoy reading! I agree with you on the wonderful job she did with this review too!! I'm so glad we were able to share it with everyone, and I'm sure it will encourage people to go buy this amazing book!
      That's awesome that your daughter got the job! I'm sure everything will work out in time, but we'll keep her in our prayers anyway. Bless you Maxie!

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  11. Would love to read this one.....sounds great!!! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Prayers for Diana......miss you, D.
    Love this blog....and opportunity to pray for many here....Diana, Lisa, Maxie, her daughter, etc.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for prayers for Diana. She appreciates them very much, Jackie!

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  12. Enjoyed your review Diana. Praying for a quick recovery.
    Love the book cover and the story sounds interesting.
    Would love to win a copy.
    Blessings, Tina
    tfrice@comcas.net

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    1. You're entered, Mrs Tina! And thank you for praying for Diana! Blessings!

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  13. Such a beautiful review, Diana - thank you!!

    I love the mysterious sound of "The Promise Keeper", am imagining the secrets surrounding the death of Iris' mother, and anticipating the revelation of the madman.

    Thankful I already have "The Promise Keeper" to read and hoping to soon have "Prize of My Heart" also!!

    Continued prayers for your rapid and complete recovery, dear Diana!!

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    1. Hello BONNIE, thank you for your kind words and prayers for Diana!
      You're entered for a chance to win Prize of my Heart, Bonnie - and I hope you thoroughly enjoy The Promise Keeper when you get to read it!! Hugs & Blessings!

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    2. P.S. Post shared!!

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  14. I want to thank my fellow cohorts for filling in for me. I love y'all so much.

    It's been a week since surgery and I have a ways to go but am coming along nicely. Thank you all for your sweet, thoughtful words and your prayers! They mean so much to me! I miss you all, too.

    MAXIE, love, I'm behaving myself. lol LISA, it was my pleasure to write this review, but not to make you cry! ;)
    BONNIE, BARB, thank you, dear sweeties!

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  15. I would love to win Diana's book, "Prize of my Heart". Prayers going up for a swift recovery.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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