|The Promise Keeper|
by Lisa Norato
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 20, 2014)
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****
A Sea-faring Romance with Suspense and Adventure
You know those books that have the ability to sweep your imagination from its moorings and sail you away to a vastly different place and era? Lisa Norato’s ‘The Promise Keeper’ set in 1825, is one of those! Flawlessly penned with Lisa’s exceptional and unique writing voice, this story is saturated with an aura of intrigue and anticipation, leaving an enchanting and indelible impression upon the reader.
Standing upon the Captain’s walk atop Nook House, where Iris Moon lives with her father and elderly friend Hetty, Iris shifts her gaze once again across the bay to Clark’s Island where the mysterious Keeper resides in the tall lighthouse diligently keeping the light burning to protect the sea-farers. Eager to assuage her romantic curiosities about the solitary Keeper Mayne who has lived there for a year now, Iris has made plans to secretly visit the island in the small skiff that her boat-builder father, Captain Ezra Moon, had gifted to his daughter. Iris has heard many strange rumors about the Keeper, but when she finally has a breath-taking and disconcerting encounter with this tall, raven-haired man and his pet gull Salty, she concludes that he is even more of an enigma than she originally thought!
Johnny Mayne enjoys his life of solitude on Clark’s Island and prefers to keep it that way. Although, he is often drawn to look upon the ethereal figure Iris Moon makes in her billowing dressing gown across the bay, high upon the Captain’s walk of her home. She is no longer the child Johnny once knew, but he will always feel protective of this wide-eyed sea urchin, and of the secrets her father entrusts he keep hidden from his daughter. When Johnny becomes aware of a recent ship-wreck survivor bent on revenge, can he protect Iris whilst also keeping her father’s confidence?
Your senses will be tantalized with the briny breeze sweeping off the bay and the raucous sounds of gulls that envelop the close community of Duxbury, Massachusetts. Your heart beats a little faster as you encounter vicious storms, an intense and calamitous shipwreck, and a madman still living in the past. And you’ll no doubt be cheered, as you become thoroughly absorbed in this intriguing story that embraces a beautiful, blossoming love, and inspiring faith and courage. Highly recommended!
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