05 August 2014

Noela Nancarrow reviews THE PROMISE KEEPER by Lisa Norato

The Promise Keeper
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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This book may be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other good bookstores!

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45 comments:

  1. Oh my, Noela. You make this sound very interesting. I really need to read the whole story. I don't have any books by Lisa, but would love to start with this intriguing one. Sending ((hugs)) to all of my OWG gals. GOD bless you all. Maxie

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    1. Big hugs and blessings back MAXIE! Lisa is an amazing author Maxie, and you will just LOVE this book of hers! I do hope you have a chance to read it soon! x

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  2. PLEASE read my comment on the post for the 3rd. Important. Should have been on this one. My daughter needs your prayers and I feel you are very close to our Lord. Thanks! Her name is Lori Kay. Maxie

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    1. I've read your comment and replied Maxie, and you can be assured I'll be praying for Lori Kay. Bless you Maxie, and take care of that wrist of yours!

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    2. I responded to your earlier post, Maxie, and want you to know I will also be praying for your daughter, Lori Kay, in her job situation.

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  3. Just love your review, Noela.

    I would love a chance to win The Promise Keeper as I already own Prize of my Heart.

    Janella

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    1. Thanks JANELLA, you are in the draw so all the best with your entry!! :-)

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  4. Wow, Noela, thank you for this wonderful, articulate review, with the words of seafarer! You have made my day brighter than the sun! I am honored and humbled. Blessings and hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much LISA, they are special words indeed coming from one of my newest favorite authors!! :-) Bless you!

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  5. Hi Nolea,
    Oh wow! This books sounds like a fun book that will keep you at the edge of your set lol I would love to read this book.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Hey DANIE, I'm so happy you love the sound of this book because I know you would absolutely love this one!! :-) All the best with your entry!

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  6. Wow! This book sounds intriguing. I always enjoy a good lighthouse and seaside setting. For being a self-published novel I find the cover beautiful and professional looking. Lisa, did you use your own talents in this design or do you hire a company to do this?

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    1. Sylvia, I used Dar Albert of Wicked Smart Designs to design the cover, and she did an amazing job, I agree. Thank you for your kind comments!

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  7. I loved this review ! The book looks very inspiring and can't wait to read it.
    Thank You
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. JACKIE, I'm looking forward to you reading it too! :-) It's such an intriguing story and so beautifully written!! Thanks and blessings!

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  8. Cherry ChristensenAugust 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    It sounds really interesting!

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    1. It is that and more CHERRY! :-) God bless!

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  9. A mysterious stranger, always a good start to a book!

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    1. Haha don't you just love a mysterious stranger in a book!! I do too, PATTY, and this particular mystery man is delightfully intriguing to read about! :-)

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  10. This looks like a super read. Would love to win a copy :)
    d_stevens310 @ live.com

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    1. It sure is DEANNA and you are now in the draw to win it!! :-) Thanks for coming by to read about Lisa's book!

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  11. I really enjoyed "Prize of my Heart" and would love to read "The Promise Keeper"! It sounds like a book I would enjoy! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Ohh I just loved Prize of my Heart also AERYKAH, and this one is a real prize too!! :-) I know you'll love it!

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  12. Would love a chance to win this book and read all the way through Sounds very intriguing and I have read one other book by Lisa Norato and enjoyed it as well

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    1. You'll enjoy this one for sure as well PAM! :-) Make sure you come back to check the winners if none of us here have your email. Blessings!

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  13. The cover is stunning. I've never read anything of Lisa's. This looks good.
    tlw131 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. I agree with you on the book cover completely TERRI, and I think the beautiful cover design captures the feel of the story perfectly!! Lisa Norato is definitely an author to check out Terri! :-)

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  14. This is great! Thanks for the giveaway!! debrastevens452@gmail.com

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    1. On behalf of Carrie and OWG, you're welcome DEBRA! All the best with your entry!!

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  15. Enticing, well-written review. As usual, after reading the reviews here on OWG, I went straight to Amazon and ordered a copy. For book lovers, this site is like a dieter entering a bakery. One taste is all it takes and I'm off on a book binge! :) Great job, Noela, and I can't wait to read Lisa's book.

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    1. Haha MARCIA, I'm not sure if I should apologize or not for all those book calories we've encouraged you to consume! ;) But no I don't think I will, after all... as another of my favorite authors, you've certainly held me captive by your brilliant stories many times!! :-) Thanks for your kind words sweet friend, and enjoy LISA'S book!

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  16. I'd love to win! thanks for the chance! nashhall AT aol DOT com

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    1. You're welcome RHONDA and you are in the draw! All the best and God bless!

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  17. Thank you for another beautiful review, Noela, and so appropriately attired with seafaring language, as Lisa attested. So enticing it would make an author want to read his/her own book, as Julie Lessman once said (LOL). I could almost smell that salty sea air. Marcia worded it so aptly when she likened a book lover's relationship with OWG to a dieter in a bakery, one taste of the reviews from any of you lovely reviewers sends the reader into a book reading binge - love her analogy!!

    I recently received Lisa's beautiful "The Promise Keeper" and after reading your review - am finding it difficult waiting for the opportunity to read it. It has so many elements that I love in a book - romance, history, suspense, mystery, adventure, troubled characters, inspiration, and complex relationships. I loved the story behind "Salty" the seagull which Lisa gave in her post on 8/3.

    I would love to have a copy of "Prize of My Heart" as I'm sure I'll love it just as much as "The Promise Keeper" - judging by the wonderful comments of those having read it. The story line sounds just as riveting as that of "The Promise Keeper"!!

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    1. Aww BONNIE, I just love your sweet and thoughtful comments, thank you!! And I so agree with you re Marcia's comment. You can tell that she's a writer at heart can't you?! ;) Bonnie, I hope you get the chance to read this beautifully told tale soon! :-) And you are in the draw to win 'Prize of My Heart' in the meantime! Bless you!!

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    2. P.S. Post shared!!

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  18. What a wonderful review! This book sounds like a winner to me and what a lovely cover! Thank you for the giveaway.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you MELANIE, I hope you get to enjoy this gorgeous book soon!! Blessings to you!

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  19. I would like to have a copy of this five ***** novel. Eager to read why she doesn't remember him as vividly! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Aha! Your question will be answered when you read this wonderful novel, KATHLEEN!! :-) God bless!

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  20. Would totally LOVE to read this book. Author is new to me but the book sounds wonderful!

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    1. That's awesome DONNA, I hope then that you get a chance to read this beautiful story soon!! Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!!

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  21. Thanks for your lovely review, Noela! This was a great book. Always love reading your reviews, Aussie Angel! Hugs!

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    1. Big hugs back and thank you SO much for your sweet words CARRIE!! It was indeed a wonderfully told story! Bless you!

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  22. I have not heard of this author before now, but I would love to win a copy of one of her books to check her out - thanks so much

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