by Julianne MacLean

April 2003
ISBN: 0-373-292-538
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #653
Mass Market Paperback

Adamís Promise is about a love that was thrown away for another, someone with a title, but now might eventually happen for the love that Adam once had. When Adam and his former love of his life both become widowers, Adam sends a letter to Dianaís father asking for her hand in marriage. The only problem is Diana doesnít get the letter that was sent to her father. In fact, her father told Madeline, Dianaís younger sister, that Adam wanted to marry her. Madeline didnít think to much of it, even though she asked her father and her father assured her that it was her that Adam wanted to marry.

So what does Madeline do for the man she has loved since she was seven? She gets on the next boat from Yorkshire, England to Nova Scotia to marry the man she has dreamed about her whole life. Only things did not turn out the way she hoped when she arrived. It was not her, but Diana that Adam was looking for and wanted to marry. Not only was Madeline angry and humiliated by the turn of events but she really had nowhere else to go. So the only thing logical to Adam was to let Madeline live with his family until things worked themselves out and Diana showed up.

It was wonderful to see the love that was flowing through and around Adamís house. Not only was Madeline fighting her love from Adam by keeping it locked away, but Adam was being drawn to Madeline as they shared the love of the land and the possibility of sharing what was happened in the household and with Adamís children. Adam was still engaged and could very well be married to Diana but his feelings for Madeline were growing stronger every day.

I am going to leave it at that if I say to much more I will be giving the story away and we donít want that. Ms. MacLeanís description of the land and the hard work and labor that went into building the land and its people were marvelous. The story was fast paced and had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. It was delightful to see the love that was given freely and love that was locked so tightly away you were not sure if it would see the light of day. The secondary characters added that little extra flavor the story needed to meld it all together. Remember Diana was a secondary character and things hinged on her, as well as Adam and Madeline.

Reviewed in March 2003 by Pam.

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