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Blog Tour – The Promise by Michelle Vernal #bookreview @rararesources @MichelleVernal

Hello dear readers, I am back this month with a book full of witchy intrigue and whimsy for you. Happy Reading.


Title – The Promise

Author – Michelle Vernal

Publisher – Harper Collins UK

Published – July 2018

Rating – 4.5/5

Location set in – Isle of Wight, UK

Profession of main characters – Herbalist, Singer/ Bartending.

Blog Tour Organiser – Rachel’s Random Resources

Do check out out the upcoming blogs on tour.

Now, here’s what The Promise is about


Two women from different generations brought together by another’s wrongdoing.

When British backpacker, Isabel Stark happens across a car accident on a lonely stretch of road in the South Island of New Zealand her life changes forever. The sole passenger, Ginny Havelock asks her to make a promise before she passes away—to find Constance and to say she’s sorry.
Isabel’s a lost soul who’s been drifting through life unsure of where she fits, and the promise she made in New Zealand haunts her upon her return to the United Kingdom. Her only clue as to finding Constance lies within a conversation held at Ginny’s funeral. It takes her to the Isle of Wight.

In the 1940’s sixteen-year-old Constance’s life on her island is sheltered until the death of her brother; Ted brings the reality of war crashing down around her.

He leaves behind his pregnant young widow Ginny. When Constance meets a handsome Canadian Air Force man, she’s eager to escape her grief and be swept up by first love. It’s a love which has ramifications she could never envisage.

When Isabel and Constance’s paths finally cross will Ginny’s last words be enough for Constance to make peace with her past? And in fulfilling her promise will Isabel find a place she can call home?

My thoughts

The Promise

The story, as evident from the summary above, is about promises. Promises made by strangers on death bed which unravels a life changing path.

Isabel, a Brit gal vacationing in New Zealand happens upon an old lady whose minutes away from dying due to a car accident. In whispered, hopeful voices Ginny and Isabel exchange words and the Brit feels obliged to fulfill the promise made to Ginny.

Back home in the UK, Isabel is on her way to The Isle of Wight, to deliver the message she promised to the dying Ginny. What happens next in the story, how the plot develops and sprinkles all the whimsy feels very serendipitous. What I am trying to say in a very wordy manner is that the story/the plot is very serendipitous.

I loved the characters, Isabel, her parents, Constance, Rhodri and the rest of the lot. The easy, comfortable friendship between Isabel and her parents was fun to read and very warm.

Isabel’s friendship with Constance is casual with a mysterious depth. Of course this is the source of witchery, magic and whimsy in the story. Their friendship is the highlight of the story for me.
It was enjoyable, painful at times and very cheery to see Isabel find her way in life. Painful to read about how war affected Constance and robbed her of a content, happy family life. Rhodri as repeated in Isabel’s Mum’s words is a dream boat. He’s an artist, a handsome fella with a Welsh accent. Brenda, the pub owner is quirky and adds a dash of humour.

This is the kind of story I would happily re-read.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Amazon US


Michelle Vernal is a Harper Collins author who loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband, their two boys and a needy three-legged black cat in Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone and has recently taken up yoga—a sight to behold indeed. She is a freelance writer for a Canterbury lifestyle magazine who is currently working on her seventh novel. Michelle’s a firm believer in happy endings, and all of her stories are written with humour and warmth.
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Reviewed by Bharti

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