September 1939 As Britain is gripped by the fear and uncertainty of war, Tom Armitage stands to gain the one thing that he never thought possible - his freedom.


Rosie Elliot sees her future crumbling to dust as Will Aarons leaves Whitby with Jimmy Chappell to fight. As she begins work at The Turnstone Convalescent Home Rosie finds something she thought she had lost. Friendship. But friendship soon turns to love. Can this new love replace Will?


This is not an ordinary love story. This is a story about loss, courage, and honour. It’s about promise’s made in the heat of battle that must be kept, or risk losing everything that you’ve ever held important.

The Promise - A historical romance novel

Category: Fiction / Romance/ Historical Romance 


Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

The Promise is the story of World War II through the eyes of soldiers Will and Jimmy. Rose is the girl who has been in love with Will and they enjoyed many carefree hours together along the seaside coast of her English village. There is Betty who is Rose’s shy best friend and also Will's sister. Tom has been friends with Rose, Will and Jimmy growing up but he was unable to join the service and is unhappy to be left behind. Rose and Tom develop a close friendship and each feels their own kind of love for the other.  

The Promise is written so that each chapter is told by one of the characters and they share their thoughts, feelings, fears, and joys with the reader in a very personal manner. It is a touching story with promises being kept, friendships being made, love being found and lost, and the agony, pain, and death in the battles of the war. I found The Promise to be everything it promised and much more. It was a look at the war through a group of young people that were forced to quickly grow up and face the real world. Authors Kathleen Harryman and Lucy Marshall wrote of love, bravery, friendship, courage and respect in a very beautiful story. The characters became very real and likable for me. If you enjoy the history and romance genres, this is a must-read book; you will not be at all disappointed. The Promise is a winner.