Yesterday's Promise by Michele Paige Holmes (Review)

Yesterday's Promise
(Hearthfire Scottish Romance #1)
by Michele Paige Holmes
Adult Historical Romance
ebook, 310 Pages
July 5th 2017 by Mirror Press


New from Michele Paige Holmes, Amazon’s bestselling historical romance author and Whitney Award Winner, comes the newest Hearthfire Historical Romance, YESTERDAY’S PROMISE.

In the Scottish Highlands, 1746:
Nineteen-year-old artist Katherine Mercer dreams of selling her paintings to help support her struggling family. Before she has the opportunity, Katherine learns she is to be sold—or practically so—given in marriage to a lord she has never met or even heard of. In return, a much-needed settlement will be made upon her mother.

Katherine’s situation goes from frightening to surreal when her husband-to-be Laird Collin MacDonald arrives with an entourage of men, each heavily armed and speaking with a thick brogue. As if leaving all she knows behind and traveling to another country with strangers isn’t bad enough, Katherine soon discovers a Scottish heritage she knew nothing of, a brother-in-law who wants her dead, and far more at stake with her paintings than she had ever imagined. Forced to turn to her reclusive husband for answers, comfort, and even her very survival, Katherine begins to unravel the mysteries of her past and what it is to love and be loved.

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My Review

YESTERDAY'S PROMISE is a story that pulls the reader in with intrigue, danger, likable characters, and some serious chemistry. Those who enjoy their sweet romance with a little heat and a touch of the magical will enjoy this tale.

Let me just say that I loved these two main characters! I loved that Collin is brooding and standoffish because he has to be, but that he really has quite a tender heart. He's also fiercely protective and carries the whole alpha male role off quite well. Katherine is a good balance to Collin because she can hold her own. She has this mix of feisty and sweet. The chemistry is pretty hot in this one, although kept clean, and you can feel it right off the pages. I liked the historical Scottish setting and mysterious backstory that unfolds piece by piece as these two travel back to Katherine's home. I was expecting a happily-ever-after ending and didn't realize that this was only the first part of this couple's story. It continues in A PROMISE FOR TOMORROW, which I am eagerly anticipating.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This one surprised me a little in the setting, the magical twist, and in the strong chemistry, but those were all good surprises making this story intriguing from start to finish. A definite page turner for historical romance lovers!

Content: Some innuendo and violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

A Promise for Tomorrow
(Hearthfire Scottish Historical #2)
by Michele Paige Holmes
Adult Historical Romance
November 2017 by Mirror Press


Coming November 2017, from Michele Paige Holmes, Amazon’s bestselling historical romance author and Whitney Award Winner, comes the Hearthfire Historical Romance, A PROMISE FOR TOMORROW, sequel to Yesterday's Promise.

Scottish Highlands, 1700s:

Barely two weeks have passed since Laird Collin MacDonald first darkened Katherine Mercer’s doorstep and married her. Marriage has hardly been what she expected, given their grueling and adventurous days of travel to the Scottish Highlands. Along with the discovery that Collin’s twin Ian would like to see her dead, Katie must now face her own clan, whose chief wants to kill Collin and take her to wife himself. All because Katie possesses the Campbell gift of sight, passed down through centuries of her ancestors.

With little more than faith in her grandfather’s vision and her unique bond with Collin to guide her, Katie steps bravely into an unknown future, where the glimpses afforded her may bring more danger than direction. When the misuse of her gift takes Collin from her side, she is left alone and vulnerable. Help arrives in the most unexpected form as Ian MacDonald makes good on his threat to attack the Campbells and Katie learns that the bond between brothers and love knows no bounds.

Other Hearthfire Romances:
YESTERDAY’S PROMISE (Scottish Historical)
A PROMISE FOR TOMORROW (Scottish Historical, coming Fall 2017)

About the Author

Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education, and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children's literature.

Michele is the author of six romance novels, including the 2007 Whitney Award winning COUNTING STARS. In 2014 Michele launched the Hearthfire historical romance line with the publication of SAVING GRACE and LOVING HELEN.

Michele has been a member of the same critique group for over fifteen years and feels that joining a critique group is the single best thing an author can to do help improve his or her writing. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences.

When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear, in a house with a wonderful view of the mountains.

Have you read any of this author's historical books? Any thoughts on this one?

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