A wealthy, colonial landowner writes home to propose to the sweetheart of his youth, but a mix-up brings her younger sister instead. While they wait for the "right" sister to arrive, they must search deep for the will to resist what quickly becomes a forbidden passion.
When Madeline steps off the boat in Nova Scotia ready to meet her new husband, Adam, whom she has been in love with since she was a young girl, she finds that he is less than delighted to see her.
Unbeknownst to Madeline, Adam had written to her father asking to wed Diana, Madeline's older, more beautiful sister, but Madeline's father has deceived them both since a scandal has ruined any chance Madeline might have had of marrying respectably in England. Madeline briefly entertains hopes that Adam might forget about Diana and fall in love with her, but she quickly recognizes the foolishness of this dream.
Agreeing to stay together until Diana arrives, Madeline and Adam try living and working together as friends, only to gradually realize they want something more.
"Adam's Promise" by Julianne MacLean is a sweet, historical romance.It tells the tale of Adam and Madeline in Nova Scotia during Colonial times - a new era for me to read. Adam comes across as a bit rough in the beginning. I found him to be a bit shallow as well but over time I grew to like him more and more. He's a hard worker and cares for his fellow man as well as the land around him. Madeline is a bit shy yet can be stubborn too. My heart did hurt for her as she uncovered the lies she believed to be true. Sometimes her stubborness was a bit much and I really wanted to shake her. Her loyalty knew no bounds and certainly was often misplaced, in my opinion. Ms. MacLean has written a tale that was interesting and intriguing. I enjoyed the history and location and found myself envisioning the landscape as well as the characters and feeling what was in their hearts. She enabled the reader to feel not only their emotions towards others but towards life as they lived it. While I have read most of the books in Ms. MacLean's The Color of Heaven series and loved them all, I will now add Ms. MacLean's historical romance to my list of delightful stories too. (received copy for honest review)
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