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Madeline Oxley has been ruined by a scandal through no fault of her own, and her future looks bleak. When a gentleman from her past requests that she set sail for the New World to become his wife, she jumps at the chance to become a mail order bride and marry the man she has loved since she was a girl.
Adam Coates was a mere tenant farmer when he left England for the British Colony of Nova Scotia, but now he is a prosperous and influential landowner. What Madeline doesn’t know is that her father has hoodwinked them both—for the bride Adam truly wanted was her beautiful, older sister, Diana—his first love. When Madeline steps off the ship with romantic dreams of her long-awaited happily-ever-after, she is shocked and dismayed to discover the truth. Madeline is furious with her father for his treachery, but she has sailed across an ocean to an unfamiliar land and must remain, at least temporarily, under the protection of the man she still loves—the man who still intends to wed her sister.
Over the coming weeks, as their friendship deepens and grows, will Adam come to realize that he’d set his heart on the wrong sister all along? Or will it be too late to find the happiness they both desire?
Adam’s Promise was a Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist – nominated for best short historical romance of 2003. It is a sweet historical romance.
“You can always count on Julianne MacLean to deliver ravishing romance that will keep you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning.” —Teresa Medeiros
Deception and true love
When Madeline arrived home to see her father had returned she had no idea her life was about to change. Her father informed her she was to marry her sister Diana's first love. That he had requested her hand in marriage. Madeline e secretly had loved Adam for years but felt it was to good to be true. Only to find Adam was expecting Diana the Twists keep you on the edge of your seat a great romance
Sweet Clean Historical Romance
This is a reworked and re-edited version of the book which was originally published in 2003. Julianne MacLean does such a good job of creating rich characters with thought provoking storylines, and does with this book as well. Adam's Promise is a standalone book and does not end in a cliffhanger. It is sweet clean historical romance. Even though historical romance is not my typical genre, I really enjoyed this book and think you will too.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. Madeline boarded the ship from England bound for Nova Scotia to marry Adam, who she has loved forever thinking he wanted her. Adam wants her sister Diana, who was his first love, and was not at all happy to see her. Adam immediately sent another letter to England, this time directly to Diana, along with a marriage proxy. But the more time he spends with Madeline the more he enjoys being with her. And what happens with them if Diana decides accept his proposal? Even if Diana comes, will she stay with him or leave him again of someone wealthier comes along? I enjoyed this book so much I had a hard time putting it down.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.