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Adam's Promise
     

Adam's Promise

4.2 38
by Julianne MacLean
 

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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

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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. The time has come at last to seek the hand of his first love—a woman who jilted him for an aristocrat years ago…the one he could never forget.

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. 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.

"MacLean's quietly compelling writing turns this simple, classic love story into a richly emotional romance, and by combining engaging characters with a unique, vividly detailed setting, she has created an exceptional tale for readers who hunger for something a bit different in their historical romances." - John Charles © American Library Association.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940153373928
Publisher:
Julianne MacLean
Publication date:
09/19/2016
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Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
4,837
File size:
2 MB

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Adam's Promise 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madeline Oxley can't believe her good fortune when her father informs her that Adam Coates, the man of her romantic dreams, has requested her hand in marriage. Immediately she sets off for Adam's colonical Nova Scotia farm, eager for her new life as his wife.... Only to discover she isn't the woman he's expecting -- he requested her sister! She's jilted by the man she loves! ADAM'S PROMISE was a delightful read, rich with historical detailing of early pioneer life. From author Julianne MacLean's vivid description, I felt like I'd stepped back in time, and seeing this world with my own eyes. A must read for historical fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Julianne Maclean paints a beautiful picture of a noble Yorkshire Immigrant in intriguing colonial Nova Scotia and the tension that builds between him and the sister of his betrothed. It¿s obvious that Adam and Madeline were meant to be together, and I loved going along for the ride as they attempt to hurdle over the obstacles in their way. This story was so alluring; I couldn¿t bear to put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this Harlequin Historical title, and not just for its unique setting (Tantramar Marshes, 1775). Author Julianne MacLean makes your heart break right along with Madeline's when our heroine arrives in the British Colony of Nova Scotia to find that the man who sent for her, the man she's been in love with all her life, actually wanted her older, more beautiful sister. And that's just the beginning. MacLean will quietly and deftly wring a whole lot more emotion from you before you close this book with a satisfied sigh.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Why oh why can't these men realize the plain jane sister is the better marriage choice. When the wrong sister is sent across the ocean it takes our hero an entire book to realize that he dodged a bullet by not getting his original choice. But of course that's not until the sister shows up and makes everybody miserable. Set in Nov Scotia for a change of pace. Its quite a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet sad story. I loved the ending, though. The heroine was a little too selfless in my opinion and didn't know her own mind at times, but the "hero" made up for it with his decisive nature. In all, it was a good read.
lonely1 More than 1 year ago
If you like western romance this is a must read. At 1st wasn't sure if I would like but Julianne did a wonderful job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish that I could have given this book more stars. I felt really sympathetic towards the main female character. She was put in a very difficult situation and had a tragic life. Despite my best efforts to like the main male character he grated on my last nerve. I found him rude, wishy washy, and extremely self centered. He was too old to act like a male i his twenties. I felt that his stepson acted more mature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a good story Well written and worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading a book from this author and I really enjoyed it. I'm already looking into her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there a continuing to this book because the ending was not what I expected. I feel the writer should write the whole series before releasing it out. But overall, it was a great book. It should have been a novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adam’s Promise is a great story. Even though I had read it years ago, this retouched version was like reading a whole new story again. The heroine, Madeline Oxley, had resigned herself to a life looking of after her father. Her reputation in tatters, when her father tells her that he has had an offer for her hand from Adam Coates, she doesn’t stop to question it, but readily sets off for the colonies. Adam was formerly from York, but had left several years ago, desiring to own land, rather than continuing as a tenant farmer. He had done well for himself, but now a widower desires to marry again. There aren’t many eligible women in Nova Scotia, so of course he writes to the father of first youthful passion. Except – that woman isn’t Madeline, but her sister Diane. Adam’s first reaction on seeing Madeline is instinctive and unthinking. But Madeline is determined to make the best of the opportunities away from the censure of her hometown. A tangled tale ensues, as it does with people acting from their emotions. But it’s a romance, so you know there is will be a HEA somewhere, just how Julianne MacLean will get there kept me reading. Thoroughly enjoyed this, and even though I had read it before, I learned a lot about the history of the province I live in!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Madeline is shocked to learn that her sister’s first love as arranged with her father for her to come to America and be his bride. However, when she get there she learns her father deceived everyone by sending her in her sister’s place. What will Madeline do in this strange new world alone and how can she be near that man that was her first crush? This is a fast paced excellent historical read, I really liked it. My only complaint is I wish it was longer. I really loved the characters as well as the story.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
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.
jilliej26 More than 1 year ago
A classic historical love story with a strong, independent woman, a strong, gruff at times male, a love triangle and a few twists. This is a very sweet romantic love story that will keep you emotionally involved and rooting for a happy ending. The charismatic Madeline and Adam are enjoyable to follow as you see their bond grow from friendship to a forever love as they struggle with different hardships thrown their way. Well written, lovable characters and a wonderful read. I received an ARC from the author for my honest review. I love Julianne MacLean's writing and her stories just sweep you off your feet.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet, well-written book. Madeline Oxley's father tells her that Adam Coates has asked her to sail to the New World to be his bride. She had met him when she was young and had always loved him. She is thrilled and gladly agrees. When she arrives, Madeline and Adam discover that her father tricked them both - because Adam had actually asked to marry her beautiful older sister, Diana. It was great to read about the two of them getting to know each other as adults and what happened from there. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Trouble052622 More than 1 year ago
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
ZenaC More than 1 year ago
This book had some beautiful moments in it where one could just sigh...... It's about the friendship and love between friends, acquaintances and partners. In this story it appears as if Madeline and Adam don't have a hope of creating a successful relationship and yet they seem to be so well suited. And then we have the selfish, mean sister who is like the evil queen in Snow White. There are also some lovely people that our hero and heroine come into contact with. They all help each other in the struggle to survive against the elements. I think this book was written for lovers of romance, those who can relate to survival under difficult circumstances and those of you who just want a great book to read. It reads easily and Julianne MacLean has once again woven a beautiful tale. An ARC copy of this book was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.
DimplesDA More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written title, full of friendship, love and promise. Totally engrossing and well balanced with an independent woman and the familiarity of family---it is no wonder this was nominated for best short historical romance. Another winner for this well written author. Just loved it!
ferretwoman More than 1 year ago
This is a review based on the 2016 revised version of this book. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I'm pretty picky when it comes to which historical romance authors and stories I read. I had read all of Julianne MacLean's Color of Heaven series, I had read a few of her westerns, but never her historicals. But I was eager to give her a chance. Once I began reading Adam's Promise, I knew it was going to be a great story from the last sentence of the preface. What makes this story different was the setting. Most historicals of this time period are set in England. This one begins in England, but then takes you to Nova Scotia, where you learn some interesting things about the early settlers of this area, and what they had to deal with in this new land. That is also part of the "angst" that the characters have to overcome to get to their happy ending. Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable read.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
An act of faith leads to the adventure of a lifetime in Julianne MacLean's, Adam's Promise. I have always been verbal about my adoration of this author's historical romances. Her characters are bigger than life but their vulnerabilities are sincere and relate-able. Adam's Promise is a great blend of exciting and heartwarming. Adam and Madeline are thrown together out of necessity. She wants a chance to start over away from the gossip and heartache. He wants the girl of his dreams at his side to celebrate, his triumph. A slight of hand sends Adam and Madeline on a journey that is unlike any other. From acquaintances to friends and a chance at something more each has to look within themselves to find the courage to take a chance at giving themselves completely. Although wordy, Adam's Promise offers romance, hope and heart.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book - I highly recommend it! D
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