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Return to Promise, Texas, with a rich and warm novel that picks up where the "Heart of Texas" Harlequin miniseries left off. The town in the Texas hill country is chock-full of folks who are hard-working, proud and just a little sassy. They live on an emotional roller coaster of love and loss.
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Return to Promise, Texas, with a rich and warm novel that picks up where the "Heart of Texas" Harlequin miniseries left off. The town in the Texas hill country is chock-full of folks who are hard-working, proud and just a little sassy. They live on an emotional roller coaster of love and loss.
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"[Debbie Macomber] is skilled at creating characters who work their way into readers' hearts." -RT Book Reviews on Dakota Home

"I've never met a Macomber book I didn't love!" - #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

"Popular romance writer Macomber has a gift for evoking the emotions that are at the heart of the genre's popularity." -Publishers Weekly

"Debbie Macomber's name on a book is a guarantee of delightful, warmhearted romance." -Jayne Ann Krentz

"Macomber offers a very human look at three women who uproot their lives to follow their true destiny." -Booklist on Changing Habits

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778315353
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Series: Heart of Texas Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 169,401
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at


Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

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Promise, Texas

By Debbie Macomber

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-55166-976-5

Chapter One

"Annie, I'm so sorry! I can't tell you how sorry I am."

Annie Applegate shifted the receiver to her other ear and blinked repeatedly. Jane Patterson's sympathetic voice had brought tears to her eyes.

"You should've let me know," Jane continued.

It'd taken Annie nearly twelve months to write her childhood friend about the disasters that had befallen her in the past two years. Jane had called the minute she'd read the letter; Annie was grateful for that, although even now, a friend's genuine sympathy threatened her shaky resolve in a way that indifference didn't.

"I ... couldn't," she said. "Not right away."

Four years ago, Jane had left southern California - where Annie still lived - and moved to Promise, a town in the Texas hill country. She'd gone there to work in the local health clinic as partial payment for her medical-school loans. Her parents had been dismayed and delighted in equal parts when their only daughter married a local rancher and settled in the small community.

"What are you going to do?" Jane asked briskly.

She'd always had a practical, we-can-deal-with-this quality that Annie envied. "What are your plans?"

Annie wished she knew. The question was one she'd asked herself a thousand times since the car accident and everything that had followed.

"Do you think you'll stay in California?" Jane pressed when Annie didn't answer.

"I ... I don't know. Probably not." Only she had nowhere to go, nowhere she needed to be, and no real family to speak of. Her friends here all seemed at a loss. They urged her to get on with her life; what they didn't understand was that she needed a completely different direction. A new sense of purpose. If she was going to pick up the shattered pieces that had once been her comfortable orderly existence and move forward, she had to make some real changes first.

"Come to Promise," Jane said, her voice unnaturally high with excitement.

"Texas?" Annie murmured. "You want me to go to Texas?"

"Oh, Annie, you'd love it! This town isn't like anyplace else in the world. The people are friendly and kind and there's a ... a kind of caring here. Promise is small-town America at its best." Jane's enthusiasm was unmistakable - and contagious. "Smalltown Texas at its best, too."

Annie smiled. "I'm sure a visit would do me a lot of good," she said, thinking aloud, deciding then and there to take Jane up on her offer.

"I'm not suggesting a visit," Jane said, interrupting Annie's musings. "I think you should move here. You need a change, a fresh start - you know you do."

She hesitated. "It might sound odd, but I have this feeling that Promise needs you, too."

Staring out the display window, Dovie Hennessey watched her husband hurrying along Promise's main street. He was headed toward her shop, and judging by the look on his face, he had something he couldn't wait to tell her.

"Dovie!" Frank barreled into the store a moment later, his eyes twinkling with amusement. At sixtyfive, he remained muscular and fit, she noted with pride. Every time she saw him, he gave her heart a little thrill - even after three years of marriage. Their romance had begun more than a decade before they decided to "make it legal," as Frank put it. He'd initially been reluctant, since he'd never been married before and was afraid of losing what he'd thought of as his freedom. Dovie, who'd been widowed for years, had desperately wanted the comfort and respectability of marriage. In the end Wade McMillen, the local pastor, had suggested the perfect compromise: marriage with separate residences. It hadn't taken long, however, for Frank to move into Dovie's house full-time.

"My goodness, Frank, what's gotten into you?"

"Adam Jordan," Frank told her, shaking his head.

"I swear I've never seen anything so funny in my life. Just wait'll you hear what that deputy did this time round."

"Sheriff Jordan," Dovie gently reminded him. Frank had retired five months earlier, and it had been an adjustment for both of them. After serving as the town's sheriff for almost fifteen years, he'd found it difficult to hand over the reins to someone else.

Especially when that someone had been such an unpromising specimen as a teenager. Adam Jordan had gotten into one scrape after another and had nearly worried his parents sick before he enlisted with Uncle Sam. Somehow the army had straightened him out. To everyone's amazement, Adam had thrived under the structure and discipline of military life. After basic training he'd applied and been accepted to Airborne Ranger School, and from there had gone on to serve a distinguished twelve years as a member of the elite outfit.

With the recent cutbacks in the military, Adam had returned to Promise. Much to the delight of his parents, who owned the local western-wear shop, he'd applied for a job with the sheriff's department. Frank immediately saw that he'd found his replacement. Al Green, who'd served as deputy for almost twenty years, had no desire to assume the responsibilities of the sheriff's position.

So Adam had arrived at precisely the right time. When Frank announced his retirement, the exAirborne Ranger had run for the office of sheriff and promptly been elected; that was almost six months ago now, in the November election. Frank continued to spend much of his time with Adam, helping, he claimed, with the transition. Dovie didn't know who required more assistance, Adam or Frank.

"Boy's made a fool of himself with that new teacher." Frank chuckled. "Again. Locked her keys inside her car trying to show her the importance of security."

Dovie groaned, embarrassed for Adam. Anyone could see he was infatuated with Jeannie French. Fresh out of college, the first-grade teacher had been hired the previous August, and Adam Jordan hadn't been the same since. He'd done everything he could think of to attract her attention, but according to rumor, he hadn't yet asked her out on a date. Some days, it was all Dovie could do to resist shaking some sense into the man.

"Naturally he had no way of knowing she always throws her car keys under the front seat," Frank explained.

"Why in heaven's name would she do something like that?" Dovie was exasperated with Jeannie, too. Surely the girl could figure out how Adam felt! She sighed; she could just imagine Adam's face when he realized what he'd done.

Frank shrugged. "Why do women do anything?" he asked philosophically. "She had her purse with her, as well as the keys for the school. Apparently she picked up the habit from her father. He's got a ranch a ways north of here. Not much concern about theft in a place like that. Or here, either."


Excerpted from Promise, Texas by Debbie Macomber Copyright © 2003 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004


    I was looking forward to this book, because I love Debbie Macomber's books! However, I found this book a bit disconcerning. It is very hard to follow the characters if you didn't read the Heart of Texas series. However, you CAN'T get the series because it was published in 1998 and hasn't been released since. I had to search for used copies of the series and am HOPING I receive all the parts. I guess it would have been okay if I had read at least 2 out of the 6 books in the series, but to keep over 20 characters straight plus their children (and in some cases grandchildren) the first time you are introduced to them is almost not worth the effort. I'm going to wait until I get the entire series before I pass final judgement, but if you are reading this review BEFORE you buy/read Promise, Texas, then I recommend you try to get at least 2 books from the Heart of Texas series BEFORE you start this book! It will save a lot of headaches!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    highly recommended

    As with all of Debbie Macomber's books, it was a very enjoyable book to read. Makes me want to find out if there really is a Promise, Texas. Sounds like a great place.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    I read this book out of sequence, but I do plan to read the others in this series. The characters were wonderful and I felt as if I lived right ext door! So well written that I would like to move to Promise, Texas!

    I rated this book 4 stars. The characters were so real and romance was wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

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    I look forward to reading this new book and I hope it is as delightful as all the other books in the series for Texas. I found the Heart of Texas Series,copyright 2007, all 6 books/volumes combined into 3 books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

    Great Book!! Recommend Highly!!

    Great Book!! Recommend Highly!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013


    I havent read this one yet. But was able to get all of the books in the series on my nook @ about $2.50 each. Cheaper than buying the big books with multiples.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Love this series. However I really whish that Vol 1 was on the nook. Makes no sence to have the whole series exept vol 1 on the nook

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Another good book

    This is another good book of Debbie Macomber.. I also read Return to Promise, which is also good. I wish Macomber would write more on this series... Love the town and the people in all the books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    Great Story and Characters

    Once I started reading Promise, Texas I couldn't stop. I finished it in one day! I love the way Debbie Macumber creates her characters and gives such good story lines. It's a down to earth book, and I love reading about country life. I'm a big Debbie Maccumber fan! The books she writes makes you want to hear more about the characters!

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