A Promise Of Home (A Lake Howling Novel, #1)

A Promise Of Home (A Lake Howling Novel, #1)

by Wendy Vella

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A Promise Of Home (A Lake Howling Novel, #1) by Wendy Vella

"A sexy read with a hit of mystery."

When Branna O'Donnell heads back to Lake Howling, Oregon, she's not sure what to expect. It's a place that holds plenty of memories, both good and bad, but Branna is determined to find some peace there from the demons of her past. However, she soon realizes that living in a small town again comes with complications, and one of them is named Jake McBride. 
Once the town golden boy, Dr. McBride has returned from Iraq angry and, like her, shouldering a few emotional scars. They strike sparks off each other from the outset, and Branna knows that if she gives in to the attraction between them it's going to result in a world of pain. The problem is she's not sure how to walk away. 


A Promise Of Home 

The Texan Meets His Match                   

How Sweet It Is                                           

It Only Took You                                 

Don't Look Back                                           

A Long Way Home

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151743020
Publisher: Vella Ink
Publication date: 08/27/2015
Series: A Lake Howling Novel , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,099
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Wendy Vella is a lover of all things romantic, and with a voracious appetite for reading across all romance genre's, she eventually settled on the Regency era to begin her writing career. She penned her first novel at eighteen though she says it will never make an appearance further than the closet in which it currently resides.
After having her two children, she then joined Romance Writers of New Zealand and started honing her chosen craft by entering competitions with some success and attending conferences, until eventually, she was ready to publish her first novel. 
With several of her Regency historical novels reaching bestseller status on Amazon, she has recently moved into contemporary romance. Her first series is set in Oregon in the fictional town of Lake Howling, and she has enjoyed the change of genre immensely, though is quick to add that she will still be writing historical, as the colorful and sometimes turbulent waters of Regency London are still her first love.
Wendy is a sucker for a happy ending, having secured her own. She has been married to her own dark, brooding hero for 30 years and shares her home with two wonderful children, two dogs and anyone else who happens to be visiting at the time. Born and raised in a rural area in the North Island of New Zealand, Wendy loves the beaches and lush green rolling hills of her homeland and is proud to call herself a very patriotic Kiwi!

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A Promise Of Home (A Lake Howling Novel, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first I've read by Wendy Vella, but it won't be the last!! You will need tissues, though, unless you have a heart of stone. Vella packs a lot of timely issues into this 235 page story. PTSD, neglect, bullying, estrangement, the effects of mental and physical spousal abuse, the needs of gifted children....The list goes on. Her descriptions of each issue make you wonder if they come from research or (God forbid) experience - they are that good. But I wouldn't want you to think all is doom abd gloom.....oh, no. There are plenty of little places to tickle your funny bone, the most obvious being the Book Club. I would say that the sexual encounter scenes had enough detail to avoid boring, but not enough to turn most readers off. We're talking Goldilocks here, folks.....it was juuuuust right. Enjoy! (BTW, I was not given a copy to review, nor am I related to this or any other author! Just a happy, if soggy, reader.). LGM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice, easy read...Loved the story & characters. Too much explicit sex
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful written. Intend to read more by this author. Great love story. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a good story, I do feel that more could have been about PTSD; and you will need tissues. There is so much reality in this. I read so many books that this one just touches you that you can't put it down can't wait to read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a cliffhanger butmimics Debbie Macomber's style in having her book's story incorporate characters from each other. I found the story to be poignant and interesting. This is a story of loss. Loss of family.self.soil.and love. I found it ti be enticing and full of compassion. I started the 235 pages and tried to put it down to sleep... I couldn't. There is mystery aand suspense... A great storyline. Many surprises!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the main chsracters loved the town can not wait to read more!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was entertaining not bad but not great
Anonymous 3 days ago
Branna has returned and run into Jake an old high school classmate. The more they meet they find themselves learning each others secrets. This is a well written second chance romance. Can't wait to read the second book in this series. joy943
Anonymous 13 days ago
The characters were believable. The plot was engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I loved it.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Recently found this series and I am enjoying the stories immensely... Each of the books revolves around the members of a small mountain town in Oregon where everybody knows everybody and everybody knows everybody's business. Well thought out story lines, well developed characters and quick reads that have enough content to keep you turning pages... While the stories revolve around the small town people the characters take you to New York City, Texas, Denver and other locales so that things keep moving in interesting ways... Some funny, some dangerous and some sad and all with sweet happy romance... Think I am currently on Book 6 and will continue till the series ends.. Reads of about 200 Nook pages each and worth the time...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and can't wait to read more. I read it in one setting not wanting to put it down to me that's a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 81 and have been reading all my life. This is one of the best books I have ever read. I could not put it down until lI finished it. A must read
Aleec More than 1 year ago
OMG this book was Awesome! Branna & Jake, loved them:) the love of family, friends, neighbors is amazing . they make you cry, Laugh and so much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it every part was great. Also loved mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I have read any of her books, definitely not the last. It was romance, but with a touch of mystery and some drama. The issues and characters were well defined and the story line did not let me go... I read it in one sitting. Wonderful, full bodied story with lots of sidelines that kept popping up! It was a great ride and I am anticipating getting another of her books and then even more! Finally found another author to give a shelf to in my Nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Jake was 18 yrs old at h.s. graduation +4 yrs collage + 4 yrs medical school + 3 to 5 yrs residency = 29 at least (3 residency for pediatrician or family practitioners for internal medicine, psychiatry, neurology) but more like 31 for general surgeon, then add army train & the time spent in Iraq...Jake could not be 26. Plus that is age of Brenna who skipped 1-2-3? (not specified) grades in school so is younger than Jake... fix this glaring mistake!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An engaging story with a broader plot than the usual boy meets girl, conflict and happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, deals with a lot of bad issues. PTSD & abuse. 226 pages. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this and not experience any of the flashbacks of your youth and review your views of today. We read romance to excape into that perfect world - which this auther can deliver with hearts along with raw emotions. ;) HBUN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book contains a mystery, a love story and the activities of a small town. A wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story about a woman who finda her way back home and to true friends. And learning to look outside of yourself and see others are hurting more than you. Communication goes a long way.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good plot but too much sex