Crossing Promises

Crossing Promises

by Kimberly Kincaid

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Crossing Promises by Kimberly Kincaid

For Owen Cross, the only thing that matters more than family is farming. As the oldest Cross brother, the land is his legacy, and he'll do whatever it takes to make Cross Creek a success--including hiring local widow Cate McAllister to manage the bookkeeping tasks that are growing in his office like weeds. Cate's as pragmatic as she is pretty, and she rattles his hard-fought composure at every turn. Cate had known a lot of things about her husband before he died three years ago in a car accident, but how much debt he'd gotten them into wasn't one of them. She needs her job at Cross Creek, even if her boss is both gruff and gorgeous. But Owen's a family man, through and through, and the last thing Cate is interested in is anything--or anyone--with strings attached. As Owen and Cate join forces to right the farm, they discover there's more to the other than the surfaces shows, and that passion can be found in unexpected places. Can Cate heal from the loss of one family to gain the love of her life? Or will the past prove too much for the promise of the future?

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BN ID: 2940158633478
Publisher: Kimberly Kincaid Romance
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Series: Cross Creek , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 99,986
File size: 1 MB

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Crossing Promises 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Th Cross men are hot and hard working . Cate is a woman who lost her family in a drunk driving accident and not really living life but working to support herself . She is an amazing baker who bakes and takes the item to people who she works with to use as her therapy to calm herself . Owen Cross is a hard worker on his family farm that is all about family and farm . He will work to get everything for the farm done and grow it to benefit the family . He is a very serious person with not much of a personal life with all of his hours he works . This is beautifully written and you get to see more of the family you already came to love !
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming & sexy all rolled into one! With the third book in the Cross Creek series, we finally get big brother Owen's story. Throughout the series he's been the most serious and brooding brother as he pushed everybody hard to keep the farm running no matter what. Now that they've had some success and there's a promising future, he's starting to feel a yearning for the happiness his brothers have settled into. When the woman he sets his heart on ends up being resistant to a happily ever after, can he convince her to take a chance on him? The main characters were a joy to get to know, and their connection was really sweet. I also enjoyed getting an update on some of our favorite previous characters. I couldn't love the Cross's more! As the oldest Cross sibling, Owen has always been the one that felt the passion of the farm in his blood the most. He lives and breaths his work and will do anything to make sure Cross Creek not only survives but thrives for generations to come. The big thing holding him back at the moment is the back long of administrative duties piling up in the office. When he hears Cate is willing to take the job on, he jumps at the chance! Cate McAllister works as many jobs as she can manage to try to pay down the debt her husband left behind when he died 3 years ago, so when Owen mentions a need, she offers her services. She's basically just been going through the motions since she lost the family she had put so much effort into, so the attraction she feels towards Owen is surprising. She's never planning to settle down again, but if he's game for a no-strings fling, so is she!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed with the book. The writing is good, but the story seemed to drag on. And then we find out Cate's been keeping a secret and I was so disappointed with her that I didn't finish the book.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Owen is the last Cross brother to fall and he falls hard for local widow Cate. Cate is trying to get her life back on track three years after the death of her husband and daughter. At the end of her rope, she volunteers to take a full time job bringing Cross Creek’s books into the 21st Century, even without ever played bookkeeper before. When Owen begins treating her like Cate and not Poor Cate, sparks fly. Together they redefine what family means and how to go after your dreams. This book also gives us Marley beginning to come out of her shell, and big announcements about Hunter and Eli. Fans of the series will eat it all up. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh, Owen. Even though I haven't read his brothers' stories (yet!) I warmed immediately to the strong relationship between him and his brothers and father (and half-sister). I really, really wanted him to get his own HEA, especially since everyone around him was pairing off and he was starting to feel the effects. Enter Cate. The two of them worked really well together, both in the management of the farm and in the other ventures that Owen talked her into. I loved that Cate found such a great outlet in her baking, and thought that the two of them were fantastic together...except for Cate's issues with commitment, the reasons for which she initially only touched on briefly, with a fuller explanation coming later--much, much, much later. And that's where the story lost it a bit, I thought. Cate's keeping something huge from Owen, and it comes out all at once at about the 94% mark. She's made a choice about her life--one that was totally hers to make, I'm not questioning that--but it's a major one, and she doesn't bring it up until that particular point in time? Then in about a hot minute, Owen has to decide that the compromising is going to be all on him, and he's okay with it? It all made the ending feel more than rushed--surely there could have been some further conversation and compromise there, at the very least? Honestly, Cate's "I'm not the woman for him, I can't possibly do commitment" attitude throughout was annoying, but it was at that point that she really lost a good chunk of credibility for me, and the story's rating slipped a bit. Still, Owen did get his HEA in the end, and I really enjoyed reading 90%+ of the book, so... Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Robyn_Nichole More than 1 year ago
Crossing Promises is the 3rd book in the Cross Creek series by Kimberly Kincaid and I was super excited to get Grumpy Oldest Brother Owen's story! We finally get a peak into the extreme dedication and hard work that Owen puts into the family farm and how some of his mother's last words to him have driven him to the man he is today "Family and Farm" the two most important things. Cate is a young widow that the Town won't let move beyond the accident that took her husband and young child, 3 years ago. I liked reading about the adversities that Cate and Owen have to overcome and accept to be together in the end. I also love that we got a closer look Marley and her "fitting" in with the family.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming, emotionally engaging and sweetly thrilling romantic journey for two people that were not really looking for love but found it in-spite of themselves. Owen Cross is the classic alpha male older brother holding down the family farm and keeping everyone together, he is gruff, lonely and has a huge heart. Cate McAllister is a sassy, sexy and smart as a whip widow next door with a past she like to keep to herself. Including all the debut that her late husband left her in and she really is not wanting to depend on another man again (no strings for this girl). Highly entertaining late night cuddled in bed read that I really enjoyed.
JustNicole More than 1 year ago
Oh Grumpy, serious, have won my heart (oh...and Cate's too!) Swoon!!! Kimberly made me cry in a Starbuck's Drive-thru!!! HAHA...I LOVED this book so incredibly much!!!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
5 CROSSING PROMISES STARS!! Another fantastic book in the Cross Creek Series. This story has all the feels and will hit all your emotion buttons. I loved seeing Owen and Cate's story be told, it kept me flipping pages quickly. Kimberly Kincaid puts her heart and soul into her characters and you find yourself living them. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Oh how I love the Cross brothers and Owen is no exception. Owen is the oldest and the farm is everything to him, working long hours to make sure everything is done. His mother drilled into him prior to her dying, family and farming both very important. He had the farm but nobody to share it with until he hired Cate. Cate is a young widow living with a terrible guilt for many years. Cate has a love baking. Soon Owen will bring Cate out of her comfort zone, but will it be enough for their HEA> Loved this book. Great chemistry and flirting between Owen and Cate. Loved how Owen got Cate to follow her dream of baking. I must admit I was a little miffed at Cate at the end, hopefully things can change in the future. I'm hoping we get more of Marley in upcoming stories. Please don't read this book while hungry. I highly recommend this book!!
ShaunaC1795 More than 1 year ago
Whenever I come across a series from a new to me author, I like to test if the book does actually stand alone or must it be read in order to get the most out of the series. Crossing Promises does stand on its own, but I would like to read the previous books to get the most out of the series. Owen and Cate didn't seem to click with me. There was a lacking of some connection that I just couldn't latch onto. I needed something more. Although, they did get their HEA - I would've liked to see some more character development. The family dynamic was interesting. The writing I had no problem with. I am in the process of reading the series from book 1 and I hope to establish a connection with this family and this series. Overall, I give it 4 stars because I don't know if it was just me and I can't quite pinpoint what didn't work for me.
SarahBethL More than 1 year ago
I love Cross Creek & all 3 brothers. I've been looking forward to Owen's story & it did not disappoint. Owen, being the oldest has always been serious about the family farm. He is all about family & the farm. He has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth often but tends to re-think what he says. He loves growing the different produce that they sell to local restaurants and at the farmer's market and enjoys the good days on the farm as well as the bad days as well. Cate is the perfect partner for Owen, though they started out as friends & workers when he offered her a job on the farm. Cate is desperate for another job after she discovers how much debt her late husband left her in. She is sassy and doesn't let Owen get away with things & keeps him on his toes which is what he needs. I also loved catching up with Hunter & Emerson as well as Eli & Scarlett.
judyrudy More than 1 year ago
Crossing Promises is the third book in Kimberly Kincaid’s Cross Creek series. I’ve been waiting for Owen’s book and finally it’s here! Owen has such a heart. He puts everyone else above him! Farm and family is the motto that he lives by and was taught to him by his mother. My heart went out to Cate and all she has endured. Losing not only her family, she also finds herself working three jobs to make ends meet. She has no room for extras in her life and when her oven goes out, she also loses the one thing that keeps her going when things are tough— baking. Owen not only offers Cate a job working at the farm but also finds a way for her to find her happiness again. Ms. Kincaid has crafted a book that will stay with me for a long time. I loved watching Owen as he came to realize what family truly meant to him. Will he find that family with Cate? Will the farm continue to thrive under his leadership? Crossing Promises is a must read. It’s filled with love, sadness and the reader learns what the true sense of family is. This is a standalone book that I highly recommend. I received an advanced copy that I voluntarily read and reviewed. This is my honest review.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Crossing Promises by Kimberly Kincaid, the third book in her Cross Creek series and I really struggled to put it down. I’m not sure how she did it, but this book is even better than the last two, which I didn’t think was possible. Owen Cross, the eldest brother, is quiet, brooding, socially awkward, and lonely. His brothers have found their soul mates and he wondered if he would ever find someone. Owen lived by the mantra of “Farm and Family” that his mother would always tell him prior to her death. Cate McAllister agreed to manage the bookkeeping tasks that Owen neglected, not having enough hours in the day to get to them. After losing her husband in a car accident and Cate learned how much debt he had gotten them into which is why she needs this job at Cross Creek. She knows her gorgeous but grumpy boss is a family man but Cate is not interested in getting involved with anyone where there are strings attached. However, as Owen and Cate work together they discover so much more about each other and that passion can found in unexpected places. I loved how encouraging Owen was to Cate exploring her dream of opening a bakery. I admired the strength Cate had to move on after losing her family and her willingness to explore a relationship with Owen, even though she was not looking for one. I really enjoyed reading this book as Ms. Kincaid drew me in and did not let me go until I reluctantly read the last page. Ms. Kincaid kept this reader mesmerized with wanting to see how things would work out between Owen and Cate. I highly recommend this book to other readers and I for one look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I love the Cross Creek series and I’ve really been looking forward to Owen’s story! Well it certainly did not disappoint! I am super happy with how everything went down. I think Cate is perfect for Owen and vice versa. Owen’s faith in her is what finally allows Cate to embrace what she is meant to do. Cate herself is what finally helps Owen pull his foot out of his mouth and go for something more in his life. He is finally able to see that he hasn’t been looking at his future clearly. Flirty, sweet and emotional, this book tugged at my heart. They do have a few hurdles to overcome but what they have found in each other is strong enough to do just that. I love that Hunter, Emerson, Eli and Scarlett are all in this book too! And Marley too of course. I just love this story!
BetweenMyBookendz More than 1 year ago
Owen Cross is the stoic Cross brother, the ever-working Cross brother, the humorless Cross brother. Through 2 books, we have seen Owen scowl and labor across the pages, turning Cross Creek Farm into a booming success. The more the farm grew, the more tired and cranky Owen got. I impatiently awaited for his story to be told….. And told it was! Owen was not the likeable brother in the prior books, but he intrigued me. Now that I was able to walk in his shoes, glimpse the thoughts in his mind and feel the ache in his soul, I cannot help but think he is “the” Cross brother. Owen Cross was bound to the land and to family, with both wrapped up in the legacy he desired to create. The burdens he chose to bear (some of his own making) and his complex character, shaped the tenor of this book. His late mother’s words, "Family and Farm, Owen. Never forget how important they both are. Never forget..." is his mantra. Equally burdened was Cate McAllister, the young widow who caught his eye. Cate was equally complex - one minute confident and sassy, next uncertain and fearful, with only her frantic baking to calm her. What I found amazing in this book was that the story seemed to be setting its own way, flowing the way it meant to flow, especially regarding Cate’s loss of her husband and daughter. After three years, Cate felt the pitying looks from others as she felt the grief, anger and guilt inside. At times I wasn’t sure what was up with Cate - was she still grieving? Has she moved on emotionally? Why did I feel an edge of coldness from her, even as she was heating things up with Owen? The interaction between all the characters was seamless and realistic, the writing as always impeccable from this author. But this book had a twist awaiting me towards the end that threw me for a loop that I was not prepared to deal with. I was so convinced that this story was about two individuals that had a strong need for family and nurturing. Owen mothered his heirloom tomatoes, while Cate turned to nurturing the mix of butter flour and eggs as a substitute for the the loss of her family. But at the end I felt like I had that wrong. While my fascination with Owen developed into a real “like”for him, my initial “really like” of Cate had cooled to a “hmmmm - who is this character.” By the end of the book, I “got” who Owen Cross was and why his story could only be told this way. I am still not sure I “got” who Cate was, but I have been thinking about it alot. How often does a book stay with you for a week, pondering over the plot twist and debating with yourself about it? I was troubled by it, confused by it, but ultimately I realized this was the way Cate’s story was meant to be. I love the Cross Creek series and Ms.Kincaid’s writing - her books are always fabulous reads! This one was a five-star read up to the plot twist - do I take away a star for that? Shave off a point? After all, as the reader, I am not sure Cate is a deserving partner for Owen But an author knows her characters, and Ms. Kincaid has certainly mastered conveying her characters wishes on the pages. Owen and Cate wanted their story to be told this way and their definition of “family” to resonate with the readers. I may not be 100% percent sold on Cate, but this is the story is meant for Owen and Cate. When I think about it, this is the perfect end - or rather beginning, for these two.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! This one was packed full of feels, had me shedding tears from the beginning, then laughing out loud, then more tears and smiling all the way through. To see Owen come out of his tough shell and find someone worthy of him made my heart soar. His whole life has been the farm, family and farm was instilled in him from an early age and he has kept that close and when Cate hears him talking about needing someone to help with the books she steps out of her comfort zone to hire on. There were sparks between them early on and when you add on baked goods and sarcasm what could be better. Did you really think I was going to tell you about this book? No way! This one you have to read! It can be read as a standalone and you will not be lost even though the whole family is brought back together but really this entire series is great. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Since meeting him in the first book of the Cross Creek series, I've been anxiously waiting for Owen's story. Happily it's here and I have to say the wait was well worth it. Owen Cross, the oldest of the Cross brothers, has always known what his life path would be. Family and farm are what he holds dear and all he needs to be happy. The Cate McAllister enters his life and the joy he feels being with makes everything feel just right. Cate has suffered loss in her life though and giving her heart is hard for her to do. Will this hold her back from the loving future she could have with Owen or will she be willing to grab on and hold on tight? I've loved all the books in this series and this is a perfect addition. These characters are fantastic and their story will win your heart. Put this on the must read list. I highly recommend it.
JaneN17 More than 1 year ago
WOW!! I'm having a book hangover! Eli and Cate's story is real with real life troubles. Beautiful and heartbreaking all in one! I laughed, I cried, I fell in love!
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This story belongs to Owen Cross, the oldest of the Cross brothers and the one who has put his body and soul into making Cross Creek , the family farm, a successful enterprise . He follows his heart and his mother’s words prior to her death. Those words being that farm and family and their legacy were the most important things in life. While waitressing at the cafe, widow Cate McAllister hears he needs a bookkeeper and she offers her services. Her home is close to being foreclosed and the debts left by her husband are closing down on her so this job might be her salvation. As the story progresses , we find out more about Cate’s child and husband , killed in an accident, as well as her outlet, baking. Owen and Cate had a shaky beginning, but as they forge a friendship, a deeper relationship also develops. I found that Owen was instrumental in helping Cate deal with her insecurities and talents. Aside from the basic plot, the author reminds us that family, in whatever shape or form we get it, is important. That the definition of family is different for everyone and that their are times that even the definition we had given to family, might not be the one we will want in the end. All that said, for me, Cate was ok, but not my favorite character. In her constant quest for always being honest, she never divulged a crucial part of herself. But such is life . Ms Kincaid gives us an engaging plot, complex characters, heartbreaking as well as heartwarming moments, and of course , romance. Wonder if Marley will have a story in the future or if this will be the end of the series. Only time will tell. I was gifted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Three brothers raised on Cross Creek Farm do their best to continue the family legacy. Not having read the first two books I did catch on to the fact that Eli met Scarlett and the two took off to work together as journalists but will return to work the farm in the future AND that Hunter and Emerson had a book telling their love story and will marry before the end of this book. This is the story of Owen, the eldest brother. He is committed to the farm, runs it in most ways and has a vision for the farm that he is working hard to implement. His brother Hunter and he work hard with their father to get everything done even when the list of things to do is endless. Owen, with two brothers in committed relationships, begins to feel a bit jealous BUT doesn’t want to settle for just anyone so…he waits. Cate McAllister was widowed three years before the story begins. She is holding down two part time jobs and when restless she bakes. The more troubled she becomes the more difficult the recipe is that she tackles. Baking is her release and acts to calm and settle her soul as it also inspires her. She has always dreamed of owning her own bakery but life happened and it never has come to pass. With her finances and life in turmoil after the loss of her husband and daughter she is working hard and on the lookout for a third job when she overhears Owen talking to a friend about needing a book keeper. And, she finds herself offering to tackle the job. Owen is taciturn, curmudgeonly and has a tongue that seems to twist in ways that makes what he wants to say come out a bit harsh. Cate is all for honesty although I have to say that her omission of something big kind of left me questioning her honesty a bit. The two work together well, find they play together well and manage to enhance one another’s lives. That said…there is a could-be deal breaker once Cate tells Owen something she has not shared earlier in their growing relationship…in spite of how well they communicate and get along together previously. I have known some people who have felt like Cate and made the choice she did in this book but I was a bit surprised at how easily Owen fell in line with Cate’s wishes. This is a story of family and just what family is and is not and suggests the idea that not all families are a husband, wife and 2.5 children. It is also about supporting rather than pulling down, communication, honesty, changing family dynamics, determining what is truly important…and so much more. Thank you to the author who bequeathed me a copy of this book through NetGalley – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Crossing Promises is about building a legacy when the odds are stacked against success. What begins as a means to an end becomes a complication that Owen and Cate never counted on. His life is the land that he nurtures and the family that keeps him sane. Her priorities are moving past grief and debt to find happiness again. Simple is what they both want, but the heart has a way of shaking things up in the most surprising of ways. Kimberly Kincaid is a master at creating a reason to smile. Her stories proved that as long as there's faith, the heart will help a lost soul find it's way home.