Yesterday's Promise

Yesterday's Promise

by Michele Paige Holmes


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ISBN-13: 9781947152120
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 10/06/2017
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children's literature.

She is the author of ten published romance novels, including contemporary series, HEARTHFIRE HISTORICALS, and the FOREVER AFTER series (young adult fairy tales). She is also the author of four novellas, three in the TIMELESS ROMANCE COLLECTION.

Her latest release, YESTERDAY'S PROMISE (Mirror Press, July 2017), is the first of a trilogy of Scottish historicals.

You can find Michele on the web at and on Facebook and twitter.

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Yesterday's Promise 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
L_Lindsey More than 1 year ago
Yesterday’s Promise has topped my list of favorites. I loved the time period—so unique and well presented. I truly felt I was amidst the story, experiencing the events unfold. The characters were so well defined with depth and growth. The presentation was also unique—that of giving some past background each chapter. It was like a mystery unfolding and an explanation of Katie and Colin’s bond. The romance was properly built, event by event, struggle by struggle and naturally. My only drawback was the unfinished tale. I look forward to the next book, hopeful that one more will complete the story.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book! I had never read anything by this author previously but I could not put the book down once I started it. Scottish/English history in early 1700s is not my forte but the book seamlessly combined this tumultuous time period's struggles with a dash of mystery/intrigue and a hefty dose of romance. The writing is fluid and easy to follow. It is written in first person narrative in Katie's voice during the present and first person narrative in Collin's voice during the flashbacks. Though I don't prefer first person narrative, it worked really well for this book and allowed the reader an intimate look and insight into Katie and Collin. There is quite a bit of humor in the book, in Katie and Colin's dialogue and also in Katie's musings and perspective, which surprised and delighted this reader. The plot is full of suspense and twists and turns. Every couple of pages, my mind screamed, "what next?!?!" And, of course, this is book #1 of a series, so the ending is a cliff-hanger. As the suspenseful plot unfolds, there is that romance subplot between Katie and Collin. Oh, their romance is slow and innocent and so deliciously sweet. Collin is a stoic, loyal, trustworthy protector whose promise to protect Katie is his life. Though we only get a few glimpses into his thoughts through the flashbacks, his attentiveness, actions, and spoken words to Katie totally make him a swoon-worthy hero. Katie is a wonderfully delightful nineteen-year-old girl who only comes to realize her heritage and purpose after becoming Collin's wife. Katie is an honest, compassionate, resourceful, loving child-becoming-woman who matures quickly through the book and becomes absolutely endearing. And there is a component of faith and belief in God towards the end of the story, which may play a bigger role in the next book of the series. I cannot wait for the next book! Judging from the first chapter snippet included at the end of this book, it looks like the second book will pick up right where Katie and Collin left off at the end of this one. Write it quickly, Ms. Holmes!! I was given a free review copy of the book from the author and publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Yesterday’s Promise by Michele Paige Holmes. Holmes knows how to weave a captivating story full of romance and intrigue. Collin is from the McDonald clan in the Scottish highlands, Katie is from the neighboring Campbell clan. Amid warring clans, fate introduces Collin and Katie to each other in a powerful way, but when they come together years later, their fate seems less clear and troubled. Holmes masterfully uses just the right amount of historical details to draw us into her story of changing times, changing circumstances, and changing lives. By creating such unaffected characters, Holmes shares a poignant story of love, remembering, and seeking hope. Yesterday’s Promise doesn’t not have a defined conclusion like we anticipate in many series books now so I anticipate a sequel to Yesterday’s Promise that will continue Collin and Katie’s story. I received a complimentary copy of Yesterday’s Promise by Michele Paige Holmes for my candid review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Wow. I was not prepared for how much I would love this book! I had heard that it was the first book in a two-part series, and normally I don't like when a book ends on a cliffhanger and then I have to wait several months for the second book to publish in order to finish the story... but this one is so well-written that I can't help but give it 5 stars! It actually does pause in a natural place, so even though the full tale will conclude in the second book, I felt satisfied when I finished reading this book. It definitely helped that I was prepared for the type of ending it has, and the good news is that the second book, A Promise for Tomorrow, releases only a few months later- this fall- so the wait won't be long. All the characters really come to life and practically jump off the page! I was fully immersed the entire time I was reading and it was too hard to put down! The introduction and the beginning of each chapter is told from Collin's point of view, flashbacks to his youth and earliest interactions with Katherine. The present day narrative is from Katherine's perspective, and I really liked her personality and determination. She doesn't remember her childhood experiences in Scotland so we got to learn along with her the complex dynamics and history between the different clans and the English. Despite the harsh traveling circumstances she thrives in the beauty of her homeland, and her relationship with Collin blossoms gradually and wonderfully. I loved the give and take between them, the devotion and loyalty, and hesitant feelings maturing into full romance. There are deep layers to Collin that Katie seeks to uncover and know as she falls in love with him and wants to support him and his burdens. There is an element of intrigue as Katherine sorts out political loyalties and where her place is in all the drama and hopes for the future. I am *so* looking forward to the second book and seeing how she confronts her enemies and becomes a leader in her clan. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
momisreading More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Everything about it! The writing, the characters, the setting, the story…everything! I felt like I traveled back in time to Scotland. The clans and the feuds and what that meant for the people came through the pages. The beautiful landscape did as well. Collin and Katie are complex, layered characters. They are interesting and intriguing. Their connection is so deep! I’m glad I don’t have to leave them yet, and can’t wait to know them even better as the series continues. This is the first book in the series. This one ends in a good, natural place, but the story is not over and continues into the next book. If that bothers you, just wait until the other books are out, but don’t miss the series. It’ll be well worth reading!! I received a copy of the book, which I voluntarily reviewed. I have given my honest opinion.
Austen-Heyer-fan More than 1 year ago
Yesterday's Promise by Michele Paige Holmes (5 stars) Compellingly written story about Collin and Katie, two people from rival Scottish clans. It's a gripping story, although incomplete. (Not unlike how the Lord of the Rings gives the main characters a pause from being chased before the next book starts.) The next book is not available yet, but if the writing continues as good as the first, it'll be a page-turner that can't be put down. These two are connected in a magical way and the reader is left wondering how on earth they will be able to overcome all the forces of the clans in order to be together or be the Lairds they were meant to be or both. I literally can't wait for the next installment. Extremely well-written.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
When Katherine Mercer considers how to help improve her family's drastically reduced circumstances, marriage doesn't cross her mind. But when her stepmother--the only mother she remembers--gives her a letter from her deceased father, she finds that marriage is exactly what is expected of her...and soon. Collin MacDonald, along with several of his clan and Katie's clan--come to fetch her home to Scotland--only Katie doesn't remember Scotland at all and didn't even realize she was half-Scottish. As she sets out with her new husband, bewildered by the animosity between the clans, frightened by Collin's brother, and unsure of who she is or what is expected of her. Through it all, though, Katie finds herself drawn to Collin, even though she doesn't remember knowing him as a young child. I don't know anything about the history of Scotland, which made the beginning of the book a little bit hard for me to follow as well as I would like. However, I really enjoyed the book (and it actually made me want to go research the history of Scotland). There was a little bit of suspense as Katie tried to figure out who to trust and what the different Scotsmen wanted from her. I enjoyed the descriptions of Scotland, the historical details, and of course, the love developing between Katie and Collin. A solid start to the series. Other reviewers seemed upset about the fact that this is the first in a series; I knew that before I read it, so that didn't bother me at all. As far as for the stopping point, I thought it worked just fine and wasn't bothered by where it ended. I received a free copy of the book. All opinions are my own.
hmgreen More than 1 year ago
Full of danger, intrigue, and betrayals. Masterfully written. Very vivid descriptions of people and places who are my people from long ago. The characters were complex and real with real feeling and emotions. I liked the flashbacks to Laird Campbell and Collin's conversations. The only thing I didn't like was the lack of Scottish accent in the dialogue. There were a few Scottish words, but the characters didn't feel Scottish most of the time. I haven't read about Scottish/English history, so some of the story was confusing at first. I didn't understand all the war talk and who was siding with who and why. It was explained better as the story went a long and Collin explained things to Katie. I would read this one again and am eager to read the next book in the series. I can't wait to see how Collin and Katie grow together and save their people. Appropriate for teens on up. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.