When Madeline steps off the boat in Nova Scotia ready to meet her new husband, Adam, whom she has been in love with since she was a young girl, she finds that he is less than delighted to see her.
Unbeknownst to Madeline, Adam had written to her father asking to wed Diana, Madeline's older, more beautiful sister, but Madeline's father has deceived them both since a scandal has ruined any chance Madeline might have had of marrying respectably in England. Madeline briefly entertains hopes that Adam might forget about Diana and fall in love with her, but she quickly recognizes the foolishness of this dream.
Agreeing to stay together until Diana arrives, Madeline and Adam try living and working together as friends, only to gradually realize they want something more.
- Original Title:Adam's Promise
- Author:Julianne MacLean
- Rating:7.24 / 10
- Publisher:Published April 1st 2003 by Harlequin
Yorkshire, England, 1775
Madeline Oxley gathered her cloak about her and picked her way over the damp, foggy moor toward home. She peered through the mist shrouding her little stone house, nestled in the valley alongside the stone piggery and the other buildings, then came to a halt.
Oh, she wished she did not see what she thought she saw. She blinked slowly and looked again. Yes, it was still there. Her father’s carriage. He had returned.
A nervous little breath puffed out of her lungs. She did not like surprises. The past few days, with her father gone, she had tasted freedom. Not freedom to come and go, mind you—she was always free to do that as she pleased—but freedom in a more mindful sense. She did not have to look upon that expression of disappointment and disapproval, the look that never failed to sit like a wet s...