Title: The Promise of Rayne
Author: Nicole Deese
Publisher: Waterfall Press
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Rayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high-powered family, with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather’s prestigious Idaho lodge. But when she makes a mistake that puts her future in jeopardy, she faces an impossible choice: defy her family or deny her dream. The only way to fix the mess she’s created is to enlist the help of her neighbor, Levi, the apprentice of her family’s greatest enemy. And if Rayne gets caught crossing the divided property lines, the consequences will be irreparable.
Levi Harding has never forgotten the August night he shared with Rayne when they were teens—or the way she later rejected him. Despite his warring instincts, he can’t ignore her plea for help or the spark that’s ignited between them. But now, as wildfires bear down on their town and family secrets are revealed, their newfound alliance might just go up in smoke.
Deception is in the eye of the beholder. Coincidentally, truth can also be in the eye of the beholder. Welcome to a novel full of family, mystery, self-discovery and forgiveness.
Rayne Shelby has lived in the shadow of her famous family her whole life. She’s worked her whole life to be appreciated and approved of. She’s intelligent and kind, naive to a fault, and very loyal. My favorite thing about her is her desire to restore goodness to the town.
Levi’s past is haunted and tragic. He miraculously breaks free only to be imprisoned again by his feelings for Rayne. His character provides a tempting bad boy with a good heart. I loved that he wants to be good at all cost.
The supporting cast is eclectic and strong. They each provide needed fleshing out and rounding to our two main characters. Like pieces of a puzzle, they interlock and depend on each other.
Although this does contain religious elements to the story, I felt it was woven in well and didn’t feel beaten over the head with it; quite the opposite. It makes the ending seem plausible and complete.
This is an excellent story of growth and inspiration. I am never disappointed when I read a work by Nicole Deese.
Rating: 5 Stars
Content: Mild violence, kissing