Title: Where Promises Die
Author: R.C. Stephens
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Haunted by a childhood trauma that leaves her orphaned, eleven-year-old Grace finds herself on the doorstep of the Duncans, her new adoptive family, broken and unable to speak. Catapulted from a bustling New York City life, she must find a way to call the rural town of Sade, Iowa her new home. Twins Eisav and Jacob Duncan immediately take a liking to Grace, wanting to erase the dark shadows etched on her perfect features.
As the twins vie for her affection, it becomes clear which one makes her smile.
Grace never has a choice for falling in love.
What starts as a way to coax his adopted sister to speak and smile, blossoms into the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.
In this small town it shouldn’t be a crime to fall in love . . .
Isaac Duncan warns his son to stay away from the forbidden fruit. Eisav never listens.
Now an intricate web of lies and secrets stand in the way of Eisav winning back the only woman he has ever loved.
In a place where yesterday’s promises were broken, Eisav must learn what it truly means to love and cherish . . .
But is he too late?
AMIE'S 4 STAR REVIEW
The title grabbed me and of course that second chance romance piece sealed the deal !!
At 11 years old Grace is ripped from all she has known in the busy NY lifestyle and brought to small town farm living after a loss so devastating it left her unable to speak. The Duncans were family friend to her mother and despite having 5 kids of their own they opened their home to Grace and she became like family. Well not to everyone , disliked by the Duncan's mother yet loved by the twin boys !! So now we have twin brothers falling for the same girl who is living with them as family !! Add to that they are a very strong Christian family and the parents believe in courting and no relations before marriage. They go to church and serve their church faithfully yet this new Pastor and church seem to send a cultish vibe to me !! With 5 kids you know they aren't all behaving as Christians should. The twin boys couldn't be more different, E is always going against the rules , the black sheep and wow does their father make it known. But then you have Jacob who does everything right yet lives in the shadow of his better looking and way more talented twin brother. This family has quite the twisted dynamic and secrets that could go on for days !! You would think this family would be so pure and simple - HAHA they are anything but. We spend a bit of time growing up in the early teen to late teen years at the farm with Grace , E and Jacob coming to terms with feelings and jealousy and doing the right things. I would have never guessed how that piece of the story ended but it was explosive and heartbreaking. As we move on years later we find E has made a name for himself and although a part of his dream came true he is missing someone and due to circumstances back home he is afraid to attempt contact. After a family tragedy E is brought home and comes face to face with the love of his life and his messed up family. As the days go by secrets come out , confessions are made and this family finds out just how sinful their parents really were. They question all their beliefs and reasons for doing right. So many things could have been avoided if their parents practiced what they preached !! Will they be able to untangle themselves from this tangled web ?? Can E finally have all the happiness he wanted ?? Will Grace share her secret ?? And if all things can be resolved will it really result in the happy ending they dreamt up as kids ?? Hang on tight for this emotional ride -