Promises

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With their life-long love to sustain them, Nathan and Laurel married, dreaming of a future filled with all good things. Then, to finish medical school, Nathan was forced to pursue the transient naval career that Laurel’s unhappy childhood had taught her to despise. For ten years, she tried to let go of her desperate longing for a home with a white picket fence that she lived with long enough to paint—all the while Nathan tried in every way he could to persuade her that their love was all they’d ever need to be happy. Neither succeeded. Anger and resentment finally came to a boil, and their marriage ended, each believing their love was dead.

Three silent years later, a chance meeting teaches them that they were wrong:  they both still love and want only each other.  But how can there be a second chance for them when nothing has changed?  Nathan is more committed than ever to the Navy, and Laurel still wants a picket fence around a houseful of happy babies.  Are they doomed to live separate, loveless lives forever?  Or do they dare risk the agony of loving—and losing—again?

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Reviews and Accolades . . .

  • “A very tender, sweet story. . . . Keep a tissue close for this one.”
  • ~ Rendezvous Magazine

  • “Mary Kirk writes classic romance at its best.”
  • ~ Rebecca York, New York Times best-selling author

  • “. . . a searing story of love lost and love regained.”
  • ~ Mary Jo Putney, New York Times best-selling author

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Dear Reader,

Some of you may know that Promises was originally published under the name Mary Alice Kirk.  The “Alice” part was my dear friend and colleague NancyRichards-Akers.  When Nancy and I sat down together to plot Promises, we knew our hero was going to be a doctor in the U.S. Navy.  We also knew that the Navy was in the process of building a hospital ship, and we liked the idea of our guy being involved in designing that ship.  We didn’t know that the ship—the USNS Comfort—would launch the very same week that our book was released.

Serendipity, synchronicity in the universe—you’ve got to love it.  I still have the article, clipped from the front page of the Baltimore Sun, announcing the launch and detailing all the work that went into the ship’s design.  Since that time, over and over again, the Comfort has done exactly what the hero of Promises tells the heroine that the ship he’s helping to design would do:  bring swift medical and surgical assistance, as well as humanitarian relief, to thousands of troops and disaster victims around the world.

Like the Comfort, other details in Promises are now part of the past (albeit, not such a distant past that they’re forgotten by most of us).  In all ways that truly matter, though, the story remains timeless.  Life in the military can still cause problems for those who choose to serve our country and, at the same time, have a home and family.  People who grow up in military families still sometimes find it difficult to adjust to a civilian, more stationary lifestyle.  And lifelong friends who grow up and get married might still discover that even the deepest, strongest love does not conquer all.  At least, not without a little help now and then.

Best Wishes,
Mary Kirk