One of the first romances I ever read was a Debbie Macomber book so I credit her with my current love for the genre. With RETURN TO PROMISE I am reminded just why I enjoy her books so much. She's able to weave a story so seamlessly and make it so heartwarming.
Jane, a physician, and Cal, a rancher, have been married several years and have two young children when Jane's father breaks his hip and Jane returns to her California hometown for a few weeks, children in tow. When she is in California, she realizes it is no longer her home and yearns for her new hometown of Promise, Texas.
Meanwhile, Cal is lost without Jane. Although he was a bachelor for many years, he has come to rely on Jane so much and finds himself feeling lonely. When complications require Jane remain in California, he finds himself a bit resentful.
Nicole Nelson has just returned to Promise with one thing on her mind - to seduce Cal. She doesn't care that he's married - it just makes the game more challenging. When she hears Jane is out of town, she figures she has more of a chance to succeed in her malicious endeavor. Nicole's actions seem rather innocent at first - but it soon becomes evident that she has an ulterior motive in mind. Will Cal and Jane's marriage survive this invasion?
We also meet many of the people of Promise, but readers who haven't read the other Promise books won't feel left out. What a skill it is to write a sequel like this and make it stand alone!
RETURN TO PROMISE reminds me of Jan Karon's "Mitford" series - a heartwarming story, set in a small town, with many endearing secondary characters.
After reading RETURN TO PROMISE, readers will be anxious to read the stories featuring the other residents -- Lonesome Cowboy, Texas Two-Step, Caroline's Child, Dr. Texas, Nell's Cowboy, and Lone Star Baby.
There is rarely a better reading experience than a Debbie Macomber book!