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Return to Promise (Heart of Texas) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2000

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (1 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551666138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551666136
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 15.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 919,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through both words and deeds, Debbie Macomber inspires women from all walks of life to realise their dreams.

She overcame the obstacles in her own life to become one of the world's most popular writers. She encourages women to achieve the goals that burn in their hearts as fiercely as the desire to become a bestselling novelist did in her own.

When Debbie first decided to write a novel, people called her a hopeless dreamer. She had only a high school degree and was dyslexic. She was also the very young mother of four active children. No one believed she had what it took to write a book--except Debbie. She eventually saved enough money to rent an old typewriter, and every night when the children were asleep, she would sit down to write.

She wrote--for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher, the manuscript was returned, stamped "rejected." As tough as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up. Five long years and thousands of pages later, she received a letter in the afternoon mail. The letter was from Silhouette Books--and they wanted to buy her story. Her first novel, Heartsong, was published as a Silhouette in 1984, and it became the first romance novel ever to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly.

Today, Debbie is the internationally acclaimed author of more than 100 novels and has sold over 60 millions copies. Popular around the globe, she receives approximately three thousand letters from readers every month. And she responds personally to each one.

In lectures around the country, Debbie encourages women to "exercise the success muscle." She also offers advice on how to achieve success in seeking or changing a career, building family relationships, forming healthy relationships and more.

Like her heartwarming novels, Debbie's inspirational speeches are always filled with laughter and love. She cares deeply about the women she touches with her writing, and she continues to mentor people around the country. She also volunteers her considerable talents to help raise much-needed funds for battered-women's shelters, literacy and medical research.

She lives with her husband in Port Orchard, Washington. Their children are grown and she is a proud grandmother.

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By GrandmaE on 19 Jun. 2014
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Received this book well packed and condition exactly as described. I have already started reading it and it well up to this authors high standards. I would recommend it to other Macomber enthusiasts.
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By Irish Lass on 11 July 2012
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I have read this story before from the book a small christmas. I think people should let readers know that it has been released previously in another book.
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By marie gale on 19 Jan. 2013
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RETURN TO PROMISE thisj was a great end to the story of Promise - I just love debbie Macombers books
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
A Heartwarming Story from the Quintessential Storyteller 2 Oct. 2000
By Maudeen Wachsmith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Return to Promise 22 Oct. 2000
By K. Morgan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A fan of the Heart of Texas series, I had to read this book. And needless to say I wasn't disappointed. Once again the characters are real and their situations are real. Debbie Macomber did an excellent job of conveying the emotions of both Jane and Cal. She wrote of both their feelings--Jane's wanting to be reassured and Cal's "she already knows, I don't need to tell her" attitude. Even Nicole in her quest for Cal seemed real. I loved the confrontation between her and Jane at the book store. Go Jane!!!! I love these people in Promise, Texas and Debbie Macomber for creating such wonderful people to read about. This is real life with a happy ending!!!!
P.S. When's the next Promise, Texas book???????? I'm ready for it!!!!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Return to Promise 30 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've read the other Promise stories and, granted, this one isn't typical. But I found it very real. The difficulties in Cal and Jane's marriage are definitely believable; they stem from small frustrations and careless moments, as marital problems so often do in life, and are exacerbated by the death of Jane's father. Jane's grief, too, is very believable. And Nicole, the woman who tries to break up Cal's marriage, might be a bit cliched but let's face it--cliches have a grounding in truth. Overall I liked the story a lot and I found the emotions genuine. I thought the resolution worked because you can believe in these characters and in the love they have for each other, despite the fact that daily life has gotten in the way of their expressing that love. Macomber's fictional Texas town is less idealized in this story but in the end returning to Promise is a satisfying experience.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A pleasant read -- Recommended 23 July 2001
By C. Penn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Cal Patterson knew his wife would be furious when she learned that he entered the bull riding event without telling her. Eight seconds of thrilling accomplishment doesn't keep trouble at bay when Jane threatens to leave the arena with their three-year-old son and eighteen-month-old daughter. Such incidents leave Jane feeling that her husband has been less than honest with her. An attractive young woman reintroduces herself to Cal following his ride. Little does he suspect the threat she poses to his marriage or the damage she will purposefully cause to his reputation around town.
As trouble begins to escalate between Cal and Jane, she finds herself called away to California to offer support to her mother while her father's hospitalized. Miscommunication and wounded feelings leave both Cal and Jane feeling bereft and frustrated. As frustrations continue to increase, their marriage's strength continues to be undermined.
New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber returns readers to Promise, Texas. I haven't read the previous books in Debbie Macomber's Promise series, and found that RETURN TO PROMISE reads well as a stand-alone. With heart-warming characters and realistic challenges to this five-year marriage, RETURN TO PROMISE approaches romance with a mature outlook and a practical understanding. Recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I've never visited Promise before 10 Oct. 2000
By Michele Risner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
and this book has me eager to read other Debbie Macomber books. When I started reading the book, I was expecting a typical ending to the book, and was surprised when it didn't happen at all. Cal and Jane are very "real" characters that you can picture in your mind as you read this book, and that is something I always like.
Well done Debbie Macomber. You've got a new reader in me!!
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