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In the heart of Texas, people know what really matters—family, friends, community. And they know that love gives meaning to every day of their lives… Some of the people in Promise are from old ranching families like the Westons and Pattersons—folks who arrived in the Hill Country more than a century ago. And then there are newcomers like Annie Applegate, who opens a booksto In the heart of Texas, people know what really matters—family, friends, community. And they know that love gives meaning to every day of their lives… Some of the people in Promise are from old ranching families like the Westons and Pattersons—folks who arrived in the Hill Country more than a century ago. And then there are newcomers like Annie Applegate, who opens a bookstore in town. Some might say Annie does things backward. She marries a widowed veterinarian for the sake of his kids…and discovers that marriage can lead to love. In Promise, everyone’s life is a story! The people here, like people everywhere, experience tragedies as well as triumphs, sorrow as well as joy. This town, like towns everywhere, has its share of secrets. But whether times are good or bad, you’re never alone in a place like Promise. And as Annie Applegate knows, that makes all the difference.


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In the heart of Texas, people know what really matters—family, friends, community. And they know that love gives meaning to every day of their lives… Some of the people in Promise are from old ranching families like the Westons and Pattersons—folks who arrived in the Hill Country more than a century ago. And then there are newcomers like Annie Applegate, who opens a booksto In the heart of Texas, people know what really matters—family, friends, community. And they know that love gives meaning to every day of their lives… Some of the people in Promise are from old ranching families like the Westons and Pattersons—folks who arrived in the Hill Country more than a century ago. And then there are newcomers like Annie Applegate, who opens a bookstore in town. Some might say Annie does things backward. She marries a widowed veterinarian for the sake of his kids…and discovers that marriage can lead to love. In Promise, everyone’s life is a story! The people here, like people everywhere, experience tragedies as well as triumphs, sorrow as well as joy. This town, like towns everywhere, has its share of secrets. But whether times are good or bad, you’re never alone in a place like Promise. And as Annie Applegate knows, that makes all the difference.

30 review for Promise, Texas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    This book reminded me of tv series such as "Everwood" and "Men in Trees", as they revolve around the life of a small town, where some characters try to rebuilt their life and, of course, end up finding love. It's not a great book, but it's a nice read, although there's a lot of characters and stories which, unfortunately, aren't very developed. Some characters might have their stories a bit more developed in previous books by this author, since I've learned on GoodReads that this book is the 7th This book reminded me of tv series such as "Everwood" and "Men in Trees", as they revolve around the life of a small town, where some characters try to rebuilt their life and, of course, end up finding love. It's not a great book, but it's a nice read, although there's a lot of characters and stories which, unfortunately, aren't very developed. Some characters might have their stories a bit more developed in previous books by this author, since I've learned on GoodReads that this book is the 7th volume of her Heart of Texas series. But is really by the little development of stories that this book looses points, since it isn't that easy to distinguish them at first and there's no chance to create much empathy toward the characters. When there's some of that empathy, the reader can't help but feeling a bit bored reading other stories and hoping that the one she's enjoying will be next. However, the several stories are interesting albeit predictable. Even though it's part of a series, the stories and relationships are easy to follow, even if you mix up the characters at first, making of this book a nice choice for a lazy afternoon or to read at the end of a stressful day when you don't want to think that much.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I really enjoyed this book. I've read books by Debbie Macomber in the past and have never been disappointed. What kept this book from getting a 5 star (for me) is the number of characters I had to keep up with. It was hard to remember their story each time they made an appearance. That being said I liked the "community" and closeness of the town and how they all seem like one big family. In the book there is marriage trouble, being single, dating, starting families, marriage of convenience, somew I really enjoyed this book. I've read books by Debbie Macomber in the past and have never been disappointed. What kept this book from getting a 5 star (for me) is the number of characters I had to keep up with. It was hard to remember their story each time they made an appearance. That being said I liked the "community" and closeness of the town and how they all seem like one big family. In the book there is marriage trouble, being single, dating, starting families, marriage of convenience, somewhat of a treasure hunt, barn dance, book stores and a western wear store, discussions with older and younger couples, an ghost town from the "old west". It's very entertaining and somewhat fast paced. I will definitely read more books by Debbie. Rating: PG (some sexual description, physical violence) Language: no use of deity, some profanity (nothing major) Recommend: Yes

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mareli

    This last installment was a bit lame because the romance wasn't so strong. Both Annie and Travis seemed to search more for friendship than love and infact their marriage was a bit strange. I liked it anyway but mostly because of Promise people than the characters themselves.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I thought this was a stand alone, but turned out be book 7 out of 7! Although the book can stand on its own, the characters were all returning from their respective stories, which would have delighted those who were up to date in the series. Still, Promise, Texas is the stuff Debbie Macomber is known for... You get immersed in the story, the setting transports you to the town and you fall in love with the characters. Would love to back read the other books if I can find it though. Even with all I thought this was a stand alone, but turned out be book 7 out of 7! Although the book can stand on its own, the characters were all returning from their respective stories, which would have delighted those who were up to date in the series. Still, Promise, Texas is the stuff Debbie Macomber is known for... You get immersed in the story, the setting transports you to the town and you fall in love with the characters. Would love to back read the other books if I can find it though. Even with all happy endings confirmed in this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    A peek into the good ol' days, where a woman's only purpose in life is to find a husband and men were the strong silent type, who had no tolerance for girly coffee like lattes. There were many eye-roll inducing moments, and a couple of snickers, not an author that I personally would pick up again, especially since it was seriously lacking in the aspect that I am mostly looking for in this type of book, some skirt-lifting, heavy-breathing romance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    Slow beginning but once you get into it, there's no going back. You might as well live in Promise! You feel like you're a part of the people's lives there

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Scheirman

    I usually enjoy her books-light, enjoyable reading. This one fit the bill with several sub-plots, some more realistic than others, but overall a good read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I had never read a book from the romance genre before, but I was in the mood for something light and thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did. This is an older title, from 1999, and the seventh in a series about these same characters. Macomber explains in an introductory note that she never intended to write a seventh in this series, but her fans demanded more, so Promise, Texas became her first paperback to get to the top 15 of the NYT bestseller list. Not bad! There are so many characters in t I had never read a book from the romance genre before, but I was in the mood for something light and thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did. This is an older title, from 1999, and the seventh in a series about these same characters. Macomber explains in an introductory note that she never intended to write a seventh in this series, but her fans demanded more, so Promise, Texas became her first paperback to get to the top 15 of the NYT bestseller list. Not bad! There are so many characters in this novel that it has a list of who's who at the beginning, which I found very helpful. The story begins with the arrival in the small town of Promise of Annie Applegate, looking for a new life after a long recovery from a serious car accident and then, a difficult divorce. Her best friend, Dr. Jane Patterson, has encouraged this fresh start, where Annie will, to be sure, find love and a new career as a bookseller. There are too many characters to discuss in this review, but suffice to say that the friendships, familial relationships, and budding romances are explored with just enough depth to make them believable, while Macomber briskly moves the plot lines along. One of the most dramatic among them involves Richard Weston, the younger brother of two other Promise residents, currently in prison and claiming through letters to his brother and sister that he is a changed man, longing for family connection. Is he, or is he up to his same devious tricks? Reading this book reminded me of the Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith, an author I adore. Both series portray the old-fashioned, wholesome connections among friends, neighbors, and community members. We do grow to care about the characters, cheer when things go right for them and feel for them when they are hurting. While the characters are not deeply drawn, they are believable and authentic. They deal with real-life difficulties, such as how to take care of an aging loved one whose mental faculties are failing; how much forgiveness to offer a family member who has already caused great pain; and how to persevere in a romance that got off to a terribly awkward start. I enjoyed this book as a quick, entertaining, and sometimes moving read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maria Passia

    Annie Applegate comes to Promise to make a fresh start and opens a bookstore. She marries the local vet for his children's sake but together they discover that a marriage of convenience can lead to love and happiness. In Promise, Texas the sense of community is what really matters and friends and family come to the rescue, whether you want them to or not. That's what I really loved about this book, the feeling that no matter what happens, someone will always have your back and that there are sti Annie Applegate comes to Promise to make a fresh start and opens a bookstore. She marries the local vet for his children's sake but together they discover that a marriage of convenience can lead to love and happiness. In Promise, Texas the sense of community is what really matters and friends and family come to the rescue, whether you want them to or not. That's what I really loved about this book, the feeling that no matter what happens, someone will always have your back and that there are still people who are honest, friendly and supportive. An emotional, heartwarming and romantic story that will make you feel more optimistic about the world!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dave P.

    We sell a million of these “Cowboy Romance novels” at the Walgreen’s where I work and I finally pulled the trigger and bought one. I tried really hard to get into this book, and I like the whole idea of a “Promise, Texas universe” where each book is a different characters story, but I just couldn’t get into it. It just felt like the romance was forced and predictable. I do, however feel like I didn’t do this whole Promise, Texas thing right. It was like watching “Fast and the Furious 7” and havi We sell a million of these “Cowboy Romance novels” at the Walgreen’s where I work and I finally pulled the trigger and bought one. I tried really hard to get into this book, and I like the whole idea of a “Promise, Texas universe” where each book is a different characters story, but I just couldn’t get into it. It just felt like the romance was forced and predictable. I do, however feel like I didn’t do this whole Promise, Texas thing right. It was like watching “Fast and the Furious 7” and having no idea what was going because I didn’t see the other 6 movies. Maybe I’ll do some more research and star from the beginning of the saga and have a different perspective

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine Wickliffe

    Annie Applewood moves to Promise to get a new start on life. She ends up married to the local Vet to help with his daughters and what follows is fun. Then you have one of the founding families, the Pattersons facing a family crisis. Then Grady and Savanah hear from their brother Richard who is in prison. What is going on in Promise and part of it involves the ghost town of Bitters end. This is a fun book with some twists and turns. Typical great Debbie Macomber book

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aimee M.

    This book was good!! I thought that it was very sweet of Lucas when him and Annie got married, that he didn't care about Annie's scars from her car accident. All that mattered to him was her being a mother to his motherless girls and even though Lucas and Annie didn't know it at the time, they were both falling in love with each other.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Parker

    A change of pace from my usual reading material. Was lightweight and somewhat entertaining, but a bit over the top and all the endings tied up nicely with bows. Old-fashioned women waiting on men to make the first steps, too much secret-keeping that ends in drama, very formulaic. Fine if you want something brainless, but I won't be coming back to one of these kind of books for a while.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hash

    This was my least favorite of the series, but I was so excited to return to Promise that I would have read about grass growing. I couldn't really buy into the romance this time, but I appreciated being able to reconnect with other characters from the series and was still happy with how everything wrapped up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Louisa Giddings

    I didn't read the first ones in this series just this one I really enjoyed it, as it was not just focused on 2 ppl it was on the whole town. I loved everyone's different stories I also liked the fact that in the epilogue at the end everyone's story has been wrapped up so no lose ends

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Daruda

    I enjoyed it very much but was surprised to find that I'd previously read. A few years back I think. Debbie Macomber always delivers on her stories. Interesting characters and communities woven together by friends and neighbors. Wonderful!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jill Golla

    This sappy-sweet, everybody-is-happy-and-works-to-have-a-strong-marriage is what I expected from Macomber. It's very different from Sooner or Later which was the first book I read by her a couple of months ago. It's not a style I want to read frequently but every now and then it's a nice break.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Debbie Macomber’s books are like your favourite Hallmark movies. A little cheesy, a lot predictable, but a fun and entertaining way to lose yourself in a feel good story. While this was my least favourite of the Heart of Texas books so far, I still enjoyed it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Powell

    A wonderful ending to the series. I enjoyed the story of Annie and Lucas but it was also wonderful to see a bit more of the lives of characters I'd come to love in earlier books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Cossins

    I wonder if there is too many characters and if there was fewer if story lines could go deeper.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carolanne wollin

    From what I gathered this was supposed to be the final installment. However another book was written : Return to Promise.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Good light reading with many little sub plots.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Clara Weinberger

    Device's writhing is great it take you to area she writhing about and introduces you the characters. You get involved and embrace the story. It like grandmothers quilt wrapping are you.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    small town drame

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I love Debbie MaComber, but I felt like I've read this a million times.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I love Debbie MaComber books and this one put the other 3 together. They are holesome Books! Keep up the good work!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I enjoyed the characters, just wished there weren’t so many of them.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diana Conte

    V poor

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Sides

    Debbie Macomber packed a lot into this book, but after six books introducing the characters it didn't need much back story. A very good series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dorene Schmidt

    I've read the entire series and enjoyed all of the books.

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