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Official Review: A Promise Given by Michelle Cox

Post by kdstrack » 12 Aug 2018, 21:38

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Promise Given" by Michelle Cox.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Wedding bells are ringing! Clive and Henrietta's special day is fast approaching. Nevertheless, before the ceremony, some important matters demand attention. Henrietta’s mother and younger siblings need a place to stay. They will need financial support. Henrietta’s grandfather assumes responsibility for the family. Will her mother, Martha, accept the aid? Or, will her pride drive her to reject any support and association with the family patriarch?

The wedding day arrives. The happy couple exchanged traditional vows. After the festivities, the newlyweds start their honeymoon. The last stop of their voyage is in England. They stay at Castle Linley with Clive's relatives. Peculiar events occur during this visit. Is Cousin Wallace acting strangely? Then, there is a murder in the village. Could Wallace be involved? Clive and Henrietta assist the Detective Inspector as he searches for the murderer.

A Promise Given, by Michelle Cox, is the third installment in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series. This book advances the relationship between Clive and Henrietta. The focus is on the wedding and the honeymoon abroad. There are some references to events in the previous books.

This volume develops the family situation. Readers learn about the dilemmas of each family member. Henrietta’s mother carries a deep grudge against her father. Elsie, her sister, must choose between two beaus. Then there is young Eugene. Why has grandfather enrolled him in a military academy? How will Wallace resolve his family situation? Readers will find plenty of material for future volumes in this new adventure.

I really enjoyed Henrietta’s character. Her development throughout the book was beautifully done. Her doubts and fears before the wedding are normal. Post-wedding she matures into a confident and loving wife. Clive develops as he learns to love and please his new wife. The romance between Clive and Henrietta is the true highlight of this story. The author portrays the romantic scenes in a tasteful and suitable manner. Clive and Henrietta also develop as a team. They work together to help their family and to stop crime.

I thought the dialogues were well developed. I found it easy to put myself into the conversations. The settings of Chicago and England in the 1930s are well described. The author exhibits a thorough knowledge of both regions.

The only thing I did not like about the book was the large cast of characters. It would have been helpful to have a family tree. It was difficult to remember all the different family members.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The large cast of characters became somewhat confusing. I truly enjoyed the sweet love story. This book is for readers who enjoy a romance that features a husband and wife detective team.

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Post by tinker958 » 14 Aug 2018, 00:05

A Promise Given by Michelle Cox sounds like a great romance. I like this book because the story moves you along and keeps you wanting to know more.

I will be adding this my list of books to read.

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Post by Corhan2 » 14 Aug 2018, 01:56

Thanks for the review. It sounds like everything I like in a story - romance, murder, detective work! This will definitely go on my "to read" list.

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Post by kandscreeley » 14 Aug 2018, 10:01

It doesn't necessarily sound like this is a stand alone book. Since I haven't read the others, I guess I won't read this one either. Sounds like you enjoyed this despite the large cast of characters (which is incidentally one of my pet peeves as well.) Thanks for introducing this one to us.
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Post by kfwilson6 » 14 Aug 2018, 10:16

I love the combination of romance and mystery. This sounds like a book I would enjoy, but I need to start from the first in the series.
Too bad poor Clive and Henrietta couldn't have a quiet, relaxing honeymoon ;)

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Post by kdstrack » 14 Aug 2018, 10:38

tinker958 wrote:
14 Aug 2018, 00:05
A Promise Given by Michelle Cox sounds like a great romance. I like this book because the story moves you along and keeps you wanting to know more.

I will be adding this my list of books to read.
I enjoyed this book very much and will be anxious to continuing with future volumes. I had not known this author previously, but look forward to reading more of her work.

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Post by kdstrack » 14 Aug 2018, 10:39

Corhan2 wrote:
14 Aug 2018, 01:56
Thanks for the review. It sounds like everything I like in a story - romance, murder, detective work! This will definitely go on my "to read" list.
Looks like this book has everything you like! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Post by kdstrack » 14 Aug 2018, 10:41

kandscreeley wrote:
14 Aug 2018, 10:01
It doesn't necessarily sound like this is a stand alone book. Since I haven't read the others, I guess I won't read this one either. Sounds like you enjoyed this despite the large cast of characters (which is incidentally one of my pet peeves as well.) Thanks for introducing this one to us.
I have not read the previous books in this series. I thought the author did a great job of giving just enough information and references to previous events to give the reader the idea of what had happened without giving any spoilers!

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Post by kdstrack » 14 Aug 2018, 10:42

kfwilson6 wrote:
14 Aug 2018, 10:16
I love the combination of romance and mystery. This sounds like a book I would enjoy, but I need to start from the first in the series.
Too bad poor Clive and Henrietta couldn't have a quiet, relaxing honeymoon ;)
Well - did the interruptions cause a problem or add more spice to the occasion? Read on!

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Post by kfwilson6 » 14 Aug 2018, 11:09

kdstrack wrote:
14 Aug 2018, 10:42
kfwilson6 wrote:
14 Aug 2018, 10:16
I love the combination of romance and mystery. This sounds like a book I would enjoy, but I need to start from the first in the series.
Too bad poor Clive and Henrietta couldn't have a quiet, relaxing honeymoon ;)
Well - did the interruptions cause a problem or add more spice to the occasion? Read on!
HAHA, nice, trying to spark my interest even more!

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Post by AmySmiles » 15 Aug 2018, 11:32

I find a large cast of characters can be distracting for me, especially in a book that is a sequel. I like these types of books, but I'd want to start from the beginning and I just don't have the space in my to read list right now to add anything that I am just mildly interested in. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Julie Green » 15 Aug 2018, 16:32

I so agree with you that family trees are helpful when there are a raft of related characters. This sounds like a good read. Nice review!

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Post by kdstrack » 15 Aug 2018, 17:39

Julie Green wrote:
15 Aug 2018, 16:32
I so agree with you that family trees are helpful when there are a raft of related characters. This sounds like a good read. Nice review!
Thanks, Julie. The family tree would have been helpful. Even so, I really enjoyed the book. Hope you enjoy it, too!

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Post by OloladeO » 16 Aug 2018, 05:08

Sounds like a great book. I am a romance lover so I just might pick in up in hope that I do not get confused with characters as you have stated.

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Post by kdstrack » 16 Aug 2018, 06:53

christabel88 wrote:
16 Aug 2018, 05:08
Sounds like a great book. I am a romance lover so I just might pick in up in hope that I do not get confused with characters as you have stated.
It is a great book. Hope you will fall in love with Clive and Henrietta, too!

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