Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sara's Promise by Deanna Lynn Sletten

Do you believe in soul mates?

William Grafton had the perfect life with his lovely wife, Sara, and two wonderful children. But one day his perfect forever was shattered when Sara died suddenly, leaving him alone to raise his children and wonder how he would ever get through life without his soul mate. Five years later, he finds himself looking into a familiar pair of blue-green eyes that remind him of Sara. The woman is the exact opposite of his late wife, yet he finds he is drawn to her. But after a few strange occurrences, he begins to wonder–are these just coincidences or has his Sara come back to him as she once promised in the form of this new woman?

Annie Paxton doesn't believe in soul mates or fate. She had watched her father die of a broken heart after her mother passed away and has since cast away any fairy tale ideas of love. Then she meets the man who has been haunting her dreams and she begins to see love in a whole new light. But her dream man is still tied to his deceased wife, and Annie doesn't know if he will ever be able to break away from his past. As strange occurrences unfold, Annie wonders if William could ever truly love her for herself and not for the traits that remind him of Sara.

Were William and Annie brought together by fate, coincidence or by Sara keeping her promise? ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about Sara's Promise ~~

Once again, I am blown away by another beautiful cover! And that question ~ Do you believe in soul mates? ~ I love to think that it is possible to have a soul mate. There has to be some reason that certain people 'find' each other.
'I just know,' Sara said. 'Even if something happened to me, I'd still find a way to be here for you and the kids. That's how strong our bond is.'
Sara's Promise is such a lovely story about everlasting love, with a little bit of magic from up above, trying to make things right. I loved the references to the colorful, beautiful lights that seemed to me to represent the peaceful journey one takes when passing from one world to the next.

Annie doesn't want to fall in love ~
She saw what love had done to her father, how it had destroyed his life, and she knew she never wanted to love anyone that deeply. It was too painful to lose the one you loved.
~ but when she meets William, there is something there, some kind of attraction that she doesn't understand. And William is not looking for a replacement for his soul mate, Sara, but he feels drawn to Annie. But can he let Sara go and find happiness and love again?

Sara's Promise is a wonderful story that I just got lost in. Deanna writes such warm, beautiful words that makes one just keep reading and reading. I did not want to put the book down, I did not want to leave Sara's world.

I read and reviewed another one of Deanna's books, Memories, in October. Memories is another beautiful story. To read my thoughts and find out more about the book, check out this post.

And admit it, don't you think this cover is amazing too?

I just checked and both Sara's Promise and Memories
e-books are available right now from Amazon for only $3.99!

What a great deal for these beautiful stories!

About the author

Deanna Lynn Sletten writes women's fiction novels that go beyond the basic romance novel. Her stories dig deeply into the lives of the characters, giving the reader an in-depth look into their hearts and souls. Deanna has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime.

Deanna started her writing career in the early 1990s writing articles for parenting publications and local newspapers. Over time she transitioned to writing for blogs and websites and was a contributing writer for the women's website, She Knows. In November 2011, she changed course and put all her energy into novel writing and hasn't looked back since.

Deanna is married and and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her northern Minnesota home with her beautiful Australian Shepard or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.

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  1. Hi Susan,

    Thank you so much for this lovely review of Sara's Promise and for sharing it with your readers. I am so happy you enjoyed my novel. I agree with you - the cover is beautiful! Deborah at Tugboat Design knows how to make a great cover!

  2. What a wonderful review! I have to admit I followed Deanna on her Sara's Promise blog tour. She did the neatest thing by posting a new excerpt everyday. I fell in love with the book (and the wonderful cover!). I have it in my ereader, but have not gotten to it yet. This wonderful review might just make me bump it up the list. I haven't read Memories, but I would recommend Outlaw Heroes by Deanna. It is a middle grade novel and I absolutely loved it. Thanks!

    Paul R. Hewlett

    1. Thanks Paul. You are so kind. I hope you do enjoy it when you get a chance to read it. My brother-in-law has read all of my books (which surprised me since he reads mostly mystery/suspense) and has enjoyed them. Hopefully, you will too.


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