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May 9, 2014 / Leslie

Spotlight & Giveaway: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

Today I have a special feature and the opportunity to receive a copy of Ann Weisgarber’s new book, The Promise. It’s a deeply moving story about the Galveston, Texas 1900 Storm, the worst natural disaster in the United States in the 20th century.

The Promise was first published by Pan Macmillan in the United Kingdom, where it was announced recently that the book has been shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The other authors on the shortlist are Kate Atkinson, Eleanor Catton, Jim Crace, Andrew Greig, and Robert Harris. Congratulations Ann!

About the Book

The PromiseThe Promise
by Ann Weisgarber
Historical Fiction
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publish Date: April 1, 2014

1900. Caught in a scandal, Catherine Wainwright, pianist, must leave her comfortable life in Ohio. She travels to Galveston, Texas, and marries the recently widowed Oscar Williams, a childhood admirer whom she has not seen in years.

Catherine is unprepared for the life that awaits her. The weather is sweltering, Oscar’s home is rustic and remote, and his little boy, Andre, resents her presence. But it’s Oscar who most unnerves her. He has expectations that Catherine is unable to fulfill.

Then there is Nan Ogden, Oscar’s housekeeper. Catherine’s arrival comes as a shock to Nan. Not only had she promised Oscar’s first wife that she would take care of Andre, but she has feelings for Oscar that she struggles to hide.

Meanwhile, a powerful hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico gathers strength and spins toward Galveston.

[Read an excerpt.]

About the Author

Ann WeisgarberAnn was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. She graduated from Wright State University in Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and earned a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Houston. She has been a social worker in psychiatric and nursing home facilities, and taught sociology at Wharton County Junior College in Texas.

In addition to Ohio and Texas, Ann has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Des Moines, Iowa. She now splits her time between Sugar Land, Texas, (home to Imperial Sugar Company), and Galveston, Texas. She and her husband, Rob, are fans of America’s national parks and visit at least one park a year.

Ann serves on the selection committee for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. She is currently working on her next novel that takes place in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, during the winter of 1888.

Connect with Ann

Twitter | Goodreads | Webpage | LinkedIn
Virtual Book Tour and Author Appearances

Giveaway Information

Thanks to the publicist, I have one copy of The Promise to give away to a reader with a US mailing address. To enter, fill out the form below on or before midnight, May 17, 2014. For an extra entry, tweet or blog about the giveaway. Winners will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond.

[Giveaway has ended]

Winner: Serena

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  1. Suko / May 9 2014 5:01 pm

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Leslie! I’ll add it to my blog’s sidebar.


  2. stacybuckeye / May 9 2014 9:45 pm

    Gage is obsessed with trains and everything related to trains. IT’s something we can use as a motivator. I saw the cover of this I got excited by the tracks, LOL. I haven’t lost my mind with this mothering thing at all!


  3. WordsAndPeace / May 10 2014 12:00 am

    thanks for the giveaway. I love books by this publisher!


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