Review: Rumors and Promises
`Rumors and Promises` is a historical fiction/romance novel written by author Kathleen Rouser. Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories ever since she was a young child. She desires to create characters who resonate with her readers.
My favorite character is Sophie, who has class but she is not arrogant. She is also the mother of little Caira, who she claims to be her sister. Ian, the town pastor, discovers the secret. So what will he do with this new secret? Will he want to marry Sophie? If so, will it be just to protect Sophie or because he loves her and her daughter? I was captivated when little Caira went missing.
The introduction to Gertrude Wringer and her niece was rather comical. It reminded me of Nelly Olsen and her mom on `Little House on the Prarie` t.v. series. Nora being a bit snooty and her aunt saying, `Nora is a modest, accomplished woman.`
I chose this book because Kathleen is a new-to-me author and I like the cover of the novel. However, I felt this 350-page novel could have been much condensed without losing the plot and still keeping the reader's interest. I did like this book and give it 4.5* out of 5*.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
About the Author:
Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories since she was a little girl. Her debut novella, "The Pocket Watch," is part of Brave New Century, a Christian historical romance anthology, published in 2013 by Prism Book Group (Inspired Romance). Her short story, "Special Assignment" was part of the Amazon bestseller, Christmas Treasures. Kathleen has also been published in Homeschool Digest, An Encouraging Word, and Happy Sis magazines. She contributes regularly to Novel PASTimes, a blog devoted to promoting mainly Christian historical fiction and to the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog. She is a long time member in good standing of ACFW and a former board member of its Great Lakes Chapter.