Alaina Ryan’s father is dying. She makes
him a promise to take him home to Ireland to die and so they
set off for the Emerald Isle. Unsure of what she is going to
find there, Alaina is unprepared when her father tells her
that he wishes for her to marry a stranger. The stranger is
Torin O’Brien, the son of a childhood friend of her father’s
but still a stranger. Ever since the Civil War, Alaina has
had a hard time being around men. Torin is no different and
she is unsure if she will ever be ready to be touched again.
Torin O’Brien has his own ghosts to
contend with. Feeling responsible for the death of his first
love, Torin doesn’t want to become involved with Alaina Ryan.
Sensing her turmoil, Torin’s resolve is challenged. He is
attracted to Alaina and knows she would make a lovely wife.
He just can’t marry her. Besides, would she really want to
marry a man responsible for the death of another woman?
I love a good historical romance and was
so excited to read the blurb for Alaina’s
Promise. I had extremely high hopes that I would be
treated to a historical romance that would be well written,
intriguing, and sensual. Alaina’s Promise was
well written. I could sense the turmoil and trepidation of
both characters. Each of whom has ghosts to keep at bay just
to live a normal life. It was intriguing because until midway
through the novel, I couldn’t figure out why Alaina was being
such a scared and unobtrusive woman. It was sensual in that
the love they finally shared after getting through past hurts
and harms was steamy and went soul deep.
My only fault with Alaina’s Promise
was the amount of time it took to get from point A to point B
and I feared losing interest. The plot seemed to drag in some
places and I had to put it down more than once and come back
and pick it back up again. Once I got past that part of the
book, my interest was once more in tune with what was going on
in the setting and storyline and I ended up enjoying the rest
of the book. More regency romance than historical in my
opinion, Alaina’s Promise is more tension filled
than I would have liked. However, I will be the first to
admit that I love how the plot ended and everything tied
together. I am going to read Meg Allison again, just maybe
not this particular book.