Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village where the Wheelers, owners of the village shop, take them in. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads
Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will marry the woman he yearns for.
When McBride discovers where Charlotte lives, his threats begin. Harry fights to keep Charlotte safe, but World War I erupts and Harry enlists.
Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride's constant harassment, and the possibility of the man she loves being killed.
Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?
AnneMarie Doust has once again successfully captured the plight of women in a tumultuous period of English history. The novel opens with a young woman, Charlotte Brookes, and her young sister, fleeing their home in desperation. Homeless, penniless, and hungry, the two spend a year in desperate indigence. And then finally, in a small Yorkshire village, they find a childless couple who rescues them from their dire situation and gives them a home. And then Charlotte encounters Harry Belmont, a prominent man of wealth in the village. Friendship soon turns into much, much more, as the two face their own individual insurmountable problems.
Once again, AnneMarie Brear has written an engaging historical fiction novel that highlights a tumultuous era and how women of the time were impacted. I've long been a fan of this author and have read all her novels. At the heart of each book is a sympathetic heroine and an honorable hero who find themselves fighting a prevalent, dark social issue: be it poverty, hunger, abuse, and more. With each story, I have been heartened and enlightened, and taught how courage and perseverance can help me succeed in my own life. AnneMarie Brear is a talented author who knows how to wrench a reader's heart, taking the reader from desolation to utter joy. The Promise of Tomorrow is another wonderful ready by this talented writer. Highly recommended.