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Isobel's Promise

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A promise for the future. A threat from the past. Can Bel find happiness?

Back in Sydney after her aunt’s death, sixty-five year-old Bel Davison is making plans to sell up her home and business and return to Scotland where she has promised to spend the rest of her life with the enigmatic Scotsman with whom she’s found love.
But the reappearance of her ex-husband combined wi
Published August 2nd 2018 by Cala Publishing
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Bel Davison had returned to Sydney after her aunt’s funeral, sorting out the future of Aunt Isobel’s old home before she’d left – following her instructions with the help of Matt Reid, Isobel’s solicitor and now Bel’s future. Bel had promised Matt she’d return to Scotland and his home by Christmas, so selling her home and business was her main priority.

But as one thing after another combined to drag Bel down, she wondered if it would be possible to get it all done. The night she was closing her
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
‘It was a typical dreich Scottish day’. So begins the return journey with Isobel ‘Bel’ Davison, as we reconnect with her following the turn of events in Maggie Christensen’s previous novel, The Good Sister. Although Isobel’s Promise does intersect with the happenings of Isobel’s Promise, it is a strong novel with contemporary themes that can be read in isolation of its predecessor. In Isobel’s Promise, matters of the heart are high up on the agenda, along wi
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great story, I have not read one of MS Christensen’s books before, so how lucky that I found a new author, the characters in this one are older and so very engaging and easy to love and to make friends with, loved the setting Scotland and Sydney Australia, and with a cast of characters that add so much to the story, this one is a real page turner, so clear the calendar for a day or two.

Bel Davison, has just returned back home to Sydney to sell up her house and business to move ba
Theresa Smith
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: aww2018
Isobel’s Promise continues the story of Bel Davison, who we first met in The Good Sister. Unlike its predecessor which was a dual time-slip narrative, Isobel’s Promise is entirely contemporary. It picks up pretty much where The Good Sister left off so there’s a nice thread of continuity linking the two novels.

There’s a lot going on for Bel when she returns to Australia with the intent of packing up her life and moving back to Scotland so she can create a future with Matt. It seems that once Bel
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It looks like forces are keeping Matt and Bel from being together with one problem after the next. She loses her help in her shop, she's having problems selling her home and then her ex husband comes back on the scene asking for assistance! Then to top it off Matt Is pressured by his family to can these two get relief. This is an emotionally charged story that will pull your heart strings and it's great to see love is still alive at any age. I voluntarily agreed to receive an ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book and is absolutely wonderful. Bel returns to Australia to tie up loose ends so that she can return to Scotland and the love of her life Matt. But, there are so many obstacles that pop up along the way that could come in the way of Matt and Bel's second chance at happiness. I love Maggie's stories. They always leave me feeling great. Knowing that life doesn't end when you hit a certain age and that love will always be there no matter what age you are. This book is written w ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel is the continuation of Maggie's Scottish Series that began with A Good Sister. It follows on with the story of Bel who came to Scotland at the request of her dying aunt. There she met Matt who was Aunt Isobel's solicitor and they fell in love. Bel returns to Sydney to sort out her life there as she has a home and a boutique. She promises to return to Scotland for Christmas with the view to moving there permanently. Firstly her assistant at her boutique leaves, and she has to find some ...more
Maggie Storey
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How refreshing to have a mature woman on the cover of a novel! In Maggie Christensen's latest book I was instantly reunited with 'old friends' from her previous novels. Isobel's Promise is a sequel to The Good Sister, however it is also a stand alone book. It is a modern story encompassing strong characters. Bel is an independent business woman whilst Matt is a widower who appeared to be a lonely professional man cosseted by his daughter.
The inevitable connection between Matt and Bel was appare
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Maggie Christensen. Even though this book is the second in a series, I didn't feel like I missed out by not reading the first one. This story picks up with Isobel, or Bel for short, needing to return to Australian to put her affairs in order before returning to Scotland to be with the man she loves. Of course, nothing goes as expected and we get to go along for the ride as Bel tries to figure out if she is going to give up everything she has worked a lifetime to ...more
Julie Cobham
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Isobel’s Promise takes up immediately where The Good Sister left off. Bel is returning to Australia to sell up her home and business and return to the new love of her life in Scotland.
The story moves along well with some most unexpected interruptions to Bel’s plans. The introduction of Celia into Bel’s life is welcome as I felt she was a well rounded character with whom I could sympathise. Ultimately Matt, the Scottish lover, comes to Australia and things really get messed up. His unexpected d
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, I loved this book, from the wonderful colourful cover to the fascinating story penned by Australian author Maggie Christensen.
How refreshing it was to read a story about older women and their second chance at happiness.
Lots of things clicked for me in this book, my husband is a Scotsman who made his home with me in New Zealand so I understand the difficulties of relationships with families across the oceans. He also has emphysema just as Isobel had. We have a daughter named Ailsa, and anot
Mary Monks
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another delightful read from this Queensland author.
65 year old Isobel (Bel) returns to Sydney after her aunt's death in Scotland.
While she was there though, she met Matt, fell in love, and returned to Sydney promising to return to Scotland (and Matt) for good after selling her house and business.
This promise she made is jeopardized by a number of events ..... is the promise to Matt the only one referred to in the title? What about the appearance of her ex-husband? Her house-mate? How will these
Evonne Hutton
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Home is were the heart is.
This second chance romance highlights that despite regrets, fears and second guessing we need to decide what is important to us now and deal with that.
No one can change the past but you can change the future.
Well written with an outstanding story line and strong characters
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Second chances are probably one of lifes scariest things to take. Risking it all on love and hoping you made the right choice. But truly your heart knows and then your head will follow. This is a wonderful story of second chances and family and following your heart. Very heart warming.

I read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Robyn Hatherly
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Isobel's Promise. Why? Because Maggie told of story of love not lust as so many writers do these days. She told of a lady who had thought her life was to be the same as her past but she was wrong. Maggie wrote of Isobel's past, present and future and of a lady with a heart of gold. Thank you Maggie, loved every minute of my time in Isobel's life.
Mary Lexie
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed Isobel's Promise. The author has the ability to engage the reader from the first sentence until the end. Just loved the story and Maggie's descriptive writing had me engaged from the beginning. A wonderful story and thank you.
Janet Graham
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Twilight Years Romance
I love this story! The romance of an older couple, the views of their friends and family about it, the interference of a former spouse create a multi-layered story. This is a full length novel that gets to the root of the emotions of all of the characters. It is quite a character study that I will read again.
I received this ARC book for free and voluntarily chose to post my honest review.
booklover BEV
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved every bit about this book, Isobel Davison story continues coming home for her aunts funeral. so heartwarming that will keep you gripped into the story
Sandra McKenna
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this series.

Following her Aunt's funeral, Bel returns to Australia to tidy up her affairs so she can return to be with Matt in Scotland for Christmas.
There are lots of hurdles to cross, unexpected visitors to deal with, as well as doubts about the future.
I am enjoying this fabulous series; it is rare to discover romance stories based on people of a certain age, and these hit the spot.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-arc, arc-read
As an older woman, it feels good to read a book about an older woman. I enjoyed it. I recieved an ARC and this is my honest review.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I know some people doubt the immense appeal for the older reader of a book where characters are at mid-life or beyond and share many of life’s experiences – after all, we were all young once, weren’t we? But it’s just wonderful to open a book and find that you can totally identify with its central characters, recognise their concerns and responses, understand their dilemmas. I loved watching the relationship between Matt and Bel develop in The Good Sister, and took them to my heart – and it was ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Isobel’s Promise is the first book I read in 2020. I started it on the evening of January 1st and finished it the next morning. This is one of those “can’t put down” books. I was hooked on the first page. Written beautifully with careful thought to the layout of the story, I soon fell in love with Matt and Isobel, but especially Isobel. She is a strong woman who found the love of her life at the age of 65. She reminds me a lot of my grandmother who seldom had a bad word for anyone and always had ...more
Anne Rightler
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Isobel's Promise by Maggie Christensen is the sequel to The Good Sister. This second book is certainly a stand-alone read as I did not know there was a first book until I had completed Isobel's Promise. Being 'of an age' myself, I enjoyed the story of a love found later in life. Second chance stories always bring a sense of hope and expectancy to the reader. Bel and Matt's love journey was fraught with struggles and throughout the book, I often wondered if they would ever be together. A resistan ...more
Anne Ogger
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Good Book

I gave this book 4stars. Maggie Christensen writes about an older woman from Australia in Scotland to be with her dying aunt. She meets her aunts solicitor and a friendship turns into love. After Isobel's aunt died and her estate is settled, Isobel and Matt make plans for Isobel to Scotland.Isobel returns to Australia to prepare to sell her house and her business. Some unexpected things come up that Isobel finds herself in a bind. Matt comes to.Australia for a visit,but must leave sud
Barbara D. Mason
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just didn’t find this to be an interesting story!
It went on and on about Bel’s dilemma on leaving for Scotland, yet (in my opinion) she wasn’t very proactive in selling her house and especially her business. Taking in her ex-husband, Pete, was particularly annoying. The way Matt stormed off after a simple argument was over reacting, to say the least. His silence once he was back in Scotland was uncharacteristic.
In summary, there was too much artificial drama. It didn’t capture me. But the one
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I selected this book because it had a lot of characters in their 60s, its high rating and the fact that it was written by an Australian Women.
As I am in that age group, I thought it would appeal to me. I was very disappointed and I struggled to finish. I like strong characters in the books I read and Isobel was anything but, forever wondering about decisions she had to make. No real depth in the characters but instead as Barbara, another reviewer has said ‘Too much artificial drama’.
I do not re
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Isobel's Promise" by Maggie Christensen is on Kindle unlimited. This book was recommended by a fellow reader in our blog group and I am very glad I was able to read it. Bel Davison and Matt Reid's story is one of love found between a mature couple. Life has a way of throwing things in their path to happiness. They both have a past, but are working on a future together.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well-written story about a second chance at love for an older woman and the Scotsman she meets and falls in love with. I am going to be reading the other book that tells more about Isobel and the Aunt's story. I would recommend this book. I received a copy of this book from Hidden Gems and I am voluntarily reviewing it. ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This beautifully written story captured my attention from the very first page! The plot was well planned and the well detailed characters made it feel like I was being drawn deeper and deeper into their story as it unfolded!
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was genuinely, just a nice story. It was a pleasure to read about an older couple ( in their 60s) finding love again. The story taking place in both Scotland and Australia allowed for some nice description of both locations. I received a free copy of this story in exchange for my review.
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After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her frequent visits to family in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them.
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