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Promises of the Heart

(Savannah Skies #1)

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The first novel in a new series from bestselling author Nan Rossiter tells the moving story of a couple struggling to start a family and the young foster girl with a heart condition who changes their lives forever.

"A multi-leveled, beautifully written story that will glow in readers' hearts long after the last page is turned."--Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling a
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Published February 4th 2020 by HarperCollins
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those stories that pulls at your heart an unloved foster child no one wants. But don't let that keep you from reading this book. I wont tell you how it turns out you must read it for your self, but I bet you wont be turning the pages fast enough to see what happens.
This is a four star read and I can't wait to hear your thoughts after you read it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own
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Meghan
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Promises of the Heart reflects the importance of family and love. Those factors were key in shaping the lives of Macey, Ben, Keeper and Harper. Ben and Macey want a child, Keeper wants an owner, and Harper wants a family but all should be easy but all is complicated. Ben and Macey don't want to adopt and Harper h
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Mary
Thanks to Nan Rossiter and Harper Paperbacks for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
Promises of the Heart is one of those novels that surprised me by how quickly it worked itself into my heart. I grew to love the characters and worried how life would go for them all.

Nine-year-old Harper’s mother died years ago. She’s never met her father and she’s had heart-breaking foster situations. Ben and Macey have just suffered another miscarriage. All they’ve wanted is a family to fill their big Vic
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Nursebookie
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excited to review the Savannah Skies first book in this series, PROMISES OF THE HEART by Nan Rossiter.

This installment of the series is about married couple Macey and Ben Samuelson who were childhood sweethearts longing to start a family and fill their Dream Victorian Home in Tybee Island with the sounds of children’s voices. But over the past six years and five miscarriages later their hearts keep getting broken yet their hopes remain.

At a pet adoption event they meet a three legged Golden Ret
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Maureen Timerman
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A book that I was immersed in very quickly, one that I had to page turn to the end, and then wanted more.
Loved this couple, they show the love they feel for each other in all their actions, and everyone would want a relationship like theirs.
The one heart desire for both of them is a child, and so far, it has been denied, but God works in mysterious ways, and we get to see how, and it will bring tears to your eyes!
What she wants is what she gets? Well, you need to read this one to see how a three
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Ti
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Short of It:

This story is full of heart. It’s a story about acceptance, new beginnings and continuing to have faith in what you cannot see.

The Rest of It:

Macey and Ben appear to have it all but the one thing they miss the most is a family to call their own. After several miscarriages, Macey is beginning to wonder if they will ever have a child of their own. Ben, although supportive, has his doubts too. Especially when Macey sets her sights on a three-legged dog at an adoption event, and then
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Jen
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My eyes are leaking! This was such a sweet, feel good story. Rescue dogs and foster care are two of my biggest passions so I was ecstatic to find them combined in a book! This story is heartfelt and emotional. While it was totally predictable- sometimes you just want a comfort book, ya know? My thanks to the publisher for supplying me a free review copy in exchange for my honest review.
Kelly Beckner
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Promises of the Heart is a feel good story about a childless couple and their journey to find their family through foster adoption after several miscarriages. Harper is a tough child with a sweet soul that needs to find the right family after losing hers. The story also includes heartwarming moments with an adorable dog, Keeper, that is looking for his forever family.

I thoroughly enjoyed the tale and read in just a few days. All of the characters seemed real. I became easily engrossed in them a
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MaryKaye
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I just finished Promises of the Heart and absolutely loved it. Why: I have a golden lab and he acts just like Keeper in the story. My neighbors lab just had his leg amputated due to cancer. My daughters lab that just passed away, was named Tucker. What a coincidence. No wonder I liked this book. It is a heartfelt story of love in every aspect. I loved the humor between Cora and Harper and it made me smile. All around excellent book and also a GREAT beach read.

I received this book free from
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Kathy
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Macey and Ben Samuelson have a good life. There is only one thing missing: a baby. Macey, a nurse, has had several miscarriages, both upsetting and disappointing. Ben is very supportive of Macey, and it is obvious this pair deeply love each other. After her last miscarriage, Macey falls into a funk. While out with her sister, they come upon as animal shelter “fair” where dogs are on display, hoping someone will adopt them. Macey is taken in by a three-legged dog, Keeper, but hesitates to move in ...more
Andrea Stoeckel
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"'But if you never take a chance', she added wearily,'how do you know?'"

Tybee Island Georgia is where the young couple Macey and Ben Samuelson live; She's a PA and he's a home restoration carpenter. The one thing they thought when they bought their big Victorian was that they'd be able to fill it with a big family. However, after her fifth miscarriage it was looking like that might never happen.

Harper Wheaten had been bounced around the foster system so much she's sure they'll never find another
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Wendy
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to Harper Perennial for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Macey and Ben Samuelson have been trying to have kids for years, but after her fifth miscarriage in six years, Macey is starting to lose faith in ever having children to fill the large Victorian house they've been remodeling to prepare for a large family. Her sister suggests adoption but Macey and Ben aren't interested in going down that path ... until Macey meets a three-legged Golden Retriever named Keeper
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Kathryn
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bittersweet story of being a foster child and on another plane pets also needing a home. Who will put their hand up? Plus a tricky situation with a heart. I enjoyed this via audiobook - really well narrated. Moving. Will certainly want to read the next one.
Kathleen Peterson
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. It is such a heartwarming story about a husband and wife who want to have children and fill a huge home located on Tybee Island, Georgia. Unfortunately, Marci has several heartbreaking miscarriages. As the story progresses, we see Marci slowly come to terms with her losses and how she begins to build her life by helping others, particularly a little girl who is in desperate need of love. I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely story which brought tears ...more
Marie Christensen
This book is fabulous...I loved every minute of it! This was my third N.R. book & I’ll be getting more!
Lynne
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through Goodreads as a giveaway winner!I loved this book so much! I have read many of this authors books, but this one is my absolute favorite!

The story was very real,emotional and filled with inspiration.
I loved how the author kept the story moving at a quick pace that I never wants the story to end!
Dana
A heartwarming story about a little girl in need of a loving home and a grieving couple desperate for a child. This book covers serious issues such as child abuse, the failures of the foster care system, infertility, illness, and death, but it does so with a light touch. Those looking for a deep dive into these issues will find that Rossiter's exploration only skims the surface. The simple language, while lacking in sophistication, evokes heartfelt emotions as the story progresses and Harper fin ...more
Emily Chason
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. The story is great and very touching.
BrittsBookClub
So if you know my Instagram account (@brittsbookclub), then you know I have a golden retriever that I love and he poses in all of my photos! So obviously, when I saw this book, I had to have it. I was lucky enough to receive a copy and couldn’t have been happier with the results. In the midst of all of the thrillers and intense books I read, this was the perfect feel-good book.

First and foremost, I loved the characters. They all had different trials happening in their lives, yet they were so str
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Dorothy Minor
As one who reviews books as The Book Whisperer and a confessed book club junkie, I enter contests to win books for my book club(s) and just for me. I have been fortunate in 2020, a year of otherwise unlucky events, to win a number of books, both single copies and multiple copies to share.
I didn’t win a copy of Promises of the Heart by Nan Rossiter, but I DID win 20 copies of its sequel Promises to Keep for my book club. I won the copies from The Book Club Cookbook. While the books can be read a
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Tracy
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing for Booklist--more to come
Diana Imparato
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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wellreadtraveler
I’m not crying your crying! If you’re like me you see a book with a child or animal on the cover and you automatically grab a box of tissue. Well I can tell you I shed a few tears, but the doggie and child on this cover were not harmed in the making of this story. I was really feeling the book blues lately, nothing really capturing my wandering mind, but boy did this one break my bored streak! The story flows so nicely, I loved the characters, and the best part is I expected a few things to have ...more
Linda Zagon
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nan Rossiter, author of "Promises of the Heart" has beautifully written an endearing, emotional, heartwarming, poignant, captivating and memorable novel. The genres for this story are fiction and women's fiction. The timeline for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her characters as mostly likable, kind, and people you would want for neighbors.  There are some adorable animals in this novel as well.

Nan Rossiter has
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Jill (chill_jilland_read)
Can I just begin by saying my heart burst into a million pieces??

This story is a heart-grabber from the start. Thank you Nan Rossiter, Harper Books, and Suzy Approved Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

(from the cover) Macey and Ben Samuelson have much to be thankful for: great friends, a beautiful-if high maintenance-Victorian house of idyllic Tybee Island, and a rock-solid marriage. The only thing missing is what they want the most. After he
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Mary
Welcome to beautiful Tybee Island, Georgia, where Macey and Ben Samuelson look to fulfill their dreams for the future. However, although they have found and are restoring a beautiful home where they hope to raise a family, attempts to have a baby have resulted in a number of miscarriages. Adoption has been suggested, but they are adamant about having children of their own.

Macey, a physician’s assistant, meets Harper Wheaton when she comes to the office with a heart condition. Harper has been in
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Kari
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PROMISES OF THE HEART
By NaN Rossiter

I really love when you find a truly good for the soul book that comes full circle. Mrs. Rossiter really can really write a page turner that stirs your emotions in every which way. The drama in this book was intense but heartfelt and rings true to the saying, “What is meant to be, will be”.

This story is told from two main viewpoints, Macey who is married to Ben and facing difficulties and pain in life leaving her to question if they were meant to be parents. Th
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Leslie - Shobizreads
Set in Tybee Island, this novel tells the story of Macy & Ben, a couple longing to become parents and a spunky foster child named Harper who is looking for a stable home. Along the way, all become smitten with Keeper, a 3-legged Golden Retriever, also looking for a forever home.⁣

As a former foster care caseworker, I appreciated the ways that this novel tackled the hardships of the foster care system, especially for older children who can often sabotage placements when all they want is a stable
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Carol
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story and this author!!!!! Macey and Ben have a lot to be thankful for great friends and a high maintenance house on Tybee Island and a rock solid marriage. The only thing missing is what they want the most. After their 5th miscarriage in 6 years Macey worries that the family that they dreamed of may be out of reach. Her sister suggests adoption but Macey and Ben are not interested in adoption until a three legged golden retriever named Keeper wags his trail and into their lives and h ...more
Suzie Rao
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very sweet and times sad novel about a young couple who have suffered many miscarriages. Macey and Ben have successful careers and have a large house. They hoped to fill the house with lots of children. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen. Macey meets Keeper, a three-legged Golden Retriever, at a pet adoption event. She convinces Ben that they need to adopt him. Meanwhile, Harper, a nine-year old foster child, is taken away from her foster home. Harper is a kind hearted but troubled chi ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Rossiter loves to weave together stories about the complicated relationships to which all readers can relate -- motherhood, sisterhood, friendship, marriage and romance. She draws from her own life experiences to create authentic situations that mirror the trials and triumphs we all face. Compassionate, real, and funny, her books take readers on ...more

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