Best friends Eliana and Luke agreed to marry if she was still single by age twenty-seven. And when her birthday arrived, Luke proposed. At first, everything seemed perfect. A little too perfect. Eliana now realizes she has everything she ever wanted—except Luke’s heart. Can their friendship survive their engagement?
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Book 1: Hill Country Secret Book 2: Coming Home to Texas Book 3: The Texan's Secret Son Book 4: Hill Country Promise Book 5: Snowbound with the Rancher
Kit Hawthorne makes her home in south central Texas on her husband’s ancestral farm, where seven generations of his family have lived, worked, and loved. When not writing, she can be found reading, drawing, sewing, quilting, reupholstering furniture, playing Irish pennywhistle, refinishing old wood, cooking huge amounts of food for the pressure canner, or wrangling various dogs, cats, goats, and people.
Sweet romance fans will be completely gripped by Kit Hawthorne’s enchanting contemporary romance, Hill Country Promise.
Eliana and Luke are the best of friends who had made a pact: that if Eliana was still single by the age of twenty-seven, then the two of them would get married. With the years going by and Eliana still unattached, when her twenty-seventh birthday dawned, Luke honored his promise and proposed to his best friend. Marrying somebody you care deeply about seemed like the perfect plan and as the two of them begin to plan their wedding, everything seems to be perfect. Perhaps a little bit too perfect…
Eliana is elated to be marrying Luke, however, even though she will soon have his ring on her finger, she isn’t sure how she feels about the fact that she doesn’t have her best friend’s heart. Eliana would love nothing more than for their marriage to be a real one, but as Luke begins to get more and more distant and their wedding is put in jeopardy, she cannot help but worry that not only will she end up losing Luke as a husband, but also as a friend!
Are Luke and Eliana destined to be together? Will their friendship survive the engagement? And will love find a way to bring these two soulmates together…forever?
Kit Hawthorne’s Hill Country Promise is a gorgeous romantic read that tugs at the heartstrings and will give readers all the feels. Full of hope, charm and heart, Hill Country Promise is a lovely read perfect for losing oneself in and readers will fall head over heels in love with Luke and Eliana.
With a winning blend of humor, emotion, pathos and intensity, Hill Country Promise is a engrossing and enjoyable romantic tale from the talented Kit Hawthorne.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Another in the Truly Texas series in which banking employee Eliana and dining manager Luke are best friends who vowed they'd marry if Eliana hit age 27 and was still single. Sounds good, right? The problem is that childhood promises don't always look or feel quite the same when the kids involved are now adults.
But all seems great until it doesn't and Eliana does what she's managed to accomplish with every other guy she's ever dated--even though her dates with Luke are precious few and rarely enjoyed. And when she gives him back the ring, Luke is crushed, unsure what he's done wrong when all he's ever attempted is to do right by Eliana and what she's always said he should do when courting a woman.
So, what's a girl to do six months after that oh-so-painful break-up? Should she go out with that bearded guy who looks like a badass oil worker? He certainly has great shoulders... But then he turns around. Oh! Is that Luke? And he says he quit the job he's always loved? What has happened to Eliana's best friend and why has he been replaced by this facial-hair-covered guy from the oil fields?
Luke and Elina made a marriage pact 7 years ago if she wasn't married by age 27 they would get married if either of them wasn't dating.It came to her 27th birthday and she still isn't married so he proposed.at first everything is seemed perfect.a little to perfect now Elina realizes she has everything she ever wanted except Luke's heart.can their friend ship survive their engagement. This was a quick read for me and was really hard for me to put down and stayed up too late a few nights reading it. I won this book in a giveaway from the author but wasn't required to leave an review
The story begins with Eliana breaking up with yet another boyfriend. She is a banker in Austin, and she has so far attracted a string of self-absorbed man-children who treat her as arm candy. If only there were someone who truly cared about making her happy, who would be able to listen to her, and to hang out with her in companionable silence.
That would be Luke, her childhood buddy from her old hometown. Eliana calls Luke, as she usually does after a breakup, to share the details of how unbelievably thoughtless this latest boyfriend was, when Luke reminds her that they had once made a pact, that if she were still single when she turned 27, they would marry each other. And guess what, it’s her birthday.
Many young people make such pacts. My husband made two, but he never had to carry them out because he met me, and here we are. Almost nobody carries out their teenage marriage pacts. But why not?
Luke is a restaurant manager in Limestone Springs. He is a good guy: friendly and honest. Everyone likes him. He is stable. He has been careful with money, and his bought his own house. And he clearly adores Eliana, has adored her since childhood, and has just been waiting his turn to let her know.
Eliana’s large family is skeptical, naturally, but Luke wins them over. Even Eliana’s cat gets along with Luke’s dog. I myself was 100% behind Luke and Eliana as a couple. What could possibly be wrong with marrying a man who is kind and thoughtful and attentive?
There was something. And it was something surprising that made me think seriously about relationships. What should Eliana do? What would I have done? Luke is not hiding a dark side. He’s not secretly a criminal. He really is a good, decent man, and he and Eliana do truly love each other. Here I don’t know how much is too much to say. I would love to tell you, and then we could talk about it, but sometimes other people think things are spoilers that I don't think are spoilers, and I hate being yelled at.
The conclusion is that this is a book in the Harlequin Heartwarming series, and I did indeed feel that it was heartwarming.