One of the things I've been trying to do more of lately is support other authors. I love to read and have always loved books, but these past few months I have found myself with the opportunity to support authors in other ways as well. One of those ways is by helping authors promote their books by reading them early and reviewing them. One such book I've had this opportunity with is The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese.
The Promise of Rayne is the first in a series taking place in Shelby Falls, Idaho. It's two main characters are Rayne Shelby, and Levi Harding. Rayne is a member of the prominent Shelby family and has the dream of one day managing the family's iconic lodge. Levi is the apprentice of Ford Winslow, enemy number one of the Shelby family. Their story is one of secrets, trust, and second chances.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the characters. Rayne is compassionate yet strong willed, desiring to be accepted by her well to do family, yet also desiring to help those around her. Levi is fierce and protective with a kind heart and the ability to see the good in almost everyone. The two shared a connection when they were teenagers but obligation to family stopped Rayne from pursuing the friendship any further. The story picks up several years later with Rayne so close to her dream of managing the lodge but one big mistake stands in her way. The one person that can help her fix it? Levi of course! Once the line is crossed over to Fred's land, Rayne can't seem to keep away from Levi. I'll refrain from telling you much more so you can read it for yourself but their story is one of secrets, adventures, wildfires, and so much more. There were also a handful of secondary characters that made an appearance and Nicole did a great job of balancing their role in the story without taking away from Rayne and Levi. There was one character in particular though that definitely needs her own story, and soon. I also loved the town of Shelby Falls and though I have never been to Idaho, felt like I was there with them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. But more than that, I find that a lot of times, God speaks to me through fiction, and this was true of this book as well. There were several times Rayne or Levi would express something and I could find myself relating in such a real way. That's why I love books, why I love reading them, why I love writing them. Characters have the opportunity to speak to you in ways you might not otherwise listen. So thank you Nicole for Rayne and Levi's story.
The Promise of Rayne releases TODAY! Here is the link to order it
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