by Danielle Steel
I believe this was the first book that I had read by Danielle Steel. I was surprised to see it was actually based on a screen play by Michael White. The Promise is a very powerful story, not only about love but also about hope, fate, faith in others, pride and loss.
Michael Hillyard is the heir to his family dynasty and attends classes at Harvard. During his second year, he meets artist Nancy McCallister. After dating for two years, as Michael is about to graduate, he seeks his mother's blessing to marry Nancy ... but does not receive it. They decide to elope that night but on the way to the chapel they get into a car accident. One that will change the course of both of their lives.
A truly heartbreaking story unfolds, both lovers lost to each other for different reasons. Will either ever bury their past, move on with their lives, and trust again? Are they destined to be bitter, trying to fill the emptiness of their lives with their careers? I'm hardly a romantic but this tale even tugs at my heartstrings. This novel is most definitely required reading for every romantic and/or Danielle Steel fan.