Title: Where Promises Die
Author: R.C. Stephens
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Haunted by a childhood trauma that leaves her orphaned, eleven-year-old Grace finds herself on the doorstep of the Duncans, her new adoptive family, broken and unable to speak. Catapulted from a bustling New York City life, she must find a way to call the rural town of Sade, Iowa her new home. Twins Eisav and Jacob Duncan immediately take a liking to Grace, wanting to erase the dark shadows etched on her perfect features.
As the twins vie for her affection, it becomes clear which one makes her smile.
Grace never has a choice for falling in love.
What starts as a way to coax his adopted sister to speak and smile, blossoms into the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.
In this small town it shouldn’t be a crime to fall in love . . .
Isaac Duncan warns his son to stay away from the forbidden fruit. Eisav never listens.
Now an intricate web of lies and secrets stand in the way of Eisav winning back the only woman he has ever loved.
In a place where yesterday’s promises were broken, Eisav must learn what it truly means to love and cherish . . .
But is he too late?
You Thought Your Family was Crazy...
Whew! R.C. Stephens gives her readers a storyline filled with everything but the kitchen sink with Where Promises Die. Each turn of the page was like opening a Pandora's box, never knowing what was going to happen next.
"Grace was his undoing; it was just a matter of time before the prophecy came to fruition."
Eisav Duncan (not a fan of that first name, also not highly religious) has been smitten with Grace since she was eleven years old and came to live with his family. Eisav, his twin brother Jacob and thier sisters welcomed Grace as one of thier own, however he always knew she was the one for him. Spending time together at the lake without the others, Grace and Eisav saw a different side of one another from what the rest of the family saw.
The Duncan's are a highly religious family, almost cult-like religious and unlike his twin Jacob, Eisav never fit in. He was determined, creative and constantly breaking his father's rules, not realizing that one day, it would cost him his girl.
We span years with not only Eisav and Grace, but the entire family to get the whole picture. While I don't want to spoil any of the storylines, things get very complicated and very what the F as we progress. The religious hold on this family is scary and finally Eisav has had enough and does what he thinks is best for everybody. Something that absolutely destroys Grace.
Eisav is written well, a little bit of a bad boy black sheep, but for good reason. Actually, now that I think back, R.C. Stephens did a great job with all of the characters, fitting them perfectly in the story of Eisav, Ivy and the nutty family that surrounds them.
The book is well written and chock full of drama, angst and crazy antics. I was slightly annoyed with the religious undertone at first, however I quickly realized it was necessary to pull of a story like this.