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Yesterday’s Promise, by Linda Lee Chaikin

The story: Rogan Chantry, an heir to the diamond mining British South Africa Company, does not care for the way his uncle is running the business and fears his uncle’s ambitions will someday take him too far.  Chantry declares his independence from the family — something his uncle does not take lightly — and begins his own pursuit for gold using a mysterious map which Chantry believes, is what the murderer sought the night his Uncle Henry died.  And, as if the family tension wasn’t enough, there are also brewing tensions between the native tribesmen, the missionaries, and the colonists.  Meanwhile, the murderer, unaware Chantry has the map, is still searching for it and critically injures Evy Varley, the missionary girl Chantry loves.

My thoughts: I didn’t realize, as I started to read Yesterday’s Promise, that it was book two in a series. I was quite frustrated by the scope of the story.  It seemed too big for just one book and I felt like I was dropped smack dab in the middle.  Once I realized that is exactly what happened, I felt much better about what I had read.  The writing is excellent.  The characters are intriguing.  I puzzled over the “who dunnit” and quite enjoyed the suspense.  I recommend this book as a very good read, but I think you’ll enjoy it most if you begin with book #1.

I would like to thank WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this book for review.


    1. Melli — I didn’t pick book two to start on. They send them free for me to review, and I didn’t read the fine print inside the book jacket until after I was befuddled!

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