Publication date: 28th February 2019
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Kathleen Harryman and Lucy Marshall
Print Length: 328 pages (paperback) 330 pages (kindle)

The Promise – A World War II Historical Romance
By Kathleen Harryman and Lucy Marshall

About The Promise

How far would you go to keep a promise?
In the heat of battle, one man’s promise to another will be tested.

September 1939

As Britain is gripped by the fear and uncertainty of war, Tom Armitage stands to gain the one thing that he never thought possible – his freedom.

Rosie Elliot sees her future crumbling to dust as Will Aarons leaves Whitby with Jimmy Chappell to fight in the war. As she begins work at The Turnstone Convalescent Home, Rosie finds something she thought she had lost. Friendship. But friendship soon turns to love. Can this new love replace Will?

This is not an ordinary love story.

It’s a story of love, loss, courage, and honour.

Of promises that must be kept or risk losing everything you’ve ever held dear.

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Chapter 10

William Aarons

The Glasgow Highlanders, (Walcheren Barracks) Maryhill

With Arthur gone, and the troops all moved out, the barracks had become a frenzy of training. It had left us all more conscious than ever that soldiers on the battlefield were relying on us to get trained so we could help them. Out there in France, the 51st Division needed us. We owed it to them to be the best soldiers we could be.

If only I’d known back then when they’d left for France that I’d never see those lads / Jocks / soldiers again, I’d have done more than salute them. What more I would have done, I don’t know, but I’d have done something special. Maybe I’d have told them how important they were. That we would always remember them.

At about the same time, the news about Dunkirk reached us. We’d learnt about the devastation that had hit the soldiers on the Maginot Line. There were no reports on the radio about the defeat and loss of life, even as Britain celebrated the safe arrival of soldiers from Dunkirk. No one had spoken about the 51st Division who had been sent over to defend the Maginot Line at the Hackenbrg Fortress — cut off from the other battalions. Our lads had been left, surrounded by the Ger- mans on all fronts in the biggest dog fight of their lives.

When the news finally came in that Major-General Victor Fortune had surrendered to the Germans, and that our boys would not be coming home to join us, nor would we be joining them out there in France, shock ricocheted like a wave of disbelief and fear throughout the barracks.

Kathleen Harryman

Kathleen Harryman is a storyteller and poet in the historically rich city of York, North Yorkshire, England, with her husband, children and pet dog and cat.

Kathleen was first published in 2015, a romantic suspense entitled The Other Side of the Looking Glass. Since then, Kathleen has developed a unique writing style which readers have enjoyed, and she became a multi-genre author of suspense, psychological thrillers, poetry and historical romance.

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