THE PROMISE is set in Galveston circa 1900 and told as an intimate duet, both voices speaking in first person.
Nan, an earthy Texan housekeeper struggles to keep her promise to care for a little boy and his widowed father, Oscar. Catherine, an exile from polite Midwestern society, escapes disgrace by marrying Oscar and struggles to adjust to a drastically different life on the Gulf Coast. A maelstrom of emotion (and other stormy things) ensues.
A beautifully written novel I'm highly recommending for book clubs.