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"A Promise of Safekeeping" by Lisa Dale

January 9, 2012 - Amy Phelps
Three people must overcome their pasts in "A Promise of Safekeeping" by Lisa Dale.

Lauren Matthews needs to see Arlen Fieldstone. As a young attorney, she proscuted his murder trial and sent him to prison. But nine years later, he has been proven innocent and Lauren only wants to seek his forgiveness for her part. She travels to Richmond to see him but is stonewalled by his best friend, Will Farris, an antiques dealer who is letting Arlen stay with him.

Will doesn't trust Lauren. He has already been protecting Arlen from the questioning townspeople, and dealing with the fact that Arlen doesn't want to seem to go outside or even communicate with anyone. But the more Lauren comes around, hoping to win him over into letting her talk to Arlen, the more he sees in her. But Will is hiding a secret of his own, one that he is sure should Lauren find out, will chase her away. Can either Will or Arlen trust her? Will Lauren get to make peace with Arlen? Will Arlen overcome the wounds of his past and make peace with himself and with his ex wife? This is a heartwarming story of second chances and overcoming past obstacles. The characters all have flaws, which makes them that much more real and believable.

"A Promise of Safekeeping" is published by Berkley. It is $15 and 352 pages long.


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