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PROMISED LAND [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Felice , Connie Willis
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Delanna Milleflores hasn’t set foot on Keramos since she was a little girl. Now her mother has died, and she’s returned only to settle and sell her estate. But Keramos has some surprising laws. To sell her farm, Delanna must first live on it for one year. And along with the land comes one Tarleton Tanner, heir to the adjoining land. A man who, at the moment of her mother’s death, became Delanna’s husband. He has plans of his own for their co-joined estates. Delanna is determined that she will inherit and that this marriage to the Tanner bumpkin will be in name only. Their clashing personalities and the conflicting goals threaten to put both their plans asunder, heatedly and repeatedly.

“Lively characters, well-defined settings and sure-handed storytelling.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“Engaging…A quirky adventure of eye-catching detail to tickle your reading fancy.” –Romantic Times
“Very different…nicely done.”—Analog
“A charming tale of frontier farm romance and colony-planet SF.” –Locus

Their Light Raid and Water Witch collaborations have been called “brilliant” (Houston Post) and “outstanding” (Andre Norton). Nebula and Hugo winner Connie Willis and Campbell nominee Cynthia Felice deliver an entertainment that is not just sweeping science fiction, but an engaging romantic story as well—an adventure set on a distant planet, and the uncharted realm of the human heart.

115,000 words
362 printed pages

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Delanna returns home to the mining and farming planet Keramos to settle her mother's estate, take the money, and return to a civilized planet. To her dismay, she finds that to claim her inheritance she must stay on her mother's land for one year. She also learns that upon her mother's death she was automatically married to Sonny Tanner, a man she remembers (barely) from childhood. Willis's (Bellweather, Spectra: Bantam, 1996) romantic sf adventure effectively explores a young woman's coming of age. Recommended.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

After expensive schooling off-planet, Delanna Milleflores returns to planet Keramos intending to stay just long enough to settle her recently deceased mother's estate. But, thanks to Keramos's weird laws, Delanna finds that, in order to inherit, she must live on the estate until the legalities are completed; worse, she's legally married to the estate's co-owner, Sonny Tanner! Dismissing Sonny as a bumpkin, Delanna flirts with handsome wolf Jay Madog while reluctantly making arrangements to travel to Milleflores--some 5,000 miles distant. Despite various adventures and embarrassments, Delanna arrives at Milleflores realizing that Sonny, though uneducated, is intelligent and hardworking; by contrast, her mother was a rude, idle snob--and whatever profits Sonny managed to squeeze out were sent to Delanna at school, to waste on expensive clothes and parties. Further complications include Delanna's illegally imported pet, the local wildlife, storms, and the omnipresent Jay. Light, amusing, and well worked out: a vast improvement over the wretched Light Raid (1989). -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Connie Willis & Cynthia Felice (April 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XZFFK0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read for Early Teens December 1, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I began reading the book because I love Connie Willis. After 20 pages, I was disappointed; after 50 or so pages, I was mad. The only thing that kept me going was the fervent hope that the unbug would get squashed after mortally wounding the shallow and obnoxious "heroine." And then, unexpectedly, I began to enjoy the story, mostly because of the science-fiction elements, and I realized that if this book were marketed for young people, it would be quite good. It's a very moral story... the wretched Delanna sees the error of her thinking, proves to be a hard worker, kind to animals both warm and cold-blooded, and learns to love a good and uncomplicated hunk of a man. And there are no scenes you would be embarrassed to read aloud to your 13-year-old daughter, who I think is the perfect audience for this rather charming but predictable story. I hope there's a sequel, perhaps written more towards adults... and this time, the unbug gets it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluff June 26, 2000
By Eckling
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like a lot of people, I picked up this book on the strength of Connie Willis' name and, also like other people, I was sorely disappointed. This book is nothing more than a Harlequin Romance wrapped in a Saran Wrap-transparent "sci-fi" setting. (I guess if you make up weird vegetables and such, it qualifies).
The "heroine", Delanna, is your average shallow, unthinking romance novel woman, whose main emotional attachment (even after she supposedly "falls in love") seems to be to her pet scarab. We know it's not a bug just the same way we know never to touch Thomas Covenant - she continually tells *everyone* over and over.
The "hero", Sonny, is a walking mannequin. He never once has any type of independence and is never shown to be a real, thinking person. He's very conveniently been mooning after Delanna since she left Keramos at the age of *five* and he hasn't seen her since. Ummm, I think that's a little more worrying than admirable. His sole purpose is to stand around being noble and patient until the writers decide the interminable plot (and I use that word loosely) has stretched on long enough for Delanna to have the "realization" that she loves Sonny and living on Keramos. The other characters - the witch who really is just misunderstood, the ......... single guy who wants Delanna as well, also have about as much individuality as a block of tofu.
I like light. I like humor. I like opposites attracting. I just deplore cookie cutter fiction.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great for anyone that doesn't like technical novels. Promised Land is incredibly light to read, heavy on the semi-subtle wit, just a tad preachy, with wonderful characterizations. Everyone knows a Sonny Tanner and the gossip mill. The vet's a bit overdrawn, but Delanna is perfect!
It is nice to see an innocent romance blossom without the lurid details, although the hints are there. The imagination is left to paint your own picture of fire-haired Delanna with her nacre-backed Cleo wrapped in her arms. (Really, it's not a bug!)
Not her best book - that honor goes to Doomsday - but probably the most enjoyable to read. I hope Willis and Felice write another.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars warm, sweet and utterly enjoyable June 6, 2000
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Maybe it was just the right book at the right time in my life, but this book struck just the perfect chord with me. So what if you can smell the happy ending a mile away? I for one was content to relax in the capable hands of two skilled authors and let the story take me there. This wasn't what my mother would refer to as a "deep" book, but I read books for all kinds of reasons, not least of which is plain and simple enjoyment. The characters are interesting and develop in complexity as the main character grows to know them better. For all that the storyline is relatively straightforward, it's still complex enough to keep me going and surprise me now and then. I love this book. It even passed that most difficult of all tests: the re-read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping good story March 13, 2000
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Nothing deep about this; just a really good piece of fluff. Very appealing characters, well drawn - even Cleo the scarab and the fire monkeys. Very nice romance. I found this hard to put down, read it in essentially one sitting, and was sorry to see it end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT up to par with Connie Willis' best! May 11, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you've read "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and "The Doomsday Book," and you're looking for more Connie Willis material that's as amazing as those, DON'T waste your time with this book. It has none of her usual wit and charm, what character development it has is contrived and thin, and you know from page 1 EXACTLY where it's going plotwise.
It was entertaining in the way that most mediocre sitcoms are -- no intellectual stimulation, but if you need to stare at something to kill a little time, it'll satisfy that need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad beginning, slightly entertaining in the end April 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first picked up this book, I detested the main character and her bug as shallow, stupid, unadaptable and spoiled. I plowed through only because I love Connie Willis. Once Delanna, the main character, reaches her farm, things began to amuse me more - however, that might only be because I enjoy romance. The book was predictable, the characters infuriating and their emotions undecipherable - who moons after a five-year-old for fifteen years, anyway? And why does Delanna like Cadiz so much when all she ever does is complain? On second thoughts, maybe that is why - they're kindred spirits. Connie Willis can do so much better!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Connie Willis standard
Do not buy this book expecting Connie Willis's usual humor or occasional real drama (the Doomsday Book.)
. The protagonist is unlikable and the story drags.
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars oh the horror
How can this book have been written by the same author who penned The Doomsday Book? I was so disappointed by this book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. HELCK
5.0 out of 5 stars A young adult Connie Willis book
This is a book about a young woman who returns to her home planet after her mother dies. Her intention is to pick up her inheritance and then leave as soon as possible. Read more
Published 16 months ago by gl
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing read.
Fun, easy read. Nice job building the characters,with some unexpected surprises along the way. There is enough going on that you want to see how it ends.
Published 19 months ago by Larry Krueger
5.0 out of 5 stars An endearing story
A great story - especially if you have experienced life on the frontier after living in a city. A hilarious coming of age story in an Australian Outback like setting. Read more
Published on March 16, 2013 by DCSL
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Never was that deep into Sci-Fi but this book really opened me up to it. It was more of a romance/personal story that reminded me of a drama. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by Shree Lafaye Ziller
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best effot
Nah. It's sort of a trashy love story set on a distant planet. Perhaps the problem was the collaboration. Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by debbiejill
2.0 out of 5 stars Harlequin romance in SF clothes, badly done
This book is a romance novel with science-fiction trappings. I might not mind that (I loved 'To Say Nothing of the Dog', which was a romantic comedy with science-fiction... Read more
Published on January 3, 2008 by Norman Ramsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Romance novel knockoff
Connie Willis is amazing, wonderful, deep, and witty. Which makes me wonder why she wrote this book: it's a Harlequin romance only set on a different planet. Read more
Published on September 10, 2006 by E. Kovar
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
I thought that Connie Willis's The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog were just great: clever, inventive, and character-driven. She even made me into a big Jerome K. Read more
Published on September 28, 2000
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I have written fiction and non fiction all of my life, and worked as a middle manager for some of the largest corporations in the world--usually managing technical editors--and small ones, too, as sales manager for capital equipment in technical applications. I thrived in the corporate environment. Even when the environment is hostile, it's all 'grist for the mill.'

Along the way I was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of a professional novel in science fiction or fantasy, collaborated with Connie Willis on three novels that have found favor among young adults as well as adults, awarded Best Paper by the Society for Technical Communication, and written many solo novels of science fiction, suspense, as well as short stories, and articles. My husband and I raised our family, did a lot of cooking--our boys learned their way around the kitchen early in life-- and sharing of recipes in a fashion that continues into the next generation--"Hey, Mom, what temperature for the pork shoulder..."--but so far no cook book.

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