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The Promise Of Deer Run Paperback – August 15, 2011

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Book 2 of 3 in the Deer Run Saga Series

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About the Author

Elaine Marie Cooper's work has appeared in such publications as Better Homes & Gardens and Life: Beautiful. She is the author of the award-winning novel The Road to Deer Run, the first book in the Deer Run saga. A registered nurse, she lives in the Midwest with her husband, her two grown sons and their wives, her triplet grandchildren, and her dogs. Elaine's only daughter died of a brain tumor in 2003.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462037968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462037964
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award winning historical fiction author Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of "Fields of the Fatherless" and the Deer Run Saga ("The Road to Deer Run," "The Promise of Deer Run" and "The Legacy of Deer Run"). "Bethany's Calendar" is the author's first non-fiction book and describes the journey traveled with her daughter as she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.

Cooper's passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels. You can visit her website and blog at:

Elaine is also a contributing writer to "Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home" by Edie Melson, and "I Choose You," a romance Anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, and she blogs regularly at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Sorensen on November 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Typically, if I receive a romance to read & review, it's passed on to my wife to read. She'll either write up her own review, or tell me what she thought of it. This time, however, I determined to tackle The Promise of Deer Run myself. I'm glad I did.

I found the characters to be quite real, even though set in a vastly different time in history. What I truly appreciated most, however, was the centrality of faith in Christ throughout this book. Even those characters that might not be true followers of Christ were depicted realistically. I'll go even further to point out the active part church played in the lives of these people. So many Christian novels that I read leave the church completely out of their story lines (I wonder if this reflects the place of the church in the author's life). Cooper, however has faith, church, prayer, God and Christ enter prominently and believably during the whole story. For this, I highly commend her and her works.

My only regret was I found myself entering a world already begun in a previous book--The Road to Deer Run. Normally, when I get a sequel, without having had the benefit of the first in the series, I feel a bit lost. That was not the case here. In The Promise of Deer Run, Cooper does an excellent job of making sure the reader can thoroughly enjoy this story without having to lean heavily upon the first. Again, for this I commend her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christian Romance Reader on September 11, 2011
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This is one sequel that certainly lives up to the promise of the first in the series. It truly is like coming home to old friends. Elaine Cooper has studied and walked the steps of her ancestors in Colonial Massachusetts to make her stories come alive with the rich tapestry of history and colorful characters. This story belongs to Sarah Thomsen, younger sister of Mary from the first book. At first, I had to adjust to "little" Sarah being old enough to fall in love with the haunted, but intriguing and loyal Nathaniel Stearns. Like the first book, I kept turning the pages, pulled into the events by the skill of the author, the vivid characters and spell-binding plot (which I won't rehash since the book synopsis here does it quite well). I encourage you to take this journey and be drawn into the Colonial world of the residents of Deer Run. You will be enriched by a promise fulfilled in more ways than one. Well done, Ms. Cooper!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 8, 2011
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The Promise of Deer Run is cozy, endearing, and overflowing with color--exactly what I'd hoped to find from the sequel to The Road to Deer Run. I'm so glad I wasn't disappointed! The door to Daniel and Mary's house is still open, giving us a further glimpse into their life, which was a most pleasing discovery. But another door is opened, that belonging to Sarah and her new love, Nathaniel Stearns. Nathaniel is a veteran of the War for Independence and the only one in Deer Run who holds out hope that his father is still alive. A last minute trip to Boston should give the long-awaited answer, but in 1790 nothing is easy. Death hovers around every bend in the snow-covered road. Author Elaine Marie Cooper is a gifted writer specializing in vivid settings and culturally flavorful dialog. Her work is always a delight to read. Ms. Cooper, please tell us there's another book coming in the series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Brown on April 18, 2012
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Promise of Deer Run continues the colorful stories of the families of Road to Deer Run! The first book primarily followed the lives of Mary and Daniel. Promise follows the lives of Mary's much younger sister Sarah and her husband Nathaniel Stern. With the same gentle way Elaine opened the book on her ancestors and allowed us to come to love them as she has. I was already comfortable with the older siblings, so it was easy to come alongside these two as well!

Cooper does a wonderful job of presenting her character as "real" people with many of the same struggles that you and I have. I appreciated the fact that she did not shy away from the awful effects of trauma. Sarah experienced flashbacks when a male doctor, unknown to her, tried to be of "help" as surely as the men did from the results of war. Sarah's flashbacks were secondary PSTD, in other words, she witnessed life threatening trauma to a loved one. Secondary PSTD is no less powerful. That is what was behind her needing her husband make a promise that would one day be hard to keep...and endanger lives...but once again the Lord brings the right person at the right time to do the right thing. The lives of these characters have the fingerprints of God all over them. I loved the precious ending of this book with the sweet reunions. Thank you Elaine for warming our hearts a second time. I very much look forward to meeting more of your relatives in the next episode of the ongoing "Saga of Deer Run!"

I very much appreciated a good story without gratuitous violence or coarse language and the fact that Christianity was woven into the very fabric of people's lives and the life of the community. Yet, a person doesn't feel "preached at." This is Christian literature. Bravo Elaine Cooper. Job well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lollipops on November 7, 2011
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The American Revolution is over, and Nathaniel Stearns is sent home by his father to check on his wife and children, and to tell them that he'll be home posthaste. But when Nathaniel arrives home in Deer Run he finds his brother dead and the cabin deserted. He learns his mother and sisters moved to Boston. Nathaniel stays in Deer Run to wait for his father and direct them to the rest of the family. But seven years later, Nathaniel's father still hasn't returned home.

Sarah Thomsen is the town troublemaker. Ever since she snuck away to the all-boys school as a young child, she's had that label. Now a man is expressing interest, but his mother thinks she's not suitable. Nathaniel is also interested in her, but his attempts to get to know her are mostly thwarted by her other beau.

Just as Sarah and Nathaniel get some headway into a relationship, Sarah hears an awful story about Nathaniel. Her attempt to clear it up goes awry and Nathaniel storms off, leaving Sarah heartbroken. Is there any hope of Sarah and Nathaniel getting together? And what of his father?

THE PROMISE OF DEER RUN is the second book in her three-part Deer Run Saga. The story is interesting, with a good premise, and characters. It does have some point of view errors and some of the ages are off, if you do the math when the author mentions ages and years that'd gone past. For instance, in the prologue, Nathaniel is nineteen. The first chapter begins seven years later and Nathaniel is twenty-two. That is only three years. But other than small discrepancies similar to this, the story was good, and held my interest.

I didn't read the first book in this series, but this book easily stands alone, so don't worry if you haven't read the first book.
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