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Promises to Keep Paperback – June, 2005

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Book 1 of 4 in the Gaian Stories Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: New Concepts Publishing (June 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586087061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586087067
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,056,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Earth of the future is not an idyllic place. Economic, environmental, and social woes are made even worse by Earth's recent loss in the war against the former colony of Gaia. Dr. Sarah Johnson is one of many women who decide to start new lives--as the futuristic equivalent of mail order brides--in the Outer Colonies. On the journey, however, the Earth transport is hijacked by the Gaians.

The war w/ Earth has resulted in a shortage of available Gaian women. This shortage is especially problemmatic because Gaian men cannot become sexually active until they "attach"--or form a unique, lifelong bond--to one woman. The victorious Gaians have secretly won a concession from the Earth government to offer Earth women the choice to mate w/ Gaian men. Any woman not agreeing to the offer has the option to return to Earth or proceed to the Outer Colonies as originally planned.

Sarah Johnson is especially disturbed by this turn of events. Her best friend Karen was a doctor on a hospital ship that was destroyed by the Gaians at the start of the war. All of Earth learned of the tragedy through the oft-played video of Gaian General Garran Doranth gloating to Earth authorities about the incident. Sarah has been unable to overcome her loss, or her dislike of the Gaians who caused it.

Sarah's distress becomes even more acute when she learns that her group is being held by none other than the infamous Gen. Doranth. The situation becomes even more complex when, upon meeting Gen. Doranth for the first time, he attaches to her. Now, she must decide if she will become the lifelong mate of the one man she despises. The decision isn't as cut and dried as she would have initially imagined as information about Gaia, the Earth government, and the war begins to come to light.
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*Spoilers Throughout*

I read "Beloved Enemy" before this one and I loved that book so much I immediately got another book in the series. However, I was quickly reminded of my own personal cardinal rule of not reading series books because they never live up to the book that inspired my interest in the series to begin with.

Sarah is a doctor and wants to leave Earth and go to the outer colonies in hopes of a marriage, something that is almost extinct on Earth. NLC is a company sending women to the outer colonies to find husbands, but instead of going to the outer colonies they are captured by Gaians, Earth's former enemy, who just happen to be responsible for the deaths of millions, including Sarah's best friend. Gaian men can only have sex with the woman they are attached to (married to) and they need women or else many of their men will be alone because of the deaths of so many women during the war. The man who attaches to Sarah is none other than Garren, the general who ordered so many to their deaths.

The book is divided up into two parts. The first part is much slower but much more intriguing. It involved Gaian's interesting and unique mating ritual about how couples meet without seeing each other. What made the first part so interesting is wondering how Sarah would react to seeing she had unknowingly married the man who she believed had killed so many of her fellow Earthens. The problem is she just accepts the situation. She agrees to spend the 3 trial days with him and is utterly and completely civil to him and gives him every opportunity to try to win her.

He doesn't tell her that he knows her friend is really alive and than proceeds to treat her with much less respect than he would ever show to a fellow Gaian.
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Sarah is unhappy with her life on earth. Men who want to marry and have children are in short supply. Sarah decides to move to the Outer Colonies where men want wives. On the way she is kidnapped and given a different choice. Marry the most hated man on earth, the "Gaian Beast".

I loved the story of Garran and Sarah. He is kind and he spends the book proving he would make a good husband. This book is the perfect balance of Sci-Fi and Romance. Read it! You won't regret it.
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In the 25th century, Dr. Sarah Johnson works as an obstetrician in a public service hospital on Earth. Because the hospital is for the poor, she works with little or no access to the very advanced medical technology available to the wealthy. Earth is crowded, polluted, and depressing, while Earth society is stratified by class. The war with Gaia has just ended with the Earth government's surrender. To Sarah it was a senseless war in which one of her closest friends was a casualty. Sarah holds the Gaians responsible for her friend's death--in particular, she hates Garran, the Gaian general responsible for Earth's defeat. In search of a better life, Sarah volunteers to emigrate to the Outer Colonies as a potential wife for a settler. Little does Sarah know that her future soon will be closely linked with her enemy, Garran...

This story updates the classic mail-order bride plot into the future, embellishing it with political overtones. The writing is very good, and the plot is well-paced, keeping one's interest throughout. The female characters are smart and brave and willing to take the initiative, perfect complements for colonial men. I was fascinated by the details of Earth and Gaian society, and the contrast between the two. The love scenes are sensual or spicy, rather than erotic. I quite enjoyed it, and recommend it as a good summer read. -- Jean, Fallen Angel Reviews (courtesy of Fallen Angel Reviews)
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