Westbow’s Lighthouse Award
About the Book
It is 1907 as Caroline Clemons watches her town's newest bachelor, Jake MacGregor, tie his horses to a post outside her window. Moments later as he enters her home to meet her eligible sisters, he mistakenly believes Caroline is a servant instead of one of Senator Chad Clemons' daughters. Immediately mesmerized by Caroline's beauty, Jake has no idea she is committed to fulfilling a promise she made years ago, even if it means living a Cinderella existence.
Caroline, who derives her only satisfaction in life from her teaching job in Taylorsburg, Mississippi, cannot help but be attracted to Jake who just inherited a store in town. As an internal battle rages within her, Caroline busies herself with serving her family and the Lord, even as Jake haunts her dreams and she fastidiously guards her family's secrets. But as fate intervenes, a romance develops that leads both Caroline and Jake to rely on prayer and laughter to survive. Will they ever be able to overcome their obstacles to find their happily ever after?
A young woman must rely on faith as she struggles between honoring a long-held promise to her family or following her heart.
About the Author
Mary Lou Cheatham (Mary Cooke) has enjoyed careers as an English teacher and registered nurse. Secret Promise is the first novel in the Covington Chronicles. Other books in the series are The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson, The Dream Bucket, Manuela Blayne, and Travelers in Painted Wagons on Cohay Creek (co-authored with Sarah Walker Gorrell).