Her Last Promise written by Kathryn Hughes, publisher Review, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.
To buy link: https://amzn.to/2ZbZC9j
Fall in love this summer with Her Last Promise, a page-turning, heartwrenching story of how hope can blossom in the ruins of tragedy and of the redeeming power of love. From No. 1 bestselling author of The Letter Kathryn Hughes.
Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box. In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for forty years.
Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet’s destiny, in the most unexpected of ways…
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kathryn Hughes’ latest novel: Her Last Promise. This book sounds wonderful and I’ve downloaded the book and added it to my tbr and will share my review at a later date but in the meantime I have a wonderful, inspirational post from the author, Kathryn Hughes, to share with you all.
Inspiration for Her Last Promise
It’s a question authors get asked most often. Where do you get your ideas from? As though there is some secret shop or website that only authors know about!
Real life stories often provide inspiration as was the case with my third book, The Key, after I read the true story of the Willard Asylum in New York. The asylum closed down in 1995 and years later, a cleaner discovered an attic full of forgotten suitcases behind a locked attic door. The cases had belonged to former patients who for one reason or another had left without their belongings. Before becoming an author, I would have read that article and probably thought no more about it.
The inspiration for my latest book, Her Last Promise, came on a family cycling holiday in central Spain in 2017. I wasn’t actively looking for an idea for a book, after all I was on holiday, but when we came across a derelict hermitage perched on a peninsula high about the River Duraton, I began to wonder what made someone want to leave their old life behind and come and live in such an isolated place. For someone to dedicate their whole life to God, is truly a monumental statement of unshakable faith. During my research I discovered that a monk’s life consists of seemingly endless praying, studying and quiet reflection. It can be tough, demanding and lonely. A life lived without compromise, a life which revolves around poverty, chastity and obedience plus the unwavering belief in the necessity and efficacy of prayer. As Patrick Leigh Fermor remarked in his book, A Time To Keep Silence: ‘Life for a monk is shorter than the flutter of an eyelid in comparison to eternity.’
So, with the rest of the family chomping down on their picnic, I sat wondering how I could weave a place like this into a story which also contained my favourite place to write about – my home city of Manchester. And so, Her Last Promise was born. The story of Violet, a struggling but adoring single mother who goes off on holiday with a man she’s just met, leaving her teenage daughter, Tara behind. She promises to return in three weeks but alas it’s a promise she fails to keep.
I don’t usually have to travel very far to research my books. Before writing Her Last Promise, the furthest I travelled was North Wales to crawl around an abandoned asylum whilst researching The Key. There’s no substitute for actually visiting the places you are writing about. I returned to Spain in 2018 and visited the other key locations in the book; Segovia and Pedraza. It’s important to get a feel for the place and experience the sights and sounds, the smells and the tastes and an awful lot can be gleaned by just sitting in a pavement bar with a chilled glass of sangria, just people watching. It is work – honestly!
I have a slideshow of images that Kathryn has supplied to coincide with her post:
About the Author
Kathryn Hughes was born in Altrincham, near Manchester. After completing a secretarial course, Kathryn met her husband and they married in Canada. For twenty-nine years they ran a business together, raised two children and travelled when they could to places such as India, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand. Kathryn and her family now make their home in a village near Manchester. Her first novel, The Letter, was a Kindle Number One bestseller.