The Promise: A Story of the Quake
This novella by AB Michaels is a compact and delightful little volume. Sweetly romantic, it is easy to read in a few hours, and satisfying for that.
Set during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and the aftermath, this story is concerned with two characters who meet by chance, one trying to survive the quake, and the other tasked with trying to ensure San Francisco itself survives.
Being a novella it is brief, and, in my opinion, the story and main characters are strong enough to support a full novel. As it is, the lack of depth does mean the story suffers a little. The earthquake itself deserves more focus; the main characters more room to grow and explore themselves; and the secondary characters more time to develop.
However, that being said, it is a good read, and I was moved to tears at one point towards the end. Don’t let its brevity put you off: it is a sweet book and well-worth a read.