- By Nicole Deese

The Promise of Rayne

  • Title: The Promise of Rayne
  • Author: Nicole Deese
  • ISBN: 9781503937703
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Promise of Rayne Rayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high powered family with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather s prestigious Idaho lodge But when she makes a mis

    Rayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high powered family, with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather s prestigious Idaho lodge But when she makes a mistake that puts her future in jeopardy, she faces an impossible choice defy her family or deny her dream The only way to fix the mess she s created is to enlist the help ofRayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high powered family, with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather s prestigious Idaho lodge But when she makes a mistake that puts her future in jeopardy, she faces an impossible choice defy her family or deny her dream The only way to fix the mess she s created is to enlist the help of her neighbor, Levi, the apprentice of her family s greatest enemy And if Rayne gets caught crossing the divided property lines, the consequences will be irreparable.Levi Harding has never forgotten the August night he shared with Rayne when they were teens or the way she later rejected him Despite his warring instincts, he can t ignore her plea for help or the spark that s ignited between them But now, as wildfires bear down on their town and family secrets are revealed, their newfound alliance might just go up in smoke.

    1 thought on “The Promise of Rayne

    1. I always enjoy Ms. Deese's contemporary romances. They're always filled with complex characters, intriguing plots and swoony romance. I'm also a fan of the whole "forbidden love" troupe and thought it was handled really well here. There is quite the mystery surrounding these two families that have sworn to never have anything to do with each other. When desperate times call for desperate measures, Rayne finds herself turning to her enemy, Levi Harding for help. The one-time deal turns into somet [...]

    2. The tale of star-crossed lovers Rayne and Levi reflects themes of family loyalty, trust, and the unconditional love of the Savior. Rayne has never made it a secret that her priorities lie with running the lodge that is her beloved grandfather's legacy. Dealing with difficult relatives makes it both hard and easy to turn to Levi when he offers friendship. I admired her compassionate and open nature, but was frustrated that she was cowed by her domineering uncle and father. The family dynamics and [...]

    3. Rayne is from a very powerful, controlling, and influential family. Years ago, there was a falling out with a close neighbor and family friend and now everyone on that property is an enemy, including hard-working Levi.My husband and I grew up pretty close to one another and I can't image life if our families were enemies. This story is kind of like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, with a few twists. Neither family would be happy to find Rayne and Levi consorting around town together, whether publi [...]

    4. After loving so many of Ms. Deese's past stories, I was eagerly anticipating this newest one. There's just something compelling about the characters she writes and the stories she creates around them. Rayne and Levi are two perfect examples of this! I remember reading where she stated this book was one of her hardest to write and I think it shows. There's so much going on for the reader to see beyond just the words on the page, the writing pulls at you to seek deeper in between what the characte [...]

    5. This is the first Christian fiction book that I have read, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised, though! The story combines so many elements that are characteristic of books I love: mystery, forbidden romance, family secrets, and self-discovery. This was a compelling read that had me speeding through to unravel the secrets.I won a Kindle version in a giveaway.

    6. Nicole Deese is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I haven't read all her books- just a couple but I'm such a fan of the ones I have read. When I saw this new book up on NetGalley I was so excited! I loved the tension that existed from the very beginning of this book. It felt so real and strong. Rayne and Levi are fantastic characters with depth and humanity. Their struggles, their feelings and their decisions felt authentic and real. The whole book just had a meaty feel to it. I loved [...]

    7. This is my favorite Nicole Deese book to date for so many reasons, but I will give you three. Number One: Levi. Charming, swoon-worthy, a little on the edgy side, fiercely loyal and a perfect match for Rayne. Number Two: The family intrigue. Everyone from Gia to her father to Cal were in depth, believable characters who added so much dimension to both Rayne's character and the plot (sorry, no spoilers here!) Number Three: The writing. Wow. As usual, Ms. Deese's words are vibrant and alive while [...]

    8. Rayne has been groomed her entire life to be the perfect politicians daughter. She has done everything she has ever been told to do. But no matter what she does, she can never measure up to what her father and uncle want her to be. She always seems to disappoint them. But that never stops her. She continues to make sacrifice after sacrifice in hopes to prove to her father and uncle that she can carry on the legacy of the Shelby Lodge. She has big dreams of turning it into exactly what her grandf [...]

    9. Y’all.This book. It gets inside your heart and won’t let go.So does Levi (SWOON).Levi and Rayne are kinda like Romeo and Juliet, only way more interesting. And they don’t die at the end. (that’s not really a spoiler; it’s ok) Despite their instant (and sizzling) attraction that’s withstood both the test of time and the barrier of being “off limits”, Rayne still can’t quite find herself free to relax in their relationship. I personally think this is because Levi keeps kissing he [...]

    10. Full review on Faithfully Bookish faithfullybookish/reviSmall town. Family drama. Small business. Political posturing. Secrets. Idaho. Loyalty and love. Rayne Shelby is an honest, hard-working, and compassionate young woman who dreams of honoring her grandfather’s legacy by managing the family’s lodge. With the help of his mentor, who is more of a father figure than an employer, Levi Harding has pulled himself up by the bootstraps and become a successful entrepreneur. As teenagers, Levi and [...]

    11. Nicole Deese has crafted a page turning contemporary romance set against the backdrop of growing danger and a long-running family feud. Levi and Rayne make a great romantic pairing - flawed and relatable with chemistry that makes their story unputdownable.

    12. After seeing many friends read, review and love this book I was pretty excited that I was able to grab it and read it as well. I found myself really wondering about the character of Rayne at the beginning. Her background was sad, even though she had a big well to do family, her mother passed away when she was young, her grandfather who was the next closest person to her also passed away when she was very young. She was left to family members who were very expectant about what she did, who she so [...]

    13. Nicole Deese has done it again! Another sweet romance in typical Deese style: fun, sentimental, thought-provoking, with a surprising twist at the end.

    14. The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese – Compelling and Complex, a Contemporary RomanceFor Rayne Shelby, accomplishing one career aspiration has become her purpose. Her long held dream has been to take over the family lodge. Her uncle keeps a tight rein on the family, but in his absence (traveling with her politician father as his campaign manager), Rayne is ready to step out of his shadow. And then she makes one mistake. A mistake that, in the eyes of her uncle, is proof positive she’s unable [...]

    15. Rest assured when you commit several hours of your precious time to The Promise of Rayne, you've placed yourself in the capable hands of an author who knows what she's doing behind the keyboard. To simply say The Promise of Rayne is satisfying sounds rather bland, but it's a testament to the skill and care with which the story of Rayne Shelby is crafted.Page by page, Nicole Deese develops a character whose worldview has been tainted by paternalistic lies, shallow success, and political ambition. [...]

    16. Whelp I just added another new to me author to my list that I plan on reading more of! I loved this book it kept me interested throughout, there was not one dull moment. I loved the attraction between the main characters Levi and Rayne. I loved her heart and how she didn't fit into her uncle's mold and thought the two of them made a great team. There were times I wanted to shake some sense into Rayne, but I can't spoil it for you to tell you why. I loved the depth of the story and the whole stor [...]

    17. Oh man! Another great book by Nicole Deese! I loved it all. The love, the swooning, the grace and forgiveness. Such a wonderful book showing that even the most hidden secrets are no match for the light of love. Definitely recommend!

    18. The Promise Of RayneBy: Nicole DeeseWow, What a story Nicole Deese has written. The story and the characters both are amazing . She had me hooked right the start and did not let go till the end. This is my first to read of this author, but hopefully it will not be my last. The author pens a story that has you on the edge of your seat trying to read faster to see what is going to happen next. Two neighbors and they have been feuding for years.Neither is allowed to cross over the line onto the oth [...]

    19. Emotionally powerfulA great example of the strength in loving our neighbors and forgiveness. Sometimes family has nothing to do with blood.

    20. Rayne is the governor's daughter and has been raised to play the part of the loyal family member. Her dream is to run the family lodge and continue with the vision of her ancestors. So she is constantly having to prove herself to her heartless, lying, scheming Uncle Cal. Ironically, the only way she can prove herself to her uncle is by breaking their family's cardinal rule and fraternizing with the enemy.The enemy is the farmer next door, Ford Winslow and his apprentice, Levi Harding. Once Rayne [...]

    21. This book, y'all! I don't even know if I can express how I feel about this book adequately. I love Nicole Deese! She is an amazing writer and this book proves my point. She had me on an emotional roller coaster of emotions. This story is a moving tale of forbidden romantic love with family betrayal, mystery, jealousy, forgiveness and unconditional love. The romance between the best hero ever and a sweet and naive heroine made me root for them as I turned the pages. The mystery and the ending too [...]

    22. Nicole Deese always delivers a heart-felt story with laugh-out-loud humor and spark-inducing romance but in the Promise of Rayne she has outdone herself by adding a deep layer of family intrigue, a forbidden love, and a picture of grace and mercy that will linger in my mind for a long time. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

    23. Romance, clean, mild Christian faith elementsThis was a LOVELY read. I could feel the fire, feel the family stress and situations that were so carefully crafted. Best of all was Levi and Rayne's building relationship throughout the novel. I am such a fan of honest, sincere emotions, of two characters just trying to do the best that they could, while still feeling the magnetism and draw of the romance. Obviously we see everything mainly through Rayne and Levi's eyes, but loved the side characters [...]

    24. I have long been a fan of Nicole Deese’s novels. There is so much vitality in her writing; no matter the characters, no matter their personalities, and no matter the mood. But in The Promise of Rayne, she has definitely outdone herself. I felt every moment of Rayne’s struggle, I fell in love with Levi for his loyalty, his patience, and his love for Rayne, and I was inspired by the strength, wisdom, and humility of a man who refused to allow bitterness or anger to corrupt his character. Rayne [...]

    25. I love feuding families that produce love. And this book was the best version I've ever read! Watching events unfold between Rayne and Levi was wonderful. And the feud between the families was just different enough from all the other versions that it truly was unique.My heart really felt for Rayne throughout this book. I cannot imagine working so hard only to always fall short in the eyes of her family. But I loved her persistence throughout the story. She is my favorite type of heroine. She is [...]

    26. A forbidden relationship, family secrets, forest fires I didn't need to see the author's name on the cover to make me want to read this book. But since Nicole Deese's name was on it, I knew from past reading experience that I wouldn't be disappointed. And I wasn't. But that's about the only emotion I didn't experience while reading The Promise of Rayne. This book tapped into so many emotions: anticipation of a good story, happiness that it was finally on my Kindle, appreciation for an opening th [...]

    27. I received an advance copy of The Promise of Rayne. The following review is my own choice to write and my personal opinion.“Desperation undermines wisdom.” This book had my attention from the first sentence. Literally. Rayne’s foundation is shaken as the life she has known, worked toward, cherished and believed, slips from her grasp. I loved the sweet, forbidden romance that grows in the midst of mystery and deceit. Levi is just what Rayne needed. Solid, faithful, and more than a little pu [...]

    28. This book deserves more than the allowable 5 stars. It truly does. The Promise of Rayne is one of the best books of 2016, in my opinion. I've read several of Nicole Deese's books before and when this one came out, I knew that I would want to read it based on her earlier novels. It is profound in its depth of emotion, characterization and God's grace.Secrets have been kept for 18 long years in the Shelby family and now those secrets are beginning to affect lives. But those who know the secrets ar [...]

    29. Mercy -- I was so engrossed in this novel that I barely took time to breathe. Toe-curling romance, tummy-tied-in-knots angst, soul-stirring inspiration. The best way to enjoy this story is to totally immerse yourself in itd don't come up for air until you reach the end!Rayne captured my heart from the get go even though I wanted to shake some sense into her more than once. But she's a product of her upbringing and, like all of us, her views and opinions have been formed by her family, skewed tho [...]

    30. "Desperation undermines wisdom."Rayne Shelby has made a grievous mistake in her climb up the management ladder of her family's prestigious forty-three bedroom Shelby Lodge, there are no locally made table favors for Governor Shelby's black tie banquet and no time to order them, unless . . . . . Rayne crosses the threshold of the neighboring Winslow orchard and farm, handing a lucrative business deal to a well known family enemy. Pure desperation drives Rayne across the bordering fence line, and [...]

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