Leisure, May 2003, 5.99, 320 pp.
During the reign of King Henry III, triumphant knight Stephen of Bellingham and a baron's daughter Amarantha of Ullswater meet and fall in love. He vows forever, but a maniac kills her. He not only feels lonely; he just dreads life for having failed his beloved.
In 2003, Steve Bellingham wakes up every morning in fear, having suffered through a nightmare that feel very real. Feeling the foreboding pressure of relentless angst, he desperately seeks a remedy hopefully something hat will let him sleep dreamlessly, as life is not worth living like this. A psychic helps him see the dream as something that happened to him and his beloved Amarantha centuries ago. He now has a quest of the heart: to complete the vow he once made, but must wait for the moment to go back in time to change history so that he and Amarantha can live and love as he promised.
THE CIRCLE OF A PROMISE is a powerful time travel romance that hooks the reader due to the passion of the lead male protagonist (though one must wonder with his obsession how he escaped the men in white). Because readers will feel deeply the loss that Stephen suffers that lives with centuries after his beloved was killed, the audience will root for him to do the seemingly impossible on the wings of eternal love with his Amarantha.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner