The Strength of a Promise by Joyce Chipperfield

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"The sequel to The Strength of a Kiss, The Strength of a Promise begins in May 1967, when 17 year old Lauren’s life changes forever. Her love for 25 year old David, who is married with a baby daughter, threatens to destroy everything she has ever known; splitting their families down the middle. They live in a small village community, and when David’s mother-in-law discovers their affair, Lauren’s sister and guardian has no choice but to forbid their relationship. To condone it would ruin Lauren’s reputation; even though David’s marriage is virtually over.

During the next 18 months Lauren is forced to grow up in the cruelest possible way. Moving to Cambridge city with a friend, and estranged from her family, she attempts to put her life back together, while her sister Kay seizes every opportunity to drive Lauren and David further apart; finally betraying them unforgivably.

When David is brutally attacked and left for dead, Lauren rushes home to be by his bedside, but soon discovers her actions have made matters worse.

As Lauren’s story continues she emerges from adolescence into womanhood with a bittersweet taste in her mouth. Heartbroken and away from home what are her chances of ever finding happiness?"

About Joyce Chipperfield

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Joycewas born the third of four daughters, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent andmoved to Poplar, London when she was three years old. When Joyce wasseven she moved to Essex, attending local schools. Her English teacher recognized her talent for writing and making up stories. Joyce left school at sixteen and in 1971 she had several poemspublished in an anthology. Joyce is married with one daughter, one son and a baby grandson; she often made up bed time stories when her children wereyoung. After bringing up her family she spent a year at collegere-training as a Medical Secretary and learning computer skills. After aperiod working in a hospice as a secretary Joyce joined the localcouncil offices where she worked full time until retiring. A romanticand a dreamer, Joyce likes writing stories with intense emotionalepisodes. Love stories interwoven with mild violence and suspense areher forte; often with unexpected twists. This is her second novel and continues the story of Lauren and David, which began In The Strength of a Kiss. Both novels explore family relationships and village life in the sixties. The Strength of a Promise has an unexpected twist and covers a further two years of their lives.
Published February 25, 2011 by AuthorHouse. 331 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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