Isabel's Story

The Promise
Book 1, Isabel's Story

A Reader's Favorite Five Star Novel 

An ill-fated moment. A promise made. Does Isabel hold the key to a stranger's healing?

Book 1 in a breathtaking and heartwarming series about two families whose lives are unknowingly entwined and the secrets they’re both keeping – A Reader’s Favorite Five Star story

When young British backpacker, Isabel Stark happens across a car accident on a lonely stretch of road in the South Island of New Zealand her life changes forever. The sole passenger, Ginny Havelock asks her to make a promise before she passes away - to find Constance and to say she’s sorry.

Isabel, a lost soul, is haunted by her promise on her return to the United Kingdom and the only clue as to finding Constance lies within a conversation held at Ginny’s funeral. It leads her to Isle of Wight.

In the 1940’s sixteen-year-old Constance’s life on the island is sheltered until the death of her brother, brings the reality of war crashing down around her. He leaves behind his pregnant widow, Ginny. When Constance meets a handsome Canadian airforce man, she’s eager to escape her grief and be swept up by first love. It’s a love which has ramifications she could never envisage.

When Isabel and Constance’s paths finally cross will Ginny’s last words be enough for Constance to make peace with her past? And in fulfilling her promise will Isabel find a place to call home?

The Dancer
Book 2, Isabel's Story

Gold Medal Award Winning Story, Reader's Favorite Book Awards 2020

A fateful choice. A staggering discovery. Is closure and healing finally within her grasp?


Former dancer Veronica Stanley feels trapped in a midlife crisis. Still mourning the baby given up for adoption, she struggles to forgive herself for that long-ago decision. But when her ill mother shares a shocking secret, the choices she made and the underlying reasons behind them become heartbreakingly clear.


Searching for answers to help ease the pain, Veronica uncovers family history that casts everything in a fresh light. But one more earth-shattering revelation is about to arrive in the post…


Can Veronica make peace with the past and embrace a fulfilling future?


The Dancer is a heartwarming women’s fiction novel. If you like engaging characters, complex dynamics, and hopeful journeys, then you’ll love Michelle Vernal’s beautiful story.


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