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" She's forgetting too much. You need to come."
Sisters Irene Frederick and Louise Williams barely spoke to one another. Their opposite personalities and differing political and religious views had always led to frustrating disagreements, but since the death of their mother, their relationship grew cold.
Irene had given up everything to take care of their aged mother, whose disease robbed her not only her memory, but also her kindness, while freewheeling Louise lived it up in Florida. At their mother's graveside, Irene made one demand. To console her sister and assuage her guilt, Louise agreed to a secret pact sealed with a sister promise. The details stayed hidden in a safety deposit box in Durand, Michigan.
The call came from Irene's daughter, just as Louise learned of her own terminal diagnosis, and just as she found love for a good man, Irene needed her. They needed each other.
Could Louise leave Howard and pull off the conditions of the pact without raising suspicions from Irene's daughter and friends? Did she even want to? Could Irene trust Louise with such a responsibility?
The sisters know only one thing to be true: Promises hold for sisters. But can they really follow through with the Promise at Daybreak?
Promise at Daybreak was my second idea for a novel highlighting the life of two elderly sisters. The pact they made was inspired by an idea two sisters might have made to help each other through the sadness of old age and the possibilities of needing a retirement home away from each other. I took the love and connection of sisters from various sisterly relationships found between my daughters, my mother and her sisters, and many other similar relationships. I loved the thought of having them contrive something so ridiculous that fulfilling it would not only be a chore, but a final adventure as sisters. I also wanted to delve into the caregiving role played for an elderly sibling or parent concentrating on the changes and thoughts from each end of the spectrum.
The setting of Promise at Daybreak is Durand, Michigan, my hometown. Many who live there are my friends and have been my greatest supporters of my writing career. One of the prominent buildings in my small town is the Durand Union Station. The station was built in 1905 and has reigned as "Queen of the Rails" for many years. It is now a historical building and houses archives, photos, and memorabilia regarding the railways through Durand. The bell tower is also located at the junction of my hometown and holds a classic bell from a local business and rings music throughout the day.
The pink peonies are a representative of my Mom and her sister's favorite flowers. They are lining the back cover of Promise at Daybreak. My Mom and her sister used to pick them and deliver them to each other on their wedding anniversaries in June. It was a tradition for them and each would love the offer of congratulations on another milestone anniversary.
Promise At Daybreak