Promises Author:Charlotte Vale Allen Blending passion, realism, and insight, Charlotte Vale Allen explores the consequences of important promises given and received, and the circumstances that have led to their exchange. — At the heart of this poignant novel is the relationship between two sisters, orphaned during the Depression and utterly on their own. Jess, eighteen, frightened a... more »nd shy, shapes her entire life around her pledge to her dying father: to take care of her younger sister. Penniless, desperate, and full of self-hate, Jess is prepared to sell herself. Tillie, totally self-absorbed and easily spoiled, refuses to recognize Jess's sacrifices and returns her sister's love with a frenzy of hatred, greed, and jealousy.
Jamieson Land, a famous photographer, unwittingly rescues Jess from the streets to model for him. For the first time, he reveals to her the darker side of her nature. Desperate to get away from Land, Jess and Tillie hitchhike to Toronto with Rene, a French-Canadian trucker. Protector and only friend of Jess, Rene helps her becomes established and accepts the fact that he has come to love this woman he cannot have.« less