A Promise to Keep, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A powerful and evocative saga - the sequel to A GIRL CALLED THURSDAY.When Thursday Tilford returns to Haslar Hospital after two years serving as a VAD in Egypt, she finds many changes.

With the town packed with troops waiting to leave for the Normandy beaches, and Haslar on standby for the wounded, Thursday's thoughts go to the two men who are vying for her heart: Connor Kirkpatrick, the naval doctor she met at Haslar in 1940, and army doctor Mark Sangster, who travelled with her on the troopship to Egypt.

Although she longs to keep her promise to Connor, Thursday's feelings for Mark force her to consider the nature of promises and even, in the end, the nature of love itself.

It is only as the war ends and she is presented with an ultimatum that she understands the truth about love, about promises - and about herself.


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This is the follow-up book to A Girl Called Thursday. The first book covered the first two years of the war as Thursday Tilford joined the Navy as a Volunteer Nurse. A Promise To Keep covers the remainder of the war years, and has Thursday being sent to nurse in Egypt for a couple of years and then back to Haslar Naval Hospital in Portsmouth.The book follows Thursday and her friends through their trials as nurses and for some it’s romance and engagements, for others death or widowhood. Thursday meets a new man in Egypt, another doctor who declares himself in love with her, and this one may be the one to make her forget her promise to Connor.As the war comes to an end the young nurses face the uncertainty of civilian life, they realize how much they have changed over these war years and that they can’t go back to the way things used to be. Women have learned to manage careers and have no desire to let the men come home and take over. Thursday also has a difficult romantic choice to make between her two doctors.A well written story that the author obviously researched extensively, I enjoyed following these nurses through their war years. Lilian Harry is an author that I can rely on to provide a very readable story and with A Promise To Keep she continues to please.