Promises of Love
David Selby's third novel.
Published in 2015.
A product of usually beautiful but sometimes cruel southern
Appalachia, Daniel Friend overcomes poverty, abuse, and personal
tragedy to establish an identity. Inspired by the strength and
love of his older sister, he realizes the power of education to
lead him to a life he has imagined for himself--the pinnacle of
his ambition is to graduate from Harvard University. That he
does not get this opportunity, devastating as it is to his life
plan, does not prevent him from becoming a beloved doctor,
loving husband and father. Although well-meaning, he stumbles in
his relationship with his two children as he tries to interject
his own preferences into their lives. A deeply felt story of
love, the novel examines the boundaries of a family, of its
secrets, of the complex web family relationships can weave.
Finally, the novel examines the damage that abandonment,
poverty, and childhood neglect can do to a human personality,
damage that sometimes cannot be overcome.
Promises of Love is also available in a Kindle edition.
A review of the book appears on the
Readers' Favorite site.