A wonderfully crafted story with engaging dialogue. I became emotionally invested in the main characters and agonized as their world of privilege was undeservingly swept away. The detail of their incredible journey was so vivid, it made me reflect proudly on the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
One word can change a world, so imagine that context when someone unleashes a vivid and inspirational tale. What matters in achieving greatness always comes from the inside out, from the heart and soul of the writer. This first book in this trilogy saga more than meets that endeavour and shall win the appreciation and hearts of everyone who loves to read a good story.
A jagged but heartfelt story, From Promise to Peril is a multigenerational novel that blends romance with historical turmoil to showcase a family’s resilience.
Foreward Clarion Reviews
As a young boy, I grew up in Gdansk Poland and earned a post-graduate degree in history from the University of Gdansk. Despite numerous disruptions and traumas of war, my surviving family always returned. From Promise to Peril, is a chronologically accurate adventure that captured my imagination. I cried, I laughed, and I anguished when I found myself reliving events my grandparents told me about during my early childhood. A truly outstanding read that left me wanting more.
The descriptive prose awakened my senses to a time and place that was not imaginary. My grandparents were Russian Jews who miraculously survived these times and circumstances. As I read this story, I was with them again; people I care about deeply, when I was too young to fully understand and remember. I cannot wait for the next volume.
From Promise to Peril delivers an incredible story of intrigue and suspense that I was not expecting. Marta is a world-famous violin virtuoso with the Berlin Philharmonic, whose lifelong Jewish friend Anna, endures catastrophic family loss. Despite their different perspectives, these formidable women become empowered to prevail. Together they defy the influences of Nazi Germany threatening to tear them apart. If you enjoy suspense and classical music, an odd combination, this book is a must read!
Sasha Marusich, Ph.D.
I am a keen history buff and a voracious reader of fiction novels. James Allen combines romance, intrigue and suspense with well-crafted dialogue taking me through a range of emotions that totally engrossed me. After reading the acknowledgements in the back of the book, I better understood more about the relevance of the ring. It becomes a thread that binds the central role in the trilogy as it passes from one generation to the next, sometimes with very shocking effects. A very well written story!