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The Seal of Promise-bookcover

By: Geoffrey Piper

The Seal of Promise

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“Bernie slowly clambered up the slope and over the rocks on which she and her friends had often played. There seemed no danger as she made her way over towards a steep grassy bank which took her up to another ledge. But what none of them could see was the series of eroded, sloping rocks that lay beyond the next bank. Bernie was barefooted and wearing her usual tattered clothes.”

Set on a tiny Scottish island in the early nineteenth century, The Seal of Promise tells the story of two young people from contrasting family backgrounds – he the wealthy laird’s younger son, she a penniless crofter’s daughter. Close friends as children at the island’s little school, they are separated later by the British class system until eventually united by the revelation of a secret discovery they had made together as children. Little had they realised how significant that discovery might be, not only for their own lives but potentially for the nation as a whole.

Geoffrey Piper grew up in Bakewell, Derbyshire, studying at S. Anselm’s and Repton School before gaining an honours degree in law at Cambridge. He enjoyed a long and successful career in accountancy and regional community development, working across much of the British Isles and Europe. A family man with four adult children and ten grandchildren, he has spent many happy holidays in Scotland and derived his inspiration for The Seal of Promise from family visits to Eilean Shona. The Seal of Promise is Geoffrey’s first published novel.

Customer Reviews
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  • Charles Piper

    An amazing book! A must-read for 2021. It was a true love story and kept me glued to the very end to find out what happens. Gripping with every page turn. Highly recommended read. Superbly written by this debut author.

  • John Lees

    I couldn’t put this book down, such an enjoyable read an very atmospheric. Just hope there are sequels to follow.

  • Geoffrey Piper, author, replying to John Lees

    Yes, John, there is a sequel (and a third book, hence the references to a "trilogy"). All three are written but I await confirmation that there is sufficient readership support to justify the investment.

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