A Promise In Autumn Tells A Profound Story Of Love And Tragedy

A Promise In Autumn Tells A Profound Story Of Love And Tragedy In Missouri During World War I And The Pandemic Of 1918


Barbara Morriss’ new novel “A Promise in Autumn” launches on May 8th, 2019. The timing couldn’t be better. Tensions are high in a divisive America. A tale of people coming together during a time of war and uncertainty is sorely needed.  This heart-warming novel reveals an enduring love despite the many challenges set in front of a brave young couple hoping to capture their piece of the American Dream.


In a recent interview, Barbara stated, “About a decade into my retirement from teaching, my husband and I happened onto an ancestral family story of great romance, punishing sadness and rich history. We worked with a genealogist and were able to develop a timeline of truths from old documents and newspaper publications. All the stories in my books were inspired by uncovering my husband’s family story from more than a century ago.”


“A Promise in Autumn” tells the story of Keagan Cadagan, a displaced, poor Irish Catholic girl who struggles to find love and a sense of home. Prior to World War 1, eighteen-year-old Keagan secures employment as a housekeeper and nanny for the Flannagan family. An ominous warning of danger convinces her to flee the home immediately.  What follows is the mysterious disappearance of the Flannigan family, a surprising romance and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 that envelops the city.


“Another great read by Morriss. The characters, times and places are beautifully described. She writes in a way that makes you want to keep turning the pages to find out what’s next. There’s a little bit of romance, mystery and suspense. Something for everyone.” – Amazon Reader Review


A Promise in Autumn” is available for pre-order on Amazon

A Promise in Autumn

By Barbara Morriss

ISBN: 978-1388736477


Pages: 480


About Barbara Morriss 

Barbara grew up in southern California in a town called Garden Grove. Following graduation, she earned her teaching credential and taught primarily at the secondary level.  Today, Barbara lives with her husband in bucolic Carmel Valley near Steinbeck’s “pastures of heaven”. Her passion is the written word.

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