Born and brought up in Scotland Amanda MacAndrew trained as a social worker in Dublin, travelled widely and subsequently read English at Oxford while being the sole proprietor of a mixed farm in Buckinghamshire. After the publication of her first three novels she taught creative writing and undertook several public and charity appointments. She has been married for forty-eight years and continues to farm in partnership with her son. She has three adult children and recently acquired a granddaughter. Cherished memories of a post war childhood on the Ayrshire coast inspired the writing of Promises to Keep.
Previous books by Amanda MacAndrew are Passing Places, Party Pieces and Bits of String.
In this compelling novel, the vulgarly rich Gilmertons and the ancient but impoverished Henryssons are families on the verge of extinction while existing, reasonably comfortably, in coastal South West Scotland, guarding their secrets and presenting a contented face to the world. When the Troubadour family becomes involved this somewhat smug and safe community is shattered.