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A Promise of Safekeeping: A Novel

by Lisa Dale

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What a surprise! This is my first Lisa Dale book and I was not disappointed!

Arlen went to jail for a crime he did not committ, Lauren was the prosecutor that helped send him there. Nine years later, when his innonence is proven and he is released, Lauren is overwhelmed by the need to apologize for her part in his conviction. Will, while struggling with his own issues, is the only friend Arlen has while he struggles to re-adjust after his release. He is also the buffer between Arlen and Lauren as they try to figure out how to move forward after this tradegy.

It's a story of forgiveness, healing, second chances, romance and so much more! I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone but this is a great read! So many different aspects of each part of the story and each one of them interesting. This would be an excellent book club read! ( )
  Books007 | Sep 26, 2012 |
Nine years ago, Lauren Matthews prosecuted the case of a lifetime. But her error in judgment sent an innocent man to prison for a long time. Now Arlen Fieldstone has finally been released, and Lauren has only one thing on her mind: asking forgiveness. How can she make up for nine years of his life? Summary BPL

Great concept! Mediocre execution. Some good, gritty details and certainly scope for important observations on forgiveness. Unfortunately, the book deteriorated into a formulaic romance.

6.5 out of 10 ( )
  julie10reads | Aug 20, 2012 |
Lauren Matthews is a successful attorney. Her career is definitely on the right track as she's being considered for partner at her firm. Everything else is slightly off-kilter including her physical health. Arlen Fieldstone was and is an innocent man. Wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit, he spent nine long years in prison...nearly one-third of his life. He has been exonerated and released but all that he's known is gone. Will Farris is an antiques dealer and good friend to Arlen, but he knows that there is something missing from his life. Lauren, Arlen and Will are the key characters in A Promise of Safekeeping by Lisa Dale.

The Arlen Fieldstone conviction made Lauren Matthews career. She was sure that he had committed the crime and has felt no guilt or worry about the case until he was vindicated, proved innocent and released. The pressing weight of the role she played in his conviction sends Lauren to Virginia to apologize. She knows that an apology won't really help but she knows she doesn't really have a choice in this matter. The big question confronting her at this point is if the apology is for her sake or truly for Arlen?

Upon her arrival in Virginia she encounters Will Farris. Will has given Arlen a place to stay and is the only childhood friend of Arlen's that is still in the picture and it helps that Will has always believed in Arlen's innocence. Lauren and Will begin to build a friendship that quickly turns to a budding romance, but they both have secrets they're keeping from one another. Can they trust one another with their deepest and darkest fears and create a lasting relationship?

Arlen has spent nine years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. During that time, his mother died, he lost his childhood home, his wife divorced him and he's also lost his marital home. The only thing he has left is his friendship with Will. Arlen no longer feels comfortable with all of his new found freedom and is having an extremely difficult time adjusting to being out of prison. Will tries to help him by giving him a place to live and offering him money for hours he spends working in Will's shop but he needs more. Arlen needs to find the quiet confidence he had as a young man and try to rebuild his life, but more than anything he wants his life and wife back.

A Promise of Safekeeping is classified as a story of redemption and that it is, but it's also a story of second chances. While Arlen, Lauren and Will face their second chances in life, they must also decide what exactly they want from themselves and others. Their characters were well-developed so that it was easy to understand their fears and hopes. The story doesn't go too in-depth into many of the issues touched upon but they are discussed in an clear and open manner: such as Lauren's brother's mental illness or Will and his problems (I cannot disclose what his problem without spoiling the storyline but it is integral to the story line and quite timely). I enjoyed reading the story and even though it deals with some weight issues, I felt it did so in a manner that was respectful and responsible without being dark and gloomy. ( )
  BookDivasReads | Jan 10, 2012 |
A PROMISE OF SAFEKEEPING by Lisa Dale is a wonderful,charming contemporary romance set in present day Richmond Virgina.It is an emotional story of second chances,ex-convicts,the justice system, hope,wrongful conviction, redemption, forgiveness,secrets,love,romance,female lawyers,hoarding,and nine years of a lost life. This is the story of Lauren Matthews,prosecuted and who made an error in judgement that cost Arlen Fieldstone,nine years of his life,and Will Farris,friend of Arlen and who has a secret no one can know especially Lauren. A must read for any one who enjoys a charming,emotional story of three people who lives collide and who needs forgiveness,hope,second chances and love. Received for review from the publisher. Details can be found at Berkley Publishing Group Group,published by the Penguin Group and My Book Addiction Reviews. ( )
  tarenn | Jan 2, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425245144, Paperback)

A beautiful new tale of redemption from the author of Slow Dancing on Price's Pier

Nine years ago, Lauren Matthews prosecuted the case of a lifetime. But her error in judgment sent an innocent man to prison for a long time. Now Arlen Fieldstone has finally been released, and Lauren has only one thing on her mind: asking forgiveness. How can she make up for nine years of his life?

To get to Arlen, Lauren must first get through Arlen's best friend, Will Farris. Will hasn't forgotten Lauren from those days, and he hasn't forgiven her for destroying his best friend's life. He is Arlen's keeper, protecting him from suspicious neighbors as well as from Lauren.

In the steaming summer streets of Richmond, Virginia, three people's lives collide. Lauren needs forgiveness. Arlen needs hope. And Will? He needs something too, something that no one can know-especially not Lauren...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:15 -0400)

A prosecutor seeks forgiveness from the innocent man she helped send to prison but can only access him through his best friend who won't forgive her for destroying his life.

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