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The Last Promise

by Richard Paul Evans

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This was not as much a Christian Story as a second chance love story. Eliana (Ellen) met and married Mauizio when she was young and she moved to Italy madly in love. Shortly after they moved to Italy, he began having mistresses. When Eliana had a son, Alessio, it turned out that he had serious asthma. As time went on, Alessio got worse and worse and Maurizio was home less and less. She was a very unhappy woman. When she meets Ross, she is very vulnerable and when he treats her with kid gloves, she eventually falls in love. Maurizio is not going to make this easy for either of them. The setting of Florence was wonderful and beautifully described. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the harvest and making the wine. I wish there had been more information about the Uffizzi as I have never been to Italy nor heard of this art gallery. I enjoyed this story and it was a relatively short book to read. I really liked the characters of Eliana, Ross, Anna and Alessio. I could feel Alessio's pain at the absence of his father and Eliana's distress at the lack of a relationship between them. Anna was a hoot. She did not pull any punches and was not afraid of her brother at all. Ross was a man who had been through a lot and I was rooting for him to finally be happy. I liked the way the story both began an ended, tying the story together. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
A chance meeting in Tuscany, Eliana is an American painter, on a loveless marriage. Ross is starting over after a life changing tragedy....will their secrets hold them together, and will they ever find each other again?
Very pleasant romance....quick read! ( )
  over.the.edge | Sep 16, 2018 |
Ellen and Ross both have baggage. they meet in Italy, though both are American. She is married to Italian and has a son, he is fleeing a relationship in America which is a secret. They fall in love and that is the plot. ( )
  pgabj | Apr 12, 2018 |
The last promise by Evans_ Richard Paul
Story of Illiana and she marries and moves to her husbands homeland, Italy.
Story starts with him and he's noticed her in her bathing suit-her eyes. She has to translate a phrase a man is speaking to him about.
They start talking and adapting to the land and customs. They are both married, to others.
Story goes back in time....her son has asthma but she can't attend church as the custom is to use the special burning incense that starts her son coughing.
Her husband is away traveling for work 6 days a week...alternating chapters follow Ensel and when he arrives in Florence...he starts out as a tour guide at a gallery. She's heavily into the arts.
There are threats ... the son is in jeoardy. Surprise ending, didn't see that happening.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Nov 29, 2016 |
An enjoyable light romance between two Americans in Italy, one is married to a absentee but difficult spouse. ( )
  FancyHorse | Jul 19, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525946969, Hardcover)

Richard Paul Evans is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. Here, in his latest novel, he tells a love story about facing the greatest decision of all...choosing between the love for a child and romantic love.

When Eliana, still called Ellen by her close friends back in America, moved to Italy the future was bright with promise. Tuscany held magic in its sprawling vineyards, great food, and centuries of art. It was a life of the senses, perfect for a blossoming, talented young artist such as Eliana. Her family and friends back home all thought she had made the right choice in following her heart, and the man she fell in love with and married, back to his native country. In America, Eliana's story was that of a fairy tale.

But in Italy, in the small, rustic village nestled in the Chianti countryside, Eliana found her husband to be a very different man. Over time he distances himself from her, leaving Eliana to care for their young son, struggling with the asthma that threatens to take his life.

Although she longs for the romance she'd known in America, Eliana is happy as a mother and with the time she spends with her child; yet when fellow American Ross Story, a deeply thoughtful man with a mysterious passion for art, arrives at the same villa, a chance encounter causes Eliana and Ross to look at their lives anew. And with their discovery that individuals may change and grow, they can never forget that the bonds of family last forever.

In The Last Promise Richard Paul Evans spins a passionate, bittersweet tale about the fantastic joy and great sorrow life can throw our way. Rich and complex as a vintage Chianti wine, The Last Promise is in the end an uplifting, all-too-human tale about the magnificent power of true love.

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Richard Paul Evans is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. Here, in his latest novel, he tells a love story about facing the greatest decision of all...choosing between the love for a child and romantic love. When Eliana, still called Ellen by her close friends back in America, moved to Italy the future was bright with promise. Tuscany held magic in its sprawling vineyards, great food, and centuries of art. It was a life of the senses, perfect for a blossoming, talented young artist such as Eliana. Her family and friends back home all thought she had made the right choice in following her heart, and the man she fell in love with and married, back to his native country. In America, Eliana's story was that of a fairy tale. But in Italy, in the small, rustic village nestled in the Chianti countryside, Eliana found her husband to be a very different man. Over time he distances himself from her, leaving Eliana to care for their young son, struggling with the asthma that threatens to take his life. Although she longs for the romance she'd known in America, Eliana is happy as a mother and with the time she spends with her child; yet when fellow American Ross Story, a deeply thoughtful man with a mysterious passion for art, arrives at the same villa, a chance encounter causes Eliana and Ross to look at their lives anew. And with their discovery that individuals may change and grow, they can never forget that the bonds of family last forever. In The Last PromiseRichard Paul Evans spins a passionate, bittersweet tale about the fantastic joy and great sorrow life can throw our way. Rich and complex as a vintage Chianti wine, The Last Promiseis in the end an uplifting, all-too-human tale about the magnificent power of true love.… (more)

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