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Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans

Promise Me (2010)

by Richard Paul Evans

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I felt this book was not as good as Evans others. Starts out with Beth, whose husband travels for work and discovers he has secrets. She kicks her husband to the curb and then faces a disaster when her daughter has an unexplained illness. Her husband returns but he is terminally ill with cancer and Beth steps up to the plate to be his caregiver in his final days. After he dies she still is dealing with her daughter’s illness and possibility of losing her job and her house until she meets Matthew and he diagnoses Charlotte’s illness and Beth slowly builds her trust in people again and reveals his true identity which was a little sad and not what I was expecting but a good story. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
Great book - read it in 2 days! Interesting ideas and concepts. I would have liked to have seen Beth have a list for Matthew at the end - that felt kind of unresolved to me. ( )
  karen.collins | Jun 27, 2012 |
I LOVED this novel! I could not put it down and literally read it in one sitting in two hours!! The characters draw you close and you feel like you are a part of the story; love story that is. I smiled so much that I cried! Definitely a must read for Evans fans! ( )
  irinka87 | Jan 3, 2012 |
What is it with these Christmas books? No matter how much alike they are, no matter how predictable, you can’t get through them without crying.

This one is about a young woman, Beth, who was not having a good life. It was 1989. Beth discovered her husband was cheating. A lot. Nevertheless, she decided she still loved him and would forgive him, only to find out he was dying of pancreatic cancer. He died in October. Meanwhile, her daughter Charlotte developed a mysterious disease no one could diagnose. Between the medical bills for her husband and daughter, Beth could no longer afford payments on her house. Then on Christmas Day, during a quick trip to the neighborhood 7-Eleven, she met a handsome stranger, Matthew, who changed her life forever.

However, when we first meet Beth in a prologue, it’s Christmas Eve, 2008, and she is married to Kevin.

The desire to find out what happened in the intervening years keeps you reading to the end, when we come back full-circle to the beginning.

Discussion: This book is of the "holiday book" genre in which you expect certain tropes, like magic or angels, and in which you do not expect to find multisyllabic words or high-flown prose. Even accepting the parameters of the genre, however, the author seems to have forgotten some important parts of the plot set-up. Thus, in spite of the appealing aspects of his main conceit, there are crater-sized holes in the logic that the author just elides over at the end. However, this didn’t stop me from crying. Christmas books, Christmas movies, Christmas commercials – doesn’t matter: they turn me into a eye-leaking mess.

Evaluation: A readable Christmas book with a fun twist, albeit with a couple of gapingly large plot holes. ( )
  nbmars | Dec 16, 2011 |
The first and only book of RPE that I have not given 5 stars. While I did enjoy this book and found it hard to put down, I'm really not into the whole he dates his future mother-in-law thing. I get that he saved her and changed her future and his wife's for the better, but it's still kind of creepy. With the strong Christian theme's of RPE books I am surprised by this turn. While the overall message was good and it was written in the same addicting manner, I'm not completely in love with it. ( )
  roseysweetpea | Apr 18, 2011 |
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Beth Cardall's life was falling apart: her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was suffering from an unidentifiable illness; her marriage transformed from a seemingly happy and loving relationship to one full of betrayal and pain; her job was increasingly at risk; and she had lost her ability to trust, to hope, or to believe in herself. Then, on Christmas day, Beth encountered Matthew.… (more)

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