Friday, October 24, 2014

"the promise" by beth wiseman

Sometimes when something seems too good to be true, it is ...

Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger.

Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.

Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart's desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.

Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?

The Promise is a very intriguing—and scary—novel. It's one of those books that you can't put down because you have to know how it all turns out, but you want to put it down because the protagonist is being so stupid. However, it's a whole lot easier to see someone else's stupidity than your own, so I guess I understand, at least a little, how Mallory could have been taken in by Abdul.

The novel actually reminded me a lot of a Lifetime movie—you know, the ones based on true stories where naive women fall under the spell of dangerous men. And I wouldn't be surprised if this story does make its way to the small screen someday.

Overall, even thought I wasn't a huge fan of Mallory, I did enjoy this book. And I do think there are a lot of idealistic young women who should read this novel, as it provides a powerful warning and shows the power of real love. 4 stars.

Content note: While The Promise is put out by a Christian publisher, I wouldn't label it Christian fiction. Some of the characters are religious, but there's little evidence faith in Jesus Christ. I don't think that's necessarily a problem as far as the story goes, but I do think readers should know what--and what not--to expect.

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Read my review of Wiseman's The Wonder of Your Love and A July Bride.

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple Bestseller lists. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--Seek Me With All Your Heart--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth lives in Texas with her family.

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In a daring new novel, Beth Wiseman jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, this is the book Beth has been working toward for a long time.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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