Monday, July 18, 2016
The Promise by Beth Wiseman ~ Book Review
I ordered this book because I have loved the other two contemporary books by this author that I have read. Although the back description really didn't draw me at first, I went with the good reading experience I had already had. And I'm glad I did. I ended up really liking the book. But to be totally honest the character of Mallory drove me nuts throughout the book. Because of the promise she had made and her deep desire to fulfill it, she was totally blinded to what was common sense and warnings from those she should have trusted. But the story really drew me in and I could feel her fiance's and friends tensions as she determined to make it happen. At the end, what made the book even more interesting and relevant was reading the author's notes on why she wrote the book. Based on a good friend's personal experiences, it made the story that much more real. It brought to light & explained how people motivated by love and sacrifice can be betrayed and how shame or embarrassment keeps them from asking for help until sometimes it may be too late. She explained which parts and experiences in the story her friend had actually lived through and that she wrote the story hoping to make a difference. She also wrote the book hoping it would bring closure to their own situation and in an effort to understand her own friend's actions. It certainly opened my eyes to how a person can get themselves into these kinds of situations beyond their control and moved me from being frustrated with the character to having empathy for the character. The author's notes are a part of this book that shouldn't be left unread.
I gave this book a 9/10.