Friday, December 10, 2010

PROMISE ME by Richard Paul Evans

"As you read my story, there is something I want you to understand. That in spite of all the pain—past, present and that still to come—I wouldn’t have done anything differently. Nor would I trade the time I had with him for anything—except for what, in the end, I traded it for." Beth Cardall has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change. For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. Her 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 at the dry cleaners was increasingly at risk; and she had lost any ability to trust, to hope, or to believe in herself. Then, on Christmas Day, as she rushed through a blizzard to the nearest 7-Eleven, Beth encountered Matthew, a strikingly handsome, mysterious stranger, who would single-handedly change the course of her life. Who is this man, and how does he seem to know so much about her? He pursues her relentlessly, and only after she’s fallen deeply in love with him does she learn his incredible secret, changing the world as she knows it, as well as her own destiny. From the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved classics The Christmas Box and The Christmas List comes a breathtaking story of the transcendent power of love."

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I have no idea how to rate this book or even review it. I can't do much in the way of review because it could give the plot away.
There was no character building. The characters didn't grow except in love when they shouldn't have. Money flowed conveniently when it needed to. Help came when needed and in the form of a gorgeous man.
Maybe I was having an off day in my reading. I don't know. Personally? I did not like this book. It was a little too wacky for me but I can't tell you because it would spoil the twists.
If your looking for an intriguing and clean romance, this book just might be for you!

Page 69 test:
"...sad that even if they put me through chemo and radiation it would only buy me a few months at est. He said, 'god home, put things in order and cherish every minute with your loved ones.'" He began to cry again. "I told him I didn't have a home."
"You do. You have us. And that's what we'll do. We'll make the most of every minute. I love you. I always have."
Marc dropped his head on my shoulder and we both wept."


  1. I haven't really read much by this author. This book seems over sentimentalized. I'm not in the mood for that now--if ever.

  2. My wife also read the book and did not like it at all. In fact, a lot of people I've talked to thought it was badly written. Just goes to show, when you're a big name like RPE, you can almost get away with anything. For one book. If he writes something like this again, it may take his reputation down.