Book Review | Promise Me
Title: Promise Me
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Beth Cardall thought she had the perfect life–and then she found out her husband had been unfaithful to her. As Beth is trying to make sense of where her marriage went wrong, her 6-year-old daughter becomes mysteriously ill with something that no doctor seems able to diagnose. When Beth decides to give her husband Marc a second chance, he learns he only has months left to live and reveals an even more painful secret to Beth. 1989 is definitely a year that Beth is more than willing to put behind her.
Now widowed and raising her daughter alone, Beth is struggling both financially and emotionally. A serendipitous encounter with a handsome stranger on Christmas Day slowly brings Beth back to life. There is something strange about Matthew; he seems to know things about Beth and Charlotte that he couldn’t possibly know, including what why Charlotte has become so ill. Soon Beth has fallen hopelessly in love with Matthew, and he with her.
It is now 2008, and Beth has been keeping a miraculous secret for 18 long years. On this Christmas Eve, Beth will finally know if it hers alone, or if another has returned to share it with her.
I can hardly believe a man wrote Promise Me. He was able to effortlessly tell an engaging, heartwarming story from the perspective of a woman, capturing all of her vulnerabilities and emotions so beautifully. The events that unfold in this unusual tale are even more special to me because they occur in cities I know so well. I can literally see Highland Drive, Foothill Drive, and any number of places that were reference in Promise Me because it is set in Utah, where I live. I even learned about a new restaurant called Five Alls (Beth’s favorite restaurant), which I hope to someday try.
Beth is an incredible mother who always puts her daughter’s needs before her own, even at the expense of her own happiness. Beth and Matthew both are faced with an impossible decision, and even though it was bittersweet I wouldn’t have wanted any other ending. Promise Me will inspire and encourage you to believe in magic, and remind you that there are so many different ways to love one another.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*