“The Promise” left me with somewhat mixed emotions. As expected, it was beautifully written and easy to read as are all books I have read by Beth Wiseman. Based on a true story, it depicts scenarios that should serve as warning to its readers.
I did not particularly care for Mallory, the primary character, who was naive and shallow in many ways. Although her intentions may have been noble, she pretty much went off half-cocked with no regard for anything but her notion that she had to save someone’s life. The danger that she placed herself in was unnecessary and the grief she caused those who loved her was cruel.
The story itself moved at a good pace and the characters were well fleshed out. I gained a pretty good overview on the life of some Muslims, both in the U.S. and Pakistan. It did lend me a little understanding on why some of the characters behaved in the manner they did.
The main idea I came away with from “The Promise” is how impossible it is to try to do heroic things under our own strength and that the Lord cares for us so much that He will often rescue us despite ourselves.
This book was provided for review by the BookLook Blogger Program of Harper Collins Christian Publishing.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to faraway place. But there she finds heartache and betrayal. Can the only man she’s ever loved rescue her before it’s too late?
Tate Webber has loved Mallory Hammond for years. He plans to marry her someday, but not until he has his career and life in order. Mallory is in love with Tate, but his unwillingness to commit has created a rift between them. So when Mallory’s new boss introduces her to his cousin, she’s surprised by his charming, exotic ways and delights in his attention. This exciting stranger begins to sway her thinking about her lifelong dreams and her religious beliefs.
As their online relationship develops, he invites her to visit his homeland in the Middle East, promising her a traditional life based on commitment to family-something she’s never had and always wanted. In a bold move-and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her-Mallory decides to leave the only life she’s ever known to meet this man on the other side of the world.
Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend is not who he says he is. Tate must risk his life to rescue the only woman he’s ever loved. Can he reach Mallory . . . before it’s too late?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth’s The Promise is inspired by a true story.