Promise Me

Author:  Richard Paul Evans                                
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Pages:  334
Genre:  Holiday Fiction
Source:  A Friend

Goodreads:   “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.
Ope’s Opinion:  The first part of the story caught my attention and kept me wanting to read more.  I wanted to know what was wrong with Charlotte.  After we found out what was wrong, I felt the story took a whole other twist that didn’t appeal to me.
                                        Beth needed to grow a back bone.  She wanted her husband out of her life, then turned around and wanted him back without him really changing his ways.  She signed her money over to a man she hardly knew. I just found it hard to believe she would be so gullible. I also thought her relationship with Matthew was strange. 
                                     I guess I like more traditional love stories and Christmas stories.  This was not traditional in any way.  If you are looking for something very different – this book may be for you.

Rating:  Two Chairs – I may have one friend who might like this book.

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