Book Review: The Promise

4 Nov

685959Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger.

Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.

Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart’s desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfi ll her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.

Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?

BWiseman-255Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple Bestseller lists. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series – Seek Me With All Your Heart – was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth lives in Texas with her family.

 

My Impressions:

I have read a few books by Beth Wiseman who is known for her Amish and contemporary romance fiction. (Click on the following titles for my reviews of 3 of her books — A Plain Peace, The House That Love Built, and Need You Now.) But I have to say that The Promise, a project close to Beth’s heart, is my favorite so far. A departure from the fiction she is known for, The Promise looks at a world of deception that entraps an idealistic and naive woman. Based on real events, this novel will open your eyes to a world that is so different from our own.

As a teenager, Mallory was not allowed to give her cousin a kidney. Since that early experience, she has been looking for a way to save a life, number one on her bucket list. Her innocence and idealism are easy prey for a man who pleads for help for his ill daughter. Through lies and manipulation, Mallory travels to Pakistan to find a way to fulfill her deep seated desire.

If I had not known that The Promise was based on real events, I am not sure I would have believed the premise of this book. How can someone be so stupid to travel to a very dangerous part of the world based on a few Skype and email conversations. But Mallory is a character that has a void in her life, not unlike many in our culture. She wants desperately to help someone, to be the difference in someone’s life. She also has a desire to please God, but doesn’t even know Him. I was moved by the number of times Mallory wished her parents had taken the time to take her to church, to teach her just who God is. Her boyfriend, Tate, is a Christian, but is ineffective in sharing his faith. He can’t answer he questions or debunk the myths of Islam without sounding like he is reciting the company line. The book is predominantly about the deception and manipulation of the Islamic culture, but it was the failures of the American church to reach a true seeker that made me stop and think.

The Promise is a quick read. Every time I came up for air, I was surprised how far along I was in the novel. It gives a very real and needed look into the culture, customs and religion of Pakistan. The characters are believable even in an unbelievable situation. I think this book would be ideal for a teen girl or young adult women’s book club. I highly recommend it.

Highly Recommended.

Audience — teens to adults.

(Thanks to Thomas Nelson and LitFuse for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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