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The Promise: Wartime memories bring back happiness... and pain

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
There were four of the Thorpe family in the Anderson shelter the night of the raid on Coventry. Mum and Dad, Florrie and little May....


Jack was missing. He was one of those who had not come back from Dunkirk. And May had to promise to keep a terrible secret, a promise which affected the lives of all the survivors, until May herself was the only one left.


Seventy years later
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 6th 2011 by Bantam Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jane
Sep 01, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Good read but slow.
Faa
Feb 18, 2012 Faa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Promise is not my daily cup of tea-kind of book. It has few relationships, each related to another in such a weird way, that it span from as early as 1940's up to the present times. If you like teenagers love starting to blossom and love the feeling of uncertainty and confusion in accepting newfound love, then Marcus & Daisy love is the perfect one. But if you long for more classical love (not exactly like Jane Austen's type), but the one that make you search and search through 2 ...more
Jo Barton
Nov 09, 2011 Jo Barton rated it liked it
When fifteen year old May Thorpe lost her whole family during World War Two, she made a promise to her mother never to disclose what happened. Seventy years later, May goes over the events of 1940 with two sixth form students who are writing about wartime experiences.

The story is very easy to read with good dialogue, the narrative ambles along at quite a slow pace, but the true charm of the story lies in the characterisation. The interaction between the old and young is nicely done, and a heart-
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Lynda
May 27, 2016 Lynda rated it liked it
Very sad war time story of a 14 year old girl having her father, brother, and sister die in horrible ways.
Then she was raped and told by her mother to promise keep it ..a secret.

Years later she is in an old peoples home where students come from a school to interview her about her wars years.
The story tries it's best to be emotional and you do have a slight bond with the young girl interviewing this strong yet damage old lady.

could be better!
May
Sep 16, 2015 May rated it it was ok
Lost interest almost the end of the book. Hard to keep interested. Writing style not my cup of tea and the whole storyline just to jerky for my liking. Couldn't get into any of the characters as they all seemed so two-dimensional.
Karen
Nov 06, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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Intergenerational tale. Historical references.
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