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A Promise of Safekeeping

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  132 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
A beautiful new tale of redemption from the author of Slow Dancing on Price's Pier

Nine years ago, Lauren Matthews prosecuted the case of a lifetime. But her error in judgment sent an innocent man to prison for a long time. Now Arlen Fieldstone has finally been released, and Lauren has only one thing on her mind: asking forgiveness. How can she make up for nine years of hi
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Berkley Books
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Oct 14, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok
Expected Publication Date: January 3rd 2012

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2.5 stars
Nine years ago Arlen Fieldstone was convicted of murdering the wife of Senator Juan Raimez. Today, he’s been exonerated of all charges and is now a free man. Lauren becomes so distraught over her role in putting away an innocent man and taking away 9 years of his life, she travels down to Virginia to apologize
Oct 31, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
This was another good read from Netgalley! Interesting storyline, complex characters and positive themes of facing the truth, forgiveness and second chances.

Lauren sends Arlen to jail for a crime he doesn't commit and he loses nine years of his life as a result. Will, Arlen's best friend, spends those years hating the woman who ruined his friends life and thus, had a negative effect on his own. When she shows up in his store looking for Arlen, Will isn't too quick to let her back into Arlin's li
Dec 23, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Matthews was just starting her legal career nine years ago when the case of a lifetime was handed off to her. She was successful, the jury found the man guilty of murder and sent him to prison.

Now she finds out the man was innocent. How could she have been so wrong? There is only one thing she can do. She must find him and beg him to forgive her. The idea that is was her determination and drive that sent an innocent man to prison is eating her alive. Arlen Fieldstone has lost nine years o
Writer's Relief
Emotional and intense. A story that looks at serious themes of wrongful incarceration, but without being unbearably dark. Fun insight into reading body language because the main character is a jury consultant. The hero is an antiques dealer/picker, which results in a lot of fun historical information. There’s a love story in the middle that is more than just a superficial subplot, and it all leads to a fast-paced ending. A recommended read.
Jul 17, 2012 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Promise of Safekeeping by Lisa Dale is everything I want in book. It is by far the closest thing to my "perfect" novel I have ever experienced. Discovering that such a book exists elates me, as I set the bar very high in all aspects of my life. A Promise of Safekeeping is a splendid book because of the sociological and psychological aspects; the complex and sophisticated, yet realistic, storytelling; and the underlying social justice implications.

As a sociology minor, I adore books that allow
Oct 14, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Dale’s fourth novel A Promise of Safekeeping is intriguing in many ways and has many different strands and emotions to it to keep you hooked. I haven’t read any of Dale’s previous novels so I had no experience of her before I began A Promise of Safekeeping, but the beautiful cover (which has added meaning now I’ve read the book!) and the synopsis were enough to make me read it. And, like I said, it’s an intriguing read.

Firstly, put yourself in Arlen’s position. If you were sent to jail for
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I enjoyed A Promise of Safekeeping, the first novel I have read by Lisa Dale. The premise is an interesting one with themes of forgiveness, truth and moving forward.
Lauren Matthews is on the cusp of achieving her life long dream to be named a partner in a prestigious jury consulting firm when she begins experiencing heart problems. She is convinced the cause is the recent exoneration of a man she helped convict for murder and if she is able to apologise the symptoms will disappear. Arlen Fields
Dec 19, 2011 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Matthews is a successful attorney. Her career is definitely on the right track as she's being considered for partner at her firm. Everything else is slightly off-kilter including her physical health. Arlen Fieldstone was and is an innocent man. Wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit, he spent nine long years in prison...nearly one-third of his life. He has been exonerated and released but all that he's known is gone. Will Farris is an antiques dealer and good friend to Arlen, bu ...more
Lydia Laceby
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I really enjoyed A Promise of Safekeeping which explores wrongful incarceration, the effects on all involved and who is to blame. Is anyone? Everyone? Just one person? Or the system? The prosecution? A weak defence? The jury? And what about personal guilt involved? Everyone has a different opinion A Promise of Safekeeping, including the wrongfully accused, his loved ones, and especially the woman responsible for his imprisonment.

Lauren’s guilt sets the novel i
Amy Lignor
Mar 04, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Matthews was a prodigy. This is a woman who stood for putting the criminal away, and found herself in the spotlight when she was young - prosecuting a man who had killed a ‘politico’s wife.’ Lauren was seen by the world as the ‘best of the best’ when she put Arlen Fieldstone away. Unfortunately, she was also dead wrong.

Nine years have gone by and Arlen is free; turns out he was absolutely innocent of the crime and Lauren can barely deal with the fact that she’s the one who took those nin
Laura Kay Bolin
Jan 04, 2012 Laura Kay Bolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lauren Matthews became a big shot prosecutor nine years ago. She walked in and successfully prosecuted a high profile murder case convicting, Arlen Fieldstone. Nine years later, the verdict is overturned and Arlen is pronounced innocent. During those nine years, Lauren made a name for herself as a jury consultant with her amazing knack for reading people…while Arlene’s wife divorced him and his mother died.

Reeling from the shocking news of Arlen’s innocenc
Samantha Janning
A Promise of Safekeeping by Lisa Dale is an eye-opening tale of redemption, a beautiful story filled with hope that will tug at heartstrings. Lauren Matthews was a fresh-paced young woman just starting her career when she got thrown on the case of a lifetime. Using her skill of “people-reading” to help lock up the case, she was the victor – and an innocent man went to jail because of her error. Arlen is now released from prison after nine years behind bars for a murder he did not commit, and Lau ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
This was my beach read for day 1 at the beach. Finished it, pretty much in one sitting. I enjoyed it a lot. This book touches on a lot of interesting subjects. Of course it's about how one goes about his life after having been wrongfully imprisoned for nine years. And about how the lawyer who prosecuted might feel about her role in that. It also touches on the issue of hoarding. And schizophrenia. And the lawyer-turned jury consultant is kind of a prodigy of the type that might have been found i ...more
A PROMISE OF SAFEKEEPING by Lisa Dale is a wonderful,charming contemporary romance set in present day Richmond Virgina.It is an emotional story of second chances,ex-convicts,the justice system, hope,wrongful conviction, redemption, forgiveness,secrets,love,romance,female lawyers,hoarding,and nine years of a lost life. This is the story of Lauren Matthews,prosecuted and who made an error in judgement that cost Arlen Fieldstone,nine years of his life,and Will Farris,friend of Arlen and who has a s ...more
Dec 01, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed A Promise of Safekeeping. From the troubles the characters face, to how they all try and sort through those troubles. I'd have liked an Epilogue at the end of the novel, set perhaps a year later, because the ending is a bit dramatic, and it is a bit rushed, so an Epilogue would have rounded off a pretty good novel perfectly. I thought it had the brilliant line between romance (yes, there is romance, woohoo!) and between the serious stuff. I'd really recommend the book, b ...more
Jenny - Book Sojourner
I really enjoyed reading this book. When I got it I quickly set aside the book I had been reading so I could start this one. The cover is beautiful and the snippet about the book pulled me right in. I loved the slow but steady character development of Lauren, Arlen, Will, and Eula. I liked getting to know the characters: what made them tick, what they were hiding, what they thought they wanted, what they really needed, who they were before, now, and becoming, and so on. I loved the interweaving ...more
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An emotional story about secrets, righting wrongs, facing personal demons and letting grudges go. A Promise of Safekeeping is not a story where Lauren finally apologizes and all is rosy, we are taken on an emotional roller coaster involving three very complex characters trying to come to grips with the pain and difficulties of the past nine years.

I was very impressed by the depth of emotions of each of the characters, the twist at the end add an extra bit of drama. I am an epilogue junkie, so I
3.5 stars. An enjoyable poolside read. It was sweet and I did like the characters. I thought the author could have been more creative with showing the need Will and Lauren had for each other than sex (this book is so much more than those few pages of passion, I promise). That particular sectiong seemed out of place since the lead up to Lauren and Will's coming together was sweet and nice. I could see what the author was trying to illustrate by having Will and Lauren be so strongly attracted to e ...more
Johnnayea Edmond
This was a nice read. I enjoyed the coming together of two people from totally different backgrounds-- people who were almost from two different worlds. The ways they were different (although they did have subtle commonalities) is what made them perfect complements for each other. I do wish the author had felt it more worthwhile to develop this more. Further, I didn't really like the ending. Albeit, a happy ending, the author did not do enough to mold it and shape it to where it could be believa ...more
This book is a well written character driven tale of four troubled people. An innocent person has been in prison for 9 years. Lauren needs to get forgiveness from Arlen, the person she put in prison. Will is the one person standing in Lauren's way. He is Arlen's best friend. All three of them are on a collision course. But who will come out of this mistake better? What happens when three people joined by one thing comes together? You'll have to read the book to find out. I really enjoyed reading ...more
Lora Mays
Dec 17, 2011 Lora Mays rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dale has spun a beautiful cast of characters that are hard not to love. Lauren, with her charge to excel in her career; Arlen, unsure of where he stands in life or among his family and friends; and Will, a man that is lost in the midst of his passion, looking for someone who will help him become the man he is meant to be. On top of an elegant prose, Dale integrates some shocking discoveries throughout the book that will keep you on edge and ready to see how the characters tackle the next challen ...more
The lessons at the beginning of each chapter were the best part of the book as the reading people info was interesting. That being said, this book went nowhere fast. Nothing interesting happened until page 320 and there were only 328 pages. The premise and sub plots were good, but they were not explored in any detail. Will's big secret was so obvious from the get go and many of the characters' actions were implausible. I found myself doing a lot of eye rolling as I read. I thought by the descrip ...more
Rossana Snee
Mar 03, 2014 Rossana Snee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't bad at all. It dealt with a man wrongly convicted of murder and the prosecuting attorney trying to get his forgiveness after it's discovered he wasn't guilty. In order to meet up with Arlen, she must go to Richmond. There she meets Will, Arlen's friend and protector. The trip turns out to be more than she expected. All the characters are dealing with baggage and faced with difficult choices. Overall, I enjoyed it.
Aug 02, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though there are some lovely descriptions in this novel, overall, I found it to be a bit predictable and even repetitive in places. The aspects I was most interested in--Arlen's wrongful conviction and his re-entry into the world after nine years in prison--were not very fresh or imaginative and were overshadowed by the primary focus of this book: a fairly obvious love story that is apparent very early on in the novel.
Nov 30, 2014 Mom2nine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be an enjoyable read. Story deals with a man wrongly imprisoned. The story is deep enough for discussion, but not heavy. The prosecuting lawyer feels guilty, yes she was just doing her job, but still a heavy burden. Scenes of intimacy not too trashy. All in all, it was a book which I enjoyed picking up.
Jan 14, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest, the reason I ended up reading this book was because it was set in Richmond. The description seemed intriguing, but not enough to hook me, and then I saw where it was set and it because a must read. I liked it, but didn't love it. And, some of the Richmond details actually seemed a tad bit inconsistent, but... it was a nice, quick, Saturday afternoon read.
May 31, 2012 Isabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
Great book! Slightly more involved than a simple feel-good book but not intensely suspense driven. That being said, I haven't slept a wink since picking up at page 124 last night. Love the behavioural analysis scattered throughout... thinking of pursuing something along those lines myself so it was perfectly suitable for me atm.
Jan 04, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Promise of Safekeeping is a moving novel of self-discovery, redemption and second chances. It is an emotional read with multi-faceted characters and a realistic storyline. To read my review in its entirety, please visit http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy....
Michelle Robinson
I read this over a number of days. Ambivilent is the only way that I can describe how I feel about this book. So many things happen that are just impossibley to believe.
I wanted to like it.
The premise is interesting.
Heidi Pukaluk
Aug 15, 2013 Heidi Pukaluk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this masterfully written story about forgiveness, healing, second chances and unlikely romance. So many different aspects of each part of the story and each one of them very interesting and fascinating. I am hating having to say goodbye to the well fleshed characters.
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A lifelong bookworm, Lisa Dale is a firm believer that there are few things in life better than curling up with a novel and a cup of tea. Lisa Dale grew up in rural Northwestern New Jersey before attending McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. She worked briefly in publishing before going back to school to get an MFA in fiction at Fairleigh Dickinson University. A nominee for Best New America ...more
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