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Promise

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  8,785 ratings  ·  298 reviews
Young architect Michael Hillyard and artist Nancy McAllister are determined to get married despite his wealthy mother's disapproval. Then, minutes beforetheir wedding, a terrifying accident and a cruel deception separate Michael and Nancy -- perhaps forever. Each pursues a new life -- Nancy in California, Michael inNew York. But eventually nothing -- and no one -- can keep ...more
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Published February 24th 2009 by Dell Publishing (first published January 1st 1978)
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Pam
Published in 1978 and my 1st DS book. Re-read and still enjoyed it. "the early morning sun streamed across their backs as they unhooked their bicycles in front of Eliot House on the Harvard campus."

Nancy, an aspiring artist and orphan, and Michael, from a wealthy background, promise to love each other always. Nancy is not who Michael's mother would choose for her son & expresses her distaste and disapproval for this relationship. Michael, has always been the dutiful son to his widowed mother
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Laura Da Rosa
In the book the Promise by Danielle Steel we are taught many life lessons, we learn that no mater what incidents happen in life it goes on and eventually you'll get through it, your taught that if you care about something or someone enough the love will never fade away. The main characters in the book Nancy and Michael are young and madly in love with each other, Michael's mother though is not a fan of Nancy and doesn't approve of her as Michael's girlfriend or wife.
Late one night they decide t
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Youmna S. El-Din
Gotta admit that at the beginning I did not like this novel much ,but as I kept on reading it just caught me with the specific details and the dramatic changes that happens to almost every character in this novel .Danielle Steel sure is a great and talented writer to write such a fascinating novel ,this was my first book to read by Danielle Steel but it sure is not going to be the last.
Julie Barrett
The Promise by Danielle Steel
Michael Hillard and Nancy MacAllister are to be wed but the car accident prior to the wedding
leaves others to wonder if they will keep their vow. He is an architect and she is an artist.
His wealthy mother disapproves though...They will be separated but will it keep them apart?
He is appalled that his mother have a private eye find out about Nancy's past=like it was her fault who her parents turned out to be.
On their way to get married the car crashes and he's unconsci
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Fran
The last time I read this was a decade ago and that was before my paperback copy was never returned to me. Luckily, I found an e-book. Thank you techy gods!

I think I decided to re-read this because I was curious to know whether or not the twentysomething me would still love it. I was only a high school sophomore then so what the heck did I know about "good" books anyway. At first, I thought it would maybe be like watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and then realizing how it totally
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Lenny Husen
Very romantic story. I first read it at age 15 and really loved it, read it again as an adult and thought it was silly. Why wouldn't he want to look for her grave? But okay, allowing for that, and how easily the main characters get everything they want or think they want, this is a fun little romance. Danielle Steel is a dreadful writer but this book is OK, if you have to read one by her this is the least nauseating. I think she had help with this one, at least I read that that was the case.
Kathaileen
A poor girl marries a rich boy and is unacceptable to her new mother-in-law. When she is in a car accident and terribly disfigured, her mother-in-law pays for her reconstructive surgery on the condition that she will disappear from her son's life. This was a TV movie (and Ms Steele wrote the books afterwards) with Kathleen Quinlan and Steven Collins. ...more
Purvika
o my god seriously this was my first book ever... the story the lines it was just o my god have no words .... just hooked my with love stories for ever .... i still carry the paperback copy of this bold its even smells old but when ever i look at it i remember the days i kept think abt this book ... :)
Stella
First book I ever read because I was bored. I was grounded in high school and I stayed up all night to finish it. It was great! I went on to read Danielle Steel for several years. I loved the way she described the women in the stories and the places they went and where they lived. Just beautitul!
Sheila
This is the very first book I read by this author and fell in love with her style of writing as I could 'picture' the story unfolding in my mind. Years later I saw the movie and although it was good I could honestly say that the book was so much better and I have been reading her books ever since.
Isis Ray-sisco
This was a reread for me. I enjoyed it as much as I did the fist time years ago. I love DS books and I am glad I agreed to do this for a buddy read.
Caitlin Blechschmidt
THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!!!!!! I READ IT IN ONE DAY I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN!!!! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BOX OF TISSUES!!!
Michelle Kurkowski Pagels
This was the book that made my mom love to read. It is classic Danielle Steel. Loved it.
Lexi
The Promise
Author: Danielle Steel

Michael Hillyard and Nancy McAllister are madly in love. Michael met Nancy at a Boston Gallery where her work was being shown. She is an artist and he is a famous architect. He asked her out and fell madly in love with her. Nancy wasn't too quick to jump into a serious relationship. Her mother had left her as a young child in an orphanage. She just abandoned her. Nancy had not really healed from it. She doesn't want to trust or love anyone. Michael kept asking he
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Becky Frost
Ok....those first four chapters of the book had some of the worst dialogue I have ever read in a book for adults. The first chapter is supposed to be filled with the dialogue of someone who just got an advanced degree from Harvard and yet the conversations sounds like Middle School kids:

"I love you."
"I love you more."
"I love you even more."

Holy crap I kept waiting for someone to take it to infinity.

Then, the dialogue in chapter four had me wanting to put forks in my eyes. But an amazing thing ha
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Arezu
یه داستان عامه پسند میخواستم بهش امتیاز دو بدم اما سه دادم چون داستان روونی بود. به نظرم دانیل استیل جزو نویسنده هایی هست که ادبیات پاورقی آمریکا رو تشکیل میده.جالب بود که ببینم ادبیات پاورقی آمریکا چجوریه.
از اول داستان میشد آخر داستان رو حدس زد.یه داستان عشقی که با اینکه میدونی آخرش چی میشه دوست داری به خاطر لذت بردن از لحظات لطیفش به خوندن ادامه بدی چون تو واقعیت کمتر پیش میاد اونا رو لمس کنی و یه فضای فانتزی برات به وجود میاد تا بتونی از اون حس ها سرخوش بشی.
شاید یکی دو کتاب دیگه از دانیل استی
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Anupama Ma
a) I’m too old for this kind of drivel

b) This wasn’t drivel when it was written back in 1978

c) I’m too hardhearted and cynical to understand Love

Chances are that the right answer might be option c.

After the thundercloud of This Divided Island, I wanted some cotton candy fluffy clouds. The Promise was one of those books that Chitrakka made be get for her from V K Library. It was the rage back then. Longlongago. I think I even tried to read it as a teenager, I do have vague memories of some beads
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Holly
This is an older book by this author and my very first!
It pulled me right in, and was hard to put down...
Danielle Steel is a very accomplished writer.
Her style moves right along, and has plenty of action, plot, and dialog.
I was swept into this compelling tale with anticipation of a huge climax. It never came.
The last page gave us two paragraphs of resolution. What?
I realized at the end that most of the angst was spent with the two major love interests
being apart and miserable. In fact, most o
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Wendie
I remember this story from reading it in HS. It has not aged well. It's a completely unbelievable storyline. Michael is wealthy and destined to take over his family company. Nancy is the love of his life, but an orphan with no position in the world. She's an artist and a painter. They make a promise the day before they are wed to never say good-bye, and then a car crash ends it all. Michael's evil mother makes a deal with Nancy- she'll pay for the 300K facial reconstruction as long as she never ...more
thegift
read this many, many years past. another book from a girlfriend, convinced that despite my sardonic attitude, beat the heart of a true romantic in my desolate, desperate, desiring soul. as in, everything would be better if he just had/has a girlfriend. she also told me not to skip, not to read the ending first, suffer her prose for a beautiful ending. do follow her advice. think this is actually a novelization of a tv screenplay, so do not expect great writing. worked when read it, though no wis ...more
Caryn  Rowe
This is one of the most heart-felt versions of the tale of Romeo and Juliet I have ever read. Michael and Nancy's love is true and strong despite Michael's mother's objections they are getting married. The day of the wedding, Nancy is in a horrible car wreak that sends her through the windshield and leaves her without a face. Michael's wealthy mother goes to the hospital to speak to her. His mom proceeds to tell her she will never have a whole life again due to her gruesome appearance. She offer ...more
Francesca
I was stuck on my star rating for this one, I'd rate it a 2.5 if I could so I nearly rounded up to 3 as this is one of my Mums favourite books but for me, personally and critically, I rounded down to 2. I can completely understand why my Mum loves it so much, it's an easy and harmless romance novel which I'm sure hardcore romance fans would love. However, for me, I struggled with this one a bit. First of all, the basic over all premise just seemed absurd. Now I don't have a problem with weird or ...more
Lisa Redfern
Who knows why some thoughts and memories surface at any particular moment? While doing research for my current novel, I began to reach back into the cloud of vagueness....What was the book that I read in the 80's (as a YA) that tugged at my heart so? Filled with young romance, parental manipulation, heartbreak and at long last a dramatic reunion - the feelings associated with that book have lingered.

I remembered that 'Promise' was in the title...but a title search revealed soooooo many other bo
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Adam Davis
My wife and I both had our seventh grade teacher read this book to us. Years later, I was in a band with the authors son for a few weeks before he was kicked out for drug use. Oh yea, the book... It was pretty awful.
Kris
1 STARS

"Young architect Michael Hillyard and artist Nancy McAllister are determined to get married despite his wealthy mother's disapproval. Then, minutes before their wedding, a terrifying accident and a cruel deception separate Michael and Nancy -- perhaps forever. Each pursues a new life -- Nancy in California, Michael in New York. But eventually nothing -- and no one -- can keep them apart as they keep their vow never to say good-bye." (From Amazon)

Originally when I read Danielle Steel novel
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S.K. Logsdon
I love this book. It is my favorite by Danielle Steel -- I have read about half of her books and I thought this one touched my heart the most in the most unexpected way. I loved it!
Charleybrown
This was my first favourite book back when I was 14. I've long since tired of Steel's repetitive plots but this one remains a sentimental favourite.
ThePersonNextToYou
Read this years ago and liked it.
Jo Guasque
Okaay. Not that good but not very bad either.:) I like the plot but as we all know, it is very common. I like Micheal a lot. I mean who doesn't? He's perfect. He loves his woman very much and Nancy is very lucky to have someone as good as Micheal. They're love for each other really amazes me.:) Ben Avery is funny by the way.:) And did I mention that Peter is very ideal? He may be old but he is definitely HOT.:) At first, I thought Marion was pure evil. But I guess I have to give fair judgement f ...more
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