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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,405 ratings  ·  674 reviews
"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,...more
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Simon & Schuster
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Tanya
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Mindee
"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 ap...more
Britni
Richard Paul Evans is the best-selling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk. I remember reading The Christmas Box and loving it; I'm a sucker for a good Christmas story. So when I was given the opportunity to review Promise Me, I was pretty excited. Sadly, Promise Me is not The Christmas Box, not even on the same level for me.

Promise Me is centered around a woman named Beth whose life falls apart in 1989. Her marriage breaks up, her daughter gets diagnosed with an undiagnosable disease, and...more
Joanna Aislinn
Oct 14, 2010 Joanna Aislinn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
For those who think paranormal means only vampires, werewolves and selkies—as did I until recently—think again.)

A couple of days ago my son asked me to pick up a DVD at the library and the cover of Richard Paul Evan’s most recent release, PROMISE ME, caught my eye. The blurb garnered enough of my attention to read more. Within a twenty-four hour time period this fast-paced, beautifully-written romance with at twist on the happily-ever-after had my full attention. As I raged, cried and laughed a...more
Shelly
First of all, I loved that someone thought enough of me to give me this book as a gift. A great feeling! Secondly, I think Evans is a beautiful writer; however, I have a hard time believing HE writes this stuff. It's so...womanly, if you know what I mean. And then there are times that you can completely believe a man tried to write a woman's perspective. I think that's the whole problem I have with his writing. Having said that, there is something in this book, and don't look at me for answers b...more
Nicole Langan
"Promise Me" by Christmas mega-author, Richard Paul Evans ("The Chirstmas Box," "The Christmas List") is one of those sentimental stories that a reader either devours or detests. It is touching, yet schmaltzy; miraculous, yet impossible; feel-good, yet cliche-ridden. The plot revolves around Beth Cardall, who is faced with an array of truly overwhelming problems. Infidelity. Unemployment. Foreclosure. Cancer. Who comes to save the day? A mysterious man, of course. For believers of love having th...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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1989 was not a good year for Beth Cardall. The novel starts out in the present day when Beth gazes at two necklaces she received way back when, but has never worn.

She always thought she had the good life. Though her husband traveled often for work, she thought he was loving and faithful. But when she was cleaning out his clothing pockets for a trip to the dry-cleaners (where she works), she found a note that hints that he has secrets. When she accuses Marc...more
Sally
Wow--and not in a good way. I was thoroughly involved in Evans' story for the first 75-100 pages and then it just became too preposterous and unbelievable. Characterization was so thin I couldn't accept their actions. Too many things were not explained--and the ones that were, were astoundingly impossible. Because this is a book group book, I finished it, hoping that there would be redeeming qualities and answers. Didn't happen. In fact, it ended with such dissatisfying conclusions that I wanted...more
Lisa
A different kind of romance book...one that Richard Paul Evans would write. That is why the cover doesn't have a bare chested man kissing an almost bare chested woman; those are the romance novels that I don't read.

Definitely not riveting, but interesting. Just suspend disbelief.

This book will make you ask: if I could re-do things in my past, would I? Probably not if you like where you are now! Also, would I sacrifice the best for my child?
Sue
wonderful

from Amazon:Publication Date: October 5, 2010
"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...more
Kar Wai Ng
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Cydnie
I actually would probably give this a 2.5 rating. I had heard good things about this book so I picked it up for Christmas. Those who know me know that I read a bit neurotically. When something doesn't make sense to me it starts me reading hyper-vigilantly. That being said.....

Things I liked:
1] I loved the friendship between Beth and Roxanne. Everyone should have a Rox in their life!
2] Being able to visualize the setting of the book - Salt Lake.
3] The relationship between Beth and Matthew grew sl...more
Mommywest
“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 Cardell 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 fall...more
Kavyen
The book started off at a slow pace. Dependent trusting wife, cheating husband, sick child, a death .. and everything else that you would normally expect. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed the read but the story had nothing new to offer. Just when I was giving up, Matthew entered and everything changed. The story was no longer just about romance and two people’s emotions.. It was about a mysterious man who was playing a vital role in a lone woman’s life. He was helping her live better; he diagnosis...more
Rebecca
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Robyn
Oct 22, 2010 Robyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
The journey of what lengths of love, trust, and hope a mother would go to for her daughter and what a wonderful man would do to keep his promise to his beloved wife! By keeping his promise, he will, unknowingly, change all of their destinies. What a story! A little hard to wrap my head around at times, but in the end--perfect! I loved it, but I like to believe in miracles and that we meet people for a reason.

Fave Quotes:
"Life is a house of cards, balanced on a teeter-totter, precariouly perched...more
Barbara
hmmm, well the cover's pretty....
I usually don't like to write reviews, but I can't keep my mouth shut about how disappointing this book was. Besides the ever-increasing absurd story line, which was often bordering on bad soap-opera material, it disappointed on many levels.
The chapters were often abruptly short and that feature seemed more prominent because it was a small book. Each chapter began with profound thoughts that supposedly came from the diary of Beth, who was the main character. Yet...more
Christy
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Joseph
Promise Me starts out in a conventional manner with a simple and at times touching story of a woman and her daughter transitioning from the death of her first husband to the meeting of a mysterious stranger. More than half the book is written in this formulaic mode with convenient plot developments and builds towards the discovery of the stranger's background and origins. There are several not-so-subtle hints along the way that something is amiss with the male lead, but perhaps hewing to the axi...more
Betty
I am a huge fan of Richard Paul Evans' books. I once picked up a book by him in the library thinking it was another author and after reading it went back and and over time read every book he had written and have read each book that he has written since. This is his latest book. His books are often filled with emotion such as love, hope, dispair, sadness, and many have a message.This book had a bit of fantasy. They are quick reads and always leave me waiting for his next book to be published.
Jinky
I've come to like this author's style of writing stories that tug at the heart strings. This one though didn't do that for me. The Back to the Future, borderline incest aspect of the book was eeww-creepy ...just not my kind of romance! ~On a side note, Mr. Evans sure can write 'femininely'. He must be surrounded by lots of women or somehow knows how to channel womanly views because the character developments of the women in this book were for the most part, right on!
Sara Alvarenga
I picked up this book at the library without knowing anything about the author because the cover and the tittle of the book are very intriguing . The prologue was even more interesting "Locked away in jewelry boxes, hidden in my closet, are two necklaces. They are gifts from two different men. Both of these necklaces are beautiful, both of them are valuable, and I wear neither of them, but for entirely different reasons-one because of a promise broken, the other because of a promise kept,”-Beth...more
Cortney
This book was not at all what I was expecting and very different than most of the books I have read by RPE. I am not sure I related to the romantic portion of it because the situation was so obscure. You have to read and find out the strange twist and see for yourself if you like it. I liked the story but was not even close to my favorite of his great works.
Kathleen Anderson
The basic plot of this book is a little far out there so I didn't like it as well as I have liked some of Evan's other books. Most of his fiction has been believable, but this one is definitely fiction. But I did finish it, so that says something for the book.
Andrea Guy
The holidays wouldn't be the same if there wasn't a heartwarming book by Richard Paul Evans to read.

I love his earlier holiday novels. This one is more than that though. Its a bit strange and yet sweet.

Now don't get me wrong, I loved the story and stayed up until wee hours of the morning to finish it, but when we learned who Mr. Matthew was...erm Matthew...I have to admit I started to wonder what kind of crack the author had been smoking to come up with this plot twist.

However, I'll give Mr. Eva...more
Val
This book was awful! How it ended up on the NYT best seller list is a complete mystery to me. It was a combination of a sappy Hallmark card and a really bad Lifetime movie! Save your time and money and don't even bother.
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Summary: A girl named Beth is having marriage problems with her husband Marc. She finds out at her work that he is cheating on her. She works at a dry cleaner place with her best friend, Roxanne. She took her husbands clothes to dry clean them. When her best friend Roxanne notices the note and takes it out to read. It was from the girl he was cheating on Beth with. Roxanne was crying for days. She was so sad about this because she loved the life she was having right now. When she found out she t...more
Mj
Promise Me kept me interested and wanting to read more. It is primarily a plot driven book with minimal character development and a message about hope and trust and the importance of learning to hope and trust again even if someone has broken your trust and hurt you to the point of cynicism.

I like the diary technique that Richard Paul Evans uses in all his books. I think works particularly well for his theme and message based stories. The diary is written by the principal character in each book...more
Clã dos Livros
Ela havia perdido todas as esperanças...
Beth é uma jovem mulher que viveu muito, em pouco tempo. Casada e com uma filhinha linda, chamada Charlotte. Descobre que Marc, seu marido a traiu, sua filha se encontra muito doente e os médicos não conseguem descobrir o motivo. Como se já não bastasse, Marc fica muito doente e morre vítima de câncer.

"-Estou dizendo que ele é humano. E errar é humano. Perdoar... bem, é amor."

Mas a menina desejou que sua mãe fosse cuidada.
Ela desejou que a mãe ganhasse d...more
Gloria Piper
Two necklaces hide in a box. Two secrets carried in Bethany’s heart. One necklace represents a promise broken. The other represents a promise kept. Her husband gave her one necklace. A mysterious stranger gave her the other. Who was he to stir her heart so? Where did he come from? Was he an angel come to her rescue, or was he a con man out to ruin her?

Evans takes us in a surprising and satisfying direction. I found the story ho-hum in places, but it is delicately told and the characters are ref...more
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