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3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,057 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
With her three children, beautiful home, and loving husband, Margaret Crane is a woman others would envy. Adam's job has cushioned them nicely over the years, and it should be a time of contentment, rewards, of new challenges together. But lately Adam has been working too late, too hard, at the office. Margaret is sure it's just the rumored takeover of his company--until s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 7th 1997 by Dell (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jan 28, 2016 Kay rated it really liked it
I read this book a while ago. Belva Plain has always been a favorite of mine. Her writing is beautiful, it has a way of pulling me in. I love the old-fashioned tone of her characters. I don't think I've read one book of hers that I didn't at least like. (RIP Belva Plain).
Promises is a book about a man named Adam and a woman named Margaret, who have been together since youth (their mothers already planned their marriage long before they did). The book opens with a problem: Adam, who is away at co
Oct 25, 2015 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down!

This novel was about every wife's worst nightmare – the ex-girlfriend comes back into the husband's life. It's a roller coaster, and a good one!

Belva Plain has an unusual writing style of direct characterization and slightly archaic dialogue that would normally put me off a book. But her plots are so riveting and the characterization and dialogue work well, somehow. The stress and intensity of the drama are always rewarded with a satisfying ending. I'm normally a sci-fi a
Dec 07, 2008 Kim rated it it was ok
I found a lot of this book so irritating. Adam and his selfish affair. His lack of parenting. Also, I couldn't see why things had to be quite so hard for Margaret. Such as losing her home - she had very wealthy friends - why didn't they get together and buy her house and rent it back to her? Her pride wouldn't have had to suffer as it would have been an investment for them. Also - why didn't someone (Adam, friends) take the dog instead of it going to strangers? I got tired of listening to Adam a ...more
Jane De vries
Sep 24, 2016 Jane De vries rated it it was amazing
It is a recommended read for someone BEFORE an extra marital affair. Couldn't put it down.
Oct 16, 2016 Cherifabenkhalifa rated it it was amazing
i love this book
Jun 07, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Margaret Crane is a woman many others would envy. With her comfortable home, handsome husband, three beautiful children and rewarding teaching career, Margaret has the perfect life. She and Adam, her husband, have also raised an orphaned cousin, Nina, since her early childhood and she is now a sucessful young decorator in New York City. And yet...Adam is constantly working late at the office; long hours and too much stress Margaret attributes to rumors of a big company takeover as Adam draws awa ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
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Sheila Judson
Mar 17, 2011 Sheila Judson rated it liked it
Margaret has planned her whole life around Adam. Just before marrying right out of college he has an affair but Margaret never has a doubt about their life together. The world revolves around their marriage and their children. What Margaret cannot see is that Adam has never really grown up and taken responsibility for himself and his feelings. Adam finds himself superior to the world and when his old girlfriend pops into his life again, he puffs up with esteem and jumps into the affair head on. ...more
Virginia Markhart
Feb 24, 2016 Virginia Markhart rated it really liked it
This book touched me deeply. I HATE adulltry. Then why couldn't I put this book down, adulltry was the main theme. The book explored the deep emotional wrenching caused by adulltry and divorce. Adulltry is an insult to the entire family. Margaret and Nina, aunt and niece. Margaret is married to a man who is having an affair, and Nina is having an affair with a married man. The ugliness of their situations was painfully honest, made for difficult reading. The shattered home and the upheaval of th ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Kristy rated it liked it
This was the first Belva Plain book I've read. I found it in a box of old books and I have no clue where it came from. It's a good story. Although you start to hate, I mean really hate, a couple of the characters you can appreciate the storytelling. You start out with a "perfect" family and the man of the house decides he's not happy. Especially after he meets an old flame from college. You can probably see where this is going.
Jun 17, 2009 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A vacation read that traveled to UT, ID and WY. It is the story of a couple married for many years. The husband decides to have an affair and the family becomes dysfunctional. The Ozzie and Harriett family unit becomes prey to current lifestyles. There is a happy ending for one of the partners! This was a good book, but I've read others by Belva Plain that I loved (more of the historical type). Cover is different from the one listed.

Laura Beasley
Jan 02, 2014 Laura Beasley rated it liked it
Good story but slow pace. Very true to life. Book full of emotions--love, betrayal, sadness, hurt, bitterness and so much more. A couple separate after 15 years of marriage due to the husbands adultery. How this split affects Margaret and Adam and their 3 children. The support of friends during this difficult time. Newell written book. Lots of characters as in most of Belva Plain's books but much easier to keep up with each one. Enjoyable read even though sad at times.
May 15, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was ok
Not my favorite Belva Plain novel. It depicts the husband as a person with zero personality and zero self control and the 'other woman' as pure evil who deliberately tempts a married man away from his family and then turns on them using only sex as a weapon. Not a very realistic scenario in my opinion.
Sep 24, 2008 Kerri rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This book is about two women. One woman is married and being cheated on, and in a separate relationship, her niece is the "other woman."

This book is a bit different from some romance novels. Some books treat divorce as a glitch, and then everyone gets over it and is better off. This books shows divorce for it's very ugly side, and the disastrous effects for the children.

Jan 22, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
Belva Plain's characters are always delved into. I liked this book. It was a typical story of a guy who has an affair and disrupts his entire family's lives. He was a selfish man who carried on with a temptress. It all ended well for the family, however.
Vanessa Jones
Sep 03, 2015 Vanessa Jones rated it liked it
This book was as addicting as a reality TV show. This book chronicles affairs from different points of view('sometimes an itch in the groin can be confused as love'). A little cliché, but unfortunately close to reality for many. The grass isn't always greener on the other side!
Jul 20, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
A moving story about promises made and broken all in the name of love and the reprecussions those promises have on the individuals involved and their families. From broken promises, strength of character arises. Beautifully written and deeply touching.
Dianne Estes
Jul 19, 2013 Dianne Estes rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I think every young women should read. Gives a really good view of the tragic impact on children when a divorce happens because of another woman as well as the impact on young women who are foolish enough to believe that a married man will leave his family for her.
Aug 01, 2011 Cyn rated it it was ok
I read this long ago but decided to read again,since I couldn't remember the ending. Margaret and the kids all had strong characters that I could feel emotion for. Adam and Randi made me ill.
The story moves slowly and is rather depressing.
This is not a cheer me up type of book.
Carrie Milkanin
Nov 14, 2016 Carrie Milkanin rated it really liked it
Margaret Crane, a mother, teacher and wife trusts her cheating husband. The Brice she raised finds herself in a relationship with a married man. This book shows both sides of infidelity and the tolls it takes on those involved--from the children, adults and coworkers involved.
May 03, 2008 Gretchen rated it liked it
Recommended to Gretchen by: Kirsten
WOW! The whole time I was angry with Adam b/c of his affair. I never would have guessed what would have happened at the end. It was a good book to show how a family tries to survive during and after an affair. But it made me so angry. Affairs affect everyone and they seem to be just selfish.
Feb 24, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook
Stayed up half the night finishing this one. "Betrayed" wife story. And niece is in another relationship where she is the "other woman". Chick story but good. Had to finish it to see how their lives worked out.
Dec 05, 2012 Skyqueen rated it really liked it
Listened to the audio of this one. Made it come alive. Yep, everybody gets hurt when first we practice to deceive. Humanity never seems to learn.
Nov 30, 2011 Maura rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
A soap opera type story. No hero and the heroine wasn't very compelling. Book was about adultry and the destruction of a family. A real downer.
Aug 30, 2009 Paula rated it really liked it
Although the writing was a little strange (the characters did not sound like they were in the 1990's) the story was very interesting. It is a very interesting view into marriage and adultery.
Jun 06, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
This book started out like a slow train wreck but as I read through some of the tripe I found myself involved with the characters. Interesting, and thought provoking read.
Oct 10, 2012 Hubjeanne rated it it was ok
An okay read. At least it kept me interested long enough to want to see what happened at the end. It is quite a thought provoker, though. Worth a read if you have nothing better.
Jan 25, 2010 MaryHelen rated it really liked it
Although the subject matter of this book was sad, it was very well written and so interesting that I couldn't put it down. I thought it was a good read.
Barbara Loggia
Jul 10, 2014 Barbara Loggia rated it liked it
Light summer read with Belva Plain---two women on opposite sides of two different stories of 'the other woman' and the men involved.
Peggy Parsons
Jun 15, 2010 Peggy Parsons rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
The lure of temptation and the destruction of adultery. The melancholy tone worked for the two examples given in this story.
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Belva Plain was a best-selling American author of mainstream women's fiction. Her first novel, Evergreen (1978) topped the New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks and was made into a TV miniseries. At her death, there were over 30 million copies of her twenty-plus novels in print in 22 languages.

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