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Promises, Promises

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  948 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
'I Must Stand Up for Myself More' so promises Maggie Storm who spends her days cleaning houses for people who often have more money than manners. Married to a man with as much sex appeal as Mr Blobby, she dreams of a life straight from the pages of a romantic novel.

'My Head Must Rule Over My Heart' so promises Ella Moore who, determined never to let her heart get the bett
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Orion
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Feb 15, 2012 Sylvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book, an easy read, so true to real life, will definitely be reading more from this author
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Aug 11, 2016 June Staff rated it it was amazing
This was an unputdownable book for me.....yes one of those you pick up whenever you have a spare 10 mins. Great characters and insight into relationships. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Sep 21, 2011 Ellen rated it liked it
A fun chick-lit read. But like so much chick-lit, it had its shortcomings: the characters were all 1 dimensional--either very good people or very bad people, no shades of gray; the situtations were highly unlikely; everyone gets what he/she deserves (depending on whether they are a good guy or a bad guy, see above) in the end.

Hope I didn't ruin anything for anyone but I doubt I did--you know how it will end the minute you pick it up.

Still, a fun, light, quick read.
May 10, 2012 Kate rated it did not like it
Ugh. I had a difficult time even getting into this book. The characters were over the top awful which made it unbelievable. Even the main characters, who I think I was supposed to like/root for annoyed the crap out of me. I found myself skipping ahead just to see if it was going to get any better. It didn't.
Jun 05, 2014 Sheena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
My first Erica James book read really liked it!
Erica James has written a smart, funny and sometimes painful look at the intersecting lives of three people from seemingly different backgrounds. Maggie Storm cleans houses for the wealthy snobs who looks down on her. Ella Moore has a little more credibility but is still considered the hired help. And Ethan Edwards attempts to continue paying for these luxuries while knowing, deep down, he has to make some serious changes.

The story is not a romance so if you're looking for lots of page time with
Sep 30, 2016 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I had trouble getting into this at first, but once I had it clear who ALL the characters were it got better.
The narrator, Charlotte Stevens, was very good.
Maggie is the put upon wife of "Mr Blobby", aka Dave. She cleans other peoples' houses all day only to return home for more of the same for her unappreciative husband and son. The highlight of her week is the stolen afternoon reading romantic novels in the library. She dreams of a better life but her inability to stand up for herself means she probably faces only further drudgery and the occasional night at the bingo with her mum's cronies, unless she can change. An unexpected windfall and meeti ...more
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Oct 30, 2015 Best Crime Books & More rated it really liked it
Erica James books have always been a source of enjoyment for me. Yes she produces Chick Lit romance books but she always manages to integrate a dose of realism without it becoming too depressing.

In this book Erica's writing style is as ever so easy to get along with. You are swept away with the characters as they are introduced to you and you find yourself feeling like you want to be a part of what is going on.

In this case it is meeting the three main characters and their husbands' wives or chil
I’d originally picked up Promises, Promises in October, and didn’t get through more than 30 pages before other things came between us. I finally picked it up again, because I wanted to know what happens.

drey’s thoughts:

Two women’s stories are told in Promises, Promises. Ella, whose heart was broken by a man who couldn’t stand up to his daughter’s sabotaging their relationship. Maggie, who’s tired of being the doormat everyone walks on – including her husband and son.

Ella has moved on from that f
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
Really a 3.5

Maggie Storm is an unhappy woman. She is in a loveless marriage and cleans houses for a living. At least two of her clients are vicious rich women who treat Maggie as if she’s a second rate citizen. Maggie has never had the backbone to stick up for herself or to go after what she wants.

Ella Moore is fresh out of a long relationship. She’s purchased her own home and her business is holding steady even in the tough economy. Ella is finding herself and while she misses her ex, her life
May 09, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2012
Ethan is something of a womaniser - but who can blame him, married to the shallow, materialistic (albeit attractive) Francine. Their cleaner Maggie is married to Dave, who could best be described as a sexist slob... so she dreams of romance and loses herself in library books. Then there's Ella, who is commissioned by Francine to paint a mural in her dining room. Ella has just broken up from Lawrence due to the continual aggression from his teenage daughter. However she gets along extremely well ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Smitha rated it liked it
Ella has just stepped out of a seven year old relationship after realizing that her partner’s daughter would never accept her, no matter what she did. She is determined to stay single, and promises herself to not let her heart rule her head, ever again.

Maggie is married to a man who does not appreciate her at all. She run around earning money working as a cleaning lady and is treated like dirt by both her employers and her family. All she wants is to stand up for herself and she promises herself
Jan 26, 2013 Afaf.m.523 is currently reading it
Shelves: research-shelf
Maggie is married from Mr Blobby. She works as a maid in other people's houses. Maggie wasn't happy with her marriage. She enjoys reading romantic novels. Maggie's dream was to have a better life. Maggie is a housekeeper to Ethan Edwards, he owns his own business and his wife loves to spend his money. Ethan Edward was very attractive man with attractive smile. Ethan Edward was also unhappy with his marriage. His wife best friend always throws herself on him. Ethan wanted to know Ella much more ...more
Sue Hunter
Nov 02, 2011 Sue Hunter rated it really liked it
Ella fell in love with a widower with two children. One child accepts her, the other hates her and is as difficult as it is possible to be.

Maggie is married to a slob of a man, and suffers the tirades of a truly obnoxious mother-in-law who treates her badly.

Ethan is married to a trophy wife who loves his bank balance, and is only interested in showing off her wealth and superiority to anyone who might be impressed. She is cold towards Ethan, who, perhaps unsurprisingly, seeks physical and ultima
Jenny L
Nov 01, 2013 Jenny L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
As you are well into this story, you really wonder how Erica James will resolve the issues, but she does and I think rather well and believably. Maggie is a cleaner - of mostly rich people's homes, looked down upon by the people she works for and treated like a dogsbody by her slob of a husband. Most of the time when the story revolves around her home life it is extremely frustrating as you are desperate for her to develop a backbone. Eventually she does. Ella is a more independent free spirit w ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Nichola rated it liked it
I would recommend this book as a nice, cheery summer read, its short chapters make it an easy read and its positive messages mean it'll put you in a nice mood.
I've never read anything by this author before, i'd say it doesn't attempt to be anything too fancy, it hits the mark in terms of a nice easy chick lit book.
As for characters, some I could quite imagine, others (who were far less prevalent so I won't be too judgemental) were not written particularly well, the teenage daughter characters
Dec 30, 2011 Riva rated it liked it
I have read all of Erica James'books. She has the knack of creating an emotional rollercoaster which makes us laugh one minute and cry the next. She writes light romance but not quite so light as to be chick-lit. Having said that, I don't think this is one of her best. I found the characters a little too black and white and stereotyped. The 'bad' characters especially had nothing at all to redeem them. There was also a little to much reliance on co-incidence. After the first few chapters, I did ...more
Riva Shaw
Dec 30, 2011 Riva Shaw rated it liked it
I have read all of Erica James'books. She has the knack of creating an emotional rollercoaster which makes us laugh one minute and cry the next. She writes light romance but not quite so light as to be chick-lit. Having said that, I don't think this is one of her best. I found the characters a little too black and white and stereotyped. The 'bad' characters especially had nothing at all to redeem them. There was also a little to much reliance on co-incidence. After the first few chapters, I did ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Nov 25, 2011 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Promises, Promises is a story of three people, unhappy in their current relationships and how they manage to get through each day. Maggie is a woman whose husband, to me is a real jerk with a mother from hell, Ella is an interior designer who is doing some interior painting work for Ethan and his wife, I love how as the story goes on each person evolves and how Maggie, Ella and Ethan's lives intertwine with each other. I especially liked the character of Maggie and how she finally stands up for ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Oct 01, 2011 Barbara Elsborg rated it it was ok
This was the first book I'd read by Erica James. I was hoping I'd love her so I could read all her others but I was a little disappointed. I do get that she was showing human failings but I failed to connect with any character. They told themselves to be strong but it took a long while for them to get there. I'm not keen on reading about weak men and the men in this were Weak with a capital W. And some of them were plain obnoxious which makes the women doubly weak for choosing them in the first ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
An enjoyable light, entertaining read, though not the best novel from Erica James. The characters come across strongly - I liked Ella and feisty Maggie, thought Ethan was weak and his wife and friend too one- sided and bitchy. I got slightly irritated early on with the frequent introspection passages from the main characters and was not convinced as to how Maggie, working hard as a cleaner and downtrodden by her husband and his relatives could immediately attract young, good looking Daryll. The ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - it was one I couldn't put down right from the beginning. The three main characters - two female, one male - were plausible and likeable. Both Ethan and Maggie were in unhappy marriages, albeit for different reasons, and Ella was newly single having walked away from a longstanding relationship with a man whose daughter refused to accept her. Their stories were intertwined to a certain degree, involving the same people but for different reasons. A great Erica James book which i ...more
Oct 08, 2014 KReader rated it really liked it
This book is by far one of the best books ive read this year..Erica James Promises Promises, Amazing.. 3 peoples lives cross paths and they find a connection between each other however small that changes their lives forever. Loved all the characters personality's which were displayed very well.. the writing was amazing the story was gripping with funny elements.. Laugh out loud material..I read this book in a day .. Everything you would want from a good romance novel that was relatable and reali ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Tina rated it it was ok
This wasn't anywhere near as good as some of her other books.

I think her earlier books are the best - The Holiday and Precious Time.

Her latest ones just don't have the feel and flow of her earlier ones. It's almost as if now she's an established writer, she's not bothering to produce decent stories, anything will do.

Many times I wanted to put this down and not bother, but I persevered with it and it was okay. Nothing outstanding, pretty mediocre.

I won't buy any of her books in the future, sadly
Laura Dobb
Ok, there's a lot of cheating and manipulating in this book. Secrets and lies are what it's based on too be honest. Women not being able to say what they think, even murder at one point, but probably not what your thinking. I liked the last two chapters more than I liked the whole book. You can't base a relationship on lies and deception, it's never going to work, but that's what we have here. It's wasn't really for me but I can see how the ideas that were put across are probably more common tha ...more
Jul 05, 2015 Cassandra rated it it was ok
Erica writes a winding story about four characters who's lives inexplicably cross and intertwine. Ella a painter, hurt from a past relationship seeks to find nothing more than making herself strong and do the right thing. Ethan, a workaholic, with an incredibly taciturn family, looks for fulfillment out of office and more often behind closed doors. Maggie, a cleaner who's abused and neglected by those she tries to love. And Christine, a trophy housewife who wants nothing more than her neighbours ...more
May 08, 2013 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had about a minute in our local library to choose a few books, so grabbed this without any thought.

It was all right really; tad predictable and unchallenging, but to be fair, an enjoyable, easy-to-read, shallow, guilty pleasure chick lit. Didn't do my brain cells any favours, but hey, sometimes a light read is fine.

Really liked the main characters and was interested in how they struggled to get their lives in order and escape their unhappy relationships.
Jul 04, 2016 Reeny rated it it was ok
This was cute. Nothing special, characters are a bit flat; they're created to form each short story so that is obviously to be expected.

It's quite true to life I suppose. Decent writing. Chick-lit I think is the genre? Anyway, I wouldn't recommend it and it hasn't effected me in any way.

Read it if you like quick and easy slightly romantic holiday books. But don't expect depth.
Megha Nath varma
Feb 04, 2013 Megha Nath varma rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read of Erica James. I picked the book quite by chance at a bookstore and started reading it out of curiosity but once I started, I just couldn't get myself to put it down. I finished the book over two days in few hours and now I am determined to read more of her works.
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