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Haunted by a childhood trauma that leaves her orphaned, eleven-year-old Grace finds herself on the doorstep of the Duncans, her new adoptive family, broken and unable to speak. Catapulted from a bustling New York City life, she must find a way to call the rural town of Sade, Iowa her new home. Twins Eisav and Jacob Duncan immediately take a liking to Grace, wanting to eras ...more
Paperback, 1st, 358 pages
Published February 20th 2017 by R.C. Stephens Books LLC
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R.C. Stephens
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't wait for everyone to read this beautiful story!
Becca
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
RC Stephens does it again with another emotional roller coaster of a ride.

This book is filled with heartache, mystery and suspense. You take an emotional journey with Eisav and Grace as they grow from friendship to love. It's hard to put into words the feels you get from this book. I loved Eisav from the start and his family gives you the creeps. You know there is something that they are hiding.

As Eisav returns and tries to come to grips with the lies and deceit that have been woven around hims
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Liz
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful story of love and hope that will take you through a roller coaster of emotions. Where Promises Die by R.C. Stephens is so full of angst, you will feel it in your soul. I was literally held captive by this story. Drawn in and terrified at the same time.

Grace finds herself plucked from everything she knows after being orphaned and dropped in the middle of nowhere Iowa. Now she must find a way to fit in a rural and religious town after the tragic loss she suffers. Taken in by the
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Karen Hrdlicka
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book hits so many emotions on so many levels, I find it hard to pull my thoughts together to tell readers how beautiful this story is. Grace and Eisav's story is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful. The story is full of secrets and lies that impact so many of the characters and complicates lives that should have been left untainted.
Grace loses so much through the course of this story. After losing her mother, her city life is uprooted and she is plunked down in rural Iowa. Keeping silent in
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Karin
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of R.C. Stephens and the raw emotion that's usually in her writing. I love a emotional read and she always delivers. This was a beautiful story that had me in a slight tailspin while reading it.

At 11 years old Grace is basically adopted by her mothers best friends family who is practically cult like in there religious beliefs but, she quickly binds with the black sheep of the family Eisav. He brings joy to Grace but also dishes the ultimate break to her fragile heart! There's a fe
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Maggie Robinson
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deceit is a twisty and turny friends to lovers book that will keep you engrossed in the pages.

The story centers around the Duncan family in small town Iowa. Orphan Grace comes to live with them and befriends one of the twin boys in the family.

As life goes on Grace falls in love with her childhood friend Knox. Knox feels stifled and unloved in his religiously strict household. He has a great musical talent and an artists soul. He questions and pushes against the family beliefs, but doesn’t leave
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Betül
Feb 23, 2017 marked it as try-again-later
Will try to finish this later (stopped @ 46%).
I really liked the first part of the story, but kind of lost interest in the second part.
Rhonda Ziglar
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER STARS!! The ride I went on with Grace and Knox will stick with me forever. Oh my....this ride touched all my emotion buttons, more than once....that is for sure. This book is forbidden, but so beautifully told. This book should definitely be a 1-Click for you.
Carla
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

**Carla's Five Star Review

Poor Grace has just lost her mother. She is just eleven years old, so she does not know what is going to happen to her. She soon winds up on the Duncan's front porch. Mrs. Duncan and Gracie's mom were best friends when they were in high school, so her mother thought the Duncan's would be a good fit for everyone involved. Her new home is in Sade, Iowa. She finds out quickly that
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Vicki
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where promises die

So this is a tough one for me, I've sat and thought about this review to see if I can really express how this book makes you feel so others understand it and I'm still pretty much at a loss for the right words.

This book will literally tear you apart piece by piece and just when you think you can take no more does a plot twist blow your world apart again, the emotional journey you take with this book will leave you exhausted at the end as you try and compose yourself to contin
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Tiffany Readz
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
You Thought Your Family was Crazy...

Whew! R.C. Stephens gives her readers a storyline filled with everything but the kitchen sink with Where Promises Die. Each turn of the page was like opening a Pandora's box, never knowing what was going to happen next.

"Grace was his undoing; it was just a matter of time before the prophecy came to fruition."

Eisav Duncan (not a fan of that first name, also not highly religious) has been smitten with Grace since she was eleven years old and came to live with h
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Elsa Carrion
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stars: 4
Chapters: 37 chapters & Epilogue
Length: 358 pgs.
Tense of Story: Present – Third Person
Genera: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Location: Iowa

Did not realize that the story was not in first person (tend to stick to first person stories), it’s in third person present, which made it a little better. I like the way first person makes the reader part of the character, makes one feel connected, anything else is just not the same for me, I don’t feel like I connect with th
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S.Shade
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-books-read
Um wow, what did I just read?! This book was one wild ride of emotions, anything that can happen will happen in this book.

Tragedy falls on Grace at a young age and finds herself orphaned. After living in New York for eleven years she is uprooted and placed in a small religious town in Iowa with the Duncan Family, friends of her mother. Dealing with tragedy, grief, and feeling like an outcast, there's only one bright spot in her messed up world, Eisav Duncan. Eisav is the black sheep of his famil
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Hanne
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Grace is only 11 years old when her mother dies and she has to move in with her mother’s best friend’s family. There she meets the youngest son, Eisav. Grace is scared and alone, but she finds comfort with Eisav. He becomes her best friend and he makes her smile again. Eisav and Grace fall in love, but they have to keep it a secret from Eisav’s parents. One night, something happens that causes Eisav to move away.

A couple of years later, Eisav returns back home and he’s determined to make Grace
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Amazeballs Book Addicts
I loved this one. Where Promises Die is the first book I have read by R.C. Stephens and it won't be the last. I loved the flow and pace of this story. It's an emotional roller coaster of a read. The story spams through the years and starts with Grace at 11 years old. At 11 Grace's mom passes away and she goes to live with the Duncans. She's broken and struggling with life and she isn't talking. She does really know the Duncans but that was her mom's wishes. The Duncans family is very religious a ...more
Renee
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

This book is like strapping yourself into a rollercoaster backwards and having faith your going where your suppose to go. It's one w optional book for sure.

Grace loses her mother when she is eleven so my heart immediately was torn out of my chest. I don't do well with books dealing with the death of the mother. I avoid them like the plague. Thank goodness this isn't the main focus of the book. Grace en
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Mari
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2017reads
3.5 stars

I had no idea what this book would entail going in I was in for a surprise. From that blurb alone I knew this would be an full of drama, emotions and heartbreak. Add a religious aspect and a twist I'm guessing that will be a huge part of the story. Seems like I like to read similar feel stories back to back.

It started slow for me it was necessary to build a lot of back story. The extreme shift from a New York city girl to small town Iowa is a hard for Grace adjust to the lifestyle and
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Sara Ann
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nadine Bookaholic
This was an emotional read that definitely pulled at my heartstrings.

Eisav and Grace form a deep bond when she moves in with his family after her mothers death but Jacob, Eisav's twin, is not to happy about it because he is taken by this young beauty as well. We follow the lives of all the Duncan siblings along with Grace through the years. There are many ups and downs, there were a few times I found myself yelling at my kindle, there were also a few times I had tears running down my face.

This
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Tania's Book Blog
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
**ARC received voluntarily for review**

Wow what a story. Eisav & Grace met when she was 11 years old and he was 13 years old. She had just arrived at their home after her mom was killed. Grace was still traumatized after losing her mom that she closed out and wasn't speaking. Eisav loved to sing and would sing to her. Little by little she started opening up to him.

Eisav family was very religious and were in something similar to a cult. Eisav was the black sheep of the family since he always miss
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Lustful Literature
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Josie's Review

Where Promises Die was a exquisitely, tragic and beautiful read. It was filled with drama, crazy plot twists and added religious tone that was crazy. There was never a dull moment in this book, with each page, character and the way the story line was going, I never knew what to expect. I’ve has the pleasure of reading a book by this author before and I happen to love how she handles harsh topics and how she makes you feel like you are there.

Eisav was taken by Grace from the moment
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Liza
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF
Too formal for my liking.
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Holy emotions! This book shattered my soul. I wasn’t expecting it to be so emotional and heartbreaking, but the story was beautifully written and eventually will mend all the broken hearts and shattered souls.

Grace has experienced more trauma than anyone should in their life time. At 11, tragedy struck her and she was sent away from her home to live with a family she barely knew. Knox, even at 13, was drawn to Grace. They couldn’t stay away from each other, however, their relationship was forbi
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We Like them Dark Book Blog
I struggled to finish this and to really enjoy myself, but I did it. Despite not mentioning it in the blurb, the story would fall into the rockstar/musician trope. While this isn’t my favorite trope, Deceit isn’t entirely focused on that. In fact, the characters don’t grow up until around 35% into the book and the main setting is the family farm in a town called Sade.

The idea behind the story is compelling and the characters were all unique in their own way, including side characters. What I fe
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Shauna
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...Deceit never felt so good.

This is my first book by R.C. Stephens, but won't be my last. I am a sucker for second chance romances and for fate always finding a way. This story was complex and intricate. I throughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Read this book.
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
The title grabbed me and of course that second chance romance piece sealed the deal !!

At 11 years old Grace is ripped from all she has known in the busy NY lifestyle and brought to small town farm living after a loss so devastating it left her unable to speak. The Duncans were family friend to her mother and despite having 5 kids of their own they opened their home to Grace and she became like family. Well not to everyone , disliked by the Duncan's mother yet loved by the twin boys !! So now we
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Casey
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I am pretty new to R.C. Stephens as Where Promises Die is only the second book of hers that I have read. But that being said, I am now a huge fan of hers! Each one of her books that I have read has been impossible to put down, and I really love that she brings such depth and emotion to her stories. Where Promises Die is a beautiful story that I highly recommend.

When a tragedy occurs leaving Grace orphaned, she goes to stay with the Duncans.
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Zeljka
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful love story that took a span of a whole young life and beginning of adulthood of two young people, whose souls found a place for themselves in each other's hearts.

"Their love was not part of another life. It was the kind of love that lasts through many lifetimes. The kind of love you hold onto and never let go."

The beginning of the book tells the story of eleven-year-old Grace and thirteen-year-old Eisav whose paths unexpectedly collided when she lost her mother and came to
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Dawn Nicole Costiera
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A modern day fairytale....
Where promises die by RC Stephens was like being read a beautiful old bed time story. It is written in third person and has a nostalgic feel to it. So different from the other RC Stephens books I've read. (I loved both Halo and Dick.) This book puts RC Stephens on a whole new level. She is such a diverse writer, apparently she can write anything! Sexy one minutes, emotional the next... This lady has a vivid imagination and knows how to write all types of loves. She just
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A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
3.5 Stars

This was my first book by RC Stephens. She’s a detailed storyteller. Where Promises Die is a sweet love story although it isn’t an easy journey for either character or them as a couple. This story is full of twists, lies and secrets. It’s also first love, and second chances, love, and promises.

Eisav, “E” as I call him, is a good guy but his parents only see him as bad. His dad is such a mean and nasty man. Bad news!! Then he met Grace, thankfully they had each other to get through some
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