The Promise of Us
They couldn’t be more different…or more completely perfect for each other.
Claire McKenna knows about loss. The bullet wound that ended her promising professional tennis career drove her to make a quiet life for herself working with fabric samples, chatting with her book group, and spending time with her parents in her sleepy coastal Connecticut hometown. Then there was...more
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Claire and Logan go way back. She has had a crush on him since they were little but ever since Peyton, Logan’s sister who once was also Claire’s best friend, took her boyfriend from her, she has hated them both. Especially Peyton for the hurt she caused, but given the fact that Logan is on her side on this, he’s to be hated too. The problem is, her business has hit a bad place, and she needs new jobs as soon as possible, especially ones that pay well, like renovating Logan’s condo would pay ...more
THE PROMISE OF US (Sanctuary Sound Book 2) by Jamie Beck is a contemporary romance with characters I know I will be thinking about well beyond “The End” of this book. Ms. Beck’s characters in The Sanctuary Sound series are realistically written and fully fleshed enough to walk right off the page. Even knowing my HEA will arrive, the journey is never easy or cookie-cutter in Ms. Beck’s Sanctuary Sound books.
Claire McKenna is the art ...more
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Jamie Beck is a very accomplished author. The work has crafting, well thought out concepts and always a special feel to the work. The Promise of Us continues the winning ways of this author.
We have a woman who had extreme talent in tennis and was on her way to making a name for herself. She had the unfortunate fateful experience of being in the way of a bullet not meant for her. This halted her tennis career, left her with a lifetime pain and a ...more
Claire McKenna had a promising future as a tennis player until a random shooting left her with a pronounced limp. She and her family have retreated inwards, afraid to leave their home town of Sanctuary Sound. Claire has her book club and her family and her struggling renovating/decorating business with her best friend Steffi.
Then Claire' ...more
A one-sided teenage crush, a theme I usually enjoy, turns slowly into adult passion in this well-written “The Promise of Us”, by Jamie Beck.
The author pairs an insecure heroine, something I like too, struggling with physical and psychological limitations, with an easygoing, charming and self-confident, yet kind, hero. She’s the one who stayed (for various, serious reasons), he’s the one who left, the adventurer.
For some reason I can ...more
Meanwhile his sister ran away with Claire's boyfriend after Claire was shot. (The characters all grew up together). But now that she is ...more
Logan wasn't at all likable for me, his manipulation and attitude toward Claire troubled me. Claire had her own set of problems she was dealing with and her comfort zone was going to her parents house. I totally got that. It's not until a little later how much you see her mother in particular ...more
First - there is Claire’s psychologically debilitating fear of going anywhere outside her structured community after a random shooting left her partially diabled. At first glance this may seem kind of silly but as the story progresses and one sees the smothering worry her parents push on her plus the sympathetic enabling everyone else in the community gives her, her condition is completley und ...more
Logan, Peyton’s b ...more
This story is the Jamie Beck I’ve come to know and love - with compelling characters and complex situations that keep me engaged and twisted up inside. I was a little concerned about this series after the first book left me underwhelmed, but The Promise of Us was everything I was hoping for!
Claire, Steffi and Peyton were best of friends growing up in Sanctuary Sound, Connecticut. At 15, Claire was a victim of a random act of violence that ended a promising professional tennis caree ...more
“The truth is that we can’t control much of anything, Mom,” Claire said. “Only the choices we make.”
The Promise of Us by Jamie Beck is a wonderful story about overcoming your fears, moving past trauma, and learning to forgive. The series follows three childhood friends who each find their happy, but each can be read as a standalone. This is the first book I have personally read in the series and I'm looking forward to reading the prior book and t ...more
The Promise of Us is the second book in Sanctuary Sound series and a great addition. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review, I eagerly accepted since I have enjoyed a great many of Ms. Beck’s novels, including the first book in this series. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Promise of Us from the first page to the last. Ms. Beck’s writing is emotional and pulled at my heartstrings a lot. The p ...more
This series is set in a sleepy little town in Connecticut but don't let that description deceive you. The town has a lot going for it including some strong (aka wealthy) families that have made a mark on the town and created an atmosphere that brings everyone in the town together. There are many times where I read that certain characters were loved, well regarded, and respe ...more
This is the second book in the series - and I would recommend that you read them in order, as you will meet Claire and her troubles in that book too. It will help you understand just how traumatic the split in the friendship between her and Peyton was, and the difficulties faced by Steffi as she is close to them both. Small town life means that she lives in a gold fish bowl, but has no prospect of leaving. As the story p ...more
I lost count of the number of times my heart ached for Claire. I could understand the things that were holding her back, but I could also see those things weren’t healthy. And the awareness Claire starts to have about her situation and her anxiety is the most gut-wrenching thing of all.
There are a few times I’m not so happy with Logan, but it’s very obvious that he’s never trying to be a bully or even truly manipulate anyone out of ill intent. He wants to see everyone he cares for livin ...more
I enjoyed reading about Claire and her friends and family. Her not-quite-agoraphobia was an interesting twist on the genre, and I can see the real strength of character she posses for having worked through such a painful moment in her ...more
This somewhat weighty romance novel covers such themes as fear, PTSD, random acts of vi ...more
Claire McKenna has returned to her hometown and not in the way she wanted. She was all set for a career in tennis when she is hit by a bullet and it ends her career. She now works with material samples, her book club, and spending time with her parents. Her boyfriend, Todd, ...more
Excellent read,characters seem so real,good build up of relationships throughtout the book.A book that keeps you interested in the characters.Loved the author can not wait to read the third book in the series,to find out what happens next,you do not have to read all the seties each book is self explaniterly.
Tragedy struck Claire McKenna when she was approaching the top of her tennis game. Not only did it shatter her dreams of a professional career, it shattered the way she moved, the way she walked and her self-confidence.
Cocooning herself in Sanctuary Sound, she's made a comfortable life for herself. Until one of her best friends steals her boyfriend and once again made her the object of pity.
Then Logan Prescott returns t ...more
I didn't hate this book the way I did Steffi's, but this wasn't that much better for me. I don't know if perhaps I can't gel with the author or the characters just aren't relate-able but something is amiss.
I liked Clair in book number one and I really thought that even with her past trauma we'd still be able to see her strength come through. Claire is definitely the most relate-able of characters due to her insecurit ...more
Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than three million cop ...more