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The Promise of Us

(Sanctuary Sound #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,356 ratings  ·  250 reviews

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

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Published April 9th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jamie Beck Fans, Romance
3.5 Feeling Running Deep Stars
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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
I have come to the conclusion that I just don't like Jamie Beck's style of writing and characters and I should just do us both a favour and stop requesting ARCs.

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'
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great series! Can't wait for Peyton's story. ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
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
Apr 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really could not stand Logan, the hero. He's a self absorbed baby. He can't understand why Claire can't forgive. It's not his place to judge her. She was *shot* as a teenager which derailed her tennis career forever forcing her to give up hopes and dreams. While he is a rich photographer who does whatever he wants. Seriously?? He thinks he has all the answers?

Meanwhile his sister ran away with Claire's boyfriend after Claire was shot. (The characters all grew up together). But now that she is
Leigh Parrish
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
I tried to make it through this book but I just couldn’t complete it. It wasn’t necessarily a bad book...I guess I just don’t connect to this Author’s writing style because I was bored and didn’t find the couple likable.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Just couldn’t root for them. Logan was so unlikeable. I wanted to quit reading, but by the time I realized he really was as bad as the first impression, I was too far in.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book didn't work for me- at all. I had issues with the characters from the beginning of the story and had to push myself to get to 30% at that point I set the book aside. It was too much of a struggle.
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
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an interesting story! It explores quite a few really intriguing threads that one doesn’t often see.

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
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jamie Beck has managed to write a touching story regarding the 4 L’s - life, love, laughter & loss. The Promise of Us follows Claire as she attempts to come to terms with her former best friend, Peyton, moving back into town while recovering from her battle with cancer. Claire has been afraid of being hurt, both physically & mentally. Her promising career in tennis was cut short after she was injured in a shooting that ended up leaving her with a bad leg. Now she plays it safe.

Logan, Peyton’s b
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Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 Stars!

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
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a physical copy for an honest review]

“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
Vikki Vaught
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

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
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is the second book in the Sanctuary Sound series and I can't believe I'm just now discovering this author and series!

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
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

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
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, arc
4.5 stars

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
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
This was a new-to-me author and a good introduction. Although book #2 in the series, I did not feel that I was missing anything by not having read the first book. There is enough of a catch-up to fill me in, without getting bogged down in repeating the whole story.

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
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Promise of Us continues the storyline started in the first book, The Memory of You, but focuses on Claire McKenna. Like Steffi in the first book, Claire is struggling to cope with a really traumatic experience, after being shot when she was 15. Effectively ending the life she had imagined for herself. As an adult, Claire clearly still struggles with the mental and physical aftermath of the shooting, she walks with a cane and has debilitating anxiety and PTSD. On top of all that, she feels be ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars! With this novel, I did something I never do, start a series mid-way. I’m a stickler for starting series from Book 1 and this is Book 2 in the Sanctuary Sound series and I loved it. Whilst I can see how the experience might have been enriched by understanding all the heroine’s best friend had been through in Book 1, I don’t think it’s necessary to have read it to understand Claire and Logan’s story.

This somewhat weighty romance novel covers such themes as fear, PTSD, random acts of vi
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Promise of Us: Sanctuary Sound Book 2 is by Jamie Beck. This is s short novel about friends and second chances. It is about finding the really you inside and not relying on outside forces to be who you are suppose to be.
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,
Jess (ireadergosum) Reviews
This story is about facing your fears, finding yourself, and the changing relationships in your life. This is a sweet romance story where the characters show a lot of growth. They’re really just trying to figure out who they are in the world. Claire is so strong, but also caged by her fears. She’s trying to navigate her friendship, or lack there of with Payton, and her attraction to Payton's brother Logan. Logan is super caring and has the best intentions but you know what they say, "the road to ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claire's world has gotten small since she was shot. Almost too small. But then, Logan comes back to town- the guy she had a terrible crush on in high school- but he's with his sister Peyton, who was just rotten to Claire. Claire's business is in trouble, Peyton's recovering from cancer, and Logan, well Logan has both money and a desire to make things right. This is as much about friendship as it is a romance. It also touches on some serious themes (unusual in this genre) but does so responsibly. ...more
Helen Manoli
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received a cooy of the book through netgalley.
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.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

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
Lauren Dickover
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
So Sweet Loved it!
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received this book from Netgalley as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story about second chances, forgiveness, healing and over coming your fears.

This is the 2nd book in the Sanctuary Sound series, however, it can be read as a stand alone book.
Claire is working on starting up her own company with her best friend Steffi. Just when she thinks things couldn't get worse, her ex-best friend, Peyton, and Peyton's brother, Logan, move back to town and flip Claire's whole world upside down.

I genuinely enjoyed Claire and Logan's story. I found the cha
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“The truth is that we can’t control much of anything, Mom,” Claire said. “Only the choices we make.” 0 likes
“you lived in the moment and savored each one, wherever it led? If you’d only let yourself enjoy life as it happened without expectations or judgments, you’d be happier. When you ditch expectations, nothing is a risk. Everything simply becomes another new experience for however long it lasts. That’s what life is all about.” 0 likes
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