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Promise Me

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,468 Ratings  ·  771 Reviews
The #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and master of the holiday novel presents a breathtaking story of the transcendent power of love.

Beth Cardall has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change.

For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. Her life was falling apart: her six-
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ebook, 352 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Simon & Schuster
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Tanya
Nov 04, 2010 Tanya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Britni
Jun 18, 2011 Britni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Richard Paul Evans is the best-selling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk. I remember reading The Christmas Box and loving it; I'm a sucker for a good Christmas story. So when I was given the opportunity to review Promise Me, I was pretty excited. Sadly, Promise Me is not The Christmas Box, not even on the same level for me.

Promise Me is centered around a woman named Beth whose life falls apart in 1989. Her marriage breaks up, her daughter gets diagnosed with an undiagnosable disease, and
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Mindee
Jan 14, 2012 Mindee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"As you read my story, there is something I want you to understand. That in spite of all the pain—past, present and that still to come—I wouldn’t have done anything differently. Nor would I trade the time I had with him for anything—except for what, in the end, I traded it for."

Beth Cardall has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change. For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. Her life was falling ap
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Christy
Oct 12, 2010 Christy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Guy
The holidays wouldn't be the same if there wasn't a heartwarming book by Richard Paul Evans to read.

I love his earlier holiday novels. This one is more than that though. Its a bit strange and yet sweet.

Now don't get me wrong, I loved the story and stayed up until wee hours of the morning to finish it, but when we learned who Mr. Matthew was...erm Matthew...I have to admit I started to wonder what kind of crack the author had been smoking to come up with this plot twist.

However, I'll give Mr. Eva
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Joanna Aislinn
Oct 14, 2010 Joanna Aislinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
For those who think paranormal means only vampires, werewolves and selkies—as did I until recently—think again.)

A couple of days ago my son asked me to pick up a DVD at the library and the cover of Richard Paul Evan’s most recent release, PROMISE ME, caught my eye. The blurb garnered enough of my attention to read more. Within a twenty-four hour time period this fast-paced, beautifully-written romance with at twist on the happily-ever-after had my full attention. As I raged, cried and laughed a
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Shelly
Oct 12, 2010 Shelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-novel, own
First of all, I loved that someone thought enough of me to give me this book as a gift. A great feeling! Secondly, I think Evans is a beautiful writer; however, I have a hard time believing HE writes this stuff. It's so...womanly, if you know what I mean. And then there are times that you can completely believe a man tried to write a woman's perspective. I think that's the whole problem I have with his writing. Having said that, there is something in this book, and don't look at me for answers b ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

1989 was not a good year for Beth Cardall. The novel starts out in the present day when Beth gazes at two necklaces she received way back when, but has never worn.

She always thought she had the good life. Though her husband traveled often for work, she thought he was loving and faithful. But when she was cleaning out his clothing pockets for a trip to the dry-cleaners (where she works), she found a note that hints that he has secrets. When she accuses Marc
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Rebecca
Jun 01, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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Sally
Dec 01, 2010 Sally rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow--and not in a good way. I was thoroughly involved in Evans' story for the first 75-100 pages and then it just became too preposterous and unbelievable. Characterization was so thin I couldn't accept their actions. Too many things were not explained--and the ones that were, were astoundingly impossible. Because this is a book group book, I finished it, hoping that there would be redeeming qualities and answers. Didn't happen. In fact, it ended with such dissatisfying conclusions that I wanted ...more
Robyn
Sep 28, 2014 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
The journey of what lengths of love, trust, and hope a mother would go to for her daughter and what a wonderful man would do to keep his promise to his beloved wife! By keeping his promise, he will, unknowingly, change all of their destinies. What a story! A little hard to wrap my head around at times, but in the end--perfect! I loved it, but I like to believe in miracles and that we meet people for a reason.

Fave Quotes:
"Life is a house of cards, balanced on a teeter-totter, precariously perche
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Judy Collins
I felt this book was not as good as Evans others. Starts out with Beth, whose husband travels for work and discovers he has secrets. She kicks her husband to the curb and then faces a disaster when her daughter has an unexplained illness. Her husband returns but he is terminally ill with cancer and Beth steps up to the plate to be his caregiver in his final days. After he dies she still is dealing with her daughter’s illness and possibility of losing her job and her house until she meets Matthe ...more
Filipa
Dec 30, 2014 Filipa rated it did not like it
I am not really sure how to explain what I felt about this book because there were a lot of things I didn't like. My first problem with it was the main character - Beth. what.the.fuck. She is the worst (and I stress worst) female protagonist ever. I've met a few really bad ones but Beth takes the prize - at least for now. Reading this book I felt like women had gone back 50 years when it comes to women emancipation and our role in society. Because Beth has huge problems. She feels unable to get ...more
Stacy
Dec 28, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, RPE's books are beautiful jewels of publishing art that make you happy just to turn the pages. However, I can't say I loved the story itself as much as I usually do--the supernatural element was just too weird for me to be comfortable with (and I don't mean in general, because I'm an Outlander freak, just in this particular usage.) (view spoiler) ...more
Lisa
Jul 20, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A different kind of romance book...one that Richard Paul Evans would write. That is why the cover doesn't have a bare chested man kissing an almost bare chested woman; those are the romance novels that I don't read.

Definitely not riveting, but interesting. Just suspend disbelief.

This book will make you ask: if I could re-do things in my past, would I? Probably not if you like where you are now! Also, would I sacrifice the best for my child?
Chantel
I really give this story 2.5 stars.

Ok....I let me start by saying that I enjoy Richard Paul Evans books. After reading A Mistletoe Promise (which is an awesome book by the way). I just fell in love with his writing style.

I was really conflicted on how I would rate this book. This story starts off so well. I really liked Beth's character, she was relatable and I really felt for her through all the heartache she goes through. And I was happy when things started looking up for her.

But the plot jus
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Sue
Jan 29, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wonderful

from Amazon:Publication Date: October 5, 2010
"As you read my story, there is something I want you to understand. That in spite of all the pain—past, present and that still to come—I wouldn’t have done anything differently. Nor would I trade the time I had with him for anything—except for what, in the end, I traded it for." Beth Cardall has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change. For Beth, 1989
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Kar Wai Ng
Dec 03, 2010 Kar Wai Ng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cydnie
Jan 18, 2011 Cydnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually would probably give this a 2.5 rating. I had heard good things about this book so I picked it up for Christmas. Those who know me know that I read a bit neurotically. When something doesn't make sense to me it starts me reading hyper-vigilantly. That being said.....

Things I liked:
1] I loved the friendship between Beth and Roxanne. Everyone should have a Rox in their life!
2] Being able to visualize the setting of the book - Salt Lake.
3] The relationship between Beth and Matthew grew sl
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Mommywest
“As you read my story, there is something I want you to understand. That in spite of all the pain - past, present and that still to come - I wouldn’t have done anything differently. Nor would I trade the time I had with him for anything - except for what, in the end, I traded it for.”

Beth Cardell has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change.

For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. Her life was fall
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Kavyen
Mar 15, 2011 Kavyen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book started off at a slow pace. Dependent trusting wife, cheating husband, sick child, a death .. and everything else that you would normally expect. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed the read but the story had nothing new to offer. Just when I was giving up, Matthew entered and everything changed. The story was no longer just about romance and two people’s emotions.. It was about a mysterious man who was playing a vital role in a lone woman’s life. He was helping her live better; he diagnosis ...more
Barbara
Jan 04, 2011 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
hmmm, well the cover's pretty....
I usually don't like to write reviews, but I can't keep my mouth shut about how disappointing this book was. Besides the ever-increasing absurd story line, which was often bordering on bad soap-opera material, it disappointed on many levels.
The chapters were often abruptly short and that feature seemed more prominent because it was a small book. Each chapter began with profound thoughts that supposedly came from the diary of Beth, who was the main character. Yet
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Peg Schwarz
Jan 21, 2016 Peg Schwarz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"As you read my story, there is something I want you to understand. That in spite of all the pain—past, present and that still to come—I wouldn’t have done anything differently. Nor would I trade the time I had with him for anything—except for what, in the end, I traded it for." Beth Cardall has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change. For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. Her life was falling ap ...more
Nelly
Jul 11, 2015 Nelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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S U R P R E E N D E N T E! Assim definiria essa história.

Em 1989, Beth sofre um giro de 180 graus mudando radicalmente sua vida deixando-a, por assim dizer sem chão, sem rumo, SEM ESPERANÇA.
Seria possível ela recuperar seu caminho? Com a ajuda do misterioso Matthew, Beth começa a se reerguer, a adquirir nova confiança em si mesma, A VIVER.

A primeira vista este parece ser mais um romance jovem adulto lembrando o estilo Nicholas Sparks (que incontestavelmente é um excelente autor ao seu estilo) de
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Dad
Mar 19, 2015 Dad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Richard Paul Evans has done it again: another book with lots of surprises. In fact the fact that Beth falls in love with the man who will be the husband of her daughter is a bit weird but it gives a whole new meaning to time travel.
Beth is hit with a plethora of challenges with her current husband admitting to 11 different women he's had affairs with, a very sick daughter, and plummeting self-esteem. Matthew, who she doesn't dare trust after her problems with Marc, brings fresh hope with the pr
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Kendall
I like to read Richard Paul Evans books to make it feel like christmas. This book did not do that at all...

I’m not sure if a book has ever made me so upset. I also don’t know how to express any of this without putting in major spoilers so you probably shouldn’t continue to read this if you want to buy the book because the book really does keep you going with the mystery. Maybe that was what was so upsetting, at the beginning I thought maybe he was a different version of Santa, I had no idea, th
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Julie
Oct 29, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joseph
Apr 20, 2014 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Promise Me starts out in a conventional manner with a simple and at times touching story of a woman and her daughter transitioning from the death of her first husband to the meeting of a mysterious stranger. More than half the book is written in this formulaic mode with convenient plot developments and builds towards the discovery of the stranger's background and origins. There are several not-so-subtle hints along the way that something is amiss with the male lead, but perhaps hewing to the axi ...more
Betty
Oct 23, 2010 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Richard Paul Evans' books. I once picked up a book by him in the library thinking it was another author and after reading it went back and and over time read every book he had written and have read each book that he has written since. This is his latest book. His books are often filled with emotion such as love, hope, dispair, sadness, and many have a message.This book had a bit of fantasy. They are quick reads and always leave me waiting for his next book to be published.
Jinky
Oct 20, 2010 Jinky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I've come to like this author's style of writing stories that tug at the heart strings. This one though didn't do that for me. The Back to the Future, borderline incest aspect of the book was eeww-creepy ...just not my kind of romance! ~On a side note, Mr. Evans sure can write 'femininely'. He must be surrounded by lots of women or somehow knows how to channel womanly views because the character developments of the women in this book were for the most part, right on!
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When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. He has since written ele ...more
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