Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Promise by Beth Wiseman


The PromiseThe Promise
by Beth Wiseman
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback306 Pages
September 30th 2014 by Thomas Nelson

Summary

Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger.

Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.

Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart’s desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfi ll her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.

Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?
    

My Review

I wasn't sure what to expect from reading The Promise. It definitely turned out to be quite different than what I thought it would be. The story deals with the aftermath of 9/11 in some ways, specifically with air travel, security, and how both Americans and Muslims felt towards each other.  There was definitely a lack of trust created from those terrorist attacks and the subsequent reactions.

The story revolves around a woman, Mallory, in her young 30's whose tunnel vision for what she believes she should do tends to rule her life. What I wanted her to do was to stop and really think and be honest with herself. I also wanted her and Tate's relationship to be more resolved, or maybe it's more that I felt they never actually talked through or really worked out anything. I wanted it all to feel more authentic and for all involved to act reasonably.  Of course, what would be the fun in that, right?

The story felt a little stilted at the beginning (had some issues connecting with it) and then flew by towards the end as I could feel Mallory's fear and desperation. There were some inspirational moments and discussions, but I felt they were on the lighter side and many things were left open. I  wanted Mallery to go and figure things out and make it home. I wanted things to work out with Tate. I wanted Verdell to open up more and to get his own happily ever after. The potential was definitely there. I won't spoil anything and tell what happens.

Content: References to abuse, partners sleeping over, rape, violence, and adultery.

Source: From the publisher through Litfuse, which did not affect my review in any way.


BWisemanAbout the Author

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple Bestseller lists. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--"Seek Me With All Your Heart"--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth lives in Texas with her family.



Tour Giveaway

In a daring new novel, Beth Wiseman jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, this is the book Beth has been working toward for a long time.
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Curious? Click here to read the reviews, and be sure to enter Beth's Kindle HDX giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Promise by Beth Wiseman
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 9th. Winner will be announced November 10th here.
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25 comments

  1. I'm in the middle of this one! Slow start, but the plot is moving along now...

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  2. The ending gets pretty intense. I stayed up late finishing this because I really had to know what happened. :)

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  3. I think it's nice that she chose to make her leading characters older. I know that I relate better to characters near my own age, so I wonder if when I'm in my 40's and 50's I'll enjoy books with older characters as well.

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  4. I actually did like that about them. For me it was more of a personality thing. There was a lot of drama and even though it was mostly faked it was still there. I still love her books though, and will be reading the next one she releases.

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  5. curious about this but i dont know if i'd pick it up yet 9/11 is a touchy subject for me

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  6. oh this looks like a fun read, I do like the cover

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  7. Cali Willette11/3/14, 3:32 PM

    Cool book and review. ;)

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  8. marypreston11/3/14, 3:53 PM

    I agree about the cover. It's beautiful. I like the sound of this one.

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  9. It sounds like this was good, but it needed more depth both for the main character as far as growth and in the relationship dept, I like the concept and it sound like a good read.

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  10. That trailer was amazing! I can't believe I haven't read this yet? Steampunk. . .I'm being introduced to something new again! I'll definitely check out your review and more on this book.

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  11. Cali Willette11/5/14, 3:52 PM

    I love this steampunk series! I love her adult books too. <3

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  12. I really like the cover too! She's going to talk about how it came to be in a guest post for the tour, so you'll have to check that out. :)

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  13. I enjoyed it. You can see my review here.

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  14. I think it's a pretty touch subject in that sense, although this deals with kind of a different aspect of all that.

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  15. I liked the concept too. It was pretty scary and intense at the end. I think it was a story the author felt needed to be shared.

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  16. I love the cover too. :)

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  17. This series is seriously so fun!! If you love steampunk and quirkiness and great characters... Yeah. Just read it. :)

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  18. I still need to read her adult ones, but I am planning on giving them a try since I love this series so much.

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  19. Fun interview! A-ha, so that is what a chatelaine looks like. I'm curious to what all is dangling from it - scissors, mirror? coin purse? You know, I would be tickled to see an illustration of a Bumbersnoot - let me know if you come across one. And, I liked hearing about the inspiration for the story.

    I started book 2 and loving it. I just got to the part where the boys are on board.

    And, love the trailer. Fun mix of mixed media. Flying mustaches are a hoot!

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  20. Tracy Renee Snyder11/9/14, 3:44 PM

    i WISH I WAS IN THAT ERA. I NEED A LITTLE HELP WITH ETIQUETTE

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  21. The trailer totally cracks me up, but it is a good representation of the hilarity in this series. So glad you're enjoying book two. As you can tell I'm behind in responding to comments, so you may be working on book three by now...

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  22. I think I'd really enjoy this type of school too with the mix of espionage.

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  23. I can't believe I missed this read-along. I just found out about it on Twitter.....with only 3 hours left I don't think I'm going to get far so I'm tagging this series to start the new year.

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