Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#REVIEW: The Promise by Beth Wiseman

Title: The Promise
Series: none
Author:  Beth Wiseman
Published Date: May 16, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction
Format: ebook
Pages: 294
ISBN: 9781401685959
Genre:  fiction
Add to: Goodreads

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger. Can the only man she's ever loved rescue her before it's too late?
Mallory Hammond is determined not to let her boyfriend, parents, or anyone else get in the way of her #1 goal—to save a life. She had that chance when she was a teenager, and the opportunity slipped away, leaving a void she's desperate to fill. Then a new friend she met online offers her the chance she’s dreamed of. But she'll have to leave behind everyone she loves to take it.
Tate Webber has loved Mallory for years. He understands that Mallory's free spirit has to fly, and when he gives her the space she needs, he hopes that when she lands, the two of them will be in the same place and can marry at last.
In a bold move—and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her—Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dream. Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey to Pakistan anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend isn't who he says he is. And Mallory can only pray she'll make it out alive.
Inspired by actual events, this riveting story will take you on a wild journey and have you asking yourself: How far would I go for love?

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.
Oh my gosh. Wow. This was such an amazing book. A little background first, and perhaps this will explain why this book hit so close to home for me. When I was younger, and carefree, and thought love made the world go ‘round, I fell in love with someone online and moved to another country, another continent. It was pre-9/11, and certainly in a safer place in the world than Mallory chose, but I was still in a culture shock, and abused as well. The story was so riveting for me because I could remember everything as I read the story. I felt everything all over again. A combination of the incredible way the author wrote, and my own experiences, made this one of the most powerful books I read in a few months.
Knowing that it was based on a true story, I can only wonder if Beth’s friend cried the same way I did, when I walked off the plane into Dulles airport and saw that large sign said “Welcome to the USA”.
Everyone just has to read this book. And by the way...isn't the cover just gorgeous?!

1 comment:

  1. I think I really like that she had to leave everything that was familiar to her behind for someone she met on the internet. Who by the way sounds especially sketchy and dangerous.

    From reading the summary and your review, I think I might have to give The Promise a try.

    Matilda @ Characterized