Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review - The Promise by Beth Wiseman


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 fulfill 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?


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.

Find Beth online: website, Facebook, Twitter


This is one of those books that I had a hard time getting through. Not because of poor writing or a bad storyline but because the subject was so difficult. This story is based on a true story so it made it that much more difficult for me because I knew that it had happened.

The book starts out with a seventeen year old Mallory sharing with her cousin that she is a match to give her one of her kidneys which will save her life. What we don't know it that her parents did not give permission for her to do this and it affected her profoundly after her cousin died. Based on this situation, Mallory makes a promise that she will save someone else's life. 

She gets her opportunity to save someone after meeting a Pakistan man online and agreeing to help. She decides to leave all she knows behind and travel overseas to accomplish fulfilling her promise to save someone. What she gets into is very frightening and she is way over her head with no one to help her there. 

Tate is her boyfriend she has left behind. He is a devout Catholic, although I had a hard time with the fact that he was always trying to get her into his bed. His faith is a jumble of contradictions in many ways that left me uncomfortable. However, he is the one that does whatever he can to rescue her from the bad situation she finds herself in. 

This story is a thoughtful one of innocence on Mallory's part and the fact that there are people who will will take advantage of this and betray someone to get what they want. It was frightening and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an interesting book. I like that it's based off a true story and the fact that it has some excitement and frightening moments. I like those kinds of books. I'm a little worried that it's a difficult subject matter but it sounds like it was written with a complexity in mind. Thanks for the review.


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