Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: The Promise by Beth Wiseman

The Promise
by Beth Wiseman 
Adult Inspirational
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.84 
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Published on: September 30, 2014
Pages: 306

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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?Bestselling author Wiseman encourages readers to think through their feelings about Islam, Christianity, faith, love, and what it means to help others. Her novel will challenge, encourage, and stimulate discussion among her loyal fans and first-time readers.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had mixed feelings about this book. The content was quite interesting and the actual message the book contained was quite poignant. 

However, the book could have benefited from a good editor. There were several errors and it kind of bogged down the story for me. I also thought the beginning was slow.

Some of the characters could have been better developed and I felt like certain moments were rushed.

However, I really enjoyed the message the book contained. It was a book that left me thinking long after I turned the last page. 

So why 3 stars? Without all the errors, I would have given it 4 stars. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This book was different than other books I've read by the publisher. It was much more "worldy" with references to sex and partners staying over and violence. However, I still feel it's appropriate for readers of all ages. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that was thoughtful and intriguing. There were just too many tactical errors for it to be that I loved. 

Love,

Danica Page

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