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Promises, Promises Paperback – 18 Aug 2011
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The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.
A great holiday read and a real page turner. (SANDBACH CHRONICLE)
Three lives collide with unexpected consequences in this heart-warming, affectionate and witty story. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
Maggie promises to stand up for herself; Ella promises not to let her heart rule her head; Ethan promises 'no more women'...See all Product Description
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Maggie Storm is determined that she will begin to act on her promises to herself. She will stand up for herself, she will try to stop daydreaming about the heroes in the romance novels she reads, and start really trying with her slob of a husband.
Ella Moore is determined to not let her heart rule her head. She has spent seven years with her ex Lawrence and his two children before finally being driven away by a selfish and spoilt child in the form of Lawrence's daughter.
Ethan Moore promises himself no more women. Stuck in a soulless marriage to a woman that he doesn't love and a daughter that is just like her mother, he is determined he will no longer play away from home. However, when Ella Moore comes into his life he doesn't quite know what to do.
Erica James books have always been a source of enjoyment for me. Yes she produces Chick Lit romance books but she always manages to integrate a dose of realism without it becoming too depressing.
In this book Erica's writing style is as ever so easy to get along with. You are swept away with the characters as they are introduced to you and you find yourself feeling like you want to be a part of what is going on.
In this case it is meeting the three main characters and their husbands' wives or children. Maggie is the first we meet and I instantly loved here character. She is a woman that cleans houses for a living and is constantly being put down by her mother in law, or being bossed around by her slob of a husband.Read more ›
The book focuses on 3 key characters.
Maggie Storm feels trapped and under appreciated. Working as a cleaner for women who are far too hoity toity, and stuck in a marriage of routine and boredom, she promises herself to stand up for herself a little more.
Ella Moore is an artist. . She has spent too long with her ex Lawrence and his two children before finally being driven away by a selfish and spoilt child in the form of Lawrence's daughter. She starts to build a life built around her passion of painting
Ethan Moore promises himself no more women. Stuck in a soulless marriage to a woman that he doesn't love and a daughter that is just like her mother. However, when Ella Moore comes into his life he doesn't quite know what to do.
3 great characters, their stories intertwine as they try to keep the promises they made to themselves. A brilliant read - well worth losing yourself in!
I wasn't expecting a great mind expanding novel, but was amazed that so many people gave this good reviews. I couldn't relate or warm to any of the characters. The relationships were unbelievable and they were all pretty unpleasant. I haven't read any books by this author and won't be trying any others. 3 or 4 times I just closed the book thinking life was too short to persevere with it. I'm not one for leaving things unfinshed though and I kept hoping that maybe it would improve an there would be a twist in the tale to make it worthwhile. It didn't and there wasn't. Just bought a book by Jojo Moyes, which, so far seems to be much more suitable for a non taxing, enjoyable story to keep me awake at 4am.
Maggie is married to a slob of a man, and suffers the tirades of a truly obnoxious mother-in-law who treates her badly.
Ethan is married to a trophy wife who loves his bank balance, and is only interested in showing off her wealth and superiority to anyone who might be impressed. She is cold towards Ethan, who, perhaps unsurprisingly, seeks physical and ultimately emotional warmth elsewhere.
When the lives of these main characters, and others, become entwined, life becomes interestingly complex.
Emotions are raw, the weak and oppressed become stronger, the downright evil get their come-uppance, and just occasionally love triumphs over all.
Difficult to put down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another lovely book. Thank you Erica James. I could not put this book down. The horrible character's got their just deserts. I have recommended this book to my friends.Published 1 month ago by C. Shelley
Loved it great story telling and a warm read. Good characters made it work really well. Keep up the good workPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I always enjoy reading books by Erica James for a little light read. She is a very good story teller and must do a lot of research because her books are so differentPublished 5 months ago by Maureen Head