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Promises, Promises [Hardcover]

Erica James
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Book Description

11 Nov 2010

'I Must Stand Up for Myself More' so promises Maggie Storm who spends her days cleaning houses for people who often have more money than manners. Married to a man with as much sex appeal as Mr Blobby, she dreams of a life straight from the pages of a romantic novel.

'My Head Must Rule Over My Heart' so promises Ella Moore who, determined never to let her heart get the better of her again, is recovering from seven wasted years of failing to win over the daughter of the man with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life.

'No More Women' so promises Ethan Edwards who, to distract himself from the depressing sham of his marriage, is a repeat offender when it comes to turning to other women for sexual consolation. But when Ella appears unexpectedly in his life, he finds himself turning to her for very different reasons.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140910186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409101864
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.

The author of thirteen bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestseller, It's the Little Things, Erica now divides her time between Cheshire and Lake Como in Italy, where she now strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

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A poignant read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. (HEAT)

A great holiday read whether you're escaping to sunnier climes or curled up in front of a log fire (DAILY EXPRESS)

James is a seasoned champion of the genre...Promises, Promises has an extraordinary deftness of touch, coupled with some searing insights into both how relationships fail, and can work. (Henry Sutton DAILY MIRROR)

warm and humorous (THE SUN)

A must-read book from this talented writer who knows just how to keep you turning those pages. (WELSH COUNTRY MAGAZINE)

Another delightful delivery for her [Erica James's] ever-growing number of fans. With consummate skill she stirs up a cocktail of passion... (EVENING TELEGRAPH)

A feel-good read from a popular that fits in well with a "New Year, New Me" theme. (TAKE A BREAK'S FICTION FEAST)

A sweet sherry of a novel that makes a cheerful winter warmer. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

a sensational read (CHESHIRE LIFE)

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A gorgeous small-format edition of Erica's latest novel, complete with lavish finishes. The perfect gift for those who like their fiction with an extra dusting of sparkle...

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down 25 Jan 2011
By J. S. P
Format:Hardcover
This book tells the story of three people, Maggie a cleaner whose unhappy marriage to Dave finally takes its toll, Ella, a painter who has had enough of relationships and from now on is off men, and Ethan who has made a resolution, no more women. They develop a relationship with each other that is supportive and loving. The story has realistic characters who at the end I was sad to say bye too. The story is endearing and ends just the way you want it to. Pure escapism. Loved it 5 stars!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book with a does of reality! 18 Nov 2010
By Best Crime Books TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
~Story~

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.

~Opinion~

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book - easy to read, very enjoyable 27 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I remember the first Erica James book that i read - it was so exciting to find a new author. I've since read all her novels and i am never disappointed.Her characters are strong but believable and the story moves with a pace.

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, monotonous, uninspiring 20 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
With a toddler and a new baby I wanted an easy, enjoyable read to see me through the nights holding my colicy baby upright while she slept.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Read 24 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
Yet another great novel from Erica James, all of her books are good reads and this one is one of her best. Page turner. Enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 17 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Up to Erica James normal excellent standard. I found this book
difficult to put down.Looking forward to her next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promises Promises 6 Jan 2012
By tog51
Format:Paperback
Erica never ceases to amaze me with her books - I love all of them - she cannot write fast enough for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 28 Dec 2011
By Panda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Erica James does it again. This is an excellent story about relationships, as is usually the case with her books, that had me gripped from start to finish. I highly recommend this novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book! It starts at the beginning of a New Year with three people – Maggie, Ella and Ethan – deciding to make resolutions to change their lives. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Skaty Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic, never fails to impress
Published 29 days ago by Debbie Claffey
5.0 out of 5 stars Promises, Promises
Bought for my wife who thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to like minded people! She says its excellent value!
Published 1 month ago by janner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull Story.
I Loved this,it was a real Joy to read,and it had just the ending I wanted .Buy it and Enjoy.
Published 1 month ago by wendy taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Erica James books.
Always peopled by decent folk, Erica James books are richly satisfying. Some reviewers call her books an easy read, it depends on how much you engage with them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Queen Mab
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive.
I was completely addicted to this book and loved every minute spent reading it! Completely devastated when it came to the end, I just wanted to keep reading more and more! Read more
Published 3 months ago by H. HAINES
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from Erica James
Such an easy and enjoyable book to read on my daily commute to and from work. There is an old fashioned innocence in all her books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Catherine Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Easy reading but good story as well have become a real fan of Erica James. Will be reading more of her books.
Published 5 months ago by ann crittenden
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it
I have never reviewed a book before but felt so let down by this I felt compelled. This book had no merit at all that I could find. Read more
Published 5 months ago by AMT
5.0 out of 5 stars great
another book from a truly great writer have read all her books and enjoyed every one please read her books
Published 6 months ago by cleopatra
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