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Promises, Promises Paperback – Sep 6 2011

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (Sept. 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409102580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409102588
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #387,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A great holiday read whether you're escaping to sunnier climes or curled up in front of a log fire'―DAILY EXPRESS

'PROMISES, PROMISES has an extraordinary deftness of touch, coupled with some searing insights into both how relationships fail, and can work'―DAILY MIRROR

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

'A poignant read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments'―HEAT

About the Author

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 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.

Visit her website or follow her on Twitter @theericajames

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By S. Johnson on Nov. 26 2013
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Erica James novels are consistently wonderful stories. She has the ability to make you believe in her characters and their stories.

Her books keep you engaged right from the first line. She has some suspense, but in a nice way.

Erica James books Re worth reading.
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The scenes are so vivid, the characters lovable .... really worth reading and recommending to friends. There's this feeling that you can relate to the characters.
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By rodena albisser on June 27 2014
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found it to be a little long and rambling but other good. it lacked in the hold your interest part . think it was just too long.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Peomises, Promises April 25 2011
By Linda Mac - Published on
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As usual another great book with interesting characters and storyline. If your a Erica James fan like me this one is not to be missed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Promises, Promises Nov. 25 2011
By Kathleen Kelly - Published on
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Promises, Promises is a story of three people, unhappy in their current relationships and how they manage to get through each day. Maggie is a woman whose husband, to me is a real jerk with a mother from hell, Ella is an interior designer who is doing some interior painting work for Ethan and his wife, I love how as the story goes on each person evolves and how Maggie, Ella and Ethan's lives intertwine with each other. I especially liked the character of Maggie and how she finally stands up for herself and how everything that goes around, comes around for some of the other characters in the book and they get what they deserve. I found this book to be a very enjoyable read with a happy ever after ending. I have found another author whose works I want to read more of.Promises, Promises
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unlikeable characters and story that doesn't ring true April 5 2012
By moonwolf - Published on
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I have enjoyed reading Ms James' work in the past, and so purchased Promises Promises hoping for a similarly well-written albeit easy read. I won't re-hash the story, as you can read that synopsis elsewhere. The main problem was that from the very first pages, I was struggling to feel any sympathy for, let alone actually like, any of the lead characters. As for the cast of supporting characters, they are so unrelentingly nasty, one-dimensional, and irritating, I found myself putting my Kindle down just to have a break from them!

The two protagonists, Ella and Maggie, seem to put up with an awful lot from their partners and families; and although we all well understand these pressures on women in modern life (that's why I like to read women's literature), these people simply did not ring true to me at all. Both women seemed wooden and unreal, I never felt I got to know them. It was as if, having become lazy, the author relied on making the people around the main characters so one-dimensionally mean and unsympathetic, that Ella and Maggie were justified in all their subsequent actions. When such decisions become a no-brainer, not only is it very simple to have the character react in a certain predictable way, it becomes incredibly annoying for the poor reader to struggle through a hundred pages while she makes that decision...

I tried to like this book, I really did. I read it to the end to be fair. I just did not find it is a pleasant or enjoyable read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Promises, Promises Dec 18 2011
By Dr. F - Published on
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Promises kept! I downloaded this book after being enthralled by a free copy of "Queen of New Beginnings," and I was not disappointed. Erica James has a knack of interesting you in a character immediately. I became instantly attached to Maggie, Ella and Ethan, almost holding my breath until their fates were revealed at the end. It is quite frustrating that more of EJ's novels are not available in e versions. As a marketing professor I can only applaud the genius of allowing the free download of one novel of such an engrossing writer - although it seems foolish not to have all her titles available. I would surely have bought another!
A Tale of Two Classes April 8 2013
By Christine Frost - Published on
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I have not read a novel by Erica James before but, of course, I realize she is a 'chick lit' writer, so not expecting so much from this novel except a mild diversion. However, by the end of the book I was just so tired of all the laughable class cliches used to portray her characters. Maggie, who is a cleaner and has not, at the age of 36, been to an airport before! Some of the scenes and conversations were just ridiculous - the pivotal falling out with the in-laws following the 'dog murder', for one example. Ella is obviously the author's ideal woman: arty, funky, sensitive, caring, independent, spunky. I find it rather cringe-worthy when the writer's prejudices are so blatantly obvious. The stereotypical Cheshire nouveau-riche wives...the layabout working class husband and tatoo'd son...the 60-something working gals up for a good time in the form of boozy nights out and Ann Summers parties...the slick, handsome Freddy Mercury impersonator...the bright, upper middle-class young man studying at Durham University...she trotted out every class cliche in the book! Okay - it's 'chick-lit', not high brow literary work. But I found the one-dimensional characters and predictable plots rather insulting. It was my first, and last, Erica James novel. I think I will return to Marian Keyes for light reading!

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