Promises To Keep Paperback – May 31 2011
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JANE GREEN WARBURG has written 11 previous novels as Jane Green, several of which were New York Times bestsellers. A native Londoner, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ian Warburg, and their blended family of six children.
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Callie's little sister Steffi doesn't see what she is so excited about. Steffi is a chef at a now-popular Vegan restaurant, and she can't seem to keep a boyfriend for that long. The boyfriend's that she does choose are aspiring artists, rock stars, and generally bad boys, unable to take her out for fancy dinners or even get up before noon, but that suits her just fine. She sees no need to embrace her sister's life and settle down in the suburbs with a couple of kids and a husband.
Callie and Steffi's parents, Honor and Walter, want different things from life as well. Long divorced, Walter remains rigid, trying to live up to the standards that his last name implies he should have. He nurses a long time resentment towards his ex-wife Honor, who is everything that he's not- free-spirited and above all, following her dreams.
When Callie, Steffi, Honor and Walter receive some shocking news, life takes a rapid nosedive. Suddenly the four are thrown together for one heartbreaking summer, and nothing will be the same.
I really connected to the character of Callie. What makes a good book great for me is if I can connect to one of the characters. If I have problems connecting, the story, no matter how good it is, fails to hold my interest. In "Promises to Keep", the character of Callie can't believe how good her luck is.Read more ›
Steffi just goes with the flow in life. When she's tired of a job, she moves on to the next one. She's great at what she does though - she's an amazing cook. It is this skill that introduces her to Mason, a well to do publisher, who loves her cooking. When things start to fall apart with her latest boyfriend and her current job has lost it's oomph, Mason's out of the blue offer looks really good. Dogsit for a year while he's in London - and stay at his country home in Maine. Steffi jumps at the chance and as a bonus she'll be closer to her big sister Callie.
Callie has it all from the outside looking in - two great kids, a job she loves (photography) and a husband who loves her, even though he works too much.
What starts out as an idyllic summer changes everyone's lives forever when unexpected news arrives.
I fell in love with Steffi as soon as she was introduced. She's warm, caring, thoughtful and someone you'd like to know. Callie is as well, but a bit more reserved. As the book progressed, Callie's character is opened up more and I became more invested in her. Green's exploration of the relationships between the sisters is genuine. The supporting cast is filled with rich characters as well. Callie's best friend Lila is larger than life. The relationships between parent/child/spouse and friends are all thoughtfully examined and portrayed.
I don't want to reveal any of the details of the plot, but I had to grab the Kleenex box by the end.
Green also infuses Promises to Keep with chick lit elements as well. Steffi's romance or lack thereof is a great subplot.Read more ›
The character development is very good. I felt that I knew each person by the time I was mid-way through the story. The last half of the book is very poignant, particularly if the reader has experienced the loss of a friend/family member to cancer. However, the intensity of the narrative is relieved, curiously enough, by the delightful addition of recipes. It somehow works.
By the end of the story the reader knows that the family will survive and prosper despite their year of tragedy and sadness. Romance, babies, security, contentment, and peace are on the horizon. Life does go on.
One negative is the use of expletives. The story is not enhanced by their usage. Otherwise, this is a book that I recommend. It is a portrayal of the love and support that family members bring to a tragedy. In fact, it is a love story in all its various facets.
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This is about love and it's endurance. It is very heartwarming and really makes you think about your place in lifePublished 7 months ago by Joyce Hurd