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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 2 out of 5 stars for Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans @SimonAudio

TITLE: Promise Me
NARRATOR: Michele Pawk
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: October 5, 2010
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 6 hrs and 11 mins
GENRE: Holiday/Christmas, Contemporary Fiction
ISBN: 9781442335332
A new novel from the bestselling author of The Christmas ListGrace, and The Christmas Box.

The New York Times has called Richard Paul Evans “the king of Christmas fiction.” The bestselling author of The Christmas Box (29 weeks on the New York Times list; 5 at #1; more than 1 million copies netted), Grace (10 weeks on the list), The Gift (13 weeks), Finding Noel (11 weeks), and The Christmas List (10 weeks), Evans is best known for his charming Christmas stories.

Now he returns with a story of hope, love, and faith, in a heartwarming and powerfully written new novel.


For me, Evans is synonymous with holiday inspirational books. I love to read something from him during the holiday season. I chose this audiobook to listen to for Christmas in July.

I listened to and loved Evans' The Christmas List (my favourite, 5 stars), A Winter Dream (5 stars), and Finding Noel (4 stars). This one was a bit different from the rest, and it was my least favourite of Evans' books so far because it was just a bit disturbing. More on that later. In addition, the book starts off on such a downer. Beth Cardall finds out that her husband (Mark) has been having a long-term affair with a co-worker. He insists she didn't mean anything. Why do men think that's supposed to make a woman feel better?? A man throws away his family for something that didn't mean anything to him?? Needless to say, the marriage is over for Beth even though the cad doesn't want it to end. Then Mark finds out that he has terminal cancer (a bit of divine justice, I'd say!) and that he doesn't have much time to live. Beth offers to take him back and look after him so that the little time that he has left can be spent with his family. The woman is a saint! Approximately two months after Mark dies, Beth meets a man named Matthew who just won't let Beth say no to a date. He actually insists that he just wants to be friends, and Beth soon finds that she's falling in love with him. This is where the twist comes in and where this book lost favour with me. 

This book is so not in keeping with Evans' usual inspirational stories. If you have read anything by Evans before, I urge you to try something else that is more representative of his writing like The Christmas List. This didn't feel like his writing at all. It crossed the lines on too many ethical and moral levels. I'm still a fan of Evans, but I just didn't care for this book.

I enjoyed Michele Pawk's narration. She was pleasant to listen to and her pace was good. Here is a sample of the narration:


2 stars!! Meh, it was just "okay." There are better books by this author. 

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