About the book:
Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal---and danger.
Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal---to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.
Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart's desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.
Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?
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RIVETING!! Reading this book left me angry with those that make choices without God. This is a compassionately written story concerning a true interaction of events that occurred to a friend of Beth Wiseman. I admire Beth’s trust in God and bravery to write this story. She is to be congratulated. Without a doubt – it would not have been published in a country different from America – our home.
Our protagonist, Mallory Hammond was blinded to the truth that she was making bad choices for herself at the exclusion of what those that loved her felt. At the age of seventeen, she desperately wanted to donate a kidney to her teenage cousin, but did not understand her parents would not allow it out of love and concern for her. Mallory still mourned the death of her cousin and her desire to help someone – anyone – became obsessive. Now in her thirties, she worked for Dr. Ismail Farim, a Muslim. He was engaged to Soroya, Mallory’s best friend also a Muslim who came from a wealthy family in Pakistan. With Dr. Farim’s help, Mallory enrolled in a kidney exchange program – in my thoughts, a sub-conscious rebellious action toward her parents.
Mallory did not have a good Christian foundation to support her hearts’ desire of saving a life in proper perspective. She wanted to be known for something – even if that something took her around the world under false pretenses. Her boyfriend, Tate Weber, was a Christian with a Catholic background. To my thinking, Mallory’s selfishness about her obsession tainted her life as she began to doubt the seriousness of her relationship with Tate – a piano teacher who had a chance to take a new job with the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
GRIPPING !!! Sinister forces began to work in Mallory’s life. Dr. Farim’s father was tyrannical in insisting Ismail find an American wife for his nephew Abdul, whose daughter Majida had cancer and because of several obstacles In Pakistan – an American wife would be able to bring the girl to the United States for treatment. Mallory empathized with her boss and began to Skype with Abdul. Mallory was mesmerized into becoming attracted to Abdul and agreed to a marriage in name only and travelled to Peshaway, Pakistan only to be caught up in a disastrous web of deceit – a real mess!
Tate is struggling over his own problems, having a ten year old orphan Verdell dumped on his doorstep and abandoned by his aunt. Life becomes all about survival for Mallory. Realistically, certain references toward human frailties such as sex, and a curse word bothered me – however it was necessary to the truth of the story.
Beth Wiseman did an extraordinary job authoring this entire book. She conveyed the truth of Christian beliefs versus the Muslim law. Clearly, we do not worship the same God. Beth Wiseman has taken a true example of how life can fool us and wrote a blaring example that should be read by many – having faith or not. Particularly worthy of note and mind-blowing is the part at the back of the book entitled “Group Guide – A Letter from the Author.” I highly recommend Beth Wiseman’s “The Promise” be placed at the top of your reading list. Find out how God proves his promises again and again. Thank you Beth Wiseman for your incredible job with a tough subject.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
|AUTHOR BETH WISEMAN|
As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime.
Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary—Need You Now—released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary—The House that Love Built—which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed.
In a daring new novel, Beth jumps way outside the box. The Promise takes readers far away from Amish Country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, Beth believes this is the book she’s been working toward for a long time.
Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs, two cats, and two potbellied pigs. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. You can find Beth at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers or visitbethwiseman.com to learn more about Beth and her books.