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If her guardian angel had been on the job in 1973 when Margaret was being fitted for her wedding gown, wondering why fiancé Adam had been so distant lately ("If Adam ever leaves me. . . I shall die"), she would have encouraged Margaret to continue her medical studies, cancel the dress, and send Adam packing. But marriage ensued, and now, in 1988, the Adam Cranes have three nice kids. Margaret teaches school. And Adam (in computers) is about to be whistled to heel by Randi, the siren he was having an affair with while Margaret was preparing for their wedding. Randi, long absent, has moved into town. In spite of her rejection of him years before (for a live-in with more money), Adam is once again drawn to Randi and her "magic flesh." When he touches her "a thrill of peril shook through him. . . He needed this woman." The truth dawns slowly on Margaret and her brood. Standing by, meanwhile, are kind friends and one aging suitor, but in the wake of the marriage's collapse she is faced with having to sell the family house and even give up the family dog. Love and doubt turn to righteous rage, and the divorce proceedings are begun, via a likable (unmarried) lawyer. Margaret, having regrouped, is recouping. But what of Adam? Will he get his? You bet.
The message couldn't be Plain-er—woe to promise-breakers—and the characters couldn't be broader. Color Margaret virtuous gold, Randi (a moniker on target) a flaming red, and Adam, lizard green. A heavy clunker that Plain manages to move along. Not her best.
"An emotionally compelling novel."
"A superb storyteller...a talent worth remembering...Mrs. Plain's novels are good stories well told."
"A brilliant portrayal...the author takes us once again into the soul of the American family." —Leader (Lovington, New Mexico.)
"Belva Plain writes with authority and integrity."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"A consummate storyteller whose skills at bringing likable characters, turbulent events and moving emotional drama together in a fabulous story has never been better."
— Rave Reviews
Posted January 5, 2005
ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK, BUT IT DRAGGED ON A LITTLE TOO LONG. SEEMED SORT OF OLD-FASHIONED IN SOME OF THE WORDING.
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Posted November 28, 2014
Belva Plain's book "Promises" was a disappointment to me. I've always liked this author but this one was a waste of money. The story revolves around a man who loves two women and a man. One he'd promised to marry and one he claims to love. Woman #1 he marries and woman #2 seeks him out and seduces him and wants him to leave his wife and kids. The wife has a high moral code (which more of us should have)and the other woman has few, if any. While the book does keep your interest, the subject matter is not unlike a Harlequin writer would choose.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2013
Posted November 26, 2003
Reading over the other reviews I see a big difference in opnions. I would say we KNOW this is a good author but this particular book seemed to drag and not give us a feeling of 'reality'. It was off to a good start and then seemed to get too wordy for lack of a better word. There is ONE simple thing that COULD have made this a great book -- other than the ending needed changing. This one thing is GOD. If the writer had mentioned church, God, faith or real morals -- it could have been a fine book. OK OK -- before you say it -- I know that Christian fiction used to be weak and 'hokey' but now days its not. Just check out any of Penelope J. Stokes or Francine Rivers books -- for a real treat of a read and you won't put it down at the end feeling 'sick' but rather very inspired. I cannot recommend this book 'Promises' but I would say -- read some of her other books and decide for yourself.
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Posted February 10, 2002
Nina the cousin is the biggest hypocrite. She gets mad at Adam, yet she basically did the same thing but because she stopped it makes it okay for her? Then the end......... it made me so mad.
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Posted April 27, 2001
I enjoyed the twists & turns this story led you on until the very end. Great viewpoints from the married man (Adam) in an affair and the single girl (Nela) involved with another married man. Just discovered this author, and I will come back for more!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2011
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Posted November 26, 2013
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