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It's her destiny to die young. The man who loves her can't live with that.
Promise, a talented young singer with a terminal illness, is counting on fame to keep her memory alive after she dies. Porta is an aging sorceress and art ...
It's her destiny to die young. The man who loves her can't live with that.
Promise, a talented young singer with a terminal illness, is counting on fame to keep her memory alive after she dies. Porta is an aging sorceress and art collector in search of immortality.
When Promise inexplicably survives a series of freak accidents, Porta believes that she may hold the key to eternal life.
Enter Chase, an autistic artist who falls in love with Promise and fascinates her with his mysterious visions and drawings.
Soon, all are plunged into a confrontation over the mystery and the cost of something even greater than eternal life . . . eternal love.
Posted January 21, 2011
Promise is dying. Suffering from cystic fibrosis, and having multiple peers surrender to the disease, she knows her time on this earth is limited. But she doesn't want to be a tumbleweed in the wind, no she wants to be remembered and loved and she will accomplish that with her incredible voice.
When Promise survives multiple should-be-dead situations, an aging pagan witch named Porta believes she may have finally found the goddess of immortality. What's more is Zack, who Promise hardly knows, was present at each close-call situation.
Then there's Chase. An autistic artist with a love for trees, he has a revelation and has gone either completely insane, or might be on to something.
The first book I've read by solely Erin Healy. Her writing style is very similar to Ted Dekker's, only much more descriptive in a way that fuels your mind's eye without going overboard. I love how there is a sorceress in the novel; it just makes everything more... interesting. Though she's not quite what you expect. Very suspenseful, but not really dark. The ending has a fabulous twist that I never expected. Amazing book, almost impossible to set down. Erin, this is a work of perfection.
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Posted January 13, 2011
Hi there again! Just recently, I've received another new book from BookSneeze- "The Promises She Keeps". (Just as a reminder- due to some long law thing, I'm under no obligation to give this a positive review, so whatever I saw is whatever I really feel about the book, okay? Okay? Now let's move on, shall we?) Now, I'm not going to spoil too much of the plot lines or anything, but I'm just going to tell you that it's a really good book. From the first page, the wonderful imagery and mysterious prose draws you in. Precise discriptions give us a glimpse into the minds of the characters almost immediately, and this is extremely cool. A mystery is set up for us to figure out from the first page, and to draw spiritual parallels into this is truly amazing- at list in my own humble opinion. I've always loved Erin Healy's works, and this is no exception. She truly has a way with words that just about blows my mind every time. In no uncertain terms, I give this a solid 5 out of 5 stars, and I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who would ask me. I hope that you all have a great rest of the day! Good bye!
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Posted October 1, 2011
Every once in a while we need to escape from our business personas and whirlwind of thoughts, plans, and strategies to be inspired by life's ordinary lessons. I recently had the pleasure of doing just that with The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy. It is a wonderful fiction novel about one women's failure to reach unrealistic goals she set for herself and the powerful impact that one individual could have on so many lives. The story includes magical, spiritual, medical, and thought-provoking concepts about life and relationships in a page-turning story. The most intriguing aspect of the story is the valuable insight that an autistic boy communicates to individuals in a community through his artwork and unconditional love for others. The individuals who take the time to really listen to this boy discover the meaning of their lives.
This story parallels real life in that we must be open to listening to messages from everyone and everything around us. You never know who will be that person that offers you the advice or encouragement you need to change your life, increase your success, or achieve your dreams.
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Posted June 9, 2011
The Promises She Keeps starts with Chase who seems to be able to hear from his father who is presumed dead after missing in action in the war. Chase is autistic but draws beautiful trees which seems to capture the essence of a person's longing (even strangers that he has not met).
Promise wants to live forever through her fame since she is dying but a few near death encounters left her very much alive and more energetic than before. Chase has a drawing of a tree for her too. He called hers the tree of life.
In the middle of it all is Porta who opens up an art gallery in town. Porta is connected to Chase and his sisters through their parents but this connection was not followed up.
There are quotes and reference made on the bible (especially by Chase) and I can see the symbolic references to the characters portrayed in the book to the book of life. Is Chase the sacrificial lamb? Does Promise represent everyone of us? Does Porta's quest for immortality represent what the world is searching for? And the eternal love that Chase tells Promise, is that God's eternal love for us? Chase goes around saying 'I love you' when he gave out one of his drawings. Is that Christ's love for us when he sees the longings within us?
I have more questions than answers so I'm not sure if that's what the author wants the reader to feel. I actually want to give this book more thoughts before I review it but I'm running out of time :) (laughing at myself as that's what Promise felt) as I need to move on to other books.
Final verdict (at this point in time) - do read if you enjoys reading more into what a book is all about. Don't read if you want a nice enjoyable story. I might update this post in future after I gave more thoughts to it.
Posted June 8, 2011
When I received an email from Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists about review The Promises She Keeps, I was intrigued and agreed to review it. Neither the email or the back blurb prepared me for this book. First, I was expecting Christian Fiction and second I was expecting something more suspense and romance. There is some romantic love but I didn't find it very suspenseful.
The plot revolves around Promises and how Porta quest for eternal life effects a lot of people. Some whom have never met. I liked the basic plot, it was interesting by itself. Since this was a Christian fiction novel there was a struggle between Porta's occult religious views and Chases Christian beliefs. There was some overt religious references in the books, quote from scripture and such, but it didn't distracted me from the story for the most part. Towards the end there was a section dealing with Chases twin sister, Chelsea, and his mentor, Wes, that did pull me out of the story a little.
The back cover mentions eternal love, and Chase falling in love with Promise. Chase falls in love with Promise after meeting her once. During the whole story Chase and Promise interact maybe five times and because of his autism those meetings are awkward. I don't understand how he fell in love with her but Chase is the character that I found it the hardest to connect with. I don't know if this was the authors, Erin Healy, attention but Chase fell flat for me especially since his character was so essential to the storyline.
Promises character, also didn't connect with me. I found her to be sometimes selfish and I wasn't sympathetic to her struggle, illness or desire for fame. The characters that I did like and could connect to were minor characters. Chelsea and Wes, their subplot and their feelings towards Chase grabbed me and had my attention. I also like Zack, he was one of the more three dimensional characters in the story. I think he should have been mention on the back cover, because I honestly don't see how the storyline could have progressed without him.
Healy's writing style was a little hard to get use to. The story seemed to go back and forth between realism and magical realism. I didn't find the book that engaging, in fact it took me months to finish it. I would sit it down and completely forget about for weeks at a time.
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Posted May 19, 2011
The Promises She Keeps tells the story of Promise, who is a terminally ill girl with an incredible talent for singing and staying alive through unbelievable circumstances. Enter Porta, a woman who wants to remain alive at all costs, and Chase, an autistic artist who ends up falling in love with Promise. Two forces, each trying to show Promise the route she should take, one for selfish gain, the other out of selflessness. Erin Healy surprised me again with a story filled with love, suspense, and utter sadness. I loved the fact that she brought us into the world of autism and explained it in a way that will cause everyone to fall in love with Chase. I did not see the ending coming, nor am I completely satisfied with it, although I understand the reasoning for going with it. This book , however, drew me in and kept hold until the very last page. I would definitely recommend this book to others, in fact, I already have!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2011
Promise is ok with the fact she'll die young; she just wants to make sure she's not forgotten when it happens. She aspires to be a singer, a feat not normally heard of for someone with cystic fibrosis.
Chase draws trees. Lots of trees. He says he sees people as trees and hands out these pictures when he feels prompted. His twin sister Chelsea has put her life on hold to care for her autistic brother. But then the meets Promise and tries to warn her of those who wish her harm.
Porta has been told she will die within "five weeks of five days" - this makes her quest for immortality that much more vital. She knows there is one who will be able to aid in her search and when she sees a picture of Promise, she believes the gods have shown her favor.
All three people's paths will cross in ways they least expect until they're become tangled together. Porta will stop at nothing to find the key to immortality. She believes Promise is that key and isn't above murder in order to prove it. Chase tells Promise he loves her and though she doesn't return the sentiment, he thinks she feels the same way. Promise doesn't understand why she's had a handful of near-death experiences of late or why she feels better than she has in a long time. Can she trust Porta or will confiding in her prove to be a fatal mistake?
I read Healy's first solo novel, Never Let You Go, last fall and though wasn't overly impressed, still thought it an ok read. I was hoping for something more with this book. From the first few pages, I could tell it was going to be better than her first. I was immediately pulled in, not knowing how the three main characters stories would intertwine. Though there were parts I felt didn't quite fit with the rest of the story or could have just been taken out altogether, I enjoyed the book and quickly read the 329 pages in two days.
Posted March 11, 2011
Two women in search of immortality; one because she has had a terminal illness all of her life and wants to be remembered, the other because of greed. Will either of them find the real answer to life everlasting? Promise is a singer who has cystic fibrosis. She goes through the treatments to stay alive hoping that she will have one big break that will enable people to know she lived. But, when Zack enters her life, she meets with many freak accidents that threaten to take her life just as her break is happening. Portia is an older woman looking to the "gods and goddesses" for immortality. She turns away from the true God, driving her son (Zack) to his own ruinous behavior. Is Promise the one she has been searching for? Is her death more imminent than she thinks? Chelsea and Chase are twins who share a home because Chase has autism and Chelsea provides care for the brother she loves. What do Chase's drawings have to do with the others in the book? What does the statue of the boy at the gallery have to do with them? This story has many twists and turns to keep a reader interested!
This book was a great joy to read. I love a book that keeps my attention with interconnections between characters, things I have to try to figure out before the author gives me the final piece. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy novels that make you think and keep you guessing.
Posted March 10, 2011
This book has some darkness in it. Porta, a woman who is older than she appears, is practicing witchcraft and is sure that after Promise, a young woman who has cystic fibrosis, survives several freak accidents, that she is the one. The one who help bring Porta immortality. However a young man seems to be in the way all the time, whether it is Porta's own son Zack, who is fighting his own demons, or the young autistic man Chase who keeps spreading love with his pictures that he sees and draws.
Porta is determined to find immortality, no matter what it costs. Even if she has to kill for it. And she will. This book is definitely a different style book from any I have read, still trying to process it all. I enjoyed the suspense side of the story, I love a good mystery, but the dark side of the story left me unsure. 333 pages 3 stars US$14.99
This book was provided by Thomas Nelson for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review.
Posted March 6, 2011
Promise is a dying woman with a vivid dream, to become such a great singer that her name will achieve immortality. Porta Cerreto is a witch who seeks the One who will bring immortality to all. She has traveled across America, stopping in each place to present art in various galleries and telling customers that certain pictures speak truth to the viewer that will have everlasting resonance. Is she for real or is she just a quack scheming with peoples' lives in a way that brings as much destruction and death as it does life? Chase is an extraordinary, talented artist whose gifts are more often ignored because his autism repels rather than connects those with whom he attempts to interact. His paintings are based on the identity of the one being drawn - in a rather abstract yet natural manner - and the Biblical inspiration he is inspired to incorporate into his "white on black" drawings. Chelsea, Chase's twin sister, has sacrificed much to support Chase and Wes, Chase's helper, is inching her forward to realize a new world awaits her attention and hold. Porta's son, Zach, is a drug addict and scorner of all that is beautiful thanks to his mother's machinations which he perceives to be pure evil. Promise's experiences with regaining health and surviving death begin to unite every character in this tautly plotted story, leading to a climax that is devastating in literal and figurative implications for all involved. Erin Healy's latest novel is a page-flipping foray into what we so often glibly label "good" and "evil," an examination of the consequences of so-called "love," and a journey through the layers of magic and dreams that will leave the reader thrilled, questioning, and celebrating what is!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 2, 2011
This was one of those books that was slow to make sense. It was hard to get into and then I wasn't quite sure I knew exactly where it was going - or agreed with it. There were some shining moments and well drawn characters... but I always feel the true test of a book is if I get so caught up in it that I believe in the characters and the story as if they were real people and events. I never got there with this one.
The first problem was the premise that Promise - who is sick with Cystic Fibrosis - suddenly gets better and survives all these near fatal accidents, but only until she is around Porta, a witch. The accidents make her feel better than ever before and they all occur around her son (a drug addict that she is drawn to) and neither of them have any faith in God at all. In fact, I didn't notice any real redemptive message in the book at all. Sacrificial love, innocence, sharing... but no real redemption.
Only Chase (the autistic man) shows any signs of faith and his sister questions his understanding of it. Many times it appears he gets messages about what's going to happen from his father (who is dead). This may be the author's way of having God speak to Chase, but that isn't discussed or the way he seems to view it. More of a sci-fi/magical feel comes across as his drawing utensils rattle by themselves in their cans and "call to him" to tell him what to draw. Nevertheless, he does understand biblical principles and try and share them with others through his drawings of trees.
The other problem is Chase's claim to love Promise, romantically. He first claims this when he hasn't even met her. He says that he loves everyone he gives his pictures to and I wish they would have left his feelings for Promise in this same category because it just doesn't make sense that he would have this romantic love for her (specially since it isn't returned - he makes her uncomfortable) with no real personal contact with her. It felt more like a stalker relationship after that instead of something good and with any promise for a future.
The ending felt rushed and unsatisfying. I felt like the story had potential, but took some wrong turns. It still is a very haunting and unique novel. I haven't read anything quite like it. I want to thank the people at Thomas Nelson for providing my copy in exchange for my honest review.
Posted February 27, 2011
There are certain authors that you see their name and know without a doubt that you are going to read their book. You do this because you've been on journeys with them before and you simply trust them, for the integrity of their story, characters, and writing. In only a few books time Erin Healy is in that category in my mind. At the end of her books I experience that "reader's grief" that comes when the book is done and the journey was so amazing that you just weren't ready for it to be over. Once again in "The Promises She keeps" this is how I felt. With her characters such as the lovely Promise- a beautiful young singer with a battle on her hands being a singer with cystic fibrosis and her need to be remembered as someone who was significant, as well as Chase, the young artist seeing life through the filter of autism with a clearer picture of things than most, to the immortality seeking witch Porta, whose focus on only herself wreaks havoc wherever she goes. A series of seemingly "impossible to survive" situations happen to Promise and you wonder "what is her story?"- does she really possess the immortality that Porta is desperately seeking? This story intersects these characters and others on a journey that is most memorable and deeply touching. I grew rather fond of these characters and the journey they took together and I appreciated the redemptive quality of this story. Don't miss this book- I PROMISE you will not be disappointed.
Posted February 26, 2011
The Promises She Keeps is a deeply compelling story about love and the decisions we make about what we do with the time we have in this life. The back of the book almost makes it sound like a romance, but instead the novel delves into the power of love as a whole, and what it means for our society. The novel tells the story of a young woman with cystic fibrosis, and the people who influence her in her quest to be eternally remembered after she dies. The book is very suspenseful, and I liked the mystery elements that were included. Promise, the heroine, survives some accidents that really should have been fatal. These events were very thought-provoking as I tried to reason why Promise was able to survive. Chase, another character, often quotes well-chosen Bible verses that only piqued my interest in Promise's story. The antagonist, Porta, is a practicing witch who serves to counter Chase's argument that love is the most powerful concept of all. The dichotomy of these two characters is, in my opinion, what drives the book and makes it so fascinating. Without giving away any spoilers, the ending of the book is so full of suspense and is so well-timed that I couldn't put it down. The writing was phenomenal , the message was deeply inspiring, and the book was just simply a good read. You don't have to be a Christian to enjoy it, either. The author doesn't appear to be trying to convert anyone. The book carries with it a message that could be appreciated by anyone. Frankly, this is a superb book that deserves a wide audience. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2011
The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy is a fascinating book and one that I mulled over for several days after I read it. It is a beautifully woven tale of three separate lives converging together throughout an intricate plot. Promise, the talented young singer, wants to be famous and leave her mark on the world before she dies. Porta is an aging witch and art dealer who is looking for immortality. Chase is the autistic man whose focus in life is to draw trees and give them out in love. When Promise survives several crazy accidents, Porta believes she holds the key to immortality. But Chase's visions gives him insight and he becomes Promise's savior in the midst of obsession and insanity.
The prose in this book is lyrical and beautifully soothing. I love how Erin Healy wove in biblical truth and allegory throughout the pages, and I was struck by sheer creativity of the story. It is not my normal style of book, but I loved it! It gripped me from the very first page and kept me turning the page.
This book was provided by the publisher for my honest review.
Posted February 22, 2011
Promise has horrible luck. All in 25 days she fell off a cliff, got ran over by a car, got electrocuted, and trapped in a basement that was on fire. On top of that she has Cystic Fibrosis. She doesn't expect to live long, but she doesn't have a death wish either. This was an odd book, I still don't understand the meaning behind it. I know it was supposed to have an inspiring message in it but I didn't catch it. It left me with more questions than I began with. I get angry with books when the characters don't do something I think they should do, like ask questions or listen to what people are saying. There were too many secrets, the reader kind of knew what was going on, but the characters were to stubborn to listen. Over all it was a pretty good book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2011
The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy is an awesome book. If you like a book that keeps you hanging on and you DON'T expect what the ending is going to be....this is the book for you. This book has all different kinds of elements in it: autism, cystic fibrosis, art, photography, a search for immortality, death, life, just to name a few. The characters are awesome and it is very interesting to see how they wind up interacting with each other and come to know each other. You have Chase, who has autism and draws for a purpose and his twin sister, Chelsea who takes care of him. Promise, who has cystic fibrosis, is the main focus of the book and is trying to figure herself and her disease out during the book. Porta, who is in search of immortality, so she can live forever and her son, Zack, who I think is also trying to figure himself out despite what his mother is into. This book is a book that you won't want to put down. It is very intriguing, easy to read, has short chapters (which I like), and keeps you captivated so that you want to continue to read. I was sad that the story was over when I finished the book. I was so not expecting the ending and kept hoping that as I read it would change into what I wanted to happen, but the way the book ended was exactly the way it should have ended and totally made sense for the book. This is a really great book and I highly recommend it!! I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2011
The Promises She Keeps was provided to me by Thomas Nelson and Book Sneeze to review. Promise is a beautiful young woman with cystic fibrosis who wants to leave her mark on the world before her disease snuffs out her life. Zack is a brooding, drug-addicted artist who meets Promise when she poses for his drawing class. Chase is also an artist. He is autistic, is fascinated with trees and has mysterious visions that prompt him to draw. Porta, who is Zack's mother, is a sorceress who had been removed from her coven for not following the rules. Porta is obsessed with immortality and will stop at nothing to achieve it. When Zack meets Promise on a high bluff to take photographs of her for a painting she falls to what should be her certain death and survives without injury. Porta believes that her survival is proof that Promise is the immortal being that she has been seeking. The twists and turns that the story takes from here are more numerous than curves in a mountain road. I had a hard time getting into this book. I felt like I had my brow furrowed in confusion for most of it. I am glad I stuck with it, as the conclusion was a bit of a surprise. Personally, it wasn't my kind of story, but that doesn't make it a bad one. If you are a fan of Ted Dekker or the much darker Stephen King, you may like the darker theme in this story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2011
Promise Dayton is a beautiful singer who is dying of cystic fibrosis. Her goal is to gain fame so that she'll be remembered after her death. Through Zach, a photographer and artist, she meets Porta Cerreto, Zach's mother, who is a sorceress, worshiping the gods and goddesses of the world in a basement cave. She is a local art collector searching for immortality in art and her shrines. When Promise escapes death twice, Porta believes that she will have eternal life through Promise's blood and death.
In the first chapter, we are introduced to Chase Ellis, a thirty something autistic man, an artist. He has memorized the Bible, and has the ability to see into souls and reveal the true person inside. He draws portraits of his subjects in the form of a tree. Chase gives his drawings away freely, to whomever will receive.
While Porta hates Chase and desires to kill him, and all who love him, Promise is annoyed at his persistence. She does not understand Chase's words when he says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with loving-kindness." Chase tells Promise that it is good that she is not dead yet and that he is going to give her life.
The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy is Christian suspense that will leave you thinking after you have closed the book. It is a story of good and evil, life and death, and Jesus and the devil. Erin Healy uses beautiful symbolism to capture the reader and hold your attention from the first page until the last. My favorite character was Chase, not only for the way he loves, but also for the life he brings . This was the first book I've read by this author, but will not be my last!
Posted February 16, 2011
I was given an opportunity to review this book, The Promises She Keeps not long ago. Sadly, I have to say that this book is rather depressing though the messages in the story is good. While the book is motivational and very inspiring, it did not have such effect on me. Instead, it makes me ponder about life and death alot. It makes me feel that life is very short indeed.
Nevertheless, The Promises She Keep is a very good Christian fiction. The characters are dynamic and the plot is very original. I would not recommend this to those who like those normal, happily ever after book, but would definitely recommend this book to those who likes something more creative and serious.
Posted February 12, 2011
Suffering cystic fibrosis, Promise knows she is dying soon. Her fear is not death, but life as she yearns to be loved and be in the memory of loved ones. Her only chance is music.
At college Zack Eddy asks if he can take photos of her so he can draw pictures of her from them; she agrees. During the shoot, her shawl blows away. Promise dives for it only to tumble down the bluffs overlooking the Oregon coast. Zack takes pictures of her dive to death, but miraculously she lives. Other near death experiences always occur with Zack nearby occurs. He shows his photos to his pagan witch mom Porta Cerreto who believes Promise is the Goddess of Immortality and plans to use her for own purpose. As she stalks Promise, she orders her son to kill Promise to disprove her theory. However, autistic Chase Ellis who draws pictures of trees sees inside Porta's withered soul and knows she will hurt Promise if he fails to intervene.
This is a strange whimsical character driven tale that hooks the audience from the opening scene with Chase and never slows down as the reader will be stunned with a shocking late twist. The key to the thriller besides the well developed four lead characters is somehow author Erin Heal. makes the impossible seem possible even when it seems over the top of Mount Hood. The Promises She Keep is an exhilarating tale as eternal life is boringly meaningless without eternal love.