Promises to Keep: A Novel

Promises to Keep: A Novel

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by Jane Green
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Jane Green presents a compelling novel about the love that keeps us together when everything is falling apart.
 
A successful photographer living in Bedford, New York, Callie Perry adores the settled existence she shares with her handsome husband and two adorable children. But while Callie’s life is

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New York Times bestselling author Jane Green presents a compelling novel about the love that keeps us together when everything is falling apart.
 
A successful photographer living in Bedford, New York, Callie Perry adores the settled existence she shares with her handsome husband and two adorable children. But while Callie’s life is practically perfect, her nearest and dearest are having a harder time.
 
Her best friend Lila is stuck dealing with her dream man’s demanding ex-wife. Her free-spirited sister Steffi is adjusting after leaving her city life for the simplicity of the country. And her divorced parents, Walter and Honor, can barely stand each other.
 
But when Callie is diagnosed with a recurrence of the cancer she thought she had beaten, everything changes. With their own problems suddenly in perspective, Callie’s family and friends rally to support her during an unforgettable, emotional—and ultimately life-changing year.
 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A poignantly written novel that powerfully celebrates the power of love and friendship—richly rewarding.”—Chicago Tribune

“Tug[s] at your emotions in all the right places.”—The Miami Herald

"Green's story definitely has the emotional heart and resonance to hook readers of women's fiction."—Booklist

More Praise for the Novels of Jane Green

“Gripping and powerful.”—Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“The perfect summer read.”―Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A warm bath of a novel that draws you in—Green’s sympathetic portrayals—resonate.”—USA Today

“Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing.”―Sophie Kinsella, New York Times bestselling author

“Her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that’s acute and compassionate, served up with style.”―People

“The kind of novel you’ll gobble up at a single sitting.”—Cosmopolitan

“A smart, complex, character-driven read.”—The Washington Post

“Green’s novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings.”—Redbook

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452297173
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
714,085
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

A former journalist in the U.K. and a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York, Jane Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been published in more than twenty-five languages. She has more than ten million books in print worldwide.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Westport, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 31, 1968
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
"Managed to drop out of Fine Art Degree at University."
Website:
http://www.janegreen.com

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Promises to Keep 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 156 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book by Jane Green and loved them. This one-not so much. The story line was not original and it was very weird to have recipes in between the chapters.Even if this book was a homage to her friend who passed away-it still was not a good read Don't waste your money
Dean41 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I did find it a little slow to get the sisters straight, at first, but as I got into a couple of chapters, I found myself into their lives; the characters developed as real people. I held my 2 year old daughter a little closer after I read it, but I did turn Mickey Mouse on for her,so I could finish the book. Very heartwrenching - as life is - good job writing, Jane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Jane Green's books and this was not one of my favorites. The plot line rambles on between too many characters, from too many perspectives and it becomes a little boring to try to keep up. The outcome was predictable and anti climactic. It is honorable that this was written as a tribute to her friend, but she's definitely done better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Jane Green's books and this is the best yet!! The story is so touching and made me cry. If you love chit lit as much as do, this is one to add to your list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. My only compliant is that product's were mentioned a lot in this book - made me feel like I was being advertised to...
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A story about family and new beginings.
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quaintinns More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books by Jane Green! A very inspiring story of cancer, and as always, Cassandra Campbell is exceptional as the audio performer. However, would love to have a print copy of the book or e-book in order to dive into all the divine recipes. I found myself wanting to record them all – as sounded wonderful! Jane did an incredible job writing this story, as motivation from her own friendship of a dear friend with cancer. This was truly a love story of family, friends, love and loss. I loved the characters and the different personalities ---the vegan tidbits, cooking, recipes, and the cottage in the country, the sisters bond, Steffi, the best friend, parents reuniting, and most of all… Callie and her love for her family, and even maintaining her humor even during her sickness. A must read!
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Ms_Marisa2013 More than 1 year ago
A pleasant book to read, heartfelt, and I enjoyed the recipes. It was a little bit slow, but I didn't mind at all. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked her other books more. This book seem to drag
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the points of many of the reviewers here - recipes were a little misplaced - the main character was not a chef or restaurant owner - but they looked good! The story was good, although I did not understand what seemed to be an attack on mothers without children (when writing about the best friend) that seemed to come out of nowhere...seemed like the author wanted to stick it to anyone who ever found her children annoying perhaps-? Anyway, it took a lot of courage to write a story like this about a close friend dying of cancer. This was probably a very difficult story for the author to tell, and for that I applaud her (not that she should care if any one of us gives our approval or not). The story was heart-wrenching, and told well. I really loved Bookends. That has been my very favorite novel of hers. I hope she can write a book like that again. But maybe with life's shifts and changes, novels like this one are the direction. But we won't know unless we keep reading her work. :)
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I really enjoyed this book because of the intertwined charachters (a Green staple, so I am unsure of why people are complaining). It really foxused on the life and struggles people deal with watching it end. Very sad for me. I creid my eyes out,as I knew I would. The recipies were so so but they did not bother me - just skip past if they do. The only complaint I have is that I yerned for more story at the end. I LOVE Green, but I wont re-read this one .... it just tore me up. Babyville, now that one is my fav. Enjoy Jane,as she is FABULOUS!
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I love Jane Green, have read most of her novels. I find that her newer novels seem to lack that witty British humor that I truly loved about her style. If you want to read some really good novels by Jane Green, pick up the older ones like Jemima J, Mr. Maybe, Babyville, Bookends, To Have and To Hold. I just found this novel to be a bit boring at times.
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