Promises to Keep: A Novel

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A New York Times bestseller and "a poignantly written novel that powerfully celebrates the power of love and friendship" (Chicago Tribune)

Over the course of twelve novels, Jane Green has established herself as one of the preeminent names in women's fiction. In Promises to Keep she weaves a profoundly moving tale that will enthrall both new and old fans.

Callie Perry lights up every room she enters, and adores her settled family life in tony ...

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Overview

A New York Times bestseller and "a poignantly written novel that powerfully celebrates the power of love and friendship" (Chicago Tribune)

Over the course of twelve novels, Jane Green has established herself as one of the preeminent names in women's fiction. In Promises to Keep she weaves a profoundly moving tale that will enthrall both new and old fans.

Callie Perry lights up every room she enters, and adores her settled family life in tony Bedford, New York. Steffi is Callie's younger sister. At thirty, she's still a free spirit bouncing between jobs and boyfriends in Manhattan. Their long-divorced parents, Walter and Honor, share little besides their grown daughters. But when Callie receives a difficult diagnosis, the family will come together for one unforgettable and ultimately life-changing year.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452297173
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 309,735
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Green

Jane Green was born and brought up in London. After abandoning a Fine Art degree and a stint in journalism, she went into public relations and worked for a time on This Morning. Jane then went back into the newspaper world and became a popular feature writer with the Daily Express, before going freelance and starting her first novel. A string of international bestsellers and marriage to an American later, Jane now lives in Connecticut – but flies home to London as often as four children and lots of animals allow.

Jane's hugely successful books include; Straight Talking, Jemima J., Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman and Life Swap. Her latest novel is Second Chance.

Biography

British import Jane Green is a founding member of the genre known as "chick lit," a literary territory populated by funny, likable, underdog heroines who triumph over life's adversities and find true love in the end. If someone turned Green's life into a novel, she might emerge as a chick-lit heroine herself. She toiled for years in the trenches of entertainment journalism and public relations (two fields that sound far more glamorous than they are!) before moving up to become a popular feature writer for The Daily Express in London.

In 1996, Green took a leap in faith when she left the paper to freelance and work on a novel. Seven months later, she had a publishing deal for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for (what else?) the right man. The novel was a hit in England, and Green was, as she admitted in a Barnes & Noble interview, an "overnight success." The success got even sweeter when her second novel, Jemima J, became an international bestseller. Cosmopolitan called this cheerful, updated Cinderella story "the kind of novel you'll gobble up in a single sitting."

Since then, Green has graduated to more complex, character-driven novels that explore the concerns of real women's lives, from marriage (The Other Woman) to motherhood (Babyville) to midlife crises (Second Chance) -- all served up with her trademark wit and warmth. Whether she has outgrown chick lit or the genre itself is growing up, one thing seems certain: The career of Jane Green is destined for a happy ending.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Green:

"My life is actually very boring. The life of a bestselling novelist sounds like it ought to be spectacularly glamorous and fun, but in fact I spend most of my time incognito, and in fact were you to pass me in the street you would think I was just another dowdy suburban mom."

"I'm still a failed artist at heart and never happier than when I'm sitting behind an easel, painting, which is something I rarely do these days, although I have a few of my paintings around the house, competing, naturally, with far greater works."

"I am completely addicted to gossip magazines that are, I have decided, my secret shame. I know everything there is to know about who's been wearing what and where, the only problem is I have an inability to retain it, so although I enjoy it whilst flicking through the pages, as soon as I close the magazine all the information is gone."

"I am a passionate gardener and happiest when outside planting, particularly with the children, who have their own vegetable gardens."

"My favorite way to unwind is with friends, at home, with lots of laughter and lots of delicious food. I'm a horrible baker -- everything collapses and tastes awful -- but a great cook, particularly comfort food: stews and casseroles."

"I have a deep and passionate love of America. It is where I have always thought I would be happiest, and although I miss England desperately, I find that my heart definitely has its home over here."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mummy
    2. Hometown:
      Westport, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 31, 1968
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      "Managed to drop out of Fine Art Degree at University."
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2010

    yawn....

    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

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

    I cried and laughed out loud on the same page.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

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    So-So

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2010

    Jane Green's best yet!!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

    I cried

    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...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Enjoyable

    A story about family and new beginings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    good book

    good read but tearjerker...

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

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    My favorite novel by Jane Green!

    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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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    A pleasant book to read, heartfelt, and I enjoyed the recipes. I

    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

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Ok

    Liked her other books more. This book seem to drag



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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Good, but like earlier works better

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    I would say its my fav

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    not as good as the older novels

    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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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    This book was rushed!

    Very cool that she wrote it to remember her friend. Not so cool that no one bothered to read or edit it before it went to print. There are meaningless characters that are in the beginning of the book that you never hear anything about. To be fair the end of the book was well written and emotional. But you could probably just read the last 50 pages and not waste your time on the beginning. Read something, ANYTHING else by Green. This is a HUGE waste of time and money.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Jane Green is always a must read!!

    Jane Green never disappoints her readers, each of her books are as compelling as the last. She creates lovable characters that feel like part of your family...you just want to keep reading more about them!

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Very Emotional Read

    This book was fabulous. I stayed up about 3 hours past my bedtime to read it. It's very emotional and has a lot of characters, but worth every minute. I still catch myself thinking about this book, even after finishing it a month ago. I don't want to give anything away, but get a box of tissues ready. I have recommended this book to ALL my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2011

    Couldn't put it down!

    Loved this book! Stayed up entirely too late in order to finish it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2011

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    Boring

    This book was definitely a waste of time and money. It's boring, takes a long time to actually get into it, and basically has no plot. My favorite part of the book were the recipes scattered throughout. I liked the fact that it alternated between a lot of characters with different personalities, however the book all in all was really boring.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    love this book!!!

    I just recently stumbled upon Jane Green. This book made me laugh and cry, and i became so attached to the characters....something very hard for me to do! Jane Green really knows how to grab the reader's attention!

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