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The Promise (Library Edition)

The Promise (Library Edition)

4.3 13
by Beth Wiseman, Rebecca Gallagher (Narrated by)

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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,


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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"Unforgettable. Do not miss this book!"
—Jean Sasson, New York Times best-selling author of Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

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Award-winning, best-selling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but her most recent novels, Need You Now and The House that Love Built, are contemporaries set in small Texas towns. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's highly-anticipated novel, The Promise, is inspired by a true story.

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The Promise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TheAddLibrarian More than 1 year ago
I really liked the premise of this book. (A woman is seduced into traveling to Pakistan by a charming man who tells her that she will be saving the life of a young girl.) This kind of thing does happen, so I was intrigued. Let me first say that this was a good story and I enjoyed it. Mallory, the heroine, is motivated by a desire to help someone in a sad situation. Several characters who are of the Muslim faith are portrayed very well. (My favorite character was Mallory's Muslim friend Soraya.) Often discussions about faith in books like this one are stilted and forced, but Mallory and Soraya's conversations felt real and honest.  Having said all that, I still felt like Mallory was crazy! I'm not skeptical of the situation and I don't want to judge anyone who's made those choices, (this book is based on a true story) but I didn't feel that there was enough motivation for Mallory to make the choices that she did. I think that's on the author, but maybe it's just me. I was ready and willing to be convinced and I just couldn't quite get there.
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
Floored is an understatement. I am in awe as I sit here to type my review. This book had me wanting to know more, it kept my eyes moving with the action in the words. I wanted to did sit, in one sitting, just to finish the book, and to say I finished it in a day is unbelievable, but I did it. I couldn’t believe at all the things each character went throughout the book, but for this to be based on a true story… wow! I loved the fact that we got to understand more about life overseas, and what they have to endure. I couldn’t imagine the lifestyle there, it really brings everything into prescriptive on how much we have it made in America. It also brings to light of the not so good, and how much the internet can lie to us. The Promise is just brilliantly done, and I can not put into words how much it meant for me to read such an incredible story. My niece even looked at me to say, “Wow, you must really like that book. You are so into it” I would definitely recommend this book if you like a mystery, true story based events, and are looking for some action. Will definitely be looking for more of Beth’s work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore berh wisemans books butg ihad a lot og pronlems reading this one. I almost didnt finish it. Only ast the end did i realize it was my abhorance of violence that made me so uncomfortable. Beth is a fantastic writer and she wrapped it up beautifully.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Mallory Hammond is determined not to let her boyfriend Tate, her parents, or anyone else get in the way of her goal to save a life. She had that chance when she was a teenager and the opportunity slipped away, leaving a void she was desperate to fill. Then a new friend she met online offers her the chance she has dreamed of, but she’ll have to leave behind everyone she loves to take it. In a bold move and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her; Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dream. Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey to Pakistan anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend isn’t who he says he is, and Mallory can only pray she’ll make it out alive. I was looking forward to reading another book by this author. Although this book was based on real events and worthy of a story, I was disappointed in this story and the way it unfolded. I understand the need to portray people of other religions as normal the way we in the west see things, but it didn’t read well for me. The writing was good but maybe someone else could have addressed the issues better. I received copy of eBook from Thomas Nelson Fiction through Net Galley
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
WOW! WOW! WOW! The Promise is the kind of story that every single young person needs to read! Parents – BUY this book for your young women! Because I can tell you, FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, that this kind of thing does not ONLY happen when going across oceans to another culture! It can happen right in your own backyard! One reviewer said “I know things like this happen….sometimes it is just easier to put our heads in the sand.” and that seems to be what far too many of us parents do. DON’T! THANK YOU to Beth Wiseman for taking such a courageous step and writing this amazing book! I can not imagine the depths your research took you to – BRAVO! And THANK YOU Beth, for infusing this story with such a powerful message of God! If ever there was a place for it… BRAVO! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Intense. Frustrating. Eye-opening. The author Beth Wiseman personally knows the young woman whose experience this story is based on and does an amazing job bringing the realities of the other side of the world to the page. Told from multiple points of view, the reader is able to sense that not all is what it seems. Mallory's compassionate and emotional nature overrides her common sense and she is focused solely on having an amazing "life experience" despite the warnings and red flags that she chooses to disregard. As I was reading I felt a combination of pity for her circumstances and what-did-you-expect?!?! I appreciated that there was a subplot with Tate's side of the story of a piano student abandoned to his care which showed more dimension to his character besides the constant worrying for his relationship with Mallory and her safety. The book starts out relatively slow but momentum builds with the suspense and climaxes with an intense ending. (Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from reading The Promise. It definitely turned out to be quite different than what I thought it would be. The story deals with the aftermath of 9/11 in some ways, specifically with air travel, security, and how both Americans and Muslims felt towards each other.  There was definitely a lack of trust created from those terrorist attacks and the subsequent reactions. The story revolves around a woman, Mallory, in her young 30's whose tunnel vision for what she believes she should do tends to rule her life. What I wanted her to do was to stop and really think and be honest with herself. I also wanted her and Tate's relationship to be more resolved, or maybe it's more that I felt they never actually talked through or really worked out anything. I wanted it all to feel more authentic and for all involved to act reasonably.  Of course, what would be the fun in that, right? The story felt a little stilted at the beginning (had some issues connecting with it) and then flew by towards the end as I could feel Mallory's fear and desperation. There were some inspirational moments and discussions, but I felt they were on the lighter side and many things were left open. I  wanted Mallery to go and figure things out and make it home. I wanted things to work out with Tate. I wanted Verdell to open up more and to get his own happily ever after. The potential was definitely there. I won't spoil anything and tell what happens. Content: References to abuse, partners sleeping over, rape, violence, and adultery. Source: From the publisher through Litfuse, which did not affect my review in any way. 
TheIndigoQuill More than 1 year ago
See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com Special thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Beth Wiseman was introduced to me a few years back when my mother brought me a bag full of books that her neighbor gave her because she knew I was a big reader. I have several of her earlier books, but I was very excited to see her newest novel on my list. I love journeying with an author through their career and seeing them progress. This is a book that can be relatable for contemporary audiences, and that's something I can definitely appreciate. One of the great things about this story is that it's based off a true story. As far-fetched and bizarre as some of it may seem, this actually happened. The main character, Mallory, has a heart to change the world. However, Mallory is still a bit naive about things. This is a huge part of what got her in such trouble. This book serves not only as an adventure story, but a good warning for those with good intentions, but susceptible to getting caught in online scams. It has a lot of good messages to it, and I believe this is Wiseman's best work yet. I very much enjoyed this book! I think my only complaint would be that I wish there was more of the story that set the book off, Mallory and her cousin. It seemed to be really important at first, and then we moved on without looking back. After you read the book description and then read the first few chapters, you get a little confused as to what the book is actually about. Other than that, I thought this was a great book and would definitely recommend it!
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
The Promise By: Beth Wiseman A very thought-provoking book based on a true story. What if the reason for doing what you did was a lie? Mallory Hammond had one goal in life: to fulfill the promise she made to her dying cousin. She was unable to fulfill that promise, so she set out to find another way to do it: all the way across the world. Mallory made a promise to her cousin. Many years later, she is finally able to fulfill that promise. But will it be at the cost of her own life? As she travels across the world to fulfill this dream, cultures clash and she may not make it out alive. Tate Webber loves Mallory, but knows she cannot live her life in peace until she has saved a life. When that journey takes her overseas, she takes his heart with her. It’s a different culture, different men, different way of doing things. Mallory is unprepared for what she encounters. Can she make it back home? Will she realize before it’s too late who she really loves? What if the unexpected happens? Was this what was supposed to happen all along? God can use our plan to accomplish His will. Tate believes this; he puts Mallory’s well-being in God’s hands. A riveting story of faith, hope, love, and trust in the God who can use us to fulfill his purpose.
YesminKhan More than 1 year ago
Ms. Wiseman tells a compelling story in The Promise. With twist and turns of honor and deceitfulness, she captures the readers attention and holds it the entire time. I have lived in Pakistan and know of the hardship of like there, Ms. Wiseman captures not only the differences in cultures but in religion too. The Promise is a must read for the time we are all living in now.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The one thing Mallory Hammond knows is that she vowed to save a life when the promise she made to her cousin at 17, was over rulled by her parents and left her cousin to die when they refused to let her donate a kidney. Now it is the first item on her bucket list and now that she is older, she can make those decisions for herself even if her parents object. When she tries to donate her kidney years later, she is determined to have a genetic disposition for pre-diabetes that once again robs her of the desire to help someone and fulfill the promise she made so many years ago. Tate Webber has hoped that some day he and Mallory might get married but until she is able to fulfill her promise she will keep Tate at arms length and refuse to make plans to get married. When she learns that a child suffering from leukemia in Pakistan, a niece to the man she works for Ismail at his office, she believes this may in fact be the last opportunity to save a life. With little time left for Majida to get treatment to come to the United States, Ismail and Abdul are convinced the only way to expedite things in time is to find someone to marry Abdul in name only, and allow Majida and Abdul to be able to travel to the United States for treatment. Now if they can only convince Mallory. Fortunately Abdul knows just what will motivate Ismail to help convince Mallory to come to Pakistan and marry him and that will mean threatening his future fiance' Soraya with harm. It is a fear that Ismail has lived under long since leaving his own country, but the hand of his family and father can make it more than just a threat but reality as well. When things between Tate and Mallory seem to go south in terms of their relationship, Ismail knows just the time to ask Mallory if she might consider helping Majida get treatment to save her life, since the medical care in Pakistan is limited and not likely to help her survive. For Mallory feeling like she has no options left to fulfill her promise agrees to talk to Abdul over the phone to see what they can work out and come to an agreement. Mallory knows if she tells her family or Tate what she is considering, neither of them will support her decision. So she decides to take a risk that may lead to more than she is bargaining for. I received The Promise by Beth Wiseman compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This novel is based on real life events from a friend close to Beth Wiseman who found herself in similar circumstances when she fell for an offer of marriage to a Muslim man and found herself being held against her will. It conveys how very different the two cultures are and how often women are misled to make the trip to foreign countries only to find themselves trapped and unable to return. A very chilling reminder to be a warning to women who may be considering the very same thing as Mallory. It conveys just how different it can be in two very different countries and just because you maintain citizenship in the United States, you lose much of that control being married in a Muslim country now controlled by your husband. I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and applaud Beth for sharing this story that may help other women from making these same mistakes in their own lives.
aetherswift More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I had to finish within days of first opening it. From start to finish, it was captivating. Wiseman does an excellent job of portraying the essence of humanity without pointing fingers at one religion or glorifying another. Questions are raised like, "Do Muslims and Christians serve the same God?" without ever pushing an opinion on the reader. Instead, we're encouraged to explore a vastly different culture with respect, while being sharp and defending ourselves from evil. Despite the horrific and terrifying circumstances presented (inspired by true events), the ending is well-woven, beautiful, and quite satisfying: the mark of a great storyteller. All in all, The Promise is a thrill ride laced with romance, suspense, intrigue that I highly recommend.
barbjan10 More than 1 year ago
RIVETING AND GRIPPING.....BE CAREFUL FOR WHAT YOU WISH!! 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.