The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie

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Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks.

When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. The woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

Against all odds, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. Even though Kim ...

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Overview

Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks.

When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. The woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

Against all odds, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again. Even though Kim stood by Krickitt through the darkest times a husband can ever imagine, he insists, “I’m no hero. I made a vow.”

Now available in trade paper with a new chapter and photo insert, The Vow is the true story that inspired the upcoming major motion picture of the same name starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Channing Tatum (Dear John), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), and Academy Award winner Jessica Lange.

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A husband's vapid memoir about a car crash that left his wife unable to recognize him. Never underestimate what a star-studded Hollywood movie can do for a poorly written book. Carpenter's account of the 1993 car crash that changed his family's life was first published in 2000. The recent film retold the story with leads Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. Unfortunately, the actual narrative leaves much to be desired. Carpenter's book opens with the author reminiscing about how he met his wife Krickitt over the telephone. One conversation with her was enough to make him feel like a "nervous, lovesick teenager." Soon, Carpenter, who lived in New Mexico, was calling Krickitt, who lived in California, almost every day. After a brief Christian courtship, the two decided to marry. But their conjugal bliss was shattered when the newlyweds were involved in a collision that changed everything "in the blink of an eye." Carpenter escaped with physical injuries that eventually healed, but Krickitt experienced brain trauma that changed her personality and took away all recollection of her husband and their shared past. Carpenter eventually won back his wife by helping her through a long rehabilitation process, but Krickitt never recovered any of her memories of their courtship and marriage. Despite the story's inherent drama, Carpenter only skims the surface of the underlying emotional tension, and the amateurish writing ("It was as if she decided to be the friendliest, most helpful person her customers talked to every day. If that was the case then she was a roaring success in my mind") and flat character portraits further hamstring the narrative. A saccharine, thoroughly lackluster paean to the power of eternal love.
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"A horrific 1993 car accident left the newly married authors with injuries that included head trauma and the loss of wife Krickitt’s memory. The story is about how her husband persevered to rebuild their marriage—as a stranger, at first—and how their Christian faith helped them persevere. Written from the husband’s point of view, the book describes the contradictory roles a man must accept when caring for an impaired partner and the struggles they both had with the notoriety of their story, which became a movie. John McLain’s resonant voice and theatrical chops highlight the inspirational aspects of the couple’s story without overplaying the melodrama. His splendid interpretation uncovers more emotional depth in the husband’s perspective than would be obvious from the narrative and dialogue alone." 
T.W.  © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433675799
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/10/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 128,349
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Kim and Krickitt Carpenter have two children and live in Farmington, New Mexico, where Kim is deputy CEO for San Juan County, and Krickitt works as a substitute schoolteacher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Quick inspirational read

    This book is very inspiring. It is written from Kim's perspective and his emotions are relayed very well which helps you develop a connection with him. There is alot of talk about faith and God throughout the whole book but I never felt as though I was being preached at. I do wish it included more of how Kricket came to love Kim again, this part seemed rushed and not touched on; it is only 107 pages though. Overall, it was a good read. Looking forward to seeing the movie this Valentine's Day.

    86 out of 99 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Wonderful Book I enjoyed reading. kept me entertained all the way through.

    54 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Amazing..

    i wanted to read the book before going to see the movie, and the book its self was amazing! the story is the most unbelievable and inspiring story i have ever heard.. im excited to see the movie and to know either way this story def makes me look at life completely different..

    44 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't wait to see the movie. The movie is nothing like the book. I was very disappointed! The book was so inspiring to me and the faith that these two people have in God was very profound. My advice to anyone that wants to see the movie, don't read the book. God was the center of the book but in the movie he was only mentioned once and not in a good way.

    39 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Don't Buy This Book

    This book was a waste of money; a very poorly-written short story of a couples faith-based journey in recovery. Completely lacking the love story the movie promises, this book is more a guide on how to live a faith-based life. I wish someone had written this review before i ordered the book and wasted $9.00

    25 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Touching read

    Didn't take long to read, short. Very good. To have a husband love you like that is overwhelming. I know my husband loves me but could he through something like that and after only being married a few months?? I really liked this and liked it even more knowing it was a true story! Divorce is so common now, its nice to know that couples do work hard to save their marriages!

    22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    This was a Wonderful Movie! I enjoyed it so much that now I plan to read the book to make sure that no part was left out during movie production. I don't want to spoil it so I will not give any movie details and instead will just say that I found it intriguing as it left me pondering as to whether a person's life destiny always finds a way to stay on track despite the various bumps in the road.

    I highly recommend it!

    19 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Amazing

    This book taught me to respect everything God has to give you and never take life for granted because at any moment, He might just take it away from you.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Not what i expected

    I thought this book would be more like a Nicholas Sparks love story• Instead I read a dry pamphlet for focus on the family

    12 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Book size

    A lot of people have complained about the size of the book. 107 pages on the nook. It is 180 pages in book form. The book is such an inspiring story! I really reccomend it. Beautiful story!

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    The Vow

    Such a wonderful story of love and comment to the Lord.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    A

    Very disappointed, wasted $10!

    9 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Great Read, but nothing like the movie.

    I absolutely enjoyed both the book and the movie; but they barely resemble one another. The book is so faith based. I love that it is totally God centered. The movie...not at all. I appreciate the autenticity the book has to offer based on the insight as to what actually occured. The movie was good though.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Too short

    Wonderful love story!

    9 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    DISAPPOINTED

    I had really high hopes for this book. I planned on reading the book before watching the movie but since they both were released at the same time I just could not wait to watch the movie. HOWEVER in most cases where the book is great and the movie is the one dissapointing this was not the case. This book started off slow and never really got any better. Of course it was nothing like the movie which would have been fine if it was even remotely down the same story line... EVERYTHING in this book was different and so slow. I would not recommend this book. The movie on the other hand is a must see. It was amazing!!

    8 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Not worth the money....

    Not much more than a husband's journal. Disappointed and wasted my ten bucks. Hope the movie is less disappointing.

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    A true gift

    What a great story of faith and commitment! I will be excited to see the movie

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Very Disappointed...

    The movie and this couple's story has gotten so much hype, I expected the book to at least be an interesting read. It reminds me of an inept, disjointed story written for a junior high school English class. Very sorry I wasted my money on this book.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Decent but forced

    Slow and unengaging.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Not worth it

    If you really want to read this I recommend borrowing it. Looking for a great romantic read? Stick to Sparks, he has never let me down as a writer.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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