The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie

The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie

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by Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter, Dana Wilkerson

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When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

And yet, against all odds, but through the common faith in Christ that sustained them, Kim…  See more details below


When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

And yet, against all odds, but through the common faith in Christ that sustained them, 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 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 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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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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The Vow: The True Events that Inspired the Movie 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 910 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Book I enjoyed reading. kept me entertained all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful story of love and comment to the Lord.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story of faith and commitment! I will be excited to see the movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book not all the pics loaded on my nook. Made me kinda sad. Great story about faith and love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Vow is more than I expected it to be. A must read.
PrincessNary More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book; especially after seeing the movie. What I didn't like about the book was the way it ended. I don't know why Kim decided to start name dropping. It seems like for the last few chapters, that's all he does. He talks about all of the shows they were on, all of the people they knew, etc. etc. etc. What I would've liked to see happen was him explain the things that happened between him and Krickett during these periods of times when they bounced from show to show, interview to interview, how they felt. Instead, it sounded like a gloating moment. I did enjoy the book...all up to the second wedding. All in all, it's worth reading but it's not one that I would re-read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was shocked that it was only 107 pages. Was a very emotional and inspiring book. Would have liked to read more about the years between the 2nd renewal of their vows and today. Overall, a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent seen the movie yet but the book was really good!
MiscMaria More than 1 year ago
The Vow is based upon a true life story about Krickitt and Kim Carpenter. In 1992, the young couple met, bonded through their Christian faith and fell in love over a long distance phone call. Shortly after, they unexpectedly survived a terrible car accident, The accident leaves Krickitt in a coma suffering severe head trauma. When Krickitt awakens, she experiences amnesia and has no recollection of meeting, dating or marrying her husband, Kim. I always LOVE to read books before their movie counterparts come out. So, when I hear they were going to make a movie about this couple's incredible story - I instantly put this book for my eReader and VOWED (yes I meant the pun...yes I am cheesey) to read it BEFORE I caved to watching the movie. My resolve did not last long. I really tried to push through this books so hard before seeing the movie. I was about 3/4 done when I could hold out no longer. First of all - I had no idea how this story ended and as I was reading...they put pictures right in the middle of the sotry. This is common for most books - but seeing as how I was reading it on my eReader, I saw the outcome in pictures before I finished reading the books. I think this was a nother deterant keeping me from finishing the book. I now knew how it ended. So, I watched the movie (yes before finishing the book) and I MUST say that after going back to finish the last 1/4 of the books - the movie was so much better than the book. Yes I realized nothing in the book was followed closely in the movie EXCEPT for the basic story line - couple involved in car crash woman gets amnesia. However, the book was just so drawn out and at the same time repetitive...and I hated that it was supposed to be "THEIR" story but it seemed like it was more "HIS" story. There were no points of view from Krickitt - the woman who was actually involved in the accident and experienced it first hand. Was she terrified, scared, fearing for her relationship? What was she feeling!? Not, "I'm her husband let me tell you what I think she felt." The one thing I did love in the book and wished they had pushed more in the movie was their faith in God. I loved that they showcased how He is present when complete strangers were witness to the accident and just stopped to pray. That was my favorite part in the book. flag
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is so inspiring to have faith in god and trust him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story. A great example of what people can overcome with the help of god.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonerfuly inspireing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book for whom ever is thinking about getting. It's soooo worth it. The message is inspiring and all you can do is praise God the whole time reading it. Reading it was and is a blessing. !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of hope and inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and would love to read more!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is amazing and it is like im reading a movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Focused on recovery for most of book, not so much on the romance.