The Promise Between Us

The Promise Between Us

by Barbara Claypole White


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ISBN-13: 9781542048989
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 316,511
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina, where she lives with her beloved OCD family. Her previous novels include The Unfinished Garden, The In-Between Hour, The Perfect Son, and Echoes of Family. She is also an OCD Advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity. To connect with Barbara, please visit or follow her on Facebook. She’s always on Facebook.

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The Promise Between Us 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Laeljeanne More than 1 year ago
Katie suffers post-partum OCD in silence for fear of destroying her life, but loses that life when her husband Callum realizes that he’s ignored her problem too long and feels their marriage is irreparable and their daughter is in danger. She disappears and he raises Maisie alone, with support from his best friend Jake, cutting out Katie’s sister Delaney also. In a jarring coincidence, Katie’s artistry brings her in contact with her daughter, who believes her mother died, and she sees evidence of inherited OCD. She must convince Callum, a man whose past blinds him to his family’s needs. With Callum’s pregnant second wife included in the family picture, alliances shift, romances are roused, and a little girl teaches adults how to behave. Though the repetition can be nettlesome to the reader, Katie’s constant fears and reminders demonstrate the experience of OCD. There may have been a bit much to the back and forth of convincing Callum, since Katie’s argument never really shifts. Persistence seems to be the key to OCD. It’s clear the author did her research and she acknowledges her resources. This is a good story to read for a sympathetic, but not pitying, representation of living with a mental illness.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings I am writing this review after pondering a few days and am still completely on the fence, but I am on the fence because I am uneducated when it comes to OCD and I just don't know how close to the truth this book sits and because of that it was hard for me to read and separate fact and fiction. Beyond those thoughts, Barbara Claypole White always writes great characters in the perfect setting and just solid stories. Katie Mack used to live in Raleigh, North Carolina but ran away after life hit an extreme low, she is pulled back nine years later and is quickly confronted with the demons of the past, but she has more tools to equip herself to confront them head on.
JodieD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book- it was thought provoking and really gave me a different perspective on mental illness and the daily struggles for both the individual as well as their family. I found myself really rooting for Katie Mack throughout the book. Her courage in facing her fears was admirable and the love she had for her daughter was a driving force in overcoming other inner challenges. I was provided with an ARC through NetGalley.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: You might have been blinded by love and lust, but Katelyn was always wound tighter than a dollar store watch. How did this happen? Two PhDs between them, and they couldn’t figure out contraception. I’m a welder who works in a helmet decorated with Power Girl stickers. Why were these horrid thoughts taking up a whole room in her brain? No, multiple rooms! Still as predictable as ever. Takes a small pair of balls to intimidate a small woman. ‘’Cause I feel as if I’ve been skinny-dipping with snapping turtles. And oh, Lordy’—he tossed out an expression that reminded her of Robin Williams playing Mrs. Doubtfire—‘you know how much I value my body parts.’ Delaney had once complained that it was impossible to make Patrick jealous, but the look he gave Jake was, surely, reserved for muggers of little old ladies. My Review: This book should be required reading for all medical and psychological graduate students and interns. Written from five viewpoints The Promise Between Us was smartly written and endlessly fascinating, yet surprisingly easy to follow. I was quickly mesmerized and completely embedded within the craniums of these peculiar and cringe-worthy characters and have yet to fully resurface. I have a strong suspicion that these singularly unique yet fully formed individuals will be residing with me for quite some time. The storyline was tragic and heartbreaking, the characters were deeply flawed, fractured, and somewhat repellent, yet oddly compelling and endearing for their efforts. But the writing, oh the writing, it was stellar, superb, well-crafted, tantalizing, heartrending, poignant, painfully insightful, sharply honed, and exquisitely observant with unexpected yet perfectly pitched twists of levity, primarily from the most under-appreciated characters. I adore this author and would worship at an altar laden with her works.
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
“Perfection stops you from enjoying the work of what is.” Wow! An amazing,insightful novel that will have you laughing, crying and thinking “ OCD is a beast!” This is a fantabulous read! Katie did the absolute worst thing a parent would do. Abandoning her daughter Maisie, as an infant. Why? The voices basically tell her “ I am the worst Mother. You are not worthy of having this precious gift.” She resurfaces back into her family’s life, quite by accident, 9 years later and realizes when she meets Maisie, that Maisie has inherited this illness and needs help quickly . The world as Katie knew it, has changed, but she is learning to channel and squash the nasty thoughts to find a way to help her beautiful Maisie, and in the process,works to gain the love and trust of people she never thought she would face again. "Today she has found a different kind of faith: faith in herself.” A 10 star book! The character’s are so real and I would love to reconnect with them in a few years and see how their lives are playing out.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
WOW! I appreciate that Barbara Claypole White, Author of “The Promise Between Us” has written such a powerful and descriptive novel about mental illness. The genres for this book are Fiction and Women’s Fiction, but Barbara Claypole White describes mental illness in such a realistic and enlightening way. The author describes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, High Anxiety Disorder Panic Attacks, and Depression which can be seen in her characters. Many of the disorders that are mentioned cause feelings of shame, self-deprecating behavior, guilt, repetitive thoughts or ruminating, loss of worth, and are emotionally painful to deal with. The author gives some past family history to describe what factors that could contribute genetically , emotionally or physically to some of these disorders. The author also discusses emotional and sexual abuse, which is significant. Through the characters, we can see how this affects their relationships and lives. Metal artist Katie Mack realistically is aware that she ran away from her baby daughter Maisie nine years ago,in an attempt to Maisie safe from her obsessive compulsive thoughts, and fear of hurting her. Katie’s husband at the time could not comprehend what was going on, was not capable of giving Katie emotional support. He could not recognize that Katie needed psychological help. Katie could not afford the proper Psychologist or Psychiatric help, and trying to self-educate herself to become aware, she tries to deal with her OCD. Katie tries facing her fears. One of her fears is fire and Katie uses fire and metal to make artistic creations. Katie is showing her artistic metal creations to students and meets her daughter Maisie. Maisie thinks that her birth mother is dead. Katie notices that Maisie is showing many of the symptoms of OCD. Katie is facing a dilemma. How can Kate help Maisie get the proper help? In this novel, the author discusses mental illness, making therapy available to those who need it, encouraging honesty in relationships, and having a support system in place. Barbara Claypole White also discusses the importance of family, friends, support, love and hope. I would highly recommend this significant novel to readers of Women’s Fiction. I received an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review. Amazon