Review: The Promise by Beth Wiseman (Litfuse Blog Tour & Giveaway)

November 7, 2014

Title: The Promise
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 306
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8595-9
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014

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?
The fact that this story is inspired by actual events amazes me! My goodness. This story had me hooked from the prologue. You start the story off with such hope as Mallory has wonderful news for her cousin, but we come to find out years later, her hope was crushed and a new desire has come in to play.

Mallory is a girl who has a deep passion to help someone. She suffered a trauma when she was younger and it has haunted her ever since. As I progressed into the story, Mallory came off as a girl who was a very innocent and naive girl. Her desire to help someone overcame who she is and kept her from seeing the things around her. I thought it was an admirable trait to have in wanting to help, but she tended to take it to the extreme and it left her vulnerable.

Beth Wiseman has realness to her writing. That is what hooked me. Her characters are flawed, there are many good qualities, but they aren't perfect. It's like life. I love that in stories. Mallory is determined to follow her desire to finish her quest, her boyfriend Tate is a good guy. He is a guy who has faith and has grown up in the church, but he doesn't live it all the time.

I was also impressed with how Beth wove in the struggle that people face when it comes to religion. Tate has a solid background and wants Mallory to join him when he does go to church, but because of a good friend and her fiancee's background in Islam, Mallory starts to pursue it and in doing so, she jumbles things up and she suffers a major misunderstanding. With the things that is fed to Mallory, it is easy to see why there is confusion. Mallory never had a background in church and only goes on what she think she knows or the brief snippets she's heard in her life. She has no foundation.

Mallory's story is a bit rough. The idea of flying to a war zone is staggering, but she does and when she is there she sees and experiences things she never could have imagined. You just hurt for her and hope she can find an escape. I honestly could not put this story down. The last hundred pages had me turning pages as quickly as I could to see what was going to happen. It was a thrilling read as you followed Mallory through everything.

This story not only was thrilling, but it was also a good reminder....what you see on the internet is not always the case. Tread carefully. So many people have been hurt because of this. Sociopaths know the ins and outs. Mallory's story shows that so clearly.

I could not put this one down. I look forward to reading more by Beth Wiseman!

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.3 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple Bestseller lists. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--"Seek Me With All Your Heart"--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth lives in Texas with her family.

In a daring new novel, Beth Wiseman jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, this is the book Beth has been working toward for a long time.

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Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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