Book Review: Promises to Keep – Jane Green

Title: Promises to Keep: A Novel
Author: Jane Green
ISBN: 9780670021796
Pages: 352
Release Date: June 15, 2010
Publisher: Viking
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Promises to Keep follows the lives of three women, Callie, Steffi, and Lila.  Steffi is a vegan chef in New York City, loving her life and her job.  The only thing she’s not thrilled about right now is her rocker boyfriend, Rob.  Callie, Steffi’s big sister, is a suburban housewife with two great kids and a husband, Reece, that she loves, though he’s gone more often than she’d like.  And Lila is Callie’s best friend, a divorced 40-something who has finally met the man of her dreams, with one catch:  his controlling and demanding ex-wife.  Through the pages of Promises to Keep, these three women will face more trials than they ever thought possible, relying on their ties to each other to keep them going.

Review:

I have really enjoyed Jane Green’s recent novels The Beach House and Dune Road, so when Promises to Keep arrived on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to start reading it.  Happily, Promises to Keep doesn’t disappoint, and might be Jane Green’s best novel yet.

Green does an exceptional job developing her characters in this novel.  There are definitely a lot of them – the three women, their love interests, children, parents – but Green is careful to give each their own personality such that it’s not difficult to remember who’s who.  I really fell in love with these characters while reading this book.  At the beginning, Carrie seems to have the perfect life, which can be a little bit grating, but as the novel progresses, the reader gets to really see her and what a genuine person she is.  Steffi is neurotic and can’t settle down, but she is there when needed and exceptionally loyal.  I loved getting to know these women and was very invested in their characters.

Promises to Keep is definitely an emotional novel.  Green weaves the tale such that the reader becomes very involved in what’s going on.  As a result, it’s gripping and powerful.  The author’s note at the end only serves to increase the impact of the story.  There were times I was racing through this novel, desperate to know that everything would turn out okay for these characters.

This is not necessarily the happiest book, but Green doesn’t leave the reader depressed at the end.  She makes sure the reader knows that life goes on, no matter what.  In the end, it’s all about our connections to others, those invisible threads that bind us together.  In many cases, those ties are love, and that is the most important thing.  Promises to Keep was an incredible novel that I relished, and I’m only sorry that it’s over and I have to wait to read Jane Green’s next book.

Comments

  1. This was definitely one of my favorite Jane Green books. Although I will admit, it touched my heart way more than most too.

  2. This was definitely one of my favorite Jane Green books. Although I will admit, it touched my heart way more than most too.

  3. I have this one for review and I am bound and determined to read it this month. Thanks for the review, Swapna…sounds like I will also enjoy this novel!

  4. I have this one for review and I am bound and determined to read it this month. Thanks for the review, Swapna…sounds like I will also enjoy this novel!

  5. This one sounds good. I enjoyed your review, Swapna!

  6. This one sounds good. I enjoyed your review, Swapna!

  7. I’ve got a couple Jane Green books in my TBR pile (not this one, though) and you’ve piqued my interest in her work!

  8. I’ve got a couple Jane Green books in my TBR pile (not this one, though) and you’ve piqued my interest in her work!

  9. I have never read anything by Green, but it sounds as though this book might be a good fit for me. I like the fact that everything is not all tied up neatly at the end, and that it emulates life in its realism. Great review! I will be looking for this book!

  10. I have never read anything by Green, but it sounds as though this book might be a good fit for me. I like the fact that everything is not all tied up neatly at the end, and that it emulates life in its realism. Great review! I will be looking for this book!

  11. I’ve read quite a few of hers, some good, some bad, but I really liked The Beach House. I’ll have to check this one out!

  12. I’ve read quite a few of hers, some good, some bad, but I really liked The Beach House. I’ll have to check this one out!

  13. I haven’t been a huge fan of the couple of Jane Green books I’ve read but I agree this one blew me away. I was in tears reading it.

  14. I haven’t been a huge fan of the couple of Jane Green books I’ve read but I agree this one blew me away. I was in tears reading it.

  15. I have The Beach House and Dune Road patiently waiting for me at home — looks like I’ll have to add this one to the stack!

  16. I have The Beach House and Dune Road patiently waiting for me at home — looks like I’ll have to add this one to the stack!

  17. Oh gosh, I have three of her books (two on auido, one on the eReader) — I really should read her already!

  18. Oh gosh, I have three of her books (two on auido, one on the eReader) — I really should read her already!

  19. Well it sounds like Jane Green is an author I need to read ASAP. This book sounds like it is well written with beautiful characters that are easy to relate to and learn from. Definitely something I want to read in the future.

  20. Well it sounds like Jane Green is an author I need to read ASAP. This book sounds like it is well written with beautiful characters that are easy to relate to and learn from. Definitely something I want to read in the future.

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