Rayleigh’s Review: The Promise by Beth Wiseman

The Promise

The Synopsis

Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal–and danger. Can the only man she’s ever loved rescue her before it’s too late? Mallory Hammond is determined not to let her boyfriend, parents, or anyone else get in the way of her #1 goal–to save a life. She had that chance when she was a teenager, and the opportunity slipped away, leaving a void she’s desperate to fill. Then a new friend she met online offers her the chance she’s dreamed of. But she’ll have to leave behind everyone she loves to take it. Tate Webber has loved Mallory for years. He understands that Mallory’s free spirit has to fly, and when he gives her the space she needs, he hopes that when she lands, the two of them will be in the same place and can marry at last. In a bold move–and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her–Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dream. Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey to Pakistan anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend isn’t who he says he is. And Mallory can only pray she’ll make it out alive. Inspired by actual events, this riveting story will take you on a wild journey and have you asking yourself: How far would I go for love?Bestselling author Wiseman encourages readers to think through their feelings about Islam, Christianity, faith, love, and what it means to help others. Her novel will challenge, encourage, and stimulate discussion among her loyal fans and first-time readers. –Publishers Weekly

My Review

I was very disappointed in this book, so much that I could not even bring myself to finish it. While the opening two chapters grabbed my attention with the kidney donation stuff, the book really lost me after that. With several contradicting religions (Muslim, Catholic, and Christianity) I had a very hard time sympathizing with certain characters. Also, just up to like chapter 4, there were two couples who ignored their religions’ laws in order to do what they wish with each other, yes the Muslim couple was engaged, but it was still wrong. I am not sure what religion Mallory was, as I did not read that far, but Tate was Catholic, and he was trying to get Mallory to move in with him before marriage, yes he intended to marry her, but it was still wrong. Even with all of the above going on, I did find Beth’s writing to be very good and I loved the way she worded things, however, I just could not get engaged with the story.

I do not recommend this book to any of my personal friends or to the followers of my blog. I would also be extremely hesitant in reading any other books by this author. 3 out of 5 stars.

“I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

Author Bio/Website

Beth Wiseman

Beth is the best-selling and award winning author of the Daughters of the Promise series – Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, Plain Promise, Plain Paradise, and Plain Proposal. She is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Her other series–the Land of Canaan Novels–begins with Seek Me With All Your Heart, then The Wonder of Your Love and now, His Love Endures Forever. Seek Me With All Your Heart is the first Amish fiction book selected as a Women of Faith novel in 2011. Beth has also written two contemporary Christian fiction novels, Need You Now published in 2012 and The House That Love Built in 2013.
In a daring new novel, The Promise, Beth jumps way outside the box. This story 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 a true story, Beth believes this is the book she’s been working toward for a long time.

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