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Review: Promises to Keep by Jane Green

[ 6 ] July 4, 2011 |

Reviewed by Alysia George

Steffi and Callie are close knit sisters leading very different lives. Steffi is living the slightly wild single girl life in New York City, with a rock band boyfriend, late nights and lots of parties. Although she is a talented vegetarian chef, Steffi hasn’t quite found her niche yet. Her older sister Callie, on the contrary, is a happily married mother of two, living in the ‘burbs and enjoying things like book club and her work as a successful photographer. Despite their differences, Steffi and Callie have a close and loving relationship.

When Steffi is suddenly given an opportunity to live in the country, not far from Callie, she realizes immediately that she is ready for a huge change in her life. She is surprised to find that this new lifestyle suits her well, and that she is not disappointed to see the end of her partying days and nights.

Soon Callie is faced with the unwelcome news that the cancer she had overcome five years prior has returned with a vengeance. Callie and Steffi’s long divorced parents are forced into an amicable relationship as they help their daughter through this most difficult time. But they don’t let her down, and together with Steffi and Callie’s husband and her best friend Lila, they do everything they can to bring Callie happiness and peace as she battles for her life. Even as she suffers terribly, Callie helps guide those she loves most into their own wonderfully fulfilling life paths.

Promises to Keep is a story of the strong and loving bonds of family and friends, and of making the most of challenging and even heart wrenching situations. It is a reminder of the importance of being open to change and accepting what life throws at you, even if that is quite different from what you had in mind for yourself. In a nod to Steffi the chef, each chapter ends with a scrumptious sounding recipe that ties in with the story. I enjoyed this book and its warm and loving characters.

Rating: 4/5

Alysia lives in Metro Detroit with her husband and four children. She writes about family life, parenting issues, and other things of interest to her on her blog, Michigal.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Plume. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction

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    definitely in the midst of change so this sounds encouraging. a unique situation of the divorced parents uniting for their daughter… sounds like a book with depth.

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    Jennifer Ryder says:

    I just finished reading this book and I absolutely loved it. I’ll be looking for more books by this author on my next library trip.

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      Jen says:

      Jennifer, I love Jane Green! I would recommend “Jemimah J.”; it’s been my favorite of hers all these years! I can actually relate better to the main character in that book now than I could when I first read it years ago.

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    Colleen Turner says:

    Wow, this sounds like a great story. Doesn’t it seem like so often the strong, central heart of a family is the person who ends up getting sick? It seems to me like this is often the case and, for whatever reason, that person is needed to help their loved ones learn to stand on their own two feet and let the pettiness of previous fights and problems go out the window to help this one treasured soul. And recipes to book :)! I have added this one to my wishlist, thanks for the review!

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    Carol Wong says:

    Thank you for your review. Somehow I feel like I know the whole story. I like it when families come together to face the horrors of cancer. I think I would like to read this book mostly to see how the mother and father were able to over come the differences that caused them to divorce and unite in helping their daughter deal with cancer.

    Carol Wong

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