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.