My Thoughts On… Promise Me by Jade Beer
Today is my stop on the blog tour for Promise Me and I am here today with a review of this fantastic book!
Title: Promise Me
Author: Jade Beer
Published: 30th October 2018
Source:: Review Copy from Netgalley
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If you could wish one thing for your daughter, what would it be?
Jenny lost her beloved mother as a teenager, and was left devastated. As a parting gift she left her daughter a bundle of letters, one for each significant day of Jenny’s future. First date, first broken heart, graduation day… and one for the day Jenny meets the love of her life.
Her mother’s letters are everything to her, but how can Jenny ever become the confident, successful woman her mother wanted her to be when her heart is broken by her loss? When an unexpected meeting has Jenny mistaken for somebody she’s not, Jenny learns that sometimes pretending is the easiest way to tell the truth and that loving someone can mean letting them go…
An absolutely unforgettable book club read that will break your heart. If you love Jojo Moyes, Cecelia Ahern and Nancy Thayer you will love this unputdownable page-turner.
As soon as I read the premise of this book, I knew it was one that I had to give a read and I am so glad I did. This is a lovely, heart-warming story that will make you swell with happiness by the end. Be warned though, there are a bit of choppy waters to get through before that blissful ending but it wouldn’t be a good book otherwise, would it? I quickly found myself wrapped up in the lives of the these characters, wondering how it was all going to end up for them.
The book follows four women as they navigate their lives during the last few months before Christmas. Each of them has something that needs to change or is about to change in their lives and this book documents how they get through it all. It is an emotional story that is very character-led – which you know I love! – and it was very easy to become fully invested in the characters on the page.
My favourite, by far, was Helen. She was the glue that held all the strings together and I just thought she was such a remarkable character. Strong but vulberable, with such a maternal feel to her as well. I just wanted to wrap my arms around her constantly. It took me a while to warm up to Nick – though I have a feeling I would have done this quicker if I’d read the first book featuring Helen! But warm up to him I did! He is such a loving character and I soon became very glad to see him mentioned!
All in all, this book is a very entertaining and fascinating read. It pulls you through the lives of Helen, Betsy, Nat and Jenny as they get ready for Christmas. It’s a lovely book that was a wonderful way to spend a few hours and is a nice ease into Christmas reading too! The book talks a lot about weddings and brides and bridesmaids too! So if you’re looking for a book that will make you feel a lot of things until you finaly swell with pride anf happiness – pick up this book!
About the Author
I’m Jade. I’m a novelist, mother to two young daughters and the editor of Conde Nast Brides.
I love writing about women and all the challenges we face in our daily lives. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented women throughout my career as a journalist and editor – ones who juggle the most all-encompassing careers with family and friendships and everything else that life throws at them. They often make it look so easy. But we all know it’s not. And that need to present one version of yourself to the world, while keeping the grittier, less polished reality under wraps, is a thread that runs strongly through my debut novel, The Almost Wife.
In my day job as the editor of Conde Nast Brides, I share my working life with editors of some of the glossiest, luxury brands in the world – Vogue, Tatler, Glamour – and I have the enormous priviledge of travelling the world and sitting front row at beautiful fashion shows and working with the world’s leading florists, cake makers and stylists. But I also take a daily peek into the lives of young women who are engulfed in one of the most exciting times of their lives – planning their wedding days. This, above everything else, is the really fun bit. Being on the front line if you like. Hearing their thoughts, fears, worries and ambitions for the future. This really powerful cocktail of glamour and reality dances across every page of The Almost Wife and is currently being poured into my second novel which is due out in October this year.
I’m not sure I could have written The Almost Wife without making it personal too, feeding some of my own quiet fears into the mix. I’ve sat in important meetings, dropping huge clangers that years later still make me cringe. I’ve got more than my fair share of self-doubt and suffer like many other women from the dreaded imposter syndrome. I worry constantly about my family. How much time I have left with them. Am I doing any of it right? Will I be riddled with regret in later years? Will my daughters be critical of the choices I made? Am I failing the people I love the most?
Although work places me full time in London, my heart is in the countryside where I live with my husband and our two daughters. The Cotswolds is where my husband and I used to spend romantic weekends plotting our future together long before children came along and is now where I watch them both run free, hoping I will keep them close for many years to come.