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Keeping Promise Rock Paperback – January 18, 2010
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Oh, GOD, this is probably one of the most rounded and best stories I read this year, and it's only January. Almost half of this book spans over Crick's life in Iraq and Deacon's life in Leeve Oaks. At some point, it reminded me of the beautiful story of "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frasier. How the two of them, separated, but still keep the love going, even if they're fighting with their own demons. I love the way they did it with letters, then computer, then Blackberry and twitter (gosh, technology ROCKS)
Deacon seems to be the more shy here, he doesn't have grand ambition. His only wish is for Crick to have a better life. He loves his home and his friends and that is enough for him. He knows that Crick worships him, see him as a god, and he struggles to be that man worthy of Crick. This makes him hide his lonely feeling and depression for other people. So when Crick returned, he knew that he needed to get this man to understand how he didn't need to stay perfect for Crick to love him still. That it was okay to show weakness, because Deacon was only human.Read more ›
Carrick was raised by an uncaring mother and an abusive step-father. As a young boy, he comes up to The Pulpit, a stable where riding lessons are offered. There, he gets sight of Deacon for the first time. Deacon is six years older and tending to a horse, and "Crick" now has his first crush. Deacon and his father Parish take Crick in under their wing, and when he's thrown out of his home as a teenager, they take him in to live permanently. Deacon, and his friends Jon and Amy, adore Crick, and Deacon promises to Crick that he will always have a place to call home.
As Crick gets older, the nonsexual crush he feels towards Deacon takes a decided turn, and when he's finally 20, he acts upon it. Deacon has always adored and loved Crick, and Deacon finds he's simply not strong enough to resist, and the two enter into a full loving intimate relationship. When a misunderstanding occurs during an argument, Crick brashly and impulsively enlists in the army to fight in Iraq. The two-year separation severely tests both men, breaking them at points and changing them.
Characterization in this novel is wonderful. All characters are fully-realized three-dimensional characters with unique and often endearing personalities. Since the story takes place over a great span of time (starting when Crick is just a young boy), we get to watch the characters grow and mature. It's an incredibly rewarding experience. There's a ton of interesting and endearing traits these characters have, and the complex relationships they form is captivating. For example, Deacon adores Crick and has from the moment Crick showed up as a young boy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have owned this book for over a year but hadn't read it because I heard there was so much angst in this. Boy howdy is there angst in this. Read more
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.
So I while I really did like book there were parts of this that I can be honest and say I... Read more
The pacing on this was kind of terrible. I like the story, but I needed to skim a bit by 48%. It's hard. I wanted to like it more. Read more
I absolutely loved this book and feel so lucky to have happened upon an Amy Lane series sio i can hopefully see what happens to the family. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lauri James
Ms. Lane, thank you so much for a great story. Your characters are so real. Your story makes my emotion bouncing like yoyo. I cried, I laughed, I smiled and I frowned.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't have enough superlatives in my vocabulary for this book. Seriously. I read a book or two a day. That's a lot of books. And this is my absolute favorite. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Caer
This was one of the most depressing romances I've ever read. I loved Deacon and he deserved so much better than Crick. Read morePublished 10 months ago by HRC
Didn't like it.
So much whining.
I waited so long for Crick to come back and I was so disappointed once he did that I almost wish he hadn't. Read more