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Promise: A Tragic Accident, A Paralyzed Bride, And The Power Of Love, Loyalty, And Friendship [Kindle Edition]

Rachelle Friedman
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Book Description

From a tragic accident comes a story of astounding friendship and resilience. Paralyzed from the chest down after being pushed into a pool on the night of her bachelorette party, Rachelle Friedman and her four best friends made a decision to never reveal the name of the friend who pushed her in. Facing the invasive and often cruel public eye, the girls formed a rare and special bond that led to Rachelle's recovery, a lifelong secret, and her eventual fairy-tale wedding.  

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1965 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0762792949
  • Publisher: Skirt! (July 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MJD9XO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing read May 1, 2014
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I could not put the book down, I am amazed at Rachelle's strength and wisdom. I am a 62 years old woman with children and grandchildren, and yet I could learn a few things from this young girl about being positive and knowing what is really important in life. Rachelle understands what true love is, she lives it, and so deservedly she is so loved by her husband, in spite of the tremendous hurdles. I recommend the book to anybody who takes life for granted or thinks his life is not good enough..
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! April 30, 2014
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I didn't want to put this book down. There were times when I cried, times when I laughed, but most of all there were times when I was amazed by Rachelle's strength, her loyalty, and her understanding of the importance of friendship and love! I can't wait to see her interviews and to hear "the rest of the story".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Had to stop reading August 8, 2014
By Steph
Got this book from the library after seeing the great reviews but I honestly couldn't even make it past the fourth chapter. Rachelle repeats herself a lot and the book just doesn't flow. I didn't find myself connected to her love story, and there was way too much focus on the secret. If it's a secret keep it a secret and don't keep talking about it. I wish her the best, and it really is a tragic situation but I couldn't bring myself to keep reading.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and educational June 2, 2014
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I enjoy reading Rachelle's blogs and other posts on social media, so I've been anxiously anticipating this book. I'm also a wheelchair user, and although my situation is very different from hers (I'm a para rather than quad, from birth rather than injury), it's amazing how many of us wheeled people do share a lot of the same thoughts, experiences, and frustrations. I appreciate that Rachelle is using her experience to educate others, and thank her on behalf of those of us who may not have a backstory that is as compelling and book-worthy as hers but still face some of the same things.

Aside from the obvious lesson about living life to the fullest, I hope that after reading this book people will also begin to reevaluate any negative assumptions and behaviors they may have towards people who are physically different. I loved her thoughts about those common cliches that we all hear over and over (& never want to hear again), and I actually may have yelled an "Amen!" when she explained why "handicap" is one of those words that needs to find itself out of 21st century vocabulary. Fortunately, we live in a very different time where some challenges are being alleviated with advances in medicine, technology, and laws that make things more accessible and available to us. But as Rachelle's story shows, the greatest barriers are often attitudes, and those are quite stubborn; continued education is our greatest defense when it comes to that problem. For example, as someone not married yet, it was shocking for me to read about how many people think (and are bold enough to actually TELL them) that it's surprising that her husband stayed with her after the accident.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational June 2, 2014
By Julie
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Rachelle Friedman is a force to be reckoned with. Even in the face of unthinkable tragedy, she remained upbeat, cheerful, and was the one who kept her friends and family from dwelling on what she's lost. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Human Spirit defined July 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Rachelle does a succinct job in the telling of her story. The fact that she does not reveal the name of the girl whom playfully pushed her into the pool was commendable. Unfortunately, as I was reading it that part almost became a mystery of sorts and at times I kept asking I wonder which one it was. Not because of some morbid curiosity but the fact that it is mentioned in the book quite a few times that the name will never be revealed so my mind kept asking that question. Her spirit and sense of humor that she conveys is nothing short of astounding. She doesn't like to be called an inspiration so I won't say that; however, what I will say is that she is a motivator to able-bodied people everywhere. I have often told my own wife that any day we wake up and can see, hear, and walk is a great day. Life can change on a dime and Rachelle is a testament to that. In the end she opens up about the very little things that she wishes she could do again. This is not done to garner sympathy because she is not that type of woman; however, one can't help but feel it. I found myself shaking my head a lot reading this book simply because we live in a random world where unfortunate and tragic things happen to good people and it, for lack of a better word, sucks. I highly recommend you read her story because like I said in my title her story is the human spirit defined.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tragic All the Way Around August 27, 2014
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I finished this book but with great reservations. The more I read about the secret the more angry I became. I feel for Rachelle and the tragic accident that happened on that day but I feel more for the girl that pushed her. I felt if Rachelle would have jump in feet first like she should have this would never had happened but she chose to dive instead. I would have like to see her take responsibility for her own actions and decision to dive into shallow water. Like she stated in the book people push people in pools all the time just messing around. I felt like the other reviews stated things were repeated over and over again about this secret. You can pretty much guess which girl actually pushed her. Again, I feel for everyone involved and hope they go on living happy productive lives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story.
I am a 66 year old woman and this book was a blessing to me. Reading of Rachelle's determination and strength to be an "over-comer" increases mine for my personal... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Mustard Seed
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching story! It is an eye opener as ...
Very touching story! It is an eye opener as one never knows what obstacles life will throw at you. A very heartwarming story that is a must read!
Published 7 days ago by kwopirate
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to read and discuss with friends.
It was a pretty good read. The author has an inspirational attitude about her injury, and more than once brought me to tears or made me laugh. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Tyffany
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It was a quick read, and I especially liked the medical facts that I learned while reading it.. it got a little redundant regarding the guilt and keeping anonymous the name of the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Nancy J Carr
3.0 out of 5 stars She's a genuine heroine!
I like stories that show human beings who are able to overcome personal tragedies, due to their own strength and fortitude, but this one was a bit of a disappointment. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kate Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! I'm not sure what I expected but ...
What a great book! I'm not sure what I expected but this was a pleasant surprise. Rachelle Friedman's writing is refreshing, as though she is talking to the reader. Read more
Published 12 days ago by A reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I loved this book. I learned allot about people with spinal cord injuries. you hear about these accidents but never know what they go through. Read more
Published 12 days ago by mbabe
5.0 out of 5 stars IGreat story of what real love is
Well written. I was amazed at the positive attitude RACHELLE was able to maintain after such a life changing event. The book is very inspirational.
Published 14 days ago by Deb W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great except for one detail ...
Very interesting and inspiring story. I truly admire she and her friends for the way they handled and continue to handle this situation. Read more
Published 14 days ago by chicochick57
5.0 out of 5 stars So inspirational
I read this book in a couple of days. It is well written. I was inspired by Rachelle's story of courage,strength and her loyalty. It's a great love story too.
Published 15 days ago by T.O.
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