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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439150036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439150030
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The bestselling Evans is back with another earnest tale set around a certain holiday in December, but this time he's got something up his sleeve. Beth has everything, a loving husband, an adorable daughter ("a joyful combination of lunacy and grace"), and a great job where she works with friends. But when her daughter becomes mysteriously ill, and she discovers that her husband is dying, her perfect life falls apart. She is soon impoverished and embittered, and still can't discern the source of her daughter's illness. Then she meets a handsome stranger, who diagnoses the illness and convinces the wary Beth to trust again, only to disappear with the home equity loan he pushed her into getting. Devastated once again, Beth's resolve is tested when he returns with a truly unbelievable story. Believing him means altering the entire course of her life. Evans combines his usual holiday themes with a bizarre twist lifted straight from science fiction. Readers will undoubtedly feel attached to Beth, even as they struggle to understand the bizarre relationship she finds herself entering into.
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From Booklist

Popular Evans offers up another magical novel, this one set in the 1980s, in time for the holidays. Beth Cardall’s life seems charmed, until she finds out that her perfect husband Marc has been unfaithful to her, and that their beautiful daughter Charlotte is sick with a mysterious illness that baffles every doctor. Then Marc’s unexpected and swift death from pancreatic cancer leaves Beth in financial straights. So she’s in no mood for romance when she meets an enigmatic, handsome stranger on Christmas day, but the man, who tells her his name is Matthew, is both persistent and charming in his pursuit of her. He tells her he’s a widower still grieving over the loss of his beloved wife, whose identity will shock Beth––and readers––to the core. The unexpected twist propels the novel forward, making the book impossible to put down. Though the ending ties everything up a bit too neatly, Evans’ many fans will enjoy this inventive, heartwarming tale. --Kristine Huntley

Customer Reviews

While reading the book, I couldn't put it down.
Christa
The first half had me hook line and sinker (as all of his books do) but the second half just left a really bad taste in my mouth.
Angela Gomez
This was a very good book, I loved all the twists and turns.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy C. Anderson on October 28, 2010
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I, too, as many of the reviewers of this title, read many of Richard Paul Evan's books. This one is a big disappointment to me. Not only did I not care for the time slip story line, but I question the gambling with pre knowledge to be something the characters were willing to do without any thought of it being flat out cheating. I hope his next book is back up to the standards of his earlier ones.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Angela Gomez on October 14, 2010
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I have been a RPE fan for more years than I care to share... and this was just a huge let down! The story was just weird and creepy for me. The first half had me hook line and sinker (as all of his books do) but the second half just left a really bad taste in my mouth.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By a fan on October 9, 2010
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I am a Richard Paul Evans fan and have read them all. Promise Me is another extremely well written book...lots of details...keeps you reading. BUT, as much as I liked the book I was diappointed with the ending. I won't give anything away here, but I would have been much happier if Beth and Matthew had shared their sectret with their spouses. It left me with a bad feeling about them having a private secret like that. After I closed the book I went on to pretend that Beth told Kevin everything and Matthew did the same with Charlotte. Sorry, but especially after the fact that Beth's first husband had kept such big secrets from her I did not feel good about the ending Richard left us with. A bit creepy. I still love his writing, though.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ps29 on November 18, 2010
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I've been a huge fan of RPE for years. His books have always been enjoyable, but even more than that, had a message of hope.
'Promise Me'seems to have been written to hook in the Christmas Book crowd (even though it had little to do with the holiday). It was poorly written and with a story line that had a 'I don't know what he was thinking' feel to it. I had a hard time even try to explain it to others.
It was to be our book club's December selection but I am so glad I pre-read it; I couldn't get myself to have them buy it.
Hopefully, there is more of the RPE that we love to read still out there and that this was just a fluke.
A one-star rating is more than generous. VERY DISAPPOINTING.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Philip Willden on October 28, 2010
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Richard Paul Evans returns with one of his seemingly annual holiday potboilers. This maudlin, tree-killing bit of puffery goes down quite well, especially provided one lives in Utah County in the State of Utah.

At a recent signing, Mr. Evans quietly bemoaned the polarity of his audience for this book: some like it; some think it is creepy. I'll opt for the latter.

Caveat lector.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By 5tesori on October 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I did not like this book. It was too far out there and a little creepy. Not one of his best.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Island on October 21, 2010
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I agree that this book is certainly a little different from JPE's other bestsellers. That doesn't mean that it is bad - it's just a little off-kilter compared to most of the others.

I suppose it all comes down to why you want to read it in the first place - as purely a 'novel' or something more 'meaningful' (like my favorite, but often overlooked book on the more spiritual side of life - Spiritual Meaning: 92 Tips For Changing Your Spiritual Reality By Bringing More Spiritual Awareness Into Your Life)

Nevertheless, whatever you may be looking to get from this - it is, as usual, very well written and certainly will keep you interested, even if the 'twist' is a little out of context with what came before it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on November 3, 2010
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This was my first RPE book and will probably be my last. I found it whiny and uninteresting and then just plain creepy. I was barely able to finish the book once it was revealed who Matthew was. Worst book I've read in a while and definitely not worth the Kindle price.
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More About the Author

Richard Paul Evans
When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author.

Officially, he was an advertising executive, an award-winning clay animator for the American and Japanese markets, candidate for state legislature and most importantly, husband and father. The Christmas Box was written as an expression of love for his (then) two daughters. Though he often told them how much he loved them, he wanted to express his love in a way that would be timeless. In 1993, Evans reproduced 20 copies of the final story and gave them to his closest relatives and friends as Christmas presents. In the month following, those 20 copies were passed around more than 160 times, and soon word spread so widely that bookstores began calling his home with orders for it.

His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. The Emmy award-winning CBS television movie based on The Christmas Box starred Maureen O'Hara and Richard Thomas. Two more of Evans's books were produced by Hallmark and starred such well-known actors as James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Naomi Watts, Mary McDonough and Academy award winner Ellen Burstyn. He has since written 10 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and is one of the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has won three awards for his children's books including the 1998 American Mothers book award and two first place Storytelling World awards. Evans's latest book, The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth, is now available.

Of his success, Evans says: "The material achievements of The Christmas Box will never convey its true success, the lives it has changed, the families brought closer together, the mothers and fathers who suddenly understand the pricelessness of their children's fleeting childhood. I share the message of this book with you in hopes that in some way, you might be, as I was, enlightened."

During the Spring of 1997, Evans founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children. Such shelters are operational in Moab, Vernal, Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah and Lucre, Peru. To date, more than 16,000 children have been housed in Christmas Box House facilities.

As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Majors, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on the Today show and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, and Family Circle. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

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