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Promises [Kindle Edition]

Belva Plain
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With her three children, beautiful home, and loving husband, Margaret Crane is a woman others would envy.  Adam's job has cushioned them nicely over the years, and it should be a time of contentment, rewards, of new challenges together.  But lately Adam has been working too late, too hard, at the office. Margaret is sure it's just the rumored takeover of his company--until she meets Randi, The Other Woman...

Meanwhile, Nina, the orphaned cousin the Cranes raised as their own daughter, is reveling in New York.  She thinks she's found Mr. Right in Keith, a brilliant investment banker.  But Keith has a secret he has not shared with Nina.  All he asks for is time...and patience.  And as Nina clings to stolen weekends with Keith, Margaret plays dutiful wife, trying to ignore warning signs of her own failing marriage.  A rift has developed between the two women who have loved each other as mother, daughter, friends.  Keith is not welcome in Margaret's home.  And Nina herself is the other woman...

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Family values and feminism make an uneasy marriage in this undisguised morality play about adultery. Fifteen years ago, Margaret Crane gave up the dream of medical school to devote herself to her husband, Adam, an engineer. Beautiful, loyal, savvy in bed, cheerful in pregnancy and tirelessly sensitive in motherhood, Margaret now unknowingly loses her husband to the crude and grasping Randi Bunting, who enjoyed an intense affair with Adam back in college and has appeared in their small Midwestern town. Meanwhile, Margaret's beloved cousin Nina falls for another married man. Margaret's moralizing provokes a schism between the two women. If Plain (The Carousel) had shaped the cousins' conflict as a loving one between sense and sensibility, with each sister learning from the other, this novel might have come to life. But only Nina has to grow?into the realization that every act of adultery has a victim, the betrayed spouse. Margaret remains unchanged by the tumultuous events in the story, including a death; she comes off not as a human being but as a collection of unshakable beliefs. Still, Plain conveys well the hurt and bewilderment of the three Crane children. And she understands, and makes palpable, those times when the illusion of control collapses. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Plain's (The Carousel, Delacorte, 1995) latest tale of middle-class family upheaval tells of a quintessentially happy suburban clan that is shattered when the father embarks on an extramarital affair.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440216877
  • Publisher: Dell (March 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Painful and Thoughtful Look into Divorce... April 21, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is only my second book by this talented author and again I am impressed by her ability to keep me turning the pages furiously. This story delves into the painful world of divorce after 20 years and how life does indeed go on and how sometimes people are regretful but hate and anger cloud their judgement. The most touching moment in the book that really got to me was how in the end sometimes you get exactly what you thought you wanted and then find out its nothing like you thought and all you want now is to stop time, but you can't. Life can be cruel, but its only as bad as you make it. And sometimes people can't admit their wrongs and can't deal with their mistakes and find other ways of dealing with them...
~Margaret Crane is envied by alot of people. She has a comfortable and nice home with three wonderful children and a loving husband that works too much. Everything seems perfect...too perfect it seems as she wonders why her husband can't seem to get any time off of work anymore and works so late she barely sees him anymore. He seems distracted and distant. As time goes by, her husband Adam seems worried about his job and is on trips all the time, leaving Margaret alone to think alot about the woman she met by accident named Randi, the woman that Adam seemed rattled by seeing after 20 years. The Other Woman.
Margaret ignores the warning signs of her failing marriage and fails to acknowledge it until her daughter sees Adam with Randi at a resteraunt and her entire life falls apart in an instant as he confesses. But Margaret is willing to give it another try and Adam also tries, but they both soon realize things are never going to be the same...Adam loves Randi.
Margaret must learn to live without him and get on with life. How can she?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Belva Plain does it again! September 26, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I actually think this book deserves 4 and 1/2 stars. I really enjoy Belva Plain's books and this one was really well written and very interesting, you keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. Margaret is a realistic and sympathetic character and it is interesting to see her progress and get stronger through the divorce process. Adam is the perfect example of "Be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it!". I believe that the author demonstrates a realistic view of divorce, "step" situations and what it does to the children and the family and how each person's feelings are raw with emotion. I definately recommend this book, it will make you think.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion & Betrayal July 16, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story of a woman who faces an ugly truth - her husband's betrayal, as her happy marriage is eroded. There's temptation, passionate romance, and betrayal wrapped up in an engrossing story of an extended family and how people respond to changes in their lives, including destruction of their expectations.

A quick, easy read, and an interesting story. As always with Plain, it's well written, with good character depth as she pulls you quickly in, and you come to really care what will happen to the individuals involved.

Belva Plain's books are always great drama, hard to put down, and make good summer reading; this is a good selection to take to the beach. If you like Danielle Steele, you'll enjoy this novel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is the grass really greener? June 17, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Adam has a fling with Randi back in college days. He was being pressured by family and friends to marry Margaret. He meets up with Randi and believes he is in love. She seems to want him to break it off with Margaret but of course he doesn't. He acts as though he feels like he must marry Margaret because it is what his family and friends want. Yet later on in the book he claims to have fallen in love with Margaret.
Randi tells Adam that she is pregnant but that she is going to get rid of the baby because she is going to marry someone else. It seems like she is letting Adam go since he won't break off the relationship with Margaret. However I was a bit put off by her wanting to get rid of the baby especially if she loves Adam. We are not privy to Randi's thoughts though.
Years later Margaret and Adam run into Randi in New York. Randi tries to start things then when Adam searches her out. She knew he would. He is fascinated with her. She moves to Adam's home town which seems suspicious given that she never wanted to move there when they were messing around during their college days.
Adam and Randi start an affair and it seems to last a couple of years and then Margaret finds out about it. So Adam and Margaret split up and Adam has the nerve to tell his children that it has nothing to do with them. It has everything to do with them. This will affect the rest of their lives! He tells them they can count on him. But later he finds it is very difficult to maintain two households on his income and his family starts getting the short end of the stick. Only two of his children visit him the oldest doesn't want anything to do with them. She was on to him when she caught Adam and Randi out having lunch together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading it! May 6, 2001
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This was my first time reading a Belva Plain book, and I truly enjoyed it. I have read many books about women whose husbands are cheating on them, or are going through a divorce, but none have delved as deeply into the characters raw emotions as this one. For the first time I can honestly say I felt the pain of the wife as her marriage was changing, and I felt the heartwrenching pain of discovering your husband has been cheating on you. A really fine example of a romance/drama. Recommended highly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed reading this book, it moved quickly, was a good read.
Published 4 months ago by Sue Smitha
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzi says
Very fast moving read. Characters believable and draw you into their lives.I love character based stories and this one did not disappoint. I will read more of her books
Published 5 months ago by Suzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A new author for me and I love her novels so far. It was hard to put down.
Published 5 months ago by Sharon Sargent
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Read.
Published 5 months ago by golf40
2.0 out of 5 stars Morose
This story, which was about infidelity, was sad from start to finish. The subject matter made it unpleasant to read even though it was a well-written account.
Published 5 months ago by WyTraveler
2.0 out of 5 stars could have cut out about 100 pages.....
I chose the book because of the author. I have read a few of her others and really enjoyed them. Loved her characters in the other books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mariana olnowich
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I felt it kept me interested the whole time wondering what the outcome would be, and I was satisfied with the ending.
Published 7 months ago by Wayne Devery
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting story
One great story! You cannot imagine how infidelity affects so many people. This book was Belva at her best. A must read!
Published 8 months ago by JoCee
5.0 out of 5 stars a story that holds your attention to the end
It was a hard book to read as in away it was my life story . The characters were real & you loved some & despised others. Read more
Published 14 months ago by nana
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The very first Belva Plain book I can honestly say bored me. Certainly far from her best. Oh so disappointed
Published 16 months ago by Rosalie Hartigan
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