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The Promise Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1989

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Young architect Michael Hillyard and artist Nancy McAllister are determined to get married despite his wealthy mother's disapproval. Then, minutes before their wedding, a terrifying accident and a cruel deception separate Michael and Nancy -- perhaps forever. Each pursues a new life -- Nancy in California, Michael in New York. But eventually nothing -- and no one -- can keep them apart as they keep their vow never to say good-bye.

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Young architect Michael Hillyard and artist Nancy McAllister are determined to get married despite his wealthy mother's disapproval. Then, minutes before their wedding, a terrifying accident and a cruel deception separate Michael and Nancy -- perhaps forever. Each pursues a new life -- Nancy in California, Michael in New York. But eventually nothing -- and no one -- can keep them apart as they keep their vow never to say good-bye.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (July 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440170796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440170792
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been skeptical of Danielle Steel all my reading life. After all, she seems to release new books like how some people dish out business cards! I didn't pick up this book until a friend ranted and raved about it. Well, this book made me a fan. My first DS book and she won me over. This book just got me by the heart and clamped on it. Wow, this is a wonderful book and I'd recommend it to anyone, especially anyone who's weary of Daniel Steel. I love the story of Nancy and Michael from page 1 and I was glued to the pages till the very end. And I loved the ending, tears just sprung up and rolled down my cheeks. I read the ending 5 times and wished it didn't end.This is a truly a masterpiece.
Julianne
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This is for anyone who likes love stories. It's about a young couple who has been involved for a couple of years and plan to be married. This is true love. The love worth making a promise about, which they have. They made a promise to each other that nothing would come between them. On their way to get married, they were involved in a bad accident. Michael not too seriously hurt, but Nancy almost died. Nancy being persuaded from Michael's mom to break all ties with him, and in return she would take care of all medical/living expenses until she was fully recovered. Life was miserable for both Michael and Nancy. I encourage you to get the book and find out how this story ends, it's well worth the reading.The book gives great details on what/where the settings take place. Read it, it's worth the time.
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Most of Danielle Steel's books are schlocky and clumsily written. However, I read them anyway. I read this book over 25 years ago and loved it. It was my first ever romance novel, and I read it from cover to cover in one night. Since then, I've read hundreds of romances, and I can accuse Steel of creating my romance addiction. Her earlier longer length books are much better than the novellas she dashes off now. Along with The Promise, I recommend Palomino, Thurston House, The Ring, and Family Album.
Other romance writers that I think are ten times better are: Amanda Quick (AKA Jayne Ann Krentz), Susan Elizabeth Phillips, LaVyrle Spencer, Katherine Sutcliffe, Sandra Brown, Laura Kinsale, Jill Marie Landis, Judith McNaught, Fern Michaels, etc.
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This review is confined to the Kindle version of "The Promise" (I've never read the "real" book version), which was written by Danielle Steel, released by Dell Publishing, and marketed by Amazon. The story in the book is intriguing and would be a good read were it not so crammed full of mistakes that it literally becomes a comedy of errors. I've listed only part of the errors, complete with Kindle locations, so that you might see for yourself. Check out this stuff, it's as if it were written by a drunk:

[The thing is replete with words that simply don't fit.]
- Loc. 236 (Location 236) -- I'll important I'll [I'll/If?]
- Loc. 617-18 -- I don't care if I have to shoot you with Nembutal and drag you away myself, you're going. Is that dear?" [dear/clear?]
- Loc. 697-98 -- She remembered the words he had said to her at the rode where they'd hidden the beads the morning before. [rode/road?]
- Loc. 768-69 -- she felt the touch of the hand that had touched her aim before. [aim/arm?]
- Loc. 828-29 -- Her dreams of being Sister Agnes Marie had faded years ago, but die wanted to tease Gregson a little. [die/she?]
- Loc. 962-63 -- He didn't look terribly strong yet, but lying about bad to be difficult for him. [bad/had?]
- Loc. 1184 -- "She's coining to join us for coffee this afternoon. [coining/coming?]
- Loc. 1220-21 -- But by now lie knows about the surgery, and he must figure there's some improvement. [lie/he?]
- Loc. 1860 -- He was removing more of the bandages the nest day, [nest/next?]
- Loc. 1985-86 -- She never would have imagined that just seeing a friend of Michael's would do this to hen. [hen/her?]
- Loc. 2473-74 -- She only laughed and smiled up at George. But this time her ally's face told her ha was worried, too.
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This was the second book of Danielle Steel's I have ever read and it is so upliftind and gives so much hope when all seems hopeless. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It's one of those books where when you finish it, you just want to cry and start cheering at the same time for the characters because all turned out well in the end. Danielle Steel is definately an extremely talented author.
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Michael Hillyard, heir of a prosperous New York corporation, is in love with an orphaned artist, Nancy McAllister. His mother, Marion, is a steel-eyed woman who is determined to have the best for her son and the company, and she does not favor the relationship between Michael and Nancy. They make a promise that they will never say goodbye to each other. One day, Michael and Nancy drive off to elope, but a horrible accident happens, leaving Michael and his friend hurt and Nancy with her face destroyed. In attempt to get rid of the girl, Marion offers a new life for Nancy: She will send the girl to a plastic surgeon in San Fransisco to repair her face if Nancy promises never to contact Michael. Realizing there is no hope left, Nancy agrees, and for the next two years, she lives in San Francisco and takes on a new identity. Marion tells Michael that Nancy died, and for the next two years, he becomes a workaholic to numb the pain in his heart. The question remains: Will Michael and Nancy ever reunite?

Good plot line, but I wish the story could have been a little longer and complex. Many times, it felt like "This happened. Next thing you know, this happened" ... at times, a little dry. The ending could have been better because all the events leading up to it were nerve-wracking and exciting, but the conclusion felt unfinished and truncated. I had some unanswered questions in the end...

The Promise is my first Danielle Steel book, and if all of her books are like this one, I may have second thoughts on picking up another one of her books.
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