- Paperback: 249 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1535107227
- ISBN-13: 978-1535107228
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,669,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Promise: A Tale of Unconventional Adoption and the Immeasurable Strength of a Mothers Love Paperback – July 20, 2016
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This is the story’s premise and I thought it a good one. How would Saraya handle her decision with so many practical reasons why she shouldn’t have done what she did, and yet with many emotional reasons why she did.
In the main, the novel kept me turning pages. The writing is tight and easy on the eye. The speed with which Saraya and the baby connected was a bit of a stretch, but I was willing to go along. However, once officialdom became involved, I found the direction taken by the plot rushed and difficult to believe. I’m not familiar with adoption and police procedures in the UK, but I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have taken the approach portrayed in the story. So, for me, the tale didn’t end as well as it began.
Disclaimer: This review was originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. I may have received a free review copy.
But after that twist it went a little haywire for me. Some of the characters reaction didn't seem realistic.
Saraya's reactions with Flynn make sense when you take into context her past. However I would have loved to delve more into that time of her life instead of only getting a couple paragraph summary. Her development would have been richer if the reader was able to see and feel her experiences from childhood. I missed that. Also her relationship with Natalia flipped so quickly, that I would have liked to see a little more of their previous time together as well.
That being said, it was written so well that I was rooting for Saraya even though I believed what she was doing was wrong. And few books have done that for me.
Since I work in adoption I find it offensive that this book says that it is a tale of unconventional adoption. This isn't just unconventional its illegal.
This is an emotionally charged book that is sure to draw strong emotions.
What a wonderful story. So credible and well thought out, believable characters and situations. This story shows how comprehensively a person's life can change on the spur of a moment... for good or ill.