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-Harry, from When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Promises is the superior follow up to Choices, and it introduces characters from the earlier book seamlessly intertwining with the new ones.
And what characters they are. We are introduced to Maggie (Mags) Marks, and her beau Elijah. He's not supposed to be - in a clever bit of storytelling, author Michelle Lynn displays her command of the story by taking us into different times of the principal characters' lives.
In an early telling scene, Mags agrees to a kiss from Elijah, but it is intended to be a one-time kiss only, because they are friends, great friends, and she doesn't want that ruined. Elijah held a candle for Mags even when they were young, and in later scenes where the couple are older, and yes....tarnished, bruised and battered by life and the general life choices they made, the friendship still holds, even though Elijah's promise not to do any more than what was expected of him (essentially a boyfriend without the perks of being her boyfriend) jarred at him a lot.
It's a difficult balance for an author to get right, and yet Michelle Lynn achieved it because I could feel Elijah's frustration with Maggie....he even stays true to her even through her marriage to Jake. Often a friendship, especially between a man and a woman is tested because she may well just want him as a friend, and for him, he will often want something more. It's just the way people are engineered.
Another layer to the story is Mags' inability to conceive. Now this is where the story really starts to hit home with some powerful messages.
Can a couple stay together if one wants a baby but one cannot be provided?
Is their love based on two people, or three?
Can friends who were asked to keep a promise, do that forever? Is it realistic or even fair to expect them to do so?
Promises has a number of layers that are enjoyable to read. Mags letter from her father is teasingly played out (we don't get the contents of the letter in one go and the story is all the better for it).
Newcomer Kimberly is a darling little girl who might just provide some happiness for Mags. She instantly takes to Jah, as she so names Elijah, in a sort of playful rebuttal to him calling her Kimmy.
Promises works on almost every level for me. The only slight let down is the character of Chris, who I really liked in book one but was not so strong in this one. Maybe that's okay, as Promises is driven by the very strong characterisation employed in Mags and Elijah. Michaela makes a welcome return from Choices, but the stand out reason for reading this book is to see how the adult Elijah can keep the promise made by his younger self to Mags.
Read it and enjoy it, it is shaping up to be a great series.
I liked the way she brought in characters from the previous book in this series so you get to see how they have grown, Jason is one of the main characters and related to Maggie so you get to see a different side to him from last time, you also see Michaela and Chris so from the start it like reading about your best friends and coming home to them.
In this book you meet some new characters to add to the depth, they are Elijah and Maggie. Elijah has loved Maggie for years and has spent his life worshipping her from arms length but looking after her and protecting her just not getting to sleep with her at the end of the day, he has been married as has Maggie neither worked out, all through he has been her one rock that she could trust and rely on with no doubt in her mind, she couldn't ask for more or she would lose him.
I couldn't put this book down because there was so much going on I had to keep going, I wanted to unwind it all, I hadn't even noticed how long I had been reading, I thought it was maybe mid morning no it was actually late afternoon and I had lost a day! There are a few different threads going through this book which Michelle has intertwined so carefully it is seamless. Reading it you feel as if you know them all and it's not like reading a book it is more like sitting in on a friends conversation, then taking a step back in time is like reliving your memories.
The way Michelle goes back in time to give you an insight to what had happened really adds to the storyline because it helps you to understand how things happened and why like you are reading a diary.
It is a beautiful story and yet again a real love story and romance, you watch these people grow in front of your eyes just hoping that Maggie can trust herself enough to let people in and give them a chance, not everyone leaves when you love them back.
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a love story with the emotion written on every page. It can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend reading the whole series, I am going to start on book 3 now and I know it will be as good as the last 2 or better as I think Michelle excelled herself with this book, she is she is such a talented writer I love books so much, and even though I got it on KU I will be getting it to add to my collection that way I get to read them all one after the other again and again, it is a story no matter how many times you read it you will enjoy it and still cry in the places you cried before!
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