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Promises Paperback – July 8, 2011

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"'Promises' by Wendi Sotis is heartwarming, spellbinding and wonderfully passionate ... The plot development is fascinating and riveting"
- 5 stars - Sylvia H. for Readers Favorite
 
"'Promises' is a beautiful love story ... a well-written story that puts a spin on a classic"
- 5 stars - Kristie I. for Readers Favorite

About the Author

Wendi Sotis, the author of two novels and several short stories taking Jane Austen’s beloved characters on journeys in new directions, graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in psychology. Sotis resides on Long Island, New York, with her husband, triplets and two guinea pigs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463643063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463643065
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely loved this story!! It was so wonderful to see a younger Elizabeth and Darcy. The solid love the two shared was heartwarming. Although there were many obstacles that kept these two apart, they always stayed true to their love. We get to see old Mr. Darcy alive for a bit, a more responsible Mr. Bennet, some very horrible Fitzwilliam relations (Uncle and Lady C, yikes!). The "love scenes" were very sensual but not graphic. Overall it was a beautiful story and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Wendi Sotis has written a wonderful story of a love that endures despite the appearance of broken promises and betrayal.

The story begins in a bookstore where a young, precocious, intellectually gifted Elizabeth meets and consoles a grieving Fitzwilliam Darcy. Their friendship grows as they are sometimes in company due to the long-standing friendship of their fathers. Eventually, many promises are made. Obstacles threaten to derail the plans of our seemingly star-crossed lovers. Will they remember the vows they made at Pemberley? Will their relatives keep them apart? Will they discover the truth that has made communication between them all but impossible? Will their love survive years of separation?

I fell in love with these characters in the opening of this tale and was totally drawn into their story as it unfolded. I highly recommend this story to Pride and Prejudice fans who love alternate reality stories. It's a big "What If...," but one that is totally engaging.

I can only hope that Wendi has more stories to share.
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Wendy Sotis has written a wonderful, engaging, What-if love story.

It begins when a 15 year old grieving Fitzwilliam Darcy meets a young, bright Elizabeth Bennet. In this story, it turns out that their fathers were classmates and long-standing friends. Their fathers continues their friendship while Elizabeth helps Fitzwilliam deal with the death of his mother. Their friendship grows into love and he asks Elizabeth to marry him. When he seeks Mr Bennet's premission, Mr Bennet request Fitzwilliam wait for 8 months till Elizabeth is 17 years old. Allowing her to one coming out season. Fitzwilliam with a heavy heart agrees.

Unfortunately for our dear couple, 8 months is a long time. During that time- death, fire and interfering family members are some of the obstacles that keep them apart. Add years of separation and miscommunication, misunderstandings threatens to separate the young loves for good.

I highly recommend this Pride and Prejudice What-if love story. It is a story about how true love can find a way despite interfering family members and adversity.
Beautiful, beautiful story.
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I fell in love with Pride & Prejudice when I read Ms. Austen's Masterpiece in High School for English class (I am originally from Sweden), and I was re-enchanted with the story after watching the BBC version from 1995 (Colin Firth is the one and only). After watching the mini-series, I searched high and low for anything to slake my thirst for Lizzy and Darcy. In the beginning there weren't many choices, but in the last 5-7 years, there has been an abundance of books from any aspect and perspective. I have probably read over a 100 variations by writers such as Abigail Reynolds (love her); Kara Louise (lover her); Lory Lilian; P.O. Dixon (love...!); Jan Hahn; Brenda Webb (LOVE!); Pamela Aidan (very good); Regina Jeffers; Linda Wells; Mary Lydon Simonsen; Summer Day; Sara Angelini; Susan Adriani; Sharon Lathan; Shanon Hale; Amanda Grange; Nancy Kelley; C. Rafe Carlson, I could go on, but don't want to bore you!

This book is FANTASTIC!! I loved (LOVED) everything about it. I do not want to give too much away and ruin the awesome experience of the unexpected, but I agree with many of the previous customers who have given the book Five Stars. Wendi Sotis did the unexpected and made me fall back in love with Lizzy and Darcy. It was a new and fresh approach to an already well told story. I havn't been this excited about a P&P variation since I read Brenda Webb's book (Fitzwilliam Darcy: An Honorable Man). All I can say is: "READ IT"! I can't wait for her next book "Dreams & Expectations" which is due sometime this spring (2012).
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This is the most syrupy sweet P&P alternate story I've encountered. Ever. The storytelling gave me a toothache with all the saccharin moments between our dear couple.

Lizzie is the model of perfection in beauty, wit, and intelligence, which leaves no room for realism. Mr Darcy, on the other hand, is a mess. I fancy a brooding Darcy, but not this version of him. He's busy writing in his journal, sketching in his book, and crying his eyes out. Bleh. I've read and enjoyed other stories from this author, so bottom line is this particular tale was definitely not for me.

I managed to read 80% of the book, then decided I couldn't take any more. I threw in the towel and removed it from my e-reader. I will lose no sleep not knowing how this story ends.
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As a true JAFF fan, I love it when authors go outside of the box and bring us totally different ideas for the P&P family. Wendi Sotis does that in this enchanting story of Lizzy and Darcy meeting when they were young and establishing a relationship that had real promise to become serious when they matured. As usual they were not similar in personality but both were verly intelligent individuals who enjoyed each others company. I like that Mr. Bennett was a reasonable man who resigned his Cambridge professorship to take over the Longbourn estate at the death of his elder brother. He had a close friendship with George Darcy, also from Eton andCambridge, and their families occasionally visited. The one saving Fitzwilliam relative was the Colonel, so glad Darcy had him since the Darcy relatives were scarce.

George Darcy had been diagnosed with a fatal illness and he asked his friend Thomas Bennet to come to Pemberley to familiarize himself with the estate so he could help young Fitzwilliam (William) Darcy assume his position as master upon his father's death. With the help of Bennet and the awesome steward, Mr. Wickham, the transition should have been a smooth one for the young William Now the story really begins.....

Let me say that things did not go as planned and the Fitzwilliam family arrived immediately to prevent any assistance from the "lowly" Bennet family. At least George Darcy had warned his son to avoid the advice of the his mother's family at all cost. It takes William a little while to rid Pemberley of their influence, but he matured fast. Some have said the young William Darcy was wimpy and not the strong character we see in P&P. I beg to differ.
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