Thursday, November 10, 2011

Promises, Promises - Review by Kelsey G.

Promises, Promises
By: Erica James

About the book:
Be careful what you wish for...

Maggie Storm, who spends her days cleaning houses for people who often have more money than manners, promises herself that from now on she's going to stand up for herself. Married to a man with as much sex appeal as a recliner, she dreams about someone who can sweep her off her feet. Ella Moore, an artistic interior designer, promises herself that after seven wasted years with the man she thought she'd marry, relationships won't derail her life again. Ethan Edwards, a repeat offender when it comes to turning to other women for sexual consolation, promises himself that there will be no more women. But when Ella appears unexpectedly in Ethan's life, he finds himself turning to her for very different reasons. And when Maggie's romantic hero appears on her doorstep, she wonders which path she's really supposed to follow. Bestseller Erica James weaves a delightful tale of three people daring to challenge the promises in their hearts.

Review by Kelsey G.
Promises, Promises is a novel brimming with snark, heart, and wish-fulfillment. In the quirky way only the English seem to have mastered, Erica James presents a tale of three individuals who have ended up far off course of their happy ever afters. I appreciated how well-developed the characters were, and the interesting way in which their separate lives interconnected.

It was a unique take on a classic theme: daring to challenge your circumstances for the sake of true happiness. The alternating inner monologues were both revealing and humorous, and the writing style really allowed the reader to connect with all three main characters. The storytelling was solid and the novel succeeded.

I must mention though, for those who are interested, buying this novel is taking an express train ticket to Adventures in Adulteryland. Most of the first part of the book is spent setting up the misery and boredom that married life has brought the main characters, mostly so that the reader will not feel morally offended when time comes to actually break vows for the sake of romance. If you are not bothered by this, Promises, Promises will be an entertaining afternoon of escapism. Personally, I find stories about people honoring their commitments and finding a way to love despite the challenges such commitments present to be a far more satisfying tale. By reason of that personal preference alone, I was unable to give this book five stars, but the four stars I did give it are in enthusiastic support of a talented author spinning a solid story.

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