Promises, Promises

Promises, Promises

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Three very different people--Maggie, who is married to a man who doesn't appreciate her; Ethan, who is trapped in a loveless marriage; and Ella, who is determined to never let her heart rule over her head--struggle to keep the promises they have made to themselves. Original.

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& Taylor

Three very different people--Maggie, who is married to a man who doesn't appreciate her; Ethan, who is trapped in a loveless marriage; and Ella, who is determined to never let her heart rule over her head--struggle to keep the promises they have made to themselves.

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Promises you make to yourself are the hardest to keep ...

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 women for sexual consolation, promises himself there will be no more women.

But when Ella appears unexpectedly in Ethan's life, he find s 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. International bestselling author Erica James weaves a delightful tale of three people daring to challenge their dreams.

What readers are saying:

"Endearing ... pure escapism. Loved it!"

"It grips you right from the start."

"Brilliant book; could not put it down."
Promises you make to yourself are the hardest to keep ...

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781402257865
1402257864
Branch Call Number: ROM James, E 2011
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 21 cm

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May 15, 2017

I guess this is classic "chick lit" or a beach read; interesting enough characters that make you want to finish the book to find out how it all ends up, not too complicated plot, and happy endings for everyone. I enjoyed reading it, but similar to how I felt after reading Erica James' "The Queen of New Beginnings", I felt like I'd been shorted somehow... I think I was hoping for some more substance, or something that would make you think after you were done with the novel. For that reason I doubt I will be seeking out any Erica James books in the future. In this novel, the situations and characters are interesting. What bothered me is that it is easy to read this novel and walk away with the conclusion that all three individuals found happiness because they left their current partner and got together with a new, more interesting and compassionate person. As we all (should) know, expecting that changing your spouse will make you happy will just lead to another divorce. I wish the author had emphasized what had changed in the minds of the characters to allow them to be able to make healthy change in their lives. Maggie finds happiness because she realizes she has had enough with her husband expecting her to do all the household tasks, taking her for granted, and taking his mother's side against her, and she finally decides to stand up for herself. That is the happy ending; the hot guy and great new job are just icing on the cake. Ethan and Ella are happier because they both realize that they need to get out of the manipulative relationships they are currently in. Ella also has to realize that she is in a manipulative relationship, that her widower boyfriend will always allow his children to call the shots, and that the years of distrust will never be healed, no matter how many hoops she jumps through. Ethan seems pretty screwed up but at least he finally realizes that no amount of money is worth the misery from his wife, daughter, and father in law. Having the courage to leave those relationships is the important character change for Ella and Ethan; their new relationship and house in Italy is new and uncertain, but makes for a nice "tie everything up" ending.

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DutchieRenske
Oct 04, 2013

Nice book, easy to read and you want to keep reading :)

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