Promise, a young singer trying to make her mark on the world before succumbing to a terminal genetic disease, actively pursues her singing and modeling career - and isn't sure how she continues to survive the freak accidents that suddenly follow her. Porta, an aging sorceress hears about these accidents and decides that Promise holds the key to immortality for which she's spent a lifetime searching. Chase, an autistic artist, suddenly changes his routine and reaches out to strangers, bringing a new understanding of life and love to everyone who knows him.
I couldn't decide at the beginning of this book who I wanted to cheer for. Most stories have a clear hero and a clear villian, but several times these characters got a bit murky. The reasons for some of their actions are unknown at first, and I started to be a bit disappointed in this character or that one - until I realized that each one was only 'human.' The interrelationships between the cast of characters becomes more and more clear throughout the story, as do the themes of love and what eternal life really means. This book is in no way preachy but shows simply how to live out one's faith - how to internalize what you believe until it just oozes naturally out your pores.
The Christian faith is not based on sunshine and roses, and Healy shows that while we live in a dark and fallen world, and may even dive pretty deeply into the nasty parts of this world, we don't have to stay there. Redemption and love belong to everyone who chooses to accept them - and I love the way that Healy shares this message through Chase and Promise. If you're looking for a story that will stretch your imagination and yet bring home a sound message, this is the book for you.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in exchange for an unbiased review.
The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy...awesome book
The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy is an awesome book. If you like a book that keeps you hanging on and you DON'T expect what the ending is going to be....this is the book for you. This book has all different kinds of elements in it: autism, cystic fibrosis, art, photography, a search for immortality, death, life, just to name a few.
The characters are awesome and it is very interesting to see how they wind up interacting with each other and come to know each other. You have Chase, who has autism and draws for a purpose and his twin sister, Chelsea who takes care of him. Promise, who has cystic fibrosis, is the main focus of the book and is trying to figure herself and her disease out during the book. Porta, who is in search of immortality, so she can live forever and her son, Zack, who I think is also trying to figure himself out despite what his mother is into.
This book is a book that you won't want to put down. It is very intriguing, easy to read, has short chapters (which I like), and keeps you captivated so that you want to continue to read. I was sad that the story was over when I finished the book. I was so not expecting the ending and kept hoping that as I read it would change into what I wanted to happen, but the way the book ended was exactly the way it should have ended and totally made sense for the book.
You will be captivated by each of these characters and feel like you know them. You can see this quaint little town and you can see where everyone lives and the walks down the sidewalk to get ice cream.....it is this wonderful little oceanside town that you could see yourself living in. The scandals that take place, the problems that each person has.....are relateable to anything that is happening today. Even the part where Promise is trying to figure out her beliefs.
This is a really great book and I highly recommend it!!
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What would you do, if you are ill, and counting days before you die? What would you do, if somehow each time you survive from near to death experience, and there is another tragedy happening?
A book by Erin Healy :)
A young and talented artist named Promise is facing death. She tried to keep people remember her by trying to be famous. She actually survives from several accidents.
A character named Zack Eddy asks if he can take photos of Promise so he can draw pictures of her from them. During the shoot, her shawl blows away. Promise dives for to search for it it only to tumble down, almost drawn. Zack takes pictures of her dive to death, but miraculously she lives.
The other character is Chase, who is an autistic artist who fall in love with Promise..
In my opinion, the writer described this character well.
I would say, she has made enough desciption, that even without knowing he's autistic, I could conclude the symtom..
The third character was Porta, she was very cold blooded and hateful. She highlighted the whole story, because it's rare to find such character in Christian fiction.
The story was interesting, as more character being involved in the suspense story..
Other near death experiences always occur with Zack nearby occurs. He shows his photos to his pagan witch mom Porta Cerreto who believes Promise is the Goddess of Immortality and plans to use her for own purpose. As she stalks Promise, she orders her son to kill Promise to disprove her theory.
I would definetly reccomend this book, for a lazy saturday afternoon :)
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"The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." -Isaiah 58:11
I read this verse this morning after finishing "The Promises She Keeps" last night. I think if the book were to have a theme verse, this could be it. Erin Healy has written another intriguing story with a powerful message.
Promise is a young woman dying of cystic fibrosis. The desire of her heart is to become famous before she dies so she will be remembered.
Porta is an elderly woman, a practicing witch, who believes immortality can be found and claimed. She is determined to do so, no matter the costâ€”even to people she should love.
Finally, Chase is an autistic man with unusual gifts. Having memorized the Bible in four translations, he often speaks it to communicate his thoughts. He sees and draws people as trees with corresponding life-giving or taking properties. He's caring and perceptive, yet those around him don't always understand what he is trying to say.
"The Promises She Keeps" is the story that results when these three lives intersect in a small, west coast town. The ending wasn't entirely satisfyingâ€”some questions were left unanswered, minor threads unresolvedâ€”yet the message of the book was clear and is one people need to hear today. I recommend this book and thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending it to me.
This is the latest book by Erin Healy. I read her first suspense and fell in love with her as an author. I was so excited when this showed up on Booksneeze to order. I think I was expecting this book to be more like her first one so I was disappointed to some extent. This was a storyline I had a hard time staying with. She changed characters in each chapter. Here are some of the characters: Porta, she is an aging witch/sorcerer in search of immortality and thinks Promise is the one she is looking for. Promise-a promising singer with a terminal illness that survives a series of freak accidents at the hand of Porta's son. Chase is an artist who has autism and falls in love with Promise. He draws visions involving trees. Chase also has a twin sister Chelsea that protects him since their mother left them when they were little. I kept with the story since I loved this author but felt it took too long and too much dialogue to keep me interested. The last few chapters did perk my interest and liked the ending. I did learn a lot more about autism which was very interesting. I guess I hope her next one is a suspense like her first one. Thank you Thomas Nelson for the chance to read this book free for my honest opinion.