"The Promises She Keeps" by Erin Healy is the first book of her's that I have read. This book had very interesting characters. We start with Promise a young girl with Cystic Fibrosis who sings. Then there is Chase a young man with Autism who is an incredible artist. Linking the two characters together is Zach and Portia. A mother/son team who do not like each other and each have their own agenda's in life.
This book started well and kept me longing to find out more about the characters and what will ultimately happen to them all. I felt connected to Promise and sad about her illness. I kept wanting to see one of Chases drawings for myself. My dislike of Portia was just as real as her son's dislike for her.
The books ending feels so rushed that it never felt like the salvation we were lead up to actually happened. There are parts of the story that seemed to never develop fully in the end. Overall it was a good read but left me longing for more completion to the story.
*This book was given to me free by BookSneeze in exchange for an unbiased review.
The Promises She Keeps is about a young woman, Promise, who has cystic fibrosis. She yearns to be remembered long after her death, so she pursues a singing career hoping for fame.
Her path crosses with, Chase, an autistic artist, Zack, a troubled young photographer, and Porta, a strange, self-seeking, gallery owner.was an interesting book.
I liked the character development and how the author shows us what autism and cystic fibrosis must be like for those who live it. It was hard to put down. I also liked the allegorical feel of the story line, but I wish it had been made a little plainer that the characters had a relationship with God.
The book was provided for me by the publisher, I was not required to give a good review nor was I compensated.
Having read the books that Erin Healy co-authored with Ted Dekker, I was really looking forward to seeing how she writes on her own. I had not read her first book, so this was my first taste of the author apart from the work of Dekker. I did not go into this book expecting the same type of thriller by any means and as I read it my thoughts were confirmed. The story centers around Promise who has a terminal disease and wants to leave a legacy and be remembered long after her death. Enter Porta and her son Zack who, one way or another find ways to make the dream nearly impossible. Promise ends up befriending an autistic boy who's story is woven into her life in countless ways. The story itself is compelling and the premise is good....but the way the author chose to seemingly hint at redemption and leave it dangling was disappointing. I felt that there was a good build up to what would have been a great allegory for life and then the bottom fell out at the end. The authors research on Cystic Fibrosis and Autism was well done and accurate and the characters in the book drew you into their thoughts quite well. I only wish she had spent more time considering the ending and how it could relate to our everyday struggles.
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There are certain authors that you see their name and know without a doubt that you are going to read their book; you don't need to read reviews or even the book cover synopsis. You do this because you've been on journeys with them before, and you simply trust them, for the integrity of their story, characters and writing. In only a few books time ,Erin Healy is in that category in my mind. At the end of her books I experience that "reader's grief" that comes when the book is done and the journey was so amazing that you just weren't ready for it to be over. Once again in "The Promises She keeps" this is how I felt. With her characters such as the lovely Promise- a beautiful young singer with a battle on her hands being a singer with cystic fibrosis and her need to be remembered as someone who was significant, as well as Chase, the young artist seeing life through the filter of autism with a clearer picture of things than most, to the immortality seeking witch Porta, whose focus on only herself wreaks havoc wherever she goes. A series of seemingly "impossible to survive" situations happen to Promise and you wonder what is her story- does she really possess the immortality that Porta is desperately seeking? This story intersects these characters and others on a journey that is most memorable and deeply touching. I grew rather fond of these characters and the journey they took together and I appreciated the redemptive quality of this story. Don't miss this book- I PROMISE you will not be disappointed.
The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy is a fascinating book and one that I mulled over for several days after I read it. It is a beautifully woven tale of three separate lives converging together throughout an intricate plot. Promise, the talented young singer, wants to be famous and leave her mark on the world before she dies. Porta is an aging witch and art dealer who is looking for immortality. Chase is the autistic man whose focus in life is to draw trees and give them out in love. When Promise survives several crazy accidents, Porta believes she holds the key to immortality. But Chase's visions gives him insight and he becomes Promise's savior in the midst of obsession and insanity.
The prose in this book is lyrical and beautifully soothing. I love how Erin Healy wove in biblical truth and allegory throughout the pages, and I was struck by sheer creativity of the story. It is not my normal style of book, but I loved it! It gripped me from the very first page and kept me turning the page.
This book was provided by the publisher for my honest review.