The Promise

  • by Elizabeth Chappelle
  • Narrated by Melanie Fraser
  • 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lucy's perfect world came crashing down around her when she heard those four dreaded words: "I don't love you". Followed by the slamming of the door.
Six months later, still in shock and denial, Lucy boarded a plane to go somewhere far away. She needed to be alone, with no memories of Paul. While in Egypt she met Sebastian Steel, whose origin was as potent as his magnetism; he was half English, half Italian, and a successful hotelier in Sharm el Sheikh and Cairo. Sebastian also had another secret--the one he could not tell Lucy. Their relationship started and developed, and they began to realize they had a lot in common and discovered that their lives were inextricably linked. The two of them were soon embarking on an exciting journey brought about by the enigmatic, unseen, but ever present Primrose, who had brought these two together. Finally, after seven years in Egypt, Sebastian returned home to England, back to the cottage he had shared with his mother, but he was returning with Lucy--the woman with whom he had fallen in love.


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Customer Reviews

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Would you listen to The Promise again? Why?

No. I don't usually read romance novels.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Promise?

The narration was excellent.

Which character – as performed by Melanie Fraser – was your favourite?

Lucy. Melanie emphasised her pain very well.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There's always hope.

Any additional comments?

The story was fairly well written although somewhat repetitive.

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- Julie Elizabeth Powell

sweet romance

Would you listen to The Promise again? Why?

Yes I would. The narration is very easy to listen to. The story can be listened to in a few hours so it is perfect for relaxing at the beach or on a journey and the story is nice and sweet.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked how the author used the cottage to weave the theme of fate through the story. It added a nice element and gave the characters something real to bond over.

Any additional comments?

The narrator portrays the emotions of the characters very well. I could feel the hurt, betrayal and loss that Lucy was feeling at the beginning of the novel. I could hear the laughter and humour in Lucy's voice as she developed a relationship with Sebastian. I don't think I would have enjoyed this novel as much if it wasn't for Melanie Fraser's narration.
The story had potential to have so much more drama. I found the romance to be unrealistic. Getting divorced, meeting, falling in love and the inevitable Happy Ever After occurred over a few weeks on holiday. Her parents were far too happy that she got engaged to man she met on holiday while she was getting over a divorce. I'm 35 and I can imagine how my parents would react. My mother would probably chase the guy back to the airport with the sweeping brush!!

I thought the author could have extended the story and their relationship in England a bit more before they settled down. I would also have liked to know how Sebastian managed his Egyptian hotels from England and was it really the last they would hear from the duplicitous Tara? But in saying that, I enjoyed the story and would listen to it again.

This is a sweet, simple romance and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy, relaxing listen.

I received a copy of this audio book from the narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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- Inishowen Cailín

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-01-2015
  • Publisher: Mary-Elizabeth Pinfield