About the book:
Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal---to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.
Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart's desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.
Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?
Wiseman's book gave light to the disconcerting reality many young, American women have fallen victim to, a reality I knew nothing about until now. If I hadn't known that this book was based on true events I would never have thought someone could be so naive as to travel alone to a dangerous region of Pakistan to marry a man they barely know. In Mallory's case she thought she would be enabling a loving father to get his visa so he would be able to bring his dying daughter to America for the health care she needed...only to discover nothing could be further from the truth. I was on the edge of my seat hoping Mallory wouldn't go through with her foolish decisions, and then hoping she would be able to make it out alive! I hope this book is able to raise awareness about these situations and keep other young women from making the same mistake.
However, I was disappointed in that this book was marketed as Christian fiction. Yes, there are many religious discussions throughout the book as it provides a glimpse into the different practices and everyday life of Muslims, and Mallory's boyfriend, Tate, identifies as Catholic. Yet within the first few chapters the book references the sexual intimacies of their relationship, as well as that of Mallory's boss and his fiancee. The characters show no regret for their actions, or growth in their relationship with the Lord. Tate brushes off Mallory's religious indifference, and even Mallory states that she doesn't care what god Muslims pray to. The book seemed to focus more on prayer, whomever you may be praying to, rather than the need for Jesus as our Savior. For these reasons I would not recommend this book. I have started to become very disappointed in the standards, or lack thereof, evidenced in the "Christian" books I've read recently.
In a daring new novel, Beth Wiseman jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, this is the book Beth has been working toward for a long time.
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