The Promise by Beth Wiseman

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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About the book: (From the back cover)
Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger. Can the only man she’s ever loved rescue her before it’s too late?

Mallory Hammond is determined not to let her boyfriend, parents, or anyone else get in the way of her #1 goal—to save a life. She had that chance when she was a teenager, and the opportunity slipped away, leaving a void she’s desperate to fill. Then a new friend she met online offers her the chance she’s dreamed of. But she’ll have to leave behind everyone she loves to take it.

In a bold move—and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her—Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dream. Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey to Pakistan anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend isn’t who he says he is. And Mallory can only pray she’ll make it out alive.

Inspired by actual events, this riveting story will take you on a wild journey and have you asking yourself: How far would I go for love?

My Review:
This book was not about what I thought it would be about. Was I ever pleasantly surprised! I was sort of expecting a normal contemporary novel, but when I saw Mallory starting to look for more outside of the normal Christian values she had been confused about. Her longing to save someone consumes her, even to the point that she seemed to be duped by what we all could see coming a mile away.

I was reminded of some of the stories that I have heard about cult members, that are very smart, and yet get entrapped. I found this fascinating as it was based on a true story as well.

Ms. Wiseman tells a tale that is unique, it did remind me some of the Jeanette Windle’s books with the history of Pakistan as well.

This book was provided by NetGalley and Thomas Nelson. The opinions contained herein are solely my own.

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