Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Promises to Keep: A Novel

Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in upstate New York. She adores her two daughters, has great friends, and actually doesn't mind that her workaholic husband gets home at 9 p.m. every night-that is, when he's not traveling six months out of the year.

Callie's younger sister, Steff, on the other hand, has never grown up. She's a free spirit, living in downtown Manhattan and bouncing between jobs and boyfriends. Lately, she's been working as a vegan chef, even though she can't cook.

Lila Grossman is Callie's best friend and has finally met the man of her dreams. Eddie has two wonderful children, but also a drama queen ex-wife who hates Lila. And then there are Callie and Steff's parents, Walter Cutler and Honor Pitman. Divorced for thirty years, they rarely speak to each other.

The lives of these colorful characters intersect when they each receive a shocking note that summons them together for one extraordinary summer in Maine and changes their lives forever. This novel is about the hard choices we have to face, about having to be your parents' child long after you've grown up, and about the enduring nature of love.

**Personal Thoughts**

No one told me this would be a book that would bring on the waterworks - it could also be that I'm pregnant as well but it still caused me to swipe at my eyes a few times. I was sucked into the book pretty quickly - the characters all play well together and the story flows seamlessly. It's a great read and you find yourself turning the page to learn what happens next, always keeping your fingers crossed that good prevails. I've fallen in love with Jane Green's writing and adore her books.

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