Time to pass the blog back over to Mandie who has a review of Jade Beer’s Promise Me as part of the blog blitz. Happy publication day Jade. A big thank you to Kim Nash of Bookouture for including us in the tour. Here is what the book is al about.
About the Book
If you could wish one thing for your daughter, what would it be?
Jenny lost her beloved mother as a teenager, and was left devastated. As a parting gift she left her daughter a bundle of letters, one for each significant day of Jenny’s future. First date, first broken heart, graduation day… and one for the day Jenny meets the love of her life.
Her mother’s letters are everything to her, but how can Jenny ever become the confident, successful woman her mother wanted her to be when her heart is broken by her loss? When an unexpected meeting has Jenny mistaken for somebody she’s not, Jenny learns that sometimes pretending is the easiest way to tell the truth and that loving someone can mean letting them go…
An absolutely unforgettable book club read that will break your heart. If you love Jojo Moyes, Cecelia Ahern and Nancy Thayer you will love this unputdownable page-turner.
In Promise Me we catch up with Helen Whittaker, the owner of the White Gallery bridal shop that we first met in the Almost Wife. This time she takes a bit more centre stage as we see her starting on a new relationship as she finally feels ready to move on after the death of her husband. We also meet Natalie Butler, Jenny Archer and Helen’s daughter Betsy Whittaker.
Natalie is a bridesmaid for hire, a job she likes most of the time and it brings her into regular contact with Helen as she uses her shop for all her dresses. They have built up a really good relationship but it still comes as a bit of a shock to Natalie when she realises that one of the weddings she working at is that of Helens daughter Betsy.
Jenny is a bit of a loner. Her mother died when she was only 16 and she is estranged from her father as she couldn’t understand how he could start a new relationship quite soon after her death. A chance passing of the shop sees her caught up in a lie that she has no idea how to get out of.
Betsy is supposed to be marrying her long term partner but between his dedication to the novel he is writing and her increasing attraction to her boss, there is a distinct lack of interest on both their parts on the ever impending nuptials.
I really felt that there was more to Helen’s story in the last book so I was glad to see that the author explored both her relationship with her daughter and the new man in her life. Despite there really being four stories within the story, all being told from their respective points of view the book worked with Helen being the pivotal character that pulled it all together.
I am not a gushy, sentimental person but there is definitely something about Jade Beers books that I just love and keep me hooked. Even the letters that Jenny’s mother had written to her before she died hit just the right note and were not over sentimental. The characters are ones that you are hoping will get their happy ending even when they are maybe not at their best. Although this could be classed as the second book in a series due to the links to The Almost Wife it can certainly be read as a stand-alone. For me this is well worth reading and I can’t wait to see what the author writes next.
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I’m Jade. I’m a novelist, mother to two young daughters and the editor of Conde Nast Brides.
I love writing about women and all the challenges we face in our daily lives. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented women throughout my career as a journalist and editor – ones who juggle the most all-encompassing careers with family and friendships and everything else that life throws at them. They often make it look so easy. But we all know it’s not. And that need to present one version of yourself to the world, while keeping the grittier, less polished reality under wraps, is a thread that runs strongly through my debut novel, The Almost Wife.
In my day job as the editor of Conde Nast Brides, I share my working life with editors of some of the glossiest, luxury brands in the world – Vogue, Tatler, Glamour – and I have the enormous privilege of travelling the world and sitting front row at beautiful fashion shows and working with the world’s leading florists, cake makers and stylists. But I also take a daily peek into the lives of young women who are engulfed in one of the most exciting times of their lives – planning their wedding days. This, above everything else, is the really fun bit. Being on the front line if you like. Hearing their thoughts, fears, worries and ambitions for the future. This really powerful cocktail of glamour and reality dances across every page of The Almost Wife and is currently being poured into my second novel which is due out in October this year.
I’m not sure I could have written The Almost Wife without making it personal too, feeding some of my own quiet fears into the mix. I’ve sat in important meetings, dropping huge clangers that years later still make me cringe. I’ve got more than my fair share of self-doubt and suffer like many other women from the dreaded imposter syndrome. I worry constantly about my family. How much time I have left with them. Am I doing any of it right? Will I be riddled with regret in later years? Will my daughters be critical of the choices I made? Am I failing the people I love the most?
Although work places me full time in London, my heart is in the countryside where I live with my husband and our two daughters. The Cotswolds is where my husband and I used to spend romantic weekends plotting our future together long before children came along and is now where I watch them both run free, hoping I will keep them close for many years to come.
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