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Summary

The Promise is a unforgettable story about finding love, hope and joy in even the darkest moments, by the Sunday Times best seller Lucy Diamond, author of The Secrets of Happiness.

When faced with the sudden death of his brother, Dan’s mission is clear. He puts together a project to help pick up the pieces and support his grieving sister-in-law Zoe, plus her young children. This is Dan’s promise - to ensure his family’s happiness and to try and live up to the man his brother was. 

But tying up loose ends brings a shocking secret to light and calls into question everything Dan knew about his older brother. With more than just his promise on the line, Dan is faced with an ultimatum: should he tell the truth and risk his family’s fragile happiness, or will his brother’s secrets end up becoming his own?

©2021 Lucy Diamond (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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"A bittersweet, big-hearted take on family dynamics, grief, and how to make happiness a priority." (Woman and Home)

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Good story. well read. I love Lucy Diamond books.

Narrator was really good, so often a great story can be ruined by poor narrator.

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A long story about a few dirty secrets...

I was a bit disappointed... Yes, the book is very well written but kind of boring. I do know how hard grief is, but it is not particularly interesting to read about people's grieving thoughts forth and back for hours and hours...

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Flat and low key with a whispered narration.

Flat and low key for Lucy Diamond. Perhaps because it was written during pandemic? Beautifully observed novel about bereavement but lacking her usual light touch. I enjoyed the story, but needed some light relief from the relentless depressing tone. Certainly not a romantic novel.

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I don’t know about the story

The woman reading this sounds like she’s super bored. It is so dull I e given up. Shame because I love Lucy Diamond books.
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Another lovely family story

Lucy Diamond creates wonderful characters and very well portrayed by Catrin Stewart’s excellent reading. I particularly loved the interaction between them all.

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brilliant as always fantastic writing .

This lady is a fantastic author..
you will really enjoy this. I highly recommend this book...

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Terrible narrator

The storyline is good & capturing but the narrator just kills it for me. No pleasure in listening.

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Very good

I really enjoyed the storyline. However the narrator ruined it a bifor me as she was very flat all the way through and it was often difficult to tell if the character was speaking or thinking in certain parts.

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Dull narration ruined and ok story

I think this book would be better read than listened to, the narration is so dull. it's not the most cheery subject to begin with but does have some heart . The narrator is montone and flat throughout which makes it really hard to wade through to the end.