Rating: 4 / 5
Jamie Beck’s The Promise of Us is the sweet story of Claire, a sheltered interior designer dealing with PTSD from gun violence, and Logan, an adventurous world photographer hoping to break Claire from her mundane life.
Thank you to Booksparks for the review copy!
Claire loves her simple life in Sanctuary Sound. She has a wonderful best friend, a business she’s passionate about, and the comforts of family and safety. She especially cherishes these comforts because she was a victim of gun violence in her younger years and has been dealing with the physical effects ever since – she walks with a cane and has chronic pain from the injury.
When Claire’s childhood best friend-turned arch enemy, Peyton, and her brother, Logan, come back to town while Peyton battles breast cancer, Claire is forced to face uncomfortable memories. Logan, who she’s had a crush on since childhood, takes an interest in her and begins attempting to push her out of her comfort zone – she hasn’t left Sanctuary Sound since the shooting. Will Logan push too far, or will Claire be able to let go of the past and start anew?
Please take caution while reading The Promise of Us if any of the following topics may trigger you:
- Mental illness
The Promise of Us is such a sweet, mild romance! I’m not the biggest fan of romance novels, but this one was great. There is so much depth, including the very compelling story lines of Claire’s PTSD, Peyton’s battle with cancer, and overarching themes of female friendship and forgiveness.
The personal growth and evolution of Claire and Logan is the main and driving focus of this story. I loved watching them grow and change for the better. In terms of romance, this is a classic will they-won’t they conflict with very mild and minor descriptions of sex.
The writing is wonderfully manageable and dialogue isn’t used flippantly – a pet peeve of mine in romances. The point-of-view alternates between Claire and Logan, which allows us to better understand both of them, and their hangups and hurdles, equally. Beck also masterfully describes Claire’s work with interior design, creating a vivid and enviable mental picture of the spaces she transforms.
The Promise of Us is quintessentially sweet. It’s the perfect introduction for romance beginners and is even accessible for audiences that aren’t keen on romance. The serious themes and wonderful character development make this a pleasant and enjoyable novel!
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