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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

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

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Gripped all the way

I thoroughly enjoyed this redemption story, terrific realisation of family life and the joys and strains of raising children. Beautifully drawn characters and I especially liked Catrin Stewart's narration which was sensitive and nuanced.

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A captivating story that holds the interest well
Emotional aspects of grief are very well done
The narrator has a rather boring, flat voice that doesn’t do the novel justice - such a pity
Highly recommend this audiobook for the story

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  • Leisha
  • 18-08-2021

OK but a bit disappointing

I got to the end but wasn't very invested in the characters. there wasn't any highs or lows .. it just seemed to be a story if a widow, her brother in law and him trying to redeem himself. The narrator was a bit flat which didnt help.

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  • SALLY BROWN
  • 11-06-2021

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.
Performance wise this is a -1000000000000000000

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  • Susie Bebs
  • 24-04-2021

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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  • Dumetella
  • 19-03-2021

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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  • 24-04-2022

Great story

Another great book by Lucy Diamond, loved the narrator Catrin Stewart reading the book 👍,
Great story
Can't wait to listen another one

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  • Posh100
  • 02-12-2021

Emotional ride with happy ending

Really a simple enough story of normal people, thrown into a tragic and sad situation.
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  • 26-08-2021

It’s alright a little gloomy

The story is quite sad and can sometimes drone on a little to get the point home. Don’t read it if you’re feeling a little down! Performance quite good. Now to read/listen to something a little more upbeat!

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  • Alfred
  • 03-07-2021

Beautiful

Most enjoyable and mind provoking. The kindness of humanity. Looking forward to hearing more from this author.

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  • Susie
  • 21-06-2021

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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  • 25-05-2021

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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  • KJS71UK
  • 21-05-2021

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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