mary's book basket ~ "the promise" by dan walsh and gary smalley...

"The Promise" by authors Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley gives a most realistic look at a marriage in crisis. I was drawn into the story from the very beginning and could not put it down. The emotions were real and as the story unfolds Tom and his wife Jean each face personal struggles that are affecting their marriage.

From the Back Cover:
One home, two hearts, and the power of a promise kept . . . 

For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he's been hiding from his wife Jean--and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through coffee shops and the library, using their wifi to search job listings online. The stress of keeping this secret is beginning to put serious strain on his marriage.

But Tom's not the only one hiding something. Jean Anderson has a secret of her own--one that will seriously complicate their situation. Will the promises they made on their wedding day hold firm?

I really enjoy books that reach me on a deeper emotional level. This book did that. I was rooting for this couple to figure things out and make it through this storm that had tossed their life into such turmoil. The real selling point though was the introspection of the main characters. The depth of their inner conflict was at times difficult to read but made the ending worth every moment. 

I give this book:

4 cupcakes - It was delightfully delish and I would highly recommend it to others.

I received this book free in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. This book is available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.