Promise Me

Promise Me

Read by: Michele Pawk
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  • bestseller
A new novel from the bestselling author of The Christmas List , Grace , and The Christmas Box .

The New York Times has called Richard Paul Evans “the king of Christmas fiction.” The bestselling author of The Christmas Box (29 weeks on the New York Times list; 5 at #1; more than 1 million copies netted), Grace (10 weeks on the list), The Gift (13 weeks), Finding Noel (11 weeks), and The Christmas List (10 weeks), Evans is best known for his charming Christmas stories.

Now he returns with a story of hope, love, and faith, in a heartwarming and powerfully written new novel.
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  • Simon & Schuster Audio | 
  • ISBN 9781442335349 | 
  • October 2010
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Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans

Beth Cardall has a secret, one that for eighteen years she has had no choice but to keep to herself. But on Christmas Eve, all that is about to change.

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Promise Me includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Richard Paul Evans. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


INTRODUCTION


For Beth, 1989 was a year marked by tragedy. Her life was falling apart: her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was suffering from an unidentifiable illness; her marriage transformed from a seemingly happy and loving relationship to one full of betrayal and pain; her job was increasingly at risk; and she had lost any ability to trust, to hope, or to believe in herself. Then, on Christmas Day, Beth meets Matthew—a strikingly handsome, mysterious stranger who completely changes her life. He rescues her from emotional and financial ruin, but not even he can save her from heartbreak when she's forced to make a decision that will change both their lives forever.

TOPICS AND QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

1. This story is framed by passages in Beth’s diary, which we sometimes read directly and sometimes experience as a more traditional first-person narrative. We start in the present on Christmas Eve, moving backward in time to 1989, and then finally return to the present. Did you find this structure effe see more

About the Author

Richard Paul Evans
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Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 17 million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, three Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award, and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website RichardPaulEvans.com.

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