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Ali and Susan Jenkins have it all. Their life together is mapped out on a one-way path to happiness, that is, until Susan is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Ali refuses to accept it - her world is shattered.

Susan's last act of love is to make her wife promise that, one day, she will open her heart again and let somebody else love her. But, will Ali keep her promise?

©2017 Claire Stevenson (P)2019 Claire Stevenson

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Heartbreakingly beautiful!

Just finished this heartbreakingly beautiful audiobook. Though the premise is difficult, it's well worth a listen. A happily married couple - Ali and Susan - are challenged in the worst way possible when Susan is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. If I've already lost you here - stay with me. I wondered if I would be able to get through it myself but so glad I stuck with it. The story is broken up into two parts - the first takes us through that process but we also get to know and completely fall in love with the three characters involved - the couple themselves and their live-in nurse, Blair, hired to help them through Susan's end of life care. Before her death, Susan lovingly makes Ali promise that someday she will allow herself to be open to love again. Part two takes us through Ali's healing journey. Will she ever be able to move on when every fiber of her being wants to hold on? I loved this story - it wasn't rushed, felt honest, and was incredibly romantic. The Promise was this year's GCLS Contemporary Romance: Short Novels Goldie winner and the narration is so beautifully done by Kelsey Navarro. Highly recommend!

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Ali and Susan have been married for eight years. Then one night Susan feels a bump in her breast. Going to the dr the diagnosis is breast cancer. Thus ensues the tumultuous last months that they have to spend as a married couple. There are days of emotional pain, physical pain and lots of loving. The two of them must face and move towards the inevitable not liking it. Then Susan brings in a nurse to help in the coming days after chemo. The love and pain are so striking that the story will bring a tear to your eyes. Kelsey Navarro brings the story to tear jerking life as events unfold. A beautiful moving story and audio.

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Lovely and deep story

The Promise by Claire Highton-Stevenson is a deeply felt story of love and loss and love again. It is so apparent, the love between Susan and Ali, especially during the hard times when Susan is going through her cancer therapy. I love how Highton-Stevenson shows us how difficult it is for Ali to accept what is going on with Susan, yet she gives in because she realizes how best to support her in this journey. In the second part of the book where the input of Susan into Ali's psyche and memory, shows a real perspective of keeping someone who is deeply loved close and at hand. The slow burn between Ali and Blair is just the right speed, and gives authenticity to their relationship. Kelsey Navarro's narration made the audiobook enjoyable to listen, as her flow and change of voices were even and precisely rhythmed depending on the mood. Thankyou for this beautifully written and narrated piece of work.

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Heartbreaking and Beautiful!

This is about Ali and Susan Jenkins, a happily married couple who get a tragic diagnosis. It was a realistic take into the end of someone's life and the thoughts and decisions. Susan has Ali make her a Promise, which was an act of love on her part. Ali keeps the letter framed on her wall of her office and looks at it every day. You can feel Ali's struggle as she tries hard to move on. Claire Highton-Stevenson is an excellent author and takes you through an emotional journey. Kelsey Navarro's narrating is perfect! Well worth the listen/read. Just be prepared to have tissues!

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Such a well written novel!

I have never felt as moved by an audiobook. The Storyline was so emotional and heartfelt. I can only imagine how hard this had to have been to write. Amazing! Kelsey Navarro also did an amazing job bringing this story to life. It took me a long time to get through this novel because it was so well written and recorded that it was heartbreaking and I found myself having to stop listening for several weeks at a time. But I am truly glad I kept coming back to it because it was worth it. This novel deserves any and all awards it is eligible for. Just Wow!

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A lovely moving story

Miss Highton-Stevenson has done an amazing job of showing true love in all its forms. This is a heart wrenching story of love lost and love gained. Be prepared to have your heart tugged repeatedly but with a wonderfully satisfying ending.

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Such a lovely story

This story was absolutely lovely!! Sad and happy at the same time. Keep tissues handy. It’ll make you a little sad but mostly happy.

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Such an Impact

For anyone who has had to actually suffer through this story really hits home. I shed many tears and couldn't complete the book. Not that I didn't want to complete it as it was beautifully written but because I need to find my own ending. Once I do I will finish this amazing story. This book will always be important to me and I am thrilled I found it. Great performance.

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A work of art!

All I can say is WOW! The author did an amazing job! She portrayed ultimate true love, death/grieving, and finding love again in the best way possible. Everything I have listened or read has been amazing.

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heart felt

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was a good book.

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  • 09-27-19

A beautiful emotional story that touched my soul.

A book rich with characters I connected to, I became immersed from beginning to end. I will recommend this sad and uplifting book to everyone I know and anyone I meet!!

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  • 09-24-19

Superb

One of my favourite ever books and just as brilliant on Audible. A beautifully written and narrated story, full of love and emotions. Just my kind of book. Absolutely loved it.

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  • 09-25-19

Have Tissues at the ready

I thought the book was amazing and emotional, but listening to the story outbeats the book. An amazing job by both the author and narrator. You really need to listen this story

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