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The Promise

Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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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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  • deanna
  • ELLINGTON, CT
  • 11-20-19

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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A great story

A wonderful very sensitively written and well narrated book well developed characters, loved the way the story was set.

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Vau vau vau

Is it possible to assign 6 or more stars to a certain review.
This book is incredible. The story is so well written, there are all these emotions happening. Ali and Susan sound like such a perfect couple and even though I new what the ending would be, I still hopped for Susan’s survival.
I love the fact that the author was not afraid to write about a topic that is hard to discuss. Cancer discussion are so not common in books like that and the author really captured the authenticity of the theme.
All my praise also to the narrator. Great job!
I highly recommend this one.

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Another Great audiobook by this author!

The Promise” really hits hard. I love the way Claire tackles the subject of Cancer threw out the first part of the book...The one last true act of love & unselfishness from Sarah to Ali so she may move on after she is gone was beautifully written. By the second half of the book you find that you can’t help but feel for Ali and want to see her fine her HEA. The story is very well written and the narrator- Kelsey Navarro does a wonderful job with this book and allowed the story to flow with her words. A definite 5 stars ⭐️

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This story is poignant and gripping.

I admit that I had to put it down a few times in order to process what I was reading, not because it was confusing, but because my heart cried for the characters. There just aren't enough words in the world for me to describe how incredible this book is.

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well written and very emotional

having lost a partner and soul mate to cancer, I can relate. She made me promise to move on and find love again. I haven't yet but hoping.

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The only word I can come up is wow!

This is exceptional book. The first part is extremely heartbreaking. Need for Kleenex guarantee. The second part, well you grow with the characters! their expectations, love and ability to move on. Story and narration in this case, are absolutely amazing. In fact the word that came out of me at the end was WOW!

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  • JT
  • Oregon, USA
  • 09-24-19

Amazing, emotional and witty

Once again Claire Highton-Stevenson has produced another winner. I was a bit overwhelmed at the emotional intensity at the onset. It was a roller coaster ride that goes from teary to angry to a bit humorous. I am not the tear jerk kind of listener but I am so glad that I continued to listen. This was an amazing story. I appreciated the honesty of the characters and development of the supporting characters. The adventure created for Ali by Susan is incredible. Oh and did I say there is a beautiful nurse involved in this story??? No spoilers just a must read for anybody who is willing to look at what is important in the long run. And kudos to Kelsey Navarro for an excellent narration of an intense story.

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I wasn't going to...but I am so glad I did

Let me start by saying I like/love most of CHS books. The audiobooks she has released so far have all been done very well and this one is no exception. Navarro did a great job narrating with enough difference in voices to make it good and a smooth read to make it great.
Now in regards to the book...I honestly had no intentions on reading it because the blurb just made me sad from the get go. However, this book is soooooo worth the read, well listen at least. It is broken into two parts. Part 1 is the part you will need tissues for, I kid you not. It's sad but also really good. I mean, I thought getting to know Susan and pretty much falling in love with Ali and Susan together would make me hate whoever Ali moves on with, but it didn't. It was well written/narrated so well that not only do you fall in love with all three women but you are helped to accept it because of the amount of time spent with them. Then Part 2 comes along and that story just added to Part 1 and you fall in love more with all three women, yes Susan included.
Take the journey and the leap into this book. It's sad and cancer plaus a huge role in this story but so does hope and definitely love. One of my favorites by CHS to date

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Nic
  • 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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  • Kaz B
  • 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.