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Promise me
2010
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The #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and master of the holiday novel presents a breathtaking story of the transcendent power of love.

Beth Cardall has a secret. For eighteen years, she has had no choice but to keep it to herself, but on Christmas Eve 2008, all that is about to change.

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 at the dry cleaners was increasingly at risk; and she had lost any ability to trust, to hope, or to believe in herself. Then, on Christmas Day, as she rushed through a blizzard to the nearest 7-Eleven, Beth encountered Matthew, a strikingly handsome, mysterious stranger, who would single-handedly change the course of her life.

Who is this man, and how does he seem to know so much about her? He pursues her relentlessly, and only after she's fallen deeply in love with him does she learn his incredible secret, changing the world as she knows it, as well as her own destiny.
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Popular Evans offers up another magical novel, this one set in the 1980s, in time for the holidays. Beth Cardall's life seems charmed until she finds out that her perfect husband, Marc, has been unfaithful to her and that their beautiful daughter Charlotte is sick with a mysterious illness that baffles every doctor. Then Marc's unexpected and swift death from pancreatic cancer leaves Beth in financial straits. So she's in no mood for romance when she meets an enigmatic, handsome stranger on Christmas day, but the man, who tells her his name is Matthew, is both persistent and charming in his pursuit of her. He tells her he's a widower still grieving over the loss of his beloved wife, whose identity will shock Beth--and readers--to the core. The unexpected twist propels the novel forward, making the book impossible to put down. Though the ending ties everything up a bit too neatly, Evans' many fans will enjoy this inventive, heartwarming tale.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2010 Booklist
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