More than a year into the pandemic, and whatever lockdown we are in now, I confess not many adult books hold my attention to the end. I had great hopes for Lucy Diamond’s latest book, The Promise, and she didn’t fail me.

“When faced with the sudden death of his brother, Dan’s mission is clear. He puts together a project to help pick up the pieces and support his grieving sister-in-law Zoe, plus her young children. This is Dan’s promise – to ensure is family’s happiness, and to try to live up to the man his brother was.”

However, in managing his brother’s finances, a secret comes to light, making Dan question everything he new about Patrick, and leaving him unsure what to do.
“Should he tell the truth and risk his family’s fragile happiness, or will his brother’s secrets end up becoming his own.”

I really liked Dan. He seemed like a genuinely nice person who tries to do what is right. The secondary characters we meet along the way, including one of Patrick’s tenants, are lovely, each one full of life and such a great addition to the book.

While I can appreciate what Zoe is going through, I found her attitude toward Dan angering. There is a lot of blame, none of it landing on the right person. I understand grieve. I don’t understand unkindness even in grief, particularly when one knows that unkindness is wrong.

This is going to be one of those reviews where I can say basically nothing other than Lucy Diamond wrote a book that I read from start to finish in a day. Diamond’s latest book kicks off a summer of beach reads.

A copy of The Promise was provided by PCG Books and PanMacMillan.com for an honest review.
The opinions are my own. The Promise retails for $18.99.