The Promise is a unforgettable story about finding love, hope and joy in even the darkest moments, by the Sunday Times bestseller Lucy Diamond, author of The Secrets of Happiness.
'I loved The Promise' - Libby Page, author of The 24-Hour Café
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 his family’s happiness, and to try and live up to the man his brother was.
But tying up loose ends brings a shocking secret to light, and calls into question everything Dan knew about his older brother. With more than just his promise on the line, Dan is faced with an ultimatum: Should he tell the truth and risk his family’s fragile happiness, or will his brother’s secrets end up becoming his own?
'A bittersweet, big-hearted take on family dynamics, grief, and how to make happiness a priority' - Woman and Home
'This is Lucy Diamond at her very best - a stunning novel that will break your heart into little pieces and then glue it back together again with joy' - Milly Johnson
'We couldn't put this down' - Bella
'Family drama at its very best with characters that have you reaching out to them' - My Weekly
Real readers love The Promise:
'I cried and laughed'
'It was a beautifully written book from start to finish. Each night I couldn't wait to read the next chapter.'
'I literally cannot put it down.'
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From the author: “I wanted to write a book where the main character is a man, which was a bit of a challenge to myself. That really interested me, as well as the idea of what happens after a tragic event. What secrets you might find out and how far you would go to protect those you loved if you discovered their secrets? What would you do about it? I think we’re all fascinated by secrets—it’s no coincidence that so many novels are about them. It was quite a sad book to write, but writing about subjects like grief and loss in an upbeat way mirrors who we are as people. It’s self-preservation, the human spirit and the resilience of us, to think, ‘OK, this bad thing has happened, but life must go on.’ The child characters really helped, because you can’t sit around being sad with young children. You have to make life as normal as possible for them. And that sort of forces you through your day. I really enjoyed writing from a male perspective. I asked my husband to read it and tell me if there was anything the character said or thought that a man just wouldn’t. That was an interesting process! But, on the whole, I thought, men have all these feelings and thoughts too and they aren’t completely dissimilar to how I would feel about something.”