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“Not as good as Dancing( see shelf)”paula W wrote this review Sunday, September 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fabulous book. This woman can WRITE. Can't wait to read her next book”Lisa Verge Higgins wrote this review Tuesday, March 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lauren Matthews became a big shot prosecutor nine years ago. She walked in and successfully prosecuted a high profile murder case convicting, Arlen Fieldstone. Nine years later, the verdict is overturned and Arlen is pronounced innocent. During those nine years, Lauren made a name for herself as a jury consultant with her amazing knack for reading people…while Arlene’s wife divorced him and his mother died.
Reeling from the shocking news of Arlen’s innocence sends Lauren running to Richmond, Virginia to find him and to apologize for her involvement in his wrongful conviction. Expecting to just to apologize and go home to her job and promotion, Lauren finds Arlen hostile and his best friend, Will working somewhat as a go between. Lauren realizes she can’t read people as easily as she thought, remembering the most important rule: people are always surprising.
I really enjoyed A Promise of Safekeeping. When Lauren first arrives in Richmond she is quite uptight and all business. Though I could respect and admire what she was doing she felt less than genuine. I really enjoyed watching her open up not only to Will, to the reader, but mostly to herself. She slowly started to ‘think’ about her own life instead of living out a plan.
On the other hand, I went back and forth about Arlen. I began with having all this sympathy for him, but then began thinking how he was always on the verge of becoming the criminal he wasn’t before. I understood but also felt frustrated. Then the more and more I read, I began liking him and routing for him. I also really enjoyed getting to know Will. I wasn’t really sure what to make of him and thought him to be a really good friend to Arlen. The characters were all really well developed and enjoyed watching how they moved forward when they realized they were each at a crossroad.
I felt the story moved at a fairly good pace, but the end came fast and I didn’t really get to fully appreciate or savor the ending. The book comes to a very dramatic end, which I really wasn’t expecting. This was the first book I’ve read by Lisa Dale and I will definitely read her again. I definitely recommend A Promise of Safekeeping.”
“A PROMISE OF SAFEKEEPING by Lisa Dale is a wonderful,charming contemporary romance set in present day Richmond Virgina.It is an emotional story of second chances,ex-convicts,the justice system, hope,wrongful conviction, redemption, forgiveness,secrets,love,romance,female lawyers,hoarding,and nine years of a lost life. This is the story of Lauren Matthews,prosecuted and who made an error in judgement that cost Arlen Fieldstone,nine years of his life,and Will Farris,friend of Arlen and who has a secret no one can know especially Lauren. A must read for any one who enjoys a charming,emotional story of three people who lives collide and who needs forgiveness,hope,second chances and love. Received for review from the publisher. Details can be found at Berkley Publishing Group Group,published by the Penguin Group and My Book Addiction Reviews. ”AprilR at My Book Addiction wrote this review Monday, January 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lauren Matthews was just starting her legal career nine years ago when the case of a lifetime was handed off to her. She was successful, the jury found the man guilty of murder and sent him to prison.
Now she finds out the man was innocent. How could she have been so wrong? There is only one thing she can do. She must find him and beg him to forgive her. The idea that is was her determination and drive that sent an innocent man to prison is eating her alive. Arlen Fieldstone has lost nine years of her life because of her.
To get to Arlen she has to go through his best friend, Will, the man that was there to pick up the pieces after his friend’s release. He remembers Lauren from the trial and he holds her responsible for his friend’s fate. He is not about to let her near his friend just to ease her pain.
These people’s lives collide. The outcome is yet to be determined. Will they each get what they need to move on with their lives?
This story was much more than I expected from the snippet I saw prior to receiving a review copy. There are so many layers to this story and to each character’s life. The author peels the layers slowly drawing the reader further and further into the lives of Lauren, Arlen and Will. She does this with the skill of a true storyteller. She also lets the reader get comfortable with the characters and then throws in a zinger that sends us reeling. Masterful, just plain masterful.”