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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
Wendi Sotis' novel "Promises" is a beautiful love story that takes the reader back in time to the characters in "Pride and Prejudice." Sotis begins her story in 1801 in London where the reader meets our two main characters at a bookstore. Fitzwilliam Darcy is fifteen years old at this time and Elizabeth Bennett is only nine years old; however, there is an immediate connection between the two of them. Their fathers have been friends for years. Elizabeth is very intelligent and wise for her age. As the years go by, love grows between them and they want to marry; however, Elizabeth is still young and they must wait for a bit. Will the waiting be too long or will they find a way to still be together?
This is a well-written story that puts a spin on a classic love story. I loved being able to read about Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth when they are younger children and really being able to watch the friendship and love grow between them. As in real life, the journey is not smooth and without trials and difficulties. The family relationships and connections among the characters add so much to the story and give it a realistic feel. Elizabeth states and also shows that there is no place she would rather be than right by William's side no matter what. This just sums up the sweetness of the story, a story of two best friends in love with each other, who will withstand the trials thrown in their path in order to be together.