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The Promise by C.E. Wilson

C.E. Wilson, The Promise, book review, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Clean Romance, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: November 16, 2013 (re-edited 7/31/16)

Back Cover

What does it mean to be human?

Lily Evans is about to find out. On what should have been a day of great happiness she is diagnosed with a rare and unbelievable disease: she is shrinking, possibly without limit.

As her life starts to spin out of control and the world starts to grow around her at an uncontrollable rate she is forced to confront her greatest fear - losing the man whom she loved from the moment she saw him. Can they stay together even though she feels her humanity slipping away? Can she trust him with her secret and - as her disease progresses - her safety and even her life? Can she trust herself?

A bittersweet story of love and loss, The Promise is an Urban Fantasy that will have readers questioning the meanings of love, trust, and even humanity.


What should be one of the best days in Lily's life is also her worst. Her boyfriend, Erik, has asked for her hand in marriage; however, he proposes to her in the doctor's office after the couple finds out that she is shrinking rapidly.

While Erik and the doctor are hopeful that Lily will stop shrinking, her decreasing size challenges the couple as they desperately try to maintain some sense of normality in their lives and relationship. Can their devotion to each other overcome all obstacles, or will they decide that the best thing for both of them is to let each other go to live separate lives?

The beginning of the book is very interesting as readers learn more about Lily and Erick, how they met, and how their relationship blossomed over time. The two come from very different backgrounds and it is interesting to read about how they managed to find plenty of common ground in the beginning of their relationship.

Near the middle of the book, the plot starts to get a little repetitive as Lily and Erik try to overcome the challenges that her decreasing size poses. Wilson receives high marks for realism since most arguments between couples regarding unresolved issues are generally circular and repetitive. However, readers who can look past the repetitive arguments will find that Lily's and Erik's characters become more developed as they mature.

The devotion that the two of them display towards each other is touching, even though the protestations of love are a little overdramatic for this cynical 40-something reader. To me, the ending demonstrated the meaning of true and unselfish love; which made up for the "gushiness" that I encountered earlier in the book.

Setting aside my totally subjective preferences and tastes, I think this book is excellent for its target market. Wilson has created well-rounded and interesting characters that her target market can relate to; the challenges that the couple face as a result of Lily's diminutive size are realistic; the ending accurately reflects what true love is, rather than setting the expectation for impressionable teens that true love is the stuff of fairy tales; and last, but not least, The Promise is a clean book that adults can confidently buy for the teens/young women in their lives and know that they are not inadvertently exposing these young women to inappropriate subject matters.

While I would not recommend The Promise to cynical adults, such as myself, I highly recommend it for teens/young adults who enjoy clean and unique romantic urban fantasies.

About C.E. Wilson

C.E. Wilson, author, The Promise, On My Kindle Book Reviews
C.E. Wilson, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
C.E. Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has been living in Pittsburgh since 2009. For the first few years living in Pittsburgh, she was an English teacher. Her first book, "Oath of Servitude," was published in 2012. In 2013, she quit teaching to be a full time author and hasn't looked back since. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband.
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