The Promise by Connie Rife (Book Review #866)

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The promise is a beautiful memoir written about a young girl named Connie. The memoir is set in the late 1960s, Pennsylvania. Connie is raised in a children’s home as her mother is mentally unstable to care for her. As she runs away from the house to find her alcoholic father, she still struggles to find peace with the matter. The story is a coming-of-age notion of a young girl’s friendship with God and how she turns to him for help at just 11 years of age.

The story is about finding love, living life to the fullest, and holding on to one’s dreams no matter the odds. The author spends delicate time writing her memoir making sure every detail has been noted, and as truthful as her words are, the tale was just as beautiful.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I particularly enjoyed how Connie grew and developed. She begins very naïve, and the tragedies she endures make you really bad for her; however, Connie isn’t one to give up, and her dreams and ambitions are what take this memoir to another level. Some parts touch the profoundly personal side of things, and to be able to openly discuss that is a testament to who strong Connie is.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read memoirs and material that make you think afterward.

Written by Jeyran Main

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