Promises. Yes, we’ve heard them, some come true and others, well, you know, they don’t. They can be heart filling or heart-wrenching. My first love promised to be my sweetheart for always, but he broke my heart. He also opened my eyes to how love can be manipulated. Used for its ends and then thrown away. From this experience, I told myself not to give my heart away too quickly. It took a long time to trust again and even then, guarded.
My heart took a lot of healing, but before that, I had to forgive. Who? Firstly myself then the young man who had wounded it. I had to forgive the wasted years that took me away from God’s will for me. Why? Because God wants us to love, to give and receive it. I had encased my heart in bitterness, chained it tightly so as not to get hurt again. Secondly, the perpetrator, he needed forgiving for his actions toward me as they chained me to the past and the act. Without mercy towards myself and him, I couldn’t move on. I would remain a victim, hurt by broken promises.
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“Don’t think. Do. Sometimes you have to lance a boil and let the bad stuff out so you can start the healing process” -Imperfect Promises.
My Penny’s Worth
I have not read the other four books in this series. However, that did not affect my enjoyment of this book. Both Shea and Jonas came across as believable characters with pasts that changed their present lives.Outrage, disappointment, relief, and guilt made a heady cocktail.” Imperfect Promises @enoyes5246 #amreading Click To Tweet
Did I like the main characters?
Yes, I liked Jonas, the protector, the man who ached for someone but couldn’t quite get his act together. He knew where he was with his horses! I felt the neediness in him to express his emotions and like me reticent to open up.
“I figured the Army would toughen you up, but I never dreamed they’d take my happy-go-lucky son and send me back a ghost of the man.”
Shea attacked her days with a smile on her face and ached at night. She too hindered by past damage walked a lonely path. Determined not to get hurt.
“Lone animals, injured ones, in particular, make easy prey for predators.”
How that resonated with me.
Is there depth to this book?
There are many instances of a deeper meaning in this book. I could sense wisdom in the writing. It is easy to get caught up in the storyline, which is intelligent, fast and at times unpleasant, but there are pearls of gold nuggets for those of us who have been hurt in life.
“If you put your mind to something, chances are you can make it happen, but tears won’t help.”
In my opinion, Imperfect Promises draws on the pledge from the Father. He wants us to know that He will never leave you because His love is higher than the messiness of life. He sees beyond it and loves no matter what. However, the main characters are like you and me desperate for that Fatherly love. Struggling to strive for it but failing due to our baggage.
“Sometimes you have to get out of your own way and trust the good Lord to figure things out for you.”
What about the antagonist?
Oh, the villain was nasty, homegrown and full of hate. A darkened soul only out to destroy. A portrayal of the sick world without God. Yes, Ms. Noyes wrote a realistic antagonist.
In what way did this book affect you?
For me, the book oozed pain and had me turning the pages to get it finished. Indeed I read it faster than I usually did. The plot thickens quickly, and the enemy is well camouflaged. Elizabeth Noyes does a smart job of misleading the reader. And her descriptions, like paint on a canvas.
“His eyes darkened, filled with daggers, broken bottles, guns and rusty chains as he stared.”
Would I recommend Imperfect Promises?
Yes, I would, but I would also recommend reading the other four in order as I expect they are as good as this book. I have done what I do with a newspaper read from the end to the beginning – my dyslexic brain!
Thank you, Elizabeth for writing this book. I would like to give it 4****
*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*
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About the Book
Book Title: Imperfect Promises (book 5)
Author: Elizabeth Noyes
Genre: Action, Suspense, Romance
Release date: August, 2018
Award-winning romantic suspense author, Elizabeth Noyes raises the bar in this stunning conclusion of The Imperfect Series!
Former Special Forces operative, Jonas Cameron, traded his past and his service for his family back in Idaho and the ranch he loves. But ghosts have a disturbing way of not staying where you leave them.
Shea Townsend is on her way to becoming a chef extraordinaire until her father’s illness pulls her from culinary school and back to Montana to care for him. After his death, disinherited and alone, she sets out to make a new life for herself, one which may or may not include the too-alpha, too-sexy Jonas Cameron.
Jonas learns of a homegrown terrorist threat against him and his family at the same time a mysterious stalker sets his sights on Shea. Determined to neutralize both dangers, Jonas calls on old friends for help and draws upon his own very specialized skill set to end the menaces to Shea and himself.
As the danger escalates, secrets are revealed and the truth emerges in a deadly cat and mouse game with Shea caught in the middle.
Fast-paced action. Heart-pounding adventure. This is not your ordinary romantic suspense story!
About the Author
Elizabeth Noyes—professional writer, aspiring author, dedicated dreamer—lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and best friend, Paul, who listens tirelessly while she regales him with all the tales in her head of damaged, but very human characters clamoring to be heard.
A native of the Deep South, she claims to still “speak the language,” even after traveling around the world for most of her adult life. Recently retired from a career as a professional business writer and editor, she now fills her days editing, critiquing, reading, playing with the grandkids, learning more about Social Media than she ever wanted, and putting her stories into words to share with others.
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The Imperfect Tie Between Characters, Themes, and Titles
I love reading across all genres. If it’s well- written, I’m an easy catch. What I don’t like is when fictional characters are portrayed as model-worthy with perfect looks, perfect physiques, and perfect personalities. Yuk! I’ve never met a perfect person.
To quote Mark Twain, “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.”
I want characters with the same flaws as you and me—judgmental, short-tempered, guilt-ridden, egotistical, defiant, withdrawn, too-skinny, compassionate, couch potatoes, foolish, silly, serious, low self-esteem, arrogant, hurt, guilty, deceiving, generous… in other words, real people. These are character traits I relate to, and they come alive on the pages, giving hope that we can also learn from our mistakes and grow into something better.
The characters in the Imperfect Series let themselves and others down. They struggle with life issues, make poor decisions, grieve over mistakes, and then pick themselves up and go on.
In Imperfect Wings, guilt and low self esteem plague TJ, while her male counterpart, Garrett, struggles with anger issues. In Imperfect Trust, yeah, trust was a problem for both Lucy and Wade. With Imperfect Bonds, Cassidy fights for her sister’s forgiveness as she deals with feelings of inadequacy … both of which carry over into her relationship with Derek. In Imperfect Lies—yep, another obvious theme. Lies from the past come back to haunt Mallory and James.
In the final book of the series, Imperfect Promises, the main male character, Jonas, is by a nature a control freak. He suffers from guilt over a perceived failure when at his deepest core he is a protector and perfectionist. Shea, the female protagonist, rose from the ashes of a devastating childhood to forge a new life for herself. Both discover that promises made to themselves and to others can’t always be kept. Despite best intentions, life sometimes gets in the way.
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