The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy is a fascinating book and one that I mulled over for several days after I read it. It is a beautifully woven tale of three separate lives converging together throughout an intricate plot. Promise, the talented young singer, wants to be famous and leave her mark on the world before she dies. Porta is an aging witch and art dealer who is looking for immortality. Chase is the autistic man whose focus in life is to draw trees and give them out in love. When Promise survives several crazy accidents, Porta believes she holds the key to immortality. But Chase's visions gives him insight and he becomes Promise's savior in the midst of obsession and insanity.
The prose in this book is lyrical and beautifully soothing. I love how Erin Healy wove in biblical truth and allegory throughout the pages, and I was struck by sheer creativity of the story. It is not my normal style of book, but I loved it! It gripped me from the very first page and kept me turning the page.
The Back Cover:
Promise, a talented young singer with a terminal illness, is counting on fame to keep her memory alive after she dies. Porta is an aging sorceress and art collector in search of immortality.
When Promise inexplicably survies a series of freak accidents, Porta believes that she may hold the key to eternal life.
Enter Chase, an autistic artist who falls in love with Promise and fascinates her with his mysterious visions and drawings.
Soon, all are plunged into a confrontation over the mystery and the cost of someting even greater than eternal life...eternal love.