Authors: Richard Paul Evans
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Evans, Richard Paul.
Promise me / Richard Paul Evans.
1. Single mothersâFiction. 2. Guardian angelsâFiction. I. Title.
813'.54âdc22Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2010027536
ISBN 978-1-4391-5406-9 (ebook)
Laurie Liss. Amanda Murray. (It was fun while it lasted, Amanda. Thank you for your insight and faith in this story. I really enjoyed working with you.) David Rosenthal. (David, it was a pleasure working with you for all these years, I wish you well in your new pursuits.) Carolyn Reidy. Gypsy da Silva. Copy editor Fred Wiemer. Jonathan Karp (I look forward to working with you, Jonathan). My writing assistant, Jenna Evans Welch.
For research assistance: Dr. David Benton (A terrific doctor. Thanks for always being there for me, David) and Kristy Benton. Mallorie Resendez Bassetti.
The staff: Barry James Evans, Diane Glad, Heather McVey, Judy Schiffman, Karen Christoffersen, Lisa V. Johnson,
Karen Roylance, Lisa McDonald, Sherri Engar, Doug Smith and Barbara Thompson.
Keri, Jenna and David Welch, Allyson-Danica, Abigail Hope, McKenna Denece, Michael. (Sorry, Bello. You were no help at all.)
My love and appreciation to all of you.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Me
Locked away in jewelry boxes, hidden in my closet, are two necklaces. They are gifts from two different men. Both of these necklaces are beautiful, both of them are valuable and I wear neither of them, but for entirely different reasonsâone because of a promise broken, the other because of a promise kept.
As you read my story, there is something I want you to understand. That in spite of all the painâpast, present and that still to comeâI wouldn't have done anything differently. Nor would I trade the time I had with him for anythingâexcept for what, in the end, I traded it for.
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