Thursday, February 25, 2010

review and tour: yesterday's promise by linda lee chaikin

At the heart of Yesterday’s Promise is an interesting plot including a murder mystery and the cutthroat diamond business during British colonialism in Africa. Unfortunately the plot gets a bit bogged down by an excessive cast of wealthy characters with various familial ties (not all of which are known to all involved) and background information on diamonds. There were times I thought I should make a list to keep the characters straight! It probably would’ve helped if some of them had been more developed, but only the two the story centers around are really fleshed out. Although it adds to the tension, it is to the detriment of the reader’s overall enjoyment of the book that Evy and Rogan (the main characters) do not interact until the final chapters. It was at the end when all the pieces come together and one sees Rogan work with Evy that Yesterday’s Promise shines.
Review copy provided by the publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah.

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