Book Review: Promises to Keep by: Charles de Lint

 
Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

Publish Date: May 15, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble  

Synopsis: The year is 1972. Jilly Coppercorn is happy, mostly. Her past was anything but. Abuse, addiction, and living on the street brought her to the brink of self-destruction. Now she's struggling to stay clean and make ends meet. Jilly's present life in Newford revolves around studying art at Butler University while surrounded by her supportive new family-of-choice: her caseworker, the Grasso Street Angel; best friend, Geordie the fiddler; and fellow artist, Sophie Etoile.

Rising from the ashes to take on new responsibilities is hard, and nothing comes easily. As Jilly strives to create a life she can be proud of, she receives a tempting opportunity roaring in from the past on an oversized motorcycle. Donna Birch, the only close friend from Jilly's old juvie days, has blossomed into a confident, tattooed bass-player who offers Jilly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to leave Newford - and start afresh in a beautiful, mysterious city where dreams are almost too easily realized.

The problem is, Jilly still has unfinished business in Newford.

Review: To start off, I have to tell you all that I HEART (yes, capitals!) Charles de Lint! I've read (and own) as many of his books as I've been able to find. When Promises to Keep showed up in the mail, I had to squee (and I did)! Okay, okay - enough gushy stuff :-D

Promises to Keep is another Newford story focusing on Jilly Coppercorn - a girl who has reinvented herself after living through so much childhood trauma. She's doing well with school and work and coming into her own with her art. Then one day, Jilly runs into her only friend during the time she was in the system - Donna Birch. Donna invites her to come listen to her play at a club a few nights later and when Jilly gets there, she enters a world she never knew existed...will she stay or will she go home to Newford?

Jilly's always been one of my favorite characters and Promises to Keep is a great showcase for her personality and more of her history. You can always learn a lesson from Mr. de Lint's book and this time Jilly learns that things aren't always what they seem on the surface. Please pick up Promises to Keep (and every other de Lint book you can find) - you will not be disappointed!!

 

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