The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White
“If you leave your newborn child because you have unstoppable thoughts of harming her, are you a good mother or a terrible one? This dilemma is at the heart of Barbara Claypole White’s novel, a wrenching story of how one woman’s OCD has a ripple effect on those around her—including the people she tried hardest to protect. This is an eye-opening and realistic exploration of mental illness—a topic that greatly deserves to be front and center.”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things
Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return.
But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned?
To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret.
AISLING’S ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ REVIEW:
Reviewed on Behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blogs
This is a great book and helped me understand the issues that OCD can cause someone. It helped me experience what the illness would be like and how it can reap someone into using repetitive behaviour because they need to do it to survive or to make sure others survive.
Katie Mack works in art as an iron welder. Years before she gave up her child, husband and life because she thought she would harm her child.
Maisie is Katie’s daughter but she doesn’t know Katie is her mother. Maisie has all the love she needs from her father Callum and Jake who is her fathers best friend. But now her father has remarried and is expecting a baby and is now also showing signs of OCD just like her mum.
Katie is reluctant to rock the boat but has no choice when Maisie shows the same issues she has, the story shows how they all have to work together to help their child whilst also helping themselves.
Every character of the book has experienced trauma of so sort and are afraid to live and live life to the full. Barbara White is also and OCD suffer and you can tell she has done a lot of research and used her own personal experiences which makes the book more real.
If you are interested in OCD and what a person experiences I would recommend this book. There is a good balance between suspense and hope in the book and shows that trauma doesn’t have to define your life.
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Promise-Between-Barbara-Claypole-White/dp/1542048982/ US – https://www.amazon.com/Promise-Between-Barbara-Claypole-White/dp/1542048982/
Author Bio –
Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White has created her own idiosyncratic niche in mainstream fiction: hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina, where she lives with her family. Her novels include:
The Unfinished Garden, Mira Books, 2012, winner of the Golden Quill for Best First Book 2013; The In- Between Hour, Mira Books, 2014, chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as an Okra Pick; The Perfect Son, Lake Union, 2015, Goodreads Choice Awards Semi-finalist for Best
Fiction; Echoes of Family, Lake Union, 2016, WFWA 2017 Star Award Finalist; The Promise Between Us, Lake Union, 2018. (View the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=tLW9XFo0nlg&t=5s)
Barbara is also an OCD advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity.
To listen to Barbara’s 2018 interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things, click here:
To watch Barbara’s 2018 interview with Linda Hurtado on Fox 13, click here:
For more information on Barbara, please visit http://www.barbaraclaypolewhite.com
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