By Rachelle Friedman
Simply weeks earlier than her marriage ceremony, 4 of Rachelle Friedman's acquaintances threw her a bachelorette social gathering. on the finish of an ideal night of dancing and get together, they made up our minds to take a moonlight swim. considered one of her neighbors playfully driven her into the water . . . ft too faraway from the deep finish. That chilling second replaced their lives perpetually. Rachelle broke her neck and was once paralyzed from the chest down. She might by no means stroll back. The Promise is a robust memoir of resilience, love, and loyalty. at the evening of the twist of fate, the 5 women made an unstated contract to by no means exhibit the identify of the good friend who had driven Rachelle into the pool—and their bond has remained unbroken.
As Rachelle undergoes a actual conflict for her lifestyles, her pal struggles emotionally to avoid one second in time from defining her ceaselessly. It's the tale of real integrity; it's additionally approximately discovering the extraordinary energy within each one people we by no means knew we had. additionally a love tale, The Promise chronicles Rachelle and Chris's dating, their fight together with her paralysis and rehab, the actual demanding situations of intimacy, and finally, their fairy-tale marriage ceremony.
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