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Daughter of a Promise: A Novel

5 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

By Mariana Zans

In the novel "Daughter of a Promise," Jeanne Blasberg depicts a vibrant and engrossing portrayal of a young lady on the verge of maturity, maneuvering through the turbulent currents of love, ambition, and self-realization in the center of New York City. Blasberg skillfully crafts a gripping story that encapsulates the spirit of coming-of-age, complete with all its complexities and anxieties, as seen through the eyes of protagonist Betsabé Ruiz.

As Betsabé begins her post-graduation life in the high-stakes world of Wall Street, her path is epic in scope from the beginning.Blasberg adeptly depicts the temptation of riches and ambition that penetrates Betsabé's work environment, exploring the personal dynamics that shape her interactions with mentor and colleagues.A maelstrom of emotions and revelations envelops the reader as Betsabé struggles with the difficulties of long hours, professional pressures, and unexpected attractions.

With its unique narrative structure fashioned as a letter of advice from Betsabeˁ to her unborn son, "Daughter of a Promise" stands out.When Betsabé looks back on her trip with the benefit of hindsight and maturity, this retrospective lens gives the story more depth and poignancy.y. By delving into her reflective thoughts, Blasberg addresses ageless themes of identity, love, and desire, encouraging readers to consider the difficulties of pursuing happiness in relationships.

"Daughter of a Promise" is essentially a narrative about finding equilibrium in the face of life's unexpected events. Ultimately, Betsabé discovers that achieving contentment is rarely an easy feat as she struggles with the conflict between her past and future, her wishes and her obligations.Blasberg skillfully weaves together these various themes, providing readers with a deep and relevant examination of the human condition.

Blasberg also writes with a style that is both beautiful and evocative, perfectly capturing the spirit of New York City with poetic accuracy. The city itself takes on a significant role in Betsabé's voyage, influencing her experiences in subtle and profound ways, from the busy streets of Manhattan to the peaceful times of reflection.

All things considered, "Daughter of a Promise" is a moving and engrossing book that stays with readers long after the last page is clicked. Jeanne Blasberg provides a timeless reflection on the intricacies of love, ambition, and the search for purpose in a world full of unexpected turns and turns through Betsabé's path of self-discovery and progress.

About the Author

Jeanne Blasberg 

Jeanne Blasberg is an award-winning and bestselling author and essayist. Her most recent book, The Nine (She Writes Press 2019) was honored with the 2019 Foreword Indies Gold Award in Thriller & Suspense, and the Gold Medal and Juror’s Choice in the 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards, among others. Her debut novel, Eden (She Writes Press 2017), won the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction.

Blasberg founded the Westerly Writer’s Workshop and sits on the boards of the Boston Book Festival and GrubStreet, one of the country’s preeminent creative writing centers. Her essays have been featured in Zibby Owen’s Moms Don’t Have Time To, as well as in The Huffington Post, Indagare, Grown and Flown, diyMFA, The Jewish Book Council, and many others. Blasberg also reviews contemporary fiction for the New York Journal of Books and is a 2021-22 Southampton Arts Bookends Fellow. She and her husband have three grown children and split time between New England and the American West.


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