PROMISES TO KEEP by Jane Green, (2010). This book is about 3 women and their various progress through life’s ups and downs. Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in Bedford, NY with children and a workaholic husband. Steffi who is Callie’s younger sister, is a free spirit living in Manhattan bouncing around between jobs and boyfriends. Lila Grossman is Callie’s best friend who has finally met the man of her dreams but he has a demanding, harridan ex-wife who wants all her ex husband’s attention.. Then there’s Callie’s parents, divorced for 30 years and barely speaking to each other.

Since the one main character is a vegan chef there’s a vegan recipe at the end of each short chapter, isn’t that nice? Since I love to cook and bake I love to see recipes in my novels. Here I am reading along and the word “salubrious” is inserted in a sentence: “It isn’t exactly salubrious, but their reputation is such that it has become a destination, and every night there is a long line of people patiently waiting with bottles of wine in hand,” The character Steffi was talking about her restaurant she’s chef-ing for. (See I made up a word). So what does salubrious mean? Why didn’t JANE GREEN use a simpler word? Every other word in her book is easy to understand? Was she trying to impress her readers? Believe you me, we the readers don’t need to use a dictionary to understand a sentence in your novel, it really isn’t necessary! I have this rule, speak in the simplest terms to make sure everyone, and I do mean everyone understands what you mean! Ugh!

So here’s the definition of the word Salubrious:
[suh-loo-bree-uhs] Show IPA
favorable to or promoting health; healthful: salubrious air.
1540–50; < Latin salūbr ( is ) promoting health (akin to salūs health) + -ious

Can be confused: salubrious, salutary (see synonym study at salutary). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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NOTE: So why didn’t she just use the word “healthful”?
NOTE: I did read Jane Green’s THE BEACH HOUSE so I’m assuming ever so little that I’ll love this book too.

NOTE: This book is a real tear jerker, DO NOT READ if your heart is easily broken!


One thought on “PROMISES TO KEEP by Jane Green

  1. I like the idea of a vegan recipe at the end of each chapter.

    Jane Green is a British author, isn’t she? I think the use of ‘salubrious’ to describe places might be more common over here, we use it to mean a place is ‘upmarket’ or ‘posh’.

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