The Newport Ladies Book Club: Victoria's Promise
by Julie Wright
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book was SO FUN to read!
The main plot is AWESOME and the subplots are WONDERFUL!
SO GOOD to have someone else's drama to take my mind off of my own drama!
Tori Winters works on the set of the TV reality show, Vows.
She helps pull together the magic of love as the bachelor chooses one of the bachelorettes.
This season is different...she, herself, is attracted to the bachelor and finds it increasingly difficult to watch him spend time with anyone else but her.
And to top it all of the bachelor finds sneaky ways to flirt with her.
But they have both signed a contract and will jeopardize everything if they play on their feelings.
Tori's only relief from reality TV is going to the Newport Ladies Book Club.
However, while there one night she realizes that real life is also filled with drama as she discovers that one of her friends from the book club has an addiction to prescription drugs.
Can Tori help her friend?
Can Tori keep her job?
Can Tori put her heart on the line?
A REALLY FUN ENDING!
This book can be read as a stand alone title, but will make more sense if you have read the other books in the series...they are all PHENOMENAL!
By Kathy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to get a behind the scenes peek at a reality tv show and I love a happy ending! Even though each book from The Newport Ladies Book Club series could be read as a stand alone book, I bet you can't read just one!
By Cheryl, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is engaging and fun. I was delighted to read Tori's story after seeing how she supports other characters in the Newport Ladies Book club. "Victoria's Promise" is a part of the Newport Ladies Book Club series. It works well as a stand alone book too.
Tori is an Assistant Director on the reality show Vows. Her ambition is to become a screen writer. She is not prepared for the drama that unfolds as she and the bachelor of Vows are drawn toward each other. This is strictly against the contract. She tries desperately to follow the contract only to be disappointed to give up what has become the most important part of her life.
I loved the ending. I kinda saw what what was coming. Still, it was big fun and happened in a way I did not expect with a few twists and turns along the way. The characters were fabulous. I really enjoyed the setting too. It was a truly an enjoyable read.
By Rachelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Julie Wright is an excellent author and this book delivers on all of its promises. Wright captures the voice of her character Tori in such a way that she comes to life and you'll feel as if you know her and definitely be rooting for her!
This novel captured my attention from the very beginning. I love the treatment of the "reality TV" shows and how actual reality plays out so much differently. This isn't just a fluffy romance--Tori deals with problems and you can watch the strength of her character in action as she faces hard decisions about several aspects of her life.
There are so many feel-good, laugh-out-loud, and grit your teeth scenes in this book. Read Victoria's Promise if you're in the mood to be delighted by an author who knows how to weave an engaging tale.
By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I've seen these Newport Ladies Book Club Novels but this is the first one I've read. I picked it up one day when I had a lot of free time and just couldn't put it down! I kept reading one more chapter until I wound up finishing it.
Tori works as an assistant director of a reality TV show. It's called Vows and is similar to The Bachelor. She meets the star of the show, Christopher Caine, and he is dazzling. He also is attracted to her and starts asking around about her. She's not allowed to think of him that way, yet she has to work directly with him, so there are lots of sticky situations for them both.
I loved the romance! Tori and Chris are attracted to each other and they have great chemistry but need to avoid each other, especially as their feelings start becoming obvious to others. Tori needs to decide if she's willing to risk losing all she's worked to achieve for a chance at love and comes across a major wrinkle in her plan, so she might be too late after all.
Because I haven't read any of these books, I don't know how their book club was formed and whether they knew each other beforehand or not. I enjoyed their book discussions and that is an angle that would definitely interest me in reading more of these books. I like how she chose a book that she loved and when she read it again, wondered why she had fallen in love with it the first time around. I've done that before, too, so I could relate to her feelings about that. There's a situation with one of her book club members that she's not sure if she should involve herself, but she does, and it's uncomfortable at times, but she ends up with a stronger relationship at the end of the drama.
This is a clean romance, with humor and friendships and is a lot of fun to read. There are lots of books in this series and they're written by different authors. I like that because it seems that they will all be quite different from each other with the perspective of different people writing them. This is a great read, especially if you like reality TV, and I highly recommend it!
By Sheila, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Victoria’s Promise is the newest addition to the second set of The Newport Ladies Book Club novels. I reviewed Ruby’s Secret earlier this week. As with all of the books in this series I feel like I’m visiting old friends. The only difference is I’m getting to know each character at a new level. So often with friends we many times only see what is at surface level. For example, everyone in the book club thought that Tori lived a very glamorous, Hollywood life. As we read about her story we find that this isn’t the truth. Tori works on the set of a reality TV show called VOWS, much like the Bachelor. She has been doing this particular job for many seasons. The only difference this time is that Tori is starting to fall for the Bachelor, southern gentleman, Christopher Caine. Despite all of her best efforts not to fall in love with Chris, which by the way is against her contract working on the set of this show, she does. What ensues is a story of humor, romance, and taking chances.
As with the other Newport Ladies books, we associate with the other women in the club. This set of novels aren’t all written in the same time period. They are also focusing more on other members of the book club. If you haven’t heard about this series yet, here is a good explanation found on The Newport Ladies Book Club site,
“The Newport Ladies Book Club series is unique in that each Newport book is written from the point of view of a different woman in the book club. The first 4 books cover the same time period and the same book club meetings. But only with reading all 4 books, will you learn the whole story of each of the women and her full character journey. The 2nd set of 4 books covers the next 4 book club meetings. Think of it as a parallel series, not as a forward-moving series.”
Author Julie Wright has written a novel that will make you smile, laugh and also do something to your heart. I could relate to Tori’s insecurities at her job and in finding love. Without giving away the ending, just know that there will be some surprises that will take your breath away. I’ll admit it, I even cried a little. You’ll be happy that you read Victoria’s Promise.
By Brooke, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I read this book just after I read Ruby's Secret. It was nice to keep the story going. The stories take place at the same time, just from another character's point of view. It was fun to see moments in the book I had just read from Victoria's perspective. It opened up the story so much. The collaborating authors did a great job of meshing the stories together.
This story had a lot more angst in it. That was somewhat expected in a story about a twenty-something year old as opposed to a 62 year old. I really had no idea how this story was going to end. I couldn't see a happy ending. The author did a good job of keeping me interested in the two main characters and their relationship even though it didn't seem that anything could come of it.
There were some great insider details about "Dating Shows". I have watched the Bachelor and the Bachelorette. I'm not an avid watcher, but have definitely seen a few seasons of each. I liked seeing a producers take on things that were happening in that kind of show. I can't imagine how true love is ever found in that environment. Good thing I'm already happily married and don't have to look for love on reality tv.
Warnings: Some drinking, drug abuse
I would let my 15 year old read this book. Just like the other Newport Ladies books, the subject probably wouldn't interest her. But the book is clean enough for her to read.
By Lisa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Victoria’s Promise by Julie Wright
A Newport Ladies Book Club Novel
Tori Winters, 2nd assistant director of “Vows” reality television show is surrounded by proposals. Following a poorly inspired marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Lawrence, in front of more than 2000 people at a concert hall, Tori is humiliated and seeks solace in her job as well as the Newport Ladies Book Club.
This is all fine and good until she meets the bachelor, Chris Caine. Contracts prevent Chris and Tori from following their hearts. Tori must help Chris propose to the girl of his dreams, as long as that girl isn’t her. When Tori recognizes there is more to her than just a job she can find her happiness.
Tori continues to follow her dream of becoming a screenplay writer as well as offering friendship and support to ladies of the book club.
“Victoria’s Promise” reminds us that ‘in a world where you can be anything’ the most important thing is to ‘be yourself’. That and find a good spider killer.
This is a truly delightful read, with plenty of twists to keep it interesting.
By Erin, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book was absolutely awesome! I loved Victoria's story! I have always wondered what it would be like to work on a show dating show. What would it be like to fall in love with the bachelor. This was such a fantastic read I just wanted it to go on. I want to know what happens next. The last story is supposed to come out soon and I can not wait for the next tale!!