The Scarlet Promise is a self-published novel by author Sagneeta Kuthuria and was my attempt at reading something different. I got a review copy through Publishing Push as I thought it was time to read outside my comfort zone for a time. It turned out that The Scarlet Promise was a little too far outside my comfort zone. It took my several tries over the course of several months to read this book. This doesn’t mean this story is terrible, it’s more that this story was not for me.
So what is The Scarlet Promise about? The story is about a woman with her feet in two totally different cultures and explores the theme of being a woman in today’s society, love, marriage and abuse, but also second chances. It certainly is the story of a strong woman who hasn’t had it easy and is caught in two different worlds.
I thought the story was well written (told through a journal-like tale) and very thoughtful and well thought through, but for me it moved too slowly and there were certainly times I wanted to shake some sense into some characters.
The Scarlet Promise has a literary quality to it and it’s a story you’ll either like or, like me, find it’s not for you. Even though the story was not my cup of tea (I’m more of a mystery and fantasy girl), I’m glad I tried this book.