Review Commitments: A Novel by Barbara Delinsky

Available as an e-book for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky’s classic novel, Commitments, about the ties that bind and the love that remains.

Sabrina Stone is struggling to be a good mother and to do what’s best for her young, handicapped son. When she meets investigative reporter Derek McGill, who’s doing a feature story about special-needs children, Sabrina is immediately struck by his tenderness toward Nicky…and an attraction between her and Derek that cannot be denied. Three months after their fateful first visit, Sabrina learns that Derek has been convicted of murder. He swears he’s innocent, but Derek ends up in prison all the same.

Meanwhile, Sabrina’s marriage is on the rocks. Her husband, Nicholas, is in denial about their child’s diagnosis—and is unable to comfort Sabrina in any meaningful way. Against her better judgment, Sabrina reaches out to the one person who seems to understand her: Derek. But how far will Sabrina go to maintain a connection with a man behind bars? As their relationship escalates—and she experiences a passion she has never known—Sabrina finds herself willing to do whatever it takes to save Derek…and herself. But is their commitment worth the risk?

Commitments: A Novel by [Delinsky, Barbara]


Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Commitments was written during Delinsky’s transition period as she moved from straight romance to the broader arena of women’s fiction. As such, the story has a strong romance at its core but attempts to deal with other issues as well. Sabrina Stone’s son was born severely brain damaged, for example. Investigative reporter Derek McGill was wrongly convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison in a plot masterminded by a very powerful enemy. The work cascades from human interest to self-discovery to romance cum mystery, passable plots all, but in the end it is too confusing and ultimately unsatisfying. Joyce Bean’s narrative contribution makes the tale bearable; she moves easily among the characters and adds emotional depth and tension to the dialog, but she cannot overcome the novel’s flaws. Only hardcore Delinsky fans will really enjoy this. Libraries are better off purchasing her more recently copyrighted works. Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA
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“Ms. Delinsky tells a deeply moving and emotional tale that will touch the readers on many levels. Her characters will work their way into your heart.”―Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine on Commitments

“A good old-fashioned Delinsky love story.”―The on Commitments

“An excellent storyteller.”―Publishers Weekly

“Delinsky writes about the emotional crises of everyday people and how those trials shape relationships.”―Cincinnati Enquirer

“Delinsky uses nuance and detail to draw realistic characters and ensure that emotion is genuine.”―Providence Journal

Top customer reviews

I’ve been reading Barbara Delinsky for what seems like forever. Her novels are so heartwarming they make me feel like I’m sharing a conversation with my best friend. This novel had plenty of romance. It encompassed unique everyday problems and plenty of them. There was intrigue and suspense. I definitely recommend this book.

Listened to this as an abridged audio. The narrator–as always–Joyce Bean did a superb job! She always makes books better!

An enjoyable listen/story. Would have like a little more of the hero/heroine emotional and physical backstory to explain their choices and attraction.

L Carroll

Good book. Barbara Delinsky is very good with character development and always tells a good story.

Very good read. Interesting characters. Just the kind of book you want to curl up with on a rainy day or a beach vacation.

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