- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 4 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501142879
- ISBN-13: 978-1501142871
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Promises to Keep Paperback – Apr 4 2017
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“At once dizzyingly romantic and tremendously adventurous, this novel also serves as a poignant reminder of the senseless toll the violence of war can take—and the incredible lengths of heroism humans will go to in order to survive and rescue the ones they love.” (Toronto Star)
“Fascinating, harrowing, illuminating, this is a gripping love story. Graham sheds light on a dark chapter of Canadian history, immersing the reader in 1755 Grand Pré, making vivid the flames and the pain of the Acadians deported from their idyllic homeland.”
(Beth Powning, bestselling author of A Measure of Light)
“In this beautifully-written, meticulously researched novel of the Acadian expulsion from Grand Pré in 1755, Genevieve Graham crafts an uncompromising glimpse into the anguish of war and the eventual triumph of love. A must read for fans of Canadian history.” (Kaki Warner, bestselling author of Pieces of Sky)
“Sinking into Promises to Keep is like stepping into the lush forest of whole new world. The novel sings with power, adventure, and heart.” (Katherine Scott Crawford, author of Keowee Valley)
“A compelling tale of a strong young woman fiercely loyal to her family and to her heart.” (Sophie Perinot, author of Médicis Daughter)
"Graham makes the 1755 Acadian Expulsion feel like a modern-day tragedy. Her powerful fiction is a boat sailing the choppy surf of love and war over her ocean-deep research into a vital time in Canadian history." (Jon Tattrie, author of Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax)
PRAISE FOR TIDES OF HONOUR
“[Graham] has delivered a book that reads like a love letter to a time and place that figures largely in our national identity: Halifax in 1917.” (The Globe and Mail)
“Fans of Gabaldon and other historical fiction/romance writers will lap this up for the classy, fast-moving, easy-to-read and absorbing book that it is—with some Canadian history to boot.” (Winnipeg Free Press)
“Evocative of place and time, a novel blending tragedy and triumph in a poignant and uplifting tale that’s sure to leave its mark upon your heart.” (Susanna Kearsley, New York Times & Globe and Mail bestselling author)
“Travel back to 1917 and explore a world of suffragettes, Bolsheviks and the Great War - and the love story that illuminates them all.” (Jon Tattrie, author of Black Snow)
About the Author
Genevieve Graham is the bestselling author of Tides of Honour, Promises to Keep, and Come from Away. She is passionate about breathing life back into Canadian history through tales of love and adventure. She lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit her at GenevieveGraham.com or on Twitter @GenGrahamAuthor.See all Product description
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Promises to Keep makes the trials and tribulations of the dispossessed and expelled Acadian families feel very real to me. Pausing in the story to read some non-fiction history regarding the facts, I was impressed by the thoroughness of the author’s research. The sense of place and time and the characters connected me, as a reader, to the tragedy and to the victims’ suffering and resilience. It is a shameful part of Canadian history, and this book gives the reader a great introduction to the events.
Set in 18th century Acadia, it tells the journey of Amélie Belliveau, her family and the Mi'kmaq community versus the English. When the Acadians refuse to pledge allegiance to the British in their war against the French, the army invades Grande Pré, claims the land, and rips the people from their homes. Amélie’s entire family, alongside the other Acadians, is exiled to ports unknown aboard dilapidated ships. Except Amélie has an ally, an English Corporal named Connor MacDonnell. Will he be able to protect her? Can her life be safe during the turmoil of this tragic event. What will happen to her?
Promises to Keep is the sad but true story about the Acadian people, however Ms. Graham wanted to add a romantic touch by creating two beautiful souls entangled into the turmoil that exist between the Acadians and the English. However, Mi’kmaq people and the French do share a strong bond that confuse the English. Both Amélie and Connor do share a beautiful chemistry! Do they have a chance?
I really enjoyed Promises to Keep and I strongly recommend it to anyone who wish to learn more about our Canadian history.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.*
Promises to Keep started in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, an idyllic area with happy, flourishing families living comfortably off the land. They lived in harmony with the local Mi’kmaq tribe, and Amélie’s family in particular had close ties to the Natives. At the start of the story, the British Army had been a presence for awhile, but they didn’t interfere much with the locals. With new orders from the king, the Acadians' lives began to change in small ways that soon turned more drastic. The British wanted the Acadians' land, and they’d stop at nothing to get it.
I love that the story started with a view of what life was like pre-expulsion. Amélie and her family were happy and healthy, and they were proud Acadians. They never lost that pride, even when they lost nearly everything else. The beautiful life they lived was such a contrast to what unravelled throughout the book - their family being being ripped apart, and the misery, pain, and heartache that followed.
Graham did a fantastic job of weaving a story with strong characters, an engaging plot, and a sweet romance. I rooted for Amélia and Connor from the beginning, and my heart broke for all they had to go through together and separately. I loved how all the different elements of the story were twined together, creating something beautiful, complex, and meaningful. I truly felt for these characters - for the pain they had to endure, and the struggles they faced. Not only am I impressed with Graham’s storytelling ability, I’m also impressed that she managed to get so much story - and with such heart and emotion - into a relatively short book. So many stories like this drag on and end up overdoing it with historical detail, but Graham did a masterful job of balancing the historical aspects with the romance, action, and family aspects.
In the last couple of years, I’ve (mostly) learned not to get my hopes up too high for books, but because of my personal reasons for being curious about Promises to Keep, my expectations were high. I can honestly say Genevieve Graham exceeded by expectations with this story. Promises to Keep is a beautiful, engaging story about perseverance, hope, strength, family, and love. I can’t recommend this book highly enough to fans of historical fiction.
"Promises To Keep", by Genevieve Graham, is the story of the Acadian expulsion of 1755. The book focuses on one family and all that befalls them during this time. Full of sadness, heartbreak and moments of joy, forbidden love makes this novel a page turner.
The author states "My goal, my passion, is to breathe life back into Canadian history."
With "Promises To Keep" I feel she has done just that.
I look forward to reading more by this author.
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