- Title: Promises to Keep
- Author: Genevieve Graham
- ISBN: 9781501142871
- Page: 397
- Format: Paperback
An enchanting and poignant story about the unfailing power of love in a world turned upside down by war from the bestselling author of Tides of Honour.Summer 1755, Acadia Young, beautiful Am lie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pr , Nova Scotia, content with her life on their idyllic farm Along with their friends, the neighbouring Mi kmaq, theAn enchanting and poignant story about the unfailing power of love in a world turned upside down by war from the bestselling author of Tides of Honour.Summer 1755, Acadia Young, beautiful Am lie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pr , Nova Scotia, content with her life on their idyllic farm Along with their friends, the neighbouring Mi kmaq, the community believes they can remain on neutral political ground despite the rising tides of war But peace can be fragile, and sometimes faith is not enough When the Acadians refuse to pledge allegiance to the British in their war against the French, the army invades Grande Pr , claims the land, and rips the people from their homes Am lie s entire family, alongside the other Acadians, is exiled to ports unknown aboard dilapidated ships Fortunately, Am lie has made a powerful ally Having survived his own harrowing experience at the hands of the English, Corporal Connor MacDonnell is a reluctant participant in the British plan to expel the Acadians from their homeland His sympathy for Am lie gradually evolves into a profound love, and he resolves to help her and her family in any way he can even if it means treason As the last warmth of summer fades, ships arrive to ferry the Acadians away, and Connor is forced to make a decision that will alter the future forever Heart wrenching and captivating, Promises to Keep is a gloriously romantic tale of a young couple forced to risk everything amidst the uncertainties of war.
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Oops I did it again! I bought the new Genevieve Graham and in less than 24 hours, I had read the full book! Now I have to achingly wait for the next one. "Promises to Keep " comes at the best time, Canada is celebrating 150 years of federation and recently some controversy has arisen in answer to a local television series that claims that it is telling the nation's history, but in reality many people have been left out of telling. One such group of people are the Acadien people on Canada 's east [...]
Set against the tumultuous time of 1755 in Acadia, this sweeping family saga and love story tells of the waning days of the French controlling Canada, the British battle to take it, and the poor Acadian farm families caught in the middle. Graham's authentic, heartwrenching, yet hopeful tale focuses in on one Acadian family, the Belliveaus, and a war-weary Scot caught between love, honor, and duty.Amelie Belliveau watches in horror as the British take everything from her and her family and shatte [...]
One of the best things I love about Historical Fiction is that it awakens a hunger in me to learn more. It’s an appetite that forces me to go beyond the storylines and seek the basis of the novel.After devouring this in practically one sitting, I’ve come to realize that I don’t know much about the history of this great nation. I didn’t go to school here; even though I’ve been living here for 20+ years now. Other than the brief history I needed to learn in order for me to get my Canadia [...]
I love all of the stories that I have ever read by Genevieve Graham. When I was given the opportunity to listen to and review the Promises To Keep audiobook , I was ecstatic. I almost always find that listening to a book adds to my enjoyment of the story. I couldn’t wait to get started.In the 1750’s, Amélie Belliveau’s family and her Acadian community live closely with the Mi’kmaq people in a quiet, peaceful area in Nova Scotia. The British and the French are at war, and the Acadians do [...]
Find this and other reviews at Ramblings of a Daydreamer.In 2015, I read and loved Genevieve Graham’s historical novel, Tides of Honour. I love historical fiction, and have always lamented about the lack of Canadian historical fiction. Not only was Tides of Honour set in Canada, it also featured an event I knew nothing about: the Halifax Explosion of 1917. When I learned Ms Graham was writing a novel about the Acadian Expulsion, I was ecstatic. My dad was from Shediac, an Acadian town in New B [...]
My immediate reaction after finishing PROMISES TO KEEP was WOW and that feeling hasn't left me yet. It's been my favourite of Genevieve Graham's books so far, and I think it's definitely her strongest book! Not only has she crafted a sweet romance between two honourable and strong characters, she's also woven a story of Canada's past in an engaging way, and I think she did a wonderful job with both!The characters, the plot, the history, everything came together so well, and it left me eager to f [...]
Story 5 StarsGraham’s Promises To Keep is a poignant and brutal reminder that real history is full of victims as well as victors as she retells what really happened in 1755 when the English forcibly expulse the peaceful residents of Acadia in what is present day Nova Scotia. The author uses two voices to tell her story, 1st person of her female lead Amélei Belliveau and 3rd person of Connor MacDonald the English soldier who becomes her unlikely savior, giving readers a unique fly on the wall [...]
really good book. . I love seeing Canadian history brought to life
I thought that Genevieve Graham's Tides of Honour was amazing, but she just keeps hitting it out of the park. I always love when she includes the local natives in her writing and the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia/Acadia are in this story. From the beginning I was drawn right into the story of a young Acadian man saving the life of a young Mi'kmaq man. And I wondered how their stories would entwine, I was not let down. It took a while to see Me'tekw again, but his appearance was wonderfully written and [...]
Set during the time of the Acadian expulsion in 1755 ("Le grand dérangement") from what is now Nova Scotia. Promises to Keep (2017, Simon & Schuster) contains a stronger, deeper story than its romantic cover art might suggest. While there is a strong attraction between the Acadian girl Amélie Belliveau and the English army Corporal Connor MacDonnell, there is little time for any romance for the English army is determined to rid their newly acquired territory of the Acadians as soon as poss [...]
I was thrilled to find this book in my library just because I've recently noticed there isn't that much Canadian historical fiction. It's not like Canada has a boring history - why aren't there more??I enjoyed learning more about the 1755 expulsion of the Acadians from what is now Nova Scotia. Amélie and her family live peacefully alongside the Mik'maq, descendants of French settlers but neutral in the ongoing French-British struggle for control of the colonies. Amélie meets a British soldier [...]
I won a copy of this book through the giveaways. I really enjoyed this read and the history it reflected for that time period. On top of portraying the harrowing experiences during that time it was also a story of hope and love. It was a great read and I would highly recommend.
This story is wonderful and I emotionally connected, but I had issues with the narration. Full Review to Come
I read Tides of Honour and the three previous books of The MacDonnells and loved them very. In fact, I found Genevieve Graham the perfect storyteller for Promises to Keep. I love her historical fictions, because they tell us about our Canadian heritage. Not only is Promises to Keep, set in Canada, it also feature a tragic event regarding what really happened to the Nova Scotia's Acadian. When I learned that Ms Graham was writing a novel about the Acadian Expulsion, I couldn't keep away. I starte [...]
Genevieve Graham is a new author to me and she is Canadian to boot. Anyone who knows me knows that I get excited while discovering not just new authors from this great country but when the subject matter is Canadian history too. Canada is a great country with rich history and I'm always on the lookout for historical fiction taking place here and sadly they are hard to find, especially going back to the time period Promises to Keep deals with.It's 1755 in Acadia (present day Nova Scotia) and even [...]
A gem of an historical fiction novel set in Canada, specifically, our east coast and Nova Scotia back when it wasn't that, back when it was Grand Pre and l'Acadie and the Mi'kmaq and Acadians lived side by side, back before the English came in their redcoats and set about seizing their land. In 1755 the Acadians faced expulsion from their homes, land and country. This tale is about a headstrong devoted Acadian girl, Amelie Belliveau and the soldier, Connor MacDonnell, she wants to despise for ca [...]
With the history of the expulsion of the Acadians by the British in 1755 as the setting, a young girl becomes a woman and falls in love. Only she is torn between what is right and what is good. The man is a soldier in the British army, her enemy.This book is an easy read. It is a story of blossoming love, and growing up, but also of devastating loss. If you are interested in learning about Canadian history in an engaging way then this is a good read for that. The close relationships between the [...]
Amélie Belliveau is a young Acadian girl with a big family. This book is set in 1755 when the British have taken over Acadia. The British want to ship away the Acadians so they can take complete control over Acadia. Soon Amélie creates a allegiance with Corporal Connor MacDonnell. Connor then has a risky decision to make, help Amélie and her family and risk his position with the British or not do anything and let the Belliveaus be taken away. Connor and Amélie start to develop feelings for e [...]
I picked this up for a few reasons. 1. "Fans of Gabaldon will love this" ; 2. It's a part of history we don't really read about, and one I'm really interested in ; 3. The reviews were all so great and there were so many 5 star ratings. The premise of this story was really good, I liked the idea was simply disappointed in the execution of it. It fell flat for me, I didn't feel as though I connected well with any of these characters; there wasn't much dimension to them. The main character, Amelie [...]
For lovers of Canadian history woven around a fictional story, this was a near perfect read! I only wish there was a little more fever between Connor and Amelie.a little more passion. I know this is a monumental task considering the fact that the English are invading and loved ones are dying all around, but I think it would have balanced the story just that much better. I will without question be reading this author again!
The sign of a truly great book is when you wish that the story wasn't finished because you don't want to leave the characters behind! This was another outstanding story by Genevieve Grahamease keep them coming!
A wonderful look into Canadian history. Passion, hardship, survival, love and family make the story one that is hard to put down
I was excited to read this book set in Nova Scotia. It did not disappoint.
Haunting, powerful. Amelie's journey is full of strife and tragic loss, but the ending leaves the reader feeling satisfied. I love the strength of the protagonist. The descriptions of the land are beautiful. The history of the Acadians and Mi'kmaq is a lesser known subject in Canadian history, and the importance of keeping their stories alive, albeit fictional, is important. Thank you for another beautiful novel.
I enjoyed this story of the Acadian expulsion from 1755. Outside of Eastern Canada, the story is not well known. This book centers around one family and what happens to them during this time. Amelie falls in love and her love story makes this book quite a page turner.It promotes all emotions; sadness, happiness, disappointment and determination. I recommend it.
I forgot to enter that I was finished this and now it's been so long it's hard to remember the story. I do remember enjoying reading about the whole expulsion of the Acadians story and learning more about it. The romance subplot was great, too, between the British soldier and Acadian girl.
The shifting views were a little confusing, but the historic events described in the novel made up for it.
Nova Scotia 1755, time and place about which I know very little. It was interesting to learn more.
A sensational story highly recommend read my review on Book & Benchesow/W6e830cyRqs
I have to say that when I heard this book was coming out I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it and I am so glad I received an advance reader copy of it. This book is so good. I loved the story and I really loved Amelie and Connor. I admit that I haven't read many historical fiction books set it Canada but I just loved this one so much that I didn't want to stop reading this book. Even if you aren't Canadian I do highly recommend.I give Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham 5 out of 5 stars.
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