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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 Amélie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pré, 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 Amélie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pré, 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 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. Fortunately, Amélie 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 Amélie 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, more 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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Promises to Keep Reviews

  • Erin
    2018-10-16 10:48

    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 coast in what today is known as the province of Nova Scotia. In 1775, the British military forces decided that these quiet Acadien farmers were plotting with the local Mi'kmaq to rise up against the British and chose to "deport" or " expel" them permanently from the colony. More information in history that we know now is that the British actually coveted the rich soil for their own settlers.Genevieve Graham focuses on one Acadien family living in Grand Pre- Belliveau and their headstrong daughter, Amelie. Amelie captures the attention of Scotsman, Conner MacDonnell, a sergeant in the British army. Although his feelings are growing for the young Acadien and her family, Connor knows what is coming, but swears to help the Belliveau family any way he can. But the world is about to descend into war and even Connor might not be able to keep his promises. I absolutely loved this book and have no doubt that it will capture the hearts of other readers too. Rich characterization and historical information weaved into the tale will transport you back to the 18th century. Oh and if you're familiar with a certain tale from Longfellow, be prepared to meet up with Evangeline and Gabriel.I was especially pleased that GG also brought readers to what would become the colony of New Brunswick. Oh how pleased was I when Charles Boishebert walked onto the pages and told of the Acadien people living on the Miramichi river( my hometown). FYI, Beaubear 's Island is now a summer tourism destination. Utterly fantastic. Now, Genevieve Graham, where will you take us next?

  • Sophia
    2018-09-26 06:51

    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 shatter the loving family who are forced in many directions to survive even while she is conflicted about the feelings she has for one of the soldiers who understands all too well, having been a Scot who survived the English rushing over his Scottish lands and family. Connor MacDonnell swears a promise to her that she holds onto through so much heartbreak and misery. Connor will sacrifice anything to keep that promise and does.This book had me crying so often that I'm glad I listened to it in the privacy of my own home. Lands, the tears I shed. This was such a heartwrenching story. I've read about the Acadians who were forced off their land onto ships that took them away with little more than the clothes on their backs only to find they were unwanted where they were dumped off elsewhere. I knew it would not be an easy or light story and it wasn't. I was deeply impressed with the author's attention to historic and cultural details and the depth of each character. This is a saga so there are so many characters with Amelie and Connor the central figures. All sides were represented in the cast of characters and I loved seeing it all.The story is mostly told from Amelie's perspective. She starts off naive yet impetuous and headstrong. Then as events unfold she is forced to mature and grow strong in this trial by fire she endures. Connor, too, is an exceptional man. The pair needed a break and I was really rooting for them. It seemed each time they were going to get their chance, it was not to be and noble sacrifice was called up. Now, I might have cried my eyes out, but I also felt so much more. This was heartwarming and romantic in an understated way. Connor gave so much out of love and Amelie did as well. Others were getting their stories in the background and I was engaged with that, too.As to the narrator, Alexis Quednau, was a first encounter for me. She had the job of French Acadian accents, British, New Englander, Native American, and oh so many characters with all that glot of emotion, too. I thought she told this one so well. She took the right tone and hit a good balance between inflection of emotion and the distance a good narrator needs so the listener isn't distracted.So, this was a powerful story that has stayed with me afterward. I've read the author before and know this is not a fluke. Incidentally, it occurred to me after I read that the cousins Connor mentioned must be the MacDonnell family that feature in the author's earlier series I read. She has a way of making history come alive and makes one feel attached to her characters who go through so much.My thanks to the author for the opportunity to listen to this story in exchange for an honest review.

  • Joy (joyous reads)
    2018-09-27 13:48

    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 Canadian citizenship status; the current events, political or otherwise, my knowledge about this great country of mine is pretty paltry. Thanks to this book, I’ve developed an interest in the Expulsion of the Acadian people in the 17th century. On the surface, Promises to Keep is a story about the romantic entanglement between an Acadian and English soldier. But on the large, it’s about the resiliency of the Acadian people at a time when they were forced out of their land and imprisoned in a ship on their way to exile. It is also about the fierce relationship between the Mi’kmaq people and the French Canadians. This was an especially curious interest to me the most.Over the course of history, all we’ve ever known about the relationships between the indigenous people and the invaders of their land was how it was ripe with contempt and ill will. But the Mi’kmaq people and the French had developed a friendship that left the English confounded. Perhaps it was in this resulting uncanny camaraderie that the Acadian hoped for a better outcome of the invasion.The Acadian people wanted to believe that they can live in harmony with the English soldiers. They showed little to no resistance; they fed them even. But they would soon realize that the dictates of war offer no such euphony. The English would leave them homeless first, then confined in the bellows of a ship sailing the perilous Atlantic Ocean towards the South.Before the invasion, Genevieve depicted the idyllic life of the Acadians set in the backdrop of a lush farming land and the giving sea. There were conviviality and togetherness in the small population of Grand Pre. Unfortunately, the serenity would not last. Through her words, she also conveyed their hardship during the invasion. The more often hopelessness of their situation: the hunger, the filth they had to wade through, and their resolve to see through their plight no matter how desperate their situation. And amidst this struggle, was the budding and tremulous romance between Amelie and Connor MacDonnell. It’s one that’s forbidden, dangerous but all the more important because their entanglement was the flint the Acadian needed to spark their resistance. MacDonnell was first burdened with a choice between doing his duties as a soldier and doing what’s right for Amelie’s people. But given his history with the British Army, this choice soon became less of a burden but more of the end justifying the means. He was once a victim of the English invasion as well. He’s a Scot who had seen and tasted what the English were capable of when they marauded Scotland. After his entire family was killed during the war, he was left with no other choice but to become a soldier in service of the Queen. Even if he was full of hatred for the English. Which is why the decision to betray them even it means his death came to him easily. Amelie was a strong woman who had to make hard decisions as well but never did she wallow or second guessed herself knowing what was at stake. She had a fierce love and loyalty to her family; a sense of belonging with the Mi’kmaq people, and love for her land that had given them so much over the years.I started reading this book at noon on a Sunday. I finished reading it on my ride to work the following day. If you’ve ever considered Historical Fiction boring, Promises to Keep was far from it. Genevieve Graham rendered the most romantic landscape of the East Coast amidst the imperious haze of a brewing war. This book was a measly 300+ pages. But it offered so much perspective and connection to the characters and the history.

  • Asheley
    2018-10-02 08:52

    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 not want to take sides. It isn’t long before the British come calling, asking for the Acadians to pledge their allegience. When they refuse, the British confiscate their weapons, their homes, and eventually their lands. The Acadian families are separated and put aboard ships, to be sent away from the lands that they love. Little do the British realize that one of their officers – Corporal Connor MacDonnell – is not exactly sympathetic to the British cause. He doesn’t feel the Acadians are being treated fairly. Plus, he is falling for the young and lovely Amélie Belliveau.Amélie is gentle, sweet, and kind. But she is also fiesty and independent. Her father has taught her well: to stand up for herself and what is right. When the Acadians are treated unfairly, Amélie uses what she has learned from her father to make a plan to outsmart the British. With the help of Connor, the Acadians have a chance at making it. But the British won’t let them get away easily – and any help that Connor gives makes him a traitor to the British military.I thought, based on this cover (which is amazing), that this would be a straight-up historical fiction that leans heavily on the romance. And while there is a light romance that brews between Connor and Amélie, it did not overshadow the larger part of the story, which featured the conflict between the British and the Acadians. I enjoyed the sweet romance, but I think I appreciated reading about this conflict even more because I learned so much about this event in Canadian history. I spent time looking up the background behind this story and the area and was fascinated with what I was reading. In particular, I loved the space that the Mi’kmaq occupied on the pages/on the audiobook, and I was pleased to see the amicable relationship that their group had with the Acadians. At the end of the story, I found that I still craved more from the Mi’kmaq, but I was happy for the page time that and the scenes that they had.This story had great characterization and a lush, vibrant setting that was easy for me to visualize as I was listening to this audiobook. I feel like I know these characters pretty well after this story – especially Amélie and her father, Charles. My favorite thing about the book, probably, is the setting. Since I’m not very familiar with this area of Canada (in real life), I very much enjoyed listening to the descriptions of the Acadians’ land and the nearby waters. I also loved referring to the map in my print copy of the book and looking at the real-life Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia online so I could check out the area for myself.I spent a lot of time on this story, absorbing it all. I fell in love with these characters and truly felt like I lived this experience along with them. I am excited to say that my print copy of Promises To Keep is now on my rereads shelf and that I wouldn’t hesitate to pull it down for rereads. The same applies to the audiobook-I would relisten to the audio in a heartbeat.Audiobook Notes: The Promises To Keep audiobook is made great by its narrator: Alexis Quednau. The narrator is French Canadian; being able to listen to her read the book authentically was delightful because I love when accents are true. I love the way Ms. Quednau pronounced the names of the characters and places in the setting just as the locals would have. She also pronounced the Mi’kmaq words and names correctly, which was wonderful. I am from Eastern North Carolina and do not speak French nor with an accent like this narrator’s, so hearing the words spoken accurately added so much enjoyment to my reading experience.Each time I settled in to listen, I found that after only a few minutes, I fell easily into the story and imagined that it was main character Amélie speaking directly to me. That is what I want when I’m listening to a book: connection directly with the characters. I especially felt that connection in several scenes where emotions were heightened, whether the scene was a little on the sad side or when the action was more intense. There were also times when Amélie was alone with her thoughts, and I felt particularly connected with her through the narration.Title: Promises To Keep by Genevieve GrahamPublished by: Audible StudiosPublish Date: 9-19-17Length: 8 hours, 16 minutes, UnabridgedNarrator: Alexis QuednauI received this audiobook for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I purchased my own paperback print copy. Find this review and more like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books!

  • Marie
    2018-09-22 06:39

    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 Brunswick. One of his brothers is into genealogy and did thorough research on our family line, even creating a book that each family member has (considering my dad was the youngest of 16 children, this book comes in extremely handy!). One thing he didn’t talk about in the book was the Acadian Expulsion, but when I told him I was visiting France for the second time in 2015, he called me and gave me some new information about our family - where our ancestors came from in France, plus the fact at least one of our ancestors was part of the Acadian Resistance, along with the fact our family was sent to Boston during the Expulsion, where they lived with Native Americans before returning to Canada. My dad died long before my uncle did any of this research, but being a proud Acadian, I know he would have loved this information, and I’m positive he would have loved Ms Graham’s Promises to Keep, just as I did.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.

  • Ambur
    2018-10-18 11:01

    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 find out what would happen next! As I read each page, I became more and more invested in Amélie and Connor's story, and it had me hopeful when I knew there really wasn't much hope to be had. I have to admit that I really don't know much about the Acadians's history in Canada, so I was extremely interested in learning about them through PROMISES TO KEEP, and I loved the journey that Genevieve took me on!Genevieve's vibrant and lush descriptions swept me away, and I could really imagine the idyllic life that the Acadians were living in Grand Pré. Their home was paradise, and it made it all the more tragic to experience what it must have felt like for them to be living there during the expulsion. What I loved most though (as is usual for me), were the characters. All of the characters were complex and well developed, and I absolutely adored the two main characters, Amélie and Connor! They were fantastic and I loved seeing their connection. Their budding romance was an excellent contrast to the conflict and turmoil surrounding them, and their perseverance was amazing!While PROMISES TO KEEP isn't a happy story, mostly because the Acadian Expulsion was anything but happy, it was a wonderful journey to experience. Genevieve Graham has done an excellent job of pairing a sweet romance along with a dark time in Canada's history. She's brought awareness to something that not everyone knows about (myself included), and she's done it in a lively and engaging manner. If you're a fan of historical fiction, especially if you have an interest in Canadian history, and you also enjoy sweet romances, I think this is the perfect book for you!

  • Debbie
    2018-09-29 06:03

    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 view of the entire story. The dialogue definitely contains a taste of France and a hint of the Mi'kmaq Indians as she tells her heartbreaking tale of the harrowing journey of these people who lose their homes their land and many lose their lives during their tragic trail of tears. The characters are life like and utterly believable especially her courageous Amélei who suffers unimaginable hardships and still keeps her head held high and hope in her battered heart. Both history fans and lovers of literary historical fiction will devour this amazingly heart-rending novel.NARRATION: 3 StarsThere are a few issues with the audible narration- The narrator Alexis Quednau has Amélei down pat and is the perfect choice for her, however her recitation of the other characters is at times very monotone and non-emotional and lacks the versatility needed for the other parts, especially the male voices. Also her lilting French accent, with which she absolutely nails the French and Mi’kmaq Indian words and makes her perfect for Amélei makes it somewhat difficult to understand some of her enunciations of English. She does however get better with the emotional aspect later on in the novel.SUMMARY:In the mid eighteenth century in Grand Pré, Acadia the non-violent farmers of French descent and the Mi'kmaq Indians share the land and live in peace during the constant turmoil and battles between the French and English armies. But all that changes when in 1755 the English finally defeat the French and the lives of these peaceful people change forever.Seventeen-year-old Amélei Belliveau and her family have a small farm in Grand Pré, Acadia and are happy to share their bounties with their neighbors and the English army, she has even started a friendship with one of the soldiers, a man who knows all too well what she and her family are going through. But the winds of change are blowing and none of them good when the English turn from neighbors to aggressors and turn the people of her village into prisoners.Connor MacDonnell finds himself in Acadia as a victim of circumstance belonging to the same English army that ten years earlier killed his parents and destroyed his Scottish way of life. After getting to know Amélei she has become more than important to him and he is determined to ease what he is sure will be a terrifying change for herself, her family and her entire community.

  • Tracey Joseph
    2018-09-29 07:05

    really good book. . I love seeing Canadian history brought to life

  • Chrystal Snowdrop Dreams
    2018-09-22 05:47

    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 such an emotional journey for the reader as well as his character.The main storyline follows Amélie, who happens to be the daughter of the Acadian man at the beginning of this novel. She is strong willed young woman who sometimes needs to learn to hold her tongue and not let all of her thoughts show on her face. She is bold and brave, even when she feels like she isn't. From the beginning, she stands up to the British army who have come to take their land. Her actions draw the attention of one young soldier, who happens to be fighting as a British solider due to circumstance, yet does not agree with how things are happening. I loved her character from the beginning - not afraid to stand up for what is right and speak her mind. As for the soldier, Coporal Connor MacDonnell, he's a charming Scotsman stuck in a life he doesn't want, but until now had no other options. He does his best to aid Amélie and her family without causing anyone to notice. They have to forbidden love going on where they both seem to like each other, but probably shouldn't yet he works his magic in showing her that he really is not the enemy that she assumes he should be. His tale is tragic as well and she begins to trust him.So many terrible things happen to poor Amélie, her family and Connor. How can one person suffer so much? But it seems that this is the life that the poor displaced Acadians suffered. Relocation, illness, stravation, death - so many did not survive this horrible ordeal all because of a war between the English and the French that the Acadians wanted nothing to do with. I felt such heartache for Amélie while reading her story and the challenges she faced. I am happy to see that she at least had a happy ending thanks to Me'tekw of the Mi'kmaq. The way her life crosses with Me'tekw's was wonderful as I had been wondering when he would make an appearance again to fulfill his portion of the story.This line right here made me realize why this book was titled, Promises To Keep."I held on tightly, but I didn't want to hear him promise anything; it seemed to me that all promises did was break hearts." She was wrong, not all promises break hearts. And sometimes the promises help heal hearts.If you haven't read any of Ms. Graham's other books I highly suggest picking up a copy of Promises To Keep and Tides of Honour to start as they deal with Canadian history that should not be missed out on.

  • James Fisher
    2018-10-05 13:54

    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 possible. A peaceable people, the Acadians refuse to swear allegiance to the English King and want nothing to do with the French army either. Nevertheless, the Acadians are seen as French sympathizers by the English and likely to take up arms against them if they are allowed to remain in Acadia. These proud, stubborn people must be forcibly removed.You van read the rest of my review at Books & Benches:

  • Mandy
    2018-10-14 05:51

    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 who seems sympathetic. I found this part a bit rushed and hard to believe, and Connor seemed so young and naive I couldn't stand him in the beginning. He promises to protect her and her family. The suffering that Amélie and Connor separately undergo was well written and heart wrenching. This was a satisfying book (my favourite parts were when Mali or Me'tekw appeared) and I will keep an eye on this author.

  • Jessica B
    2018-10-02 07:40

    I won a copy of this book through the goodreads 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.

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2018-10-08 12:41

    This story is wonderful and I emotionally connected, but I had issues with the narration. Full Review to Come

  • Nicole Laverdure
    2018-10-17 12:54

    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 started to it and soon discovered that it's a real page turner. 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.*

  • Margaret
    2018-10-13 07:45

    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 though Amelie and Connor are fictional characters what takes place is right out of the history books. I had no idea that something like the Acadian Expulsion could and did in fact take place. Believe me when I say I was googling as soon as I turned the last page. The author painted an idyllic picture of what life was like for the Acadian's. Content in their way of life it wasn't hard to visualize the landscape with the vivid descriptions as well as their way of life. They are content until the British showed up. The author made me feel for the Acadians. As life turns I could feel the despair and heartache. While this book doesn't just stay in one place the Canadian wilderness is vast and at times unforgiving.Both Amelie and Connor are unique, interesting and fully developed characters. Watching the relationship blossom as each struggles with their own personal convictions brought this story to life. I won't go into detail about what takes place here, having enjoyed the ride myself I would not want to spoil it for anyone else. This book kept me captivated and it's one I highly recommend to those that love their historical fiction with history off the beaten path.Thank you to Simon and Schuster for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cathy Austin
    2018-10-09 13:09

    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 carrying out his orders for expulsion and hardships and deaths of the villagers that follow. But Connor is not English, he is a Scot tossed from his own home in Scotland during Culloden and made an orphan, sold into slavery in America and then into the English army. He reluctantly serves but uses his position to free the Belliveaus and their countrymen best he can. This book is about trust, upheaval and a terrible time in the history of our country. Graham tells a strong story, a likeable cast of determined characters, a beautiful setting along the Bay of Fundy, the forests of Quebec and the east coast. It is an unlikely union between Amelie and Connor but for those who have lost loved ones and found one another the ending is one of hope for the future, their own and the Acadians. I am looking forward to reading all of Graham's fiction, well-done.

  • Gail
    2018-09-19 06:05

    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 Mi'kmaq and the French settlers, the greed and brutality of the British for fertile land and abundant resources and the similarity between the Acadian and the Scottish "clearings" is all covered in a fictional, but believable way.

  • Melanie
    2018-10-11 08:09

    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 each other.I like this book because it shows all the challenges the French faced when the British took control or New-France. I feel that it is ironic that I read this at this time because it is what I learned in history class.

  • Marina
    2018-10-18 10:03

    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, was the central focus and I couldn't get past her immaturity, her naivete. I really didn't care for her as much as I should have; nor did I care for her relationship with Connor, the British soldier. I didn't buy that there was any "depth" to it, I just wasn't convinced. This was a far cry from anything by Gabaldon - I understand history/romance would lead you to believe they were similar in scope, but the depth and research of Gabaldon's works have you simply IMMERSED in the narrative, like you're living it. Not so with this book. A great effort, I enjoyed the premise and a bit of the Acadian history, but it just wasn't *enough* for me.

  • Shawna
    2018-09-26 06:57

    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!

  • Laura
    2018-10-10 07:06

    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 Graham...please keep them coming!

  • Laura
    2018-10-08 06:01

    A wonderful look into Canadian history. Passion, hardship, survival, love and family make the story one that is hard to put down

  • Paula
    2018-09-20 14:06

    I was excited to read this book set in Nova Scotia. It did not disappoint.

  • Erin Boppre
    2018-10-15 12:56

    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.

  • A Sue
    2018-10-02 05:45

    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.

  • Cathy Graham
    2018-09-26 13:49

    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.

  • Kathryn
    2018-10-06 13:50

    The shifting views were a little confusing, but the historic events described in the novel made up for it.

  • Lynn
    2018-10-03 09:06

    Nova Scotia 1755, time and place about which I know very little. It was interesting to learn more.

  • Maria Dariotis
    2018-09-18 11:54

    A sensational story highly recommend read my review on Book & Benches

  • Chantale Canadian Book Addict
    2018-09-26 13:40

    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.