*I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for my honest Review*
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.
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. The characters, the plot, the history came together so well.
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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