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Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep #2)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,854 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
Amy tries desperately hard to be a good wife and mother. She puts her whole heart into doing the best she can. But will her best ever be good enough for this man?

"Mud and Gold" is the second book in the three-volume "Promises to Keep". It follows directly on from Book One, "Sentence of Marriage".
ebook, 576 pages
Published 2009 by Smashwords (first published 2006)
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May 24, 2011 Susie rated it it was amazing
This is the first free Kindle book (out of dozens) to which I have purchased the sequels. I couldn't stop reading them. The Promises to Keep series is extremely well-written. The historical content is well-researched, the characters are very well-developed and even though the books are long and detailed, I found every detail interesting.

The main downside, as others have mentioned, is that there is no happy ending. The first three books in this series run together. They each end at a natural stop
May 07, 2011 Shana rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, nook
This was a harder read than "Sentence of Marriage" because of the new and difficult challenges Amy faces as she becomes an adult. I very much hope that the next book will take us far enough along in history that we'll get to see some improvement in women's rights. I have become very thankful for my modern life with its conveniences as I've read this book, not to mention the fact that I am an autonomous person and not my husband's chattel. When I started my laundry this morning instead of grumbli ...more
Elizabeth Rowe
Sep 20, 2011 Elizabeth Rowe rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I enjoyed the first book of this series and was absolutely eager to tear through Mud and Gold. I have to say that I didn't enjoy this book near as much as the first. Reading 1354 pages (on my Nook) of spouse and child abuse doesn't rank high on my list of fun things to do an a Sunday afternoon. We love Amy in the first book because of how she stuck to her guns, decided what she wanted in life, and faced everything with a strength well beyond her years. I didn't get that at all from this book. I ...more
Tia B
Dec 27, 2013 Tia B rated it it was amazing
This has got to be one of my all time favourite books. The characters are so well developed, and the story is realistic in such ways that at times it took great effort not to throw my kindle out the window in pure frustration at Amy's naïveté and vulnerability to the advances of jimmy. Being around the same age as Amy when I first read this book, it intrigued me more than it might other young people as I found Amy quite relatable, even though I, and many others, are nothing like her. I'm not eas ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Nelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
4.5 stars
not as exciting as the first book, all that spanking, child-bearing, cooking and cleaning got a bit on my nerve, I thought sometimes it was a bit repetitive, not to mention Amy's husband, I wanted to punch him hard while reading the book, nevertheless it was a pleasent enough reading.
May 21, 2015 Pat rated it it was amazing
Second book of the series and maybe better than the first book. This is a self-published book, I've read, and really excellent. There are no typos or grammatical errors and a continuation of a fantastic series, set from around 1881-1904 (by the last book, I think).
Shirley Ford
Mar 13, 2013 Shirley Ford rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series of (Promises to Keep), by Shayne Parkinson, which follows Amy’s forced marriage to Charlie, a much older man, because of her so-called disgrace that she brought to the family in the first book - Sentence of Marriage. It was a marriage made in hell, as was only to be expected. I am impressed with how well this author depicts the lives of poor farmers in New Zealand in the late 1800’s. The women coped with pregnancy after pregnancy because they had no means of ...more
I gave this book as well as the first volume 5 stars because I couldn't put them down, I actually red them both in less than 4 days, they kept me hooked and I didn't skip any page although there were a lot of details, but I loved how the author was describing everything, it was like painting the picture in my head.
but I am not sure if I should read the rest of the series, I really want to finish the series, but they are breaking my heart! I am not that type of person who cries in front of a mov
Dec 06, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
OOOO I have now included my dislike to poor Amy's husband (such as he is) Charlie Stewart. I hate a man that uses a woman for a punching bag and treats her as if she is worthless. UGH! Amy seems to be getting smarter after one particularly bad beating though and about time. She has learned how to make Charlie think things she wants are his ideas. Yaaay for her! I love hearing about her cousin and best friend Lizzie and her husband Frank. The characters are all so familiar. Another good book that ...more
Sep 18, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
Another great read. A word of caution: this book (and the next) picks up right where the last book leaves off. I strongly recommend reading these books in order. There is no effort to make these books freestanding. I'm reading them on an iPhone, so I don't know how big a print book would be if they were all in one book, but they should've just been one book.

I finally realized that this series reminds me of Helen Hooven Santmeyer's "...and Ladies of the Club," another great family/location saga.

I am really enjoying this series. I can't put it down. I must admit I am usually into stories with lots of action, deception, romance etc etc. This series draws you to each Character. It is a story of everyday life and has me so engaged. I love how it focuses on others couples lives other than Amy and Charlie. Especially about Lizzie and Frank. At times it felt like there was just baby after baby being born.
I love Amy even though I do get frustrated with her self punishment but she becomes stron
Willa Powell
Nov 26, 2014 Willa Powell rated it liked it
I started reading this because the first half was offered free at the end of the first book in the series (Sentence of Marriage). I wanted to know how it ended enough to spend 2.99 for the whole download, but it seems I'll have to read Book 3 to learn whether Amy really and truly lands on her feet. In fact, I felt Amy own curiosity was rather morbid, reading of miscarriage after miscarriage. Certainly believable, it was nevertheless not a story anyone would choose to pick up if they weren't alre ...more
Nov 22, 2014 Sue rated it it was amazing
I love this books series! This is the second book in the Promises to Keep series written by Shayne Parkinson. The setting is turn of the century (late 1800's) rural New Zealand. The story continues pretty much where the first one leaves off. Amy is forced into a loveless and abusive marriage with Charlie, an older neighbor. Susannah plays less of a role in this book, but she remains as obnoxious as ever. Amy's best friend, Lizzy, and her husband, Frank, become larger and more important character ...more
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
For my thoughts on the series, check out Becky's review on Sentence of Marriage

Starting where Sentence of Marriage left off, we watch Lizzie and Amy adjust to married lives. While Lizzie gets the fairy tale, Amy is trapped in a living hell with Charlie Stewart. I think of all four books in this series, this one was the most painful to read.

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Patty Jansen
Oct 06, 2013 Patty Jansen rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy this as much as book 1, although it is definitely a readable book.

I felt that the book jumped around too much without going into enough emotional detail. This was the great strength of book 1, but that gut-wrenching emotion is lost a bit in book 2. I felt that this was because of the brevity of many of the scenes and a certain repetitiveness.

It's almost like one of the middle Anne of Green Gables books, with an endless procession of marriages and births, but with domestic violence
Nov 02, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the "Promises To Keep" books. This book starts off right where book one finishes. It's as if it was one book instead of two.

In the first book we saw Amy at age 12 happy and content with her life with her brothers and father. Then with the arrival of her step-mother her world is sent on a tilt and is changed for teh worst. Then the arrival of her step-mother's brother Amy's life once again has love and happiness only for her world to come completely crashing down. Amy i
Verity Brown
Nov 22, 2013 Verity Brown rated it really liked it

Of all the Promises to Keep series, this one is the most painful to read. Not because it's bad, but because such terrible things happen to the main character, Amy. Readers with sensibilities that are easily offended, even in an historical novel, by unapologetic sexism and abuse (spousal and child) would do well to steer clear.

On the other hand, this book does a good job of showing that, even in a sexist era, much of a woman's personal power (or lack thereof) is a product of her attitude and her
Jul 29, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing
I received the first book in the Promises to Keep series as a free book for my Amazon Kindle. I will admit that I had a very difficult time reading this book. Many times, the subject matter was so horrific and abusive(IMO) that I had to put the book down, walk away and come back to it later when I could get my emotions back under control.

This book is not for the faint of heart. While it is definitely a work of fiction, it deals with many of the real life struggles that women had to deal with and
Feb 28, 2013 Birgit rated it it was amazing
Lovely book, very easy to read, a bit of an abrupt end though. I liked how it was written over many years and how the extended family kept on expanding. It's sad how primitive and backward the views towards women were back in the late 1800's by some at least. The difference in marriages between Amy and her brutal, cruel husband to Lizzie and her sweet adoring husband was a real sharp contrast. I guess though when you read about Charlie's (Amy's husband) background you can't help but understand w ...more
May 28, 2015 Erika rated it liked it
This one was hard to read. Not that it wasn't well written or compelling. It was hard to read because the content was heavy stuff. There is no reprieve from domestic abuse until 60% of the book is through. I loved reading about Lizzie and Frank, though.
Elizabeth Bailey
Jun 04, 2014 Elizabeth Bailey rated it it was amazing
I thought this, the second of this series, was the best of the lot. Amy's story was fraught with tension, pain and angst throughout, and I was so relieved when she finally turned around and stood up for herself.

As I said for book one, I think the writing is so good that it hooks the reader into these lives. It was fascinating to grow up with the characters and see them mature. I thought this was particularly well delineated as the older characters were very much believable as having changed thro
Feb 02, 2015 Jade rated it it was amazing
This book was much tougher to go through than the first! Not that it was badly written...on the contrary. There were so many times I wanted to throw my reader at something, I wanted to smack Charlie upside the head!!!!! I absolutely she'd some tears! I was so happy to see Amy get a bit of confidence....that was rewarding. This book shows us that as a society we have come a long way.....
Apr 21, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it
So, so addictive! YES, depressing, YES, full of descriptions of mundane little actions and reactions, and YES, full of strong women and disgustingly clueless men, but SO well written, it kept me on the hook to the very end. I'll be getting the third one in the series for sure.

One thing does bother me a great deal: as far as these books are concerned, the Maoris in New Zealand may as well not exist, and they were certainly at the forefront of New Zealand life in the 1880s. Maybe that will change
Jul 10, 2012 Krista rated it really liked it
While it is true what other reviewers have said about the struggle of reading dark story lines, it is so easy to get invested in these characters. They each have a different kind of strength, and they really make me realize that I have nothing to complain about! I just couldn't stop reading, I read Mud & Gold in a day of indulgence! I won't be able to hold off long before getting the last in the series. This is the first free e-book I downloaded that had no grammatical or spelling errors and ...more
Elise Katims
Dec 25, 2015 Elise Katims rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...And so the story goes

I don't know what it is about this series, but I have found it impossible to put down. The characters catch a hold of me, and I find myself feeling as if each of the characters are real people in my life. I'm sure if I knew Amy and Lizzie in real life, they would be my friends. You cannot read this series without sharing in their joy, their pain, their victories and their losses. It is a wonderfully written story that has captured me completely.
Jan 17, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
This 4 book serial held me spellbound this week. I couldn't stop reading and I'm sorry it ended. I have rarely purchased sequels for my Kindle, but after reading the first free volume, there was no stopping. Excellent character development, suspense without major crime scenarios, true to life living situations, and great historical context made this series a fantastic read. I won't rehash the story, except to say that Amy's life held my interest.
Billie Turknett
A bit boring in some places

I was bored to tears a few times and just wanted to delete the three in the series from my Kindle. There were some really good scenes in this one. I just hope the next book isn't as boring as this was is.

As a continuation of a series, this is a relatively good book. It does go on a fair bit, with a lot of material that makes it seem as if the author is writing a very complete documentation of life, rather than an entertaining story.
On the other hand, by the end of this one, the characters are so completely developed that, frankly, I could almost predict the dialogue. Fortunately, some of the characters are rather reticent, so they don't have much to say.
Still, a
Diane Large
May 11, 2012 Diane Large rated it it was ok
This is the second in a series of four. I still can't believe that Amy bends over backwords to take care of Charlie and Malcom when they treat her so badly. I will read the third book, just in hopes that things will improve for her.
Jun 01, 2014 Madeleine rated it really liked it
For some reason the pages all naturally still lent to each other, but not in the same way that the first book meshed. Maybe it was quite the novelty to go through butter-churning rituals in the first book, but by this book, the talk of farming rituals, if one is not careful - becomes a bit more of a bore. Not over pages, but over the thousand pages this book *is* in my Nook app. It was still something I *had* to read after the first book, but there was a lot less *happening* in this book in gene ...more
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I write historical novels set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My sixth book, "After the Roses", takes the series to 1924. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country. I was born in New Zealand, and apart from two years in England have lived here all my life. I'm married to my childhood sweetheart, who grew up in the farming valley that's the inspiration for my imag ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Promises to Keep (4 books)
  • Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep, #1)
  • Settling the Account (Promises to Keep, #3)
  • A Second Chance (Promises to Keep, #4)

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