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Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep #2)

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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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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 The historical content is well-researched, the characters are very well-developed and even though the books are long and detailed, I found every detail interesting.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...more
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
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
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
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.

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
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...more
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...more
Aug 20, 2011 Nelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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.
Diane Large
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.
I liked this book and I look forward to reading the third installment. However, this book was too long. Why spend so much time writing about cows? get on with it! But I love Amy and Lizzie.
Elizabeth Bailey
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...more
Madeleine Gover
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
I bought this book so I could find out what happened to Amy. It started out good and them got kind of boring.
Will I read the next two in this series..No.
This series is a fast, enjoyable reading experience. Sort of like Little House on the Prairie but a bit on a dark side.
a bit disappointed but it does give a good insight of what life was like in those days.
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
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...more
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...more
Verity Brown

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...more
Ayah Assem
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Mud and Gold is the second book in the series ( Promises to keep), in which the story picks up right after where the first book, Sentence of Marriage, has stopped, in other words, at the end of the wedding of Amy and Charlie.

The first thing that came to my mind when I first book is how will Charlie treat her, will he abuse her or will he change , now that he is married ! The answer given almost write away in Mud and Gold....more
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...more
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...more
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
Directly following the first in this series, I doubt if a new reader would be able to sort out all the family members. The novel is a bit long, with some passages having no real reason for inclusion. A example of this was how hot and tired Charlie was looking after clearing some bush, this lead the reader into thinking of his possible early demise.
Still good to read a New Zealand story, with a local setting and interwoven with real historical events.
Julia Bell
I found this tougher to read than Sentence of Marriage. There seemed to be a lot of babies born and got confused who was who. Also there was a lot of superfluous conversations between the characters that didn't really add to the story, I thought. But I loved the election scene when Amy goes to cast her vote for the first time. I wanted her to fight back and rebel against that ghastly husband of her.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is a very compelling, descriptive and well written book. The content though is absolutely heartbreaking. The relationship between Charlie and Amy made me want to throw my Kindle in outrage. Charlie is the ultimate evil husband. I kept trying to find one redeeming quality in him and couldn't. Amy made me so frustrated with the hatred and abuse that she allowed this man to inflict on her. She tries so hard to please this poor excuse for a man and he just h...more
In this second book none of the characters are totally perfect, but most are someone you would like to know and would respect. You get mad at some of them for their blindness. Some of the characters are totally unlikeable and you wish others would see it and do something. But the laws and mores of the time said otherwise.
An eye-opening tale of life in early New Zealand
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