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oung, 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 Acadia ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Simon Schuster
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Wendy
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-books, apr-18
A wonderful fictional story based on Canadian history!
"Promises To Keep", by Genevieve Graham, is the story of the Acadian expulsion of 1755. The book focuses on one family and all that befalls them during this time. Full of sadness, heartbreak and moments of joy, forbidden love makes this novel a page turner.
The author states "My goal, my passion, is to breathe life back into Canadian history."
With "Promises To Keep" I feel she has done just that.

I look forward to reading more by this author.
Erin
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 e ...more
Sophia
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
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Asheley
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
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
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Joy (joyous reads)
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: oh-canada, s-s-canada
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 citizens
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Marie
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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 Br
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Ambur
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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Debbie
Story 5 Stars
Graham’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 vie
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Tracey Joseph
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
really good book. . I love seeing Canadian history brought to life
Linda
Nov 25, 2018 added it
I enjoyed this story very much. I have always been interested in the eastern provinces of Canada & prior to this book have found very little dealing with the history of that area. The author appeared to have done considerable research on the evacuation of the Acadians. This not only made the story interesting but also educational. I would suggest it to anyone interested in Canadian historical fiction.
Chrystal
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
James Fisher
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 possib ...more
Mandy
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 wh
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Carolyn
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must express my thanks to the author for her wonderfully romantic and heartbreaking historical family sagas. Having attended school in Nova Scotia from the mid 1940’s to mid 1950’s I never was exposed to any history about the expulsion of the Acadians in 1775. What little I knew was from a visit to Grand Pre as a child and from reading Longfellow’s poem Evangeline.

Promises to Keep makes the trials and tribulations of the dispossessed and expelled Acadian families feel very real to me. Pausin
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Carolyn
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graham-genevieve
The research done regarding the tragic history of the peace loving Acadians of Grande Pré, Nova Scotia was considerable and woven into this historical romance beautifully. It was a, quite frankly, shocking and horrific crime that was perpetrated upon these 15,000 innocent families by the British during the Seven Years War in the mid to late 1700's. It was during this horror that the love story takes place. A forbidden love. Promises to Keep is a powerful book with great characterizations. This i ...more
Jessica B
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
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2018
This story is wonderful and I emotionally connected, but I had issues with the narration. Full Review to Come
Keith Weaver
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Promises to Keep is a love story, but it’s a bit more than that. As one expects in a love story, there is introspection, examination of feelings on the part of the two main characters, Amélie Belliveau and Connor Macdonnell, but moreso for Amélie. But as well as being a love story, it’s two other things.

First, there is action. The story is set in the time of the Expulsion of the Acadians (or Le Grand Dérangement), and there is some violence, a lot of grief and sorrow, and scenes from one specifi
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Margaret
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
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Nicole Laverdure
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sarah
This was not really the book I thought it was going to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I was expecting a dramatic, romance heavy historical fiction during wartime, which I was wrong about from the beginning because my ass didn't know what the Acadian Expulsion of 1755 was, I just saw the redcoat and assumed it was taking place during the War of Independence lmao I'm a great Canadian. So firstly, I'm glad that I now know something more about Canada's history than I did before. And it ...more
Cathy Austin
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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Beverly
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would give this wonderfully written story 4.5 if goodreads ratings allowed.
A powerful story of promises and choices made; the will to survive against all odds and love that sacrificed much to ensure the safety of the beloved.
In the midst of war between the French and the English, the peaceful Acadian and Mi'kmaq people were mistrusted and caught up in the British grasping for more land without caring for those who had lived there in harmony with it before them. This story follows the lives of
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Gail
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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Christina Yorke
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Graham has quickly become a favourite author of mine with her vibrant characters and heartbreaking storylines. She gives Canadian history a voice that it is loud and clear! The love story of an Acadian girl and a British soldier takes us into the expulsion of the Acadians and the horrific treatment they suffered at the hands of the British. The story focuses on the relationship between Amilie and Connor as they fight the odds to love each other amidst the blood thirsty British who wish to kill e ...more
Melanie
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Marina
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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, Ame ...more
Heather Kidd
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Tides of Honour and this book is just as good. A beautiful cover! I love when Canadian history is brought to life through fiction! Canadian history is not boring, it’s just been presented that way. Thankfully this book changes that impression. This story is rich and colourful and full of challenges, heartaches, betrayals and love that endures. What the Acadians faced was tragic. It needs to be better known.
Shawna
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
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!
Amy
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Betty Vaughan
I liked this book because it was about Canadian history, the expulsion of the Acadians. I didn't know much about this so I learned a lot. Although it took several chapters to get into the plot, I enjoyed the last 3/4 of the book. Perhaps a few too many happy coincidences, but the book also had its share of tragedy. A good read.
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