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Published August 20th 2020
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Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed ‘Time for Silence’ so was keen to read this one too. This is the story of the Owen family from the 1880’s - 1920’s, they farm twenty four acres, one rood and eight perches of land in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Father Thomas indoctrinates God fearing ways into his family and their ethos is to maintain their covenant with God. His chapel brand of faith after a family tragedy becomes harsh, angry and violent which has a devastating impact on the family especially daughter Leah, youngest ...more
Judith Barrow
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I became aware of when reading The Covenant was of being drawn so quickly into the world of Cwmderwen. The immediacy of a sense of place is something I’ve been conscious of before in the work of this author. Thorne Moore has a talent for description: of the changes in nature throughout the seasons, the unpredictability of the weather and in her absolute ability to bring the countryside of Pembrokeshire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century alive, both in The Time for ...more
Terry Tyler
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book via an ARC from the publisher, for Rosie Amber's Review Team. The fact that it was free has not affected the content of this honest review.

Historical fiction - late 19th-early 20th century.

This doom-laden tale about the Owen family and their land begins with a mystery: the discovery of a body, declared to be that that of Leah Owen, who happens to be the main character of the novel—but this is in no way a spoiler. If anything, it provided added intrigue to the story, which then g
N.A. Granger
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Covenant is a powerful novel which gobsmacked me with the fierce emotions of its characters and the immutable future of unending work and forced acceptance of their fate by woman in the period of this story. This is a prequel to the author’s best-selling A Time for Silence and is a must read.
Written in first person, the author has created in Leah Owen, the middle daughter of a farmer in Wales at the close of the 19th century, a woman burdened by both love and duty. Her father, Tom Owen, is a
Georgia Rose
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thorne Moore has been on my radar as an author I must read for a long time now. In fact, as it turns out, I bought her book A Time for Silence back in 2014, but still haven’t got to it. And what a mistake that was.

I chose to read The Covenant, the prequel to A Time for Silence, as a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team, and received a copy from the publisher. This does not alter my review one iota.

The Owen family are bound by covenant to hold a tenancy of 24 acres, 1 rood and 8 perches and L
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous book! The way women were expected to live in the not all that distant past has always fascinated me, and I love stories about those who endeavour to live their best lives in the face of so much misogyny and poverty.
The location appealed to me too as the novel is set close to where I live – the villages of Cilgerran and Boncath are both ten minutes away so it was very easy for me to imagine Leah’s world.
The author depicts this world so clearly, with beautiful, evocative descriptio
Alex Craigie
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love this book.
It is set on a tenant farm in a small village in Wales, beginning in 1883 and follows the central character, Leah Owen whose God-fearing father rules the family by the rights that are bestowed upon him by the law and his strict religious beliefs. Duty plays an important part in the book and Leah is expected to know her place and do her duty regardless of how it impacts on her own happiness.
Thorne Moore has a remarkable ability to people her books with characters created with suc
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there isn't a genre called Welsh Historical Gothic Fiction, then there needs to be. This prequel to the splendid A Time For Silence is this & more. One of the author's many skills is her ability to create a vivid & authentic sense of Welsh place. In the short, dramatic prologue the presence of Leah Owen strikes a macabre note & we know, things will not go well for her. This knowledge in no way detracts from the story as a whole however. And in spite of the looming, vocal presence of Leah's ze ...more
Alex Martin
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally involving page-turner
The curse of dogma hangs over Cwmderwen. In its dark valley, between the thickset trees, generation after generation of the Owens till the thin sun-starved soil, hanging on to their twenty-four acres, one rood and eight perches by a thread, and held together by a Covenant and their faith in a righteous God. The prequel to Time for Silence does its sequel justice in spades. I was glued to the pages of The Covenant, just as I was in Ms Moore’s earlier book. Leah Owen
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