Promises to Keep

Promises to Keep  by Genevieve Graham (audiobook narrated by Alexis Quednau)

Listening to the audiobook version of this book was a really interesting experience. This was at the invitation of the author, Genevieve Graham (thank you!!). And the narrator, Alexis Quednau, has such a pleasant voice that it made this book a treat for the ears!

“Summer 1755, Acadia. Young, feisty, and beautiful Amelie Belliveau lives a contented life with her family on their idyllic farm in Grande Pré, Nova Scotia. The Acadians are a peaceful people, and she and her family enjoy a good relationship with their Mi’kmaq neighbours. But peace can be fragile. Soon, British soldiers invade her life, claim her family’s farm, and ship away her brothers and father, all the while demanding that all Acadians pledge allegiance in their Seven Years’ War against the French. Fortunately, Amelie has made a powerful ally. Corporal Connor MacDonnell is a reluctant participant in England’s plan to expel the Acadians from their homeland. His sympathy for Amelie gradually grows into 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 choice that will alter their futures forever.” (Goodreads)

This was another excellent book, centered around an aspect of Canadian history with which I’m not very familiar. I may have learned about it in high school history class, but if I did I don’t remember any of that (and high school was a few years ago!). So, this was a learning experience for me too. I enjoy books that inspire me to do further research, to learn all I can about the people/places/events of which I’m unfamiliar. The Deportation of the Acadians occurred in 1755-1763 and approximately 10 000 Acadians were deported. Yet another example of people being forcibly removed from their homes and sent away. It’s a sad aspect of Canadian history which leaves lasting effects .

I enjoyed the story and the characters and the resolution of the story at the end, even though there was heartbreak along the way. I didn’t take any notes while listening to this book (usually I do), but I enjoyed the author’s use of words as she weaves this story throughout the events of history that took place.

Thank you again to author Genevieve Graham. I enjoyed this opportunity to listen to and review this book; and I will definitely recommend your books to others who enjoy reading Canadian historical fiction as well.

*My progress for the Canadian Book Challenge is 6/13!!

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