Promises to Keep Audiobook by Genevieve Graham

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Review of: Promises to Keep
Genevieve Graham

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On January 30, 2018
Last modified:January 30, 2018


Promises to Keep Audiobook

By: Genevieve Graham

Narrated by: Alexis Quednau

Published by Brilliance Audio 9/19/2017

Promises to Keep Audiobook

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8 hrs and 16 mins

genre: Historical Romance

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Promises to Keep Audiobook

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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 shatter the loving family who are forced in many directions to survive even while she is conflicted about the feelings she has for one of the soldiers who understands all too well, having been a Scot who survived the English rushing over his Scottish lands and family. Connor MacDonnell swears a promise to her that she holds onto through so much heartbreak and misery. Connor will sacrifice anything to keep that promise and does.

This book had me crying so often that I’m glad I listened to it in the privacy of my own home. Lands, the tears I shed. This was such a heartwrenching story. I’ve read about the Acadians who were forced off their land onto ships that took them away with little more than the clothes on their backs only to find they were unwanted where they were dumped off elsewhere. I knew it would not be an easy or light story and it wasn’t. I was deeply impressed with the author’s attention to historic and cultural details and the depth of each character. This is a saga so there are so many characters with Amelie and Connor the central figures. All sides were represented in the cast of characters and I loved seeing it all.

The story is mostly told from Amelie’s perspective. She starts off naive yet impetuous and headstrong. Then as events unfold she is forced to mature and grow strong in this trial by fire she endures. Connor, too, is an exceptional man. The pair needed a break and I was really rooting for them. It seemed each time they were going to get their chance, it was not to be and noble sacrifice was called up. Now, I might have cried my eyes out, but I also felt so much more. This was heartwarming and romantic in an understated way. Connor gave so much out of love and Amelie did as well. Others were getting their stories in the background and I was engaged with that, too.

So, this was a powerful story that has stayed with me afterward. I’ve read the author before and know this is not a fluke. Incidentally, it occurred to me after I finished that the cousins Connor mentioned must be the family that featured in the authorโ€™s MacDonnell series that I read. She has a way of making history come alive and makes one feel attached to her characters who go through so much.

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As to the narrator, Alexis Quednau, was a first encounter for me. She had the job of French Acadian accents, British, New Englander, Native American, and oh so many characters with all that glot of emotion, too. I thought she told this one so well. She took the right tone and hit a good balance between inflection of emotion and the distance a good narrator needs so the listener isn’t distracted.

Genevieve GrahamI’m a tremendously lucky lady. I have a wonderful, loving family, a beautiful home (including a cute dog and a flock of happy chickens!), AND I get to write. Really, I can’t imagine a better life.

Decades ago (!) I went to university to be a professional oboe player. I never planned to be a writer. I never even tried to write a story until I was over forty – which is proof that you’re never too old to try something new.

My passion is breathing life back into history one story at a time, and I am now focusing on Canadianย History. Our country is rich with stories which have yet to be told, and my characters are impatient to share! When you finish one of my books, I hope you will be able to say you’ve learned something about Canada’s history, but I also hope you can say the book moved you to learn more. And I will keep bringing you more!

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Alexis QuednauAlexis Quednau is an actor living in Vancouver, BC. She trained in classical ballet as a girl, rode horses competitively throughout high school, speaks fluent French, and has a degree in History as well as Theatre. Alexis is a certified yoga teacher, (and has played one in commercials, too!)

My thanks to the Author for the opportunity to listen to this story in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


  1. Omigosh, Sophia. This sounds so good! I love historical fiction/romance like this – where the author really brings to life the characters, culture, and circumstances. I don’t know that much about Canadian history *hangs head* but I’m willing to learn. I’ll check out this book, this author, and the narrator. Lovely review. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • No shame on the history ignorance stuff. Can’t know it all, right? I think you’d like this one and it gets you up to speed on the historical context so you don’t feel lost about that part. Hope you like it, Brandee! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sophia Rose this is next on my audible list. I just finished Tides of Honour by her it’s set during WWI and features the explosion at the Halifax harbor in 1917. She’s a new fave for me. Great review!!!

    • Oh good! I plan to listen to Tides of Honour. I’ve enjoyed her books since her Scottish trilogy (I’ve only read two of them, but plan to get to the third). Great historical fiction, right?

  3. OH gosh this sounds like such an impactful read. I donโ€™t know anything about this so I am most curious now.

    • Hi Heidi! I actually sent you an email about this – I’d love to send you a promo code for a review. – Genevieve

      • I was planning to send you the link so you’d know my review was up. LOL, guess we’re good on that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ha! Persuaded you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to hear it!

  4. I haven’t read this author but this sounds like a good one.

    • Glad to put you onto her books, Mary. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It really grabbed me emotionally. Very powerful.

  5. I know very little about this so I really think I would love it! I know that by the time the revolutionary was ended here the British were ruling Canada but that is it. How sad is that? I think I would love to read this one as well. Great review Sophia Rose!

    • Yeah, some of the details of history I feel that I should know, but don’t. However, that’s the beauty of getting good historical fiction like this. Hope you get the chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This sounds really good, Sophia Rose! I have a few books that I worry about listening too away from home because I might get too emotional. I do love a book that can really bring out strong emotions. I will have to look for this one.

    • After reading a couple of her earlier ones, I was forewarned. I know what will make me shed tears. I have a list of authors I can’t read out in public places.

      Hope you get the opportunity. And keep that tissue handy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. This one sounds really intense!

    • Yes, it really was, Melliane. I was sobbing a few times. But, I was cheering them on, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I hate to cry, but this sounds so good. I think I will add this one to the wishlist, but with a note to bring tissues. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha! You sound like me. I skitter away from books I know will make me cry. But, on the other hand, if I do get one that I wasn’t expecting to do it, I end up loving it. Hope you love it when you get the chance, Melissa. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. This sounds amazing. I need to read more historical fiction/romance. This is a great review and I’ll have to read this!

    • Serendipity! Glad to point you toward one you might like, Kathy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I’ve read a few books by Genevieve Graham and this looks interesting as well. I think I’d enjoy it. Great Review

    • Oh, that’s good news, Cricket. I think you’ll find this one on par or better with her older books.

  11. That’s impressive with so many accents that the narration worked out. Lots of talent there.

    • Absolutely! It really struck me after I’d heard First Nation, French, British, and then American. Wow!

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