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The Beekeeper's Promise Kindle Edition
An RNA Romantic Novel Award nominee.
Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer—and her life.
In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…
When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested.
From the bestselling author of Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.
About the Author
Fiona Valpy spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007. She and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in the Bordeaux winelands, during the course of which she developed new-found skills in cement mixing, interior decorating and wine tasting.
All of these inspirations, along with a love for the place, the people and their history, have found their way into the books she’s written, which have been translated into German, Norwegian, Czech, Turkish and Slovenian.
Fiona now lives in Scotland, but enjoys regular visits to France in search of the sun.
- ASIN : B0776PXPFK
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (16 May 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 3926 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 154204703X
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,108 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book flips backward and forward between the past and and present and for me, this was its only real weakness. I would have been very happy if the Abi story had been omitted and the book told the Eliane story only; the latter made up the vast majority of it anyway and I often found that having become immersed I was annoyingly interrupted. Also, I found the ending a bit like the last scene in an American film, with no loose ends and everyone living happily ever after, which I do understand some people like.
Despite my criticisms, I have given the book 4 stars, because the bulk of the book is so very enjoyable and well worth a read.
A great story set between two time periods in rural France. The insight into the life of Elaine during the second world war was full of emotion and Abi's recovery after a dark period of her life is something that i think many can relate either directly or indirectly.
I could go on about the symbolism of the bees and their courage but i think it best to leave that to the reader.
A gripping novel that kept me captivated throughout.