The Beekeeper's Promise
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.

The Beekeeper's Promise Details

TitleThe Beekeeper's Promise
Author
ReleaseMay 16th, 2018
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781543686234
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

The Beekeeper's Promise Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    4 character-driven stars to The Beekeeper’s Promise 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 This book came highly recommended by my friend, Marialyce! Thanks for another wonderful read! Told in two timelines, The Beekeeper’s Promise includes the story of Abi, who has a broken heart and is looking for a fresh start. She takes a job at the Chateau Bellevue. Abi hopes for healing more than anything. Also included is the story of Eliane, who in 1938 takes care of the beehives at the same chateau. She falls in love with Mathieu, bu 4 character-driven stars to The Beekeeper’s Promise 🐝 🐝 🐝 🐝 This book came highly recommended by my friend, Marialyce! Thanks for another wonderful read! Told in two timelines, The Beekeeper’s Promise includes the story of Abi, who has a broken heart and is looking for a fresh start. She takes a job at the Chateau Bellevue. Abi hopes for healing more than anything. Also included is the story of Eliane, who in 1938 takes care of the beehives at the same chateau. She falls in love with Mathieu, but with the war looming she joins the Resistance, which ultimately tests her relationship in ways she could not have predicted. These are bold, resilient women from different generations with two memorable stories to tell. The writing is smooth and absorbing, as the characters rebuild their lives after overcoming struggle and strife. The Beekeeper’s Promise is a mesmerizing, all-consuming, and tantalizing story. Thank you to Fiona Valpy, Lake Union Publishing, and Netgalley for the ARC. The Beekeeper’s Promise is available now! My reviews can also be found on my shiny new blog! www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    You can find my reviews at https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...“In the midst of winter, I found that there was within me an invincible summer.” (Albert Camus)This was a gorgeous story of the ability to go forward against adversity when you feel that it has consumed you. It was a story of resiliency in the face of disaster. It was a story of learning about the past, which often can give one courage for the future.Abi Howe is a broken woman. She is reeling from a marriage gone bad, feelings he You can find my reviews at https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...“In the midst of winter, I found that there was within me an invincible summer.” (Albert Camus)This was a gorgeous story of the ability to go forward against adversity when you feel that it has consumed you. It was a story of resiliency in the face of disaster. It was a story of learning about the past, which often can give one courage for the future.Abi Howe is a broken woman. She is reeling from a marriage gone bad, feelings held inside that have made her believe that she does not deserve love, and the idea that what she is within is somehow of little value. While on a yoga retreat, she meets a young couple who offer her a job at their lovely home which was formerly the Chateau Bellevue. Abi decides that she will take this job and hopefully find a way to heal both her body and soul. Little does she realize what she will learn about the Chateau, the people who lived there, and the ability it will give her to finally see herself as someone worthwhile and cherished.The Chateau has been a witness to history, particularly in regard to World War 2 when it as overtaken by the Nazis. As the author takes us back to that time, we meet Eliana Martin who tended the bees in the chateau. It is here that she meets and falls in love with Mathieu. However, the war comes bringing with it tragedy and darkness which envelopes them and their community changing everything for this young couple.Separated from Mathieu , Elaina makes a choice to become part of the French Resistance along with her family and many of the townspeople. She and they risked their lives to free France of their evil conquerors and return to the world they held most dear.Abi is mesmerized by Eliane’s story. She is moved by the valor and courage shown by this woman and through that comes an understanding of knowing that “we are stronger than we think we are.” Abi awakens to her ability to be strong, to be able to enjoy the world that surrounds her, and to be the person she has always wanted to be.This story was beautiful in its telling. From the characters to the setting, it had the ability to make the events real, to make the reader understand that we all possess strength, and that the future can be approached with joy no matter what we have faced when we have the courage to do so.Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain. Thank you to Fiona Valpy, Lake Union Publishing, and Net Galley for providing this reader with an advanced copy of this lovely story. Publishing on May 16, 2018
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    This is an engaging tale of two unique stories one in the present and one encompassing the time preceding and including World War II during the occupation of a small French town, which intertwine to show the power of trust, unity of spirit, and love.Eliane Martin is a beekeeper and the cook's assistant on wealthy Count Comte's estate, on which her family resides and her father is the primary farmer. The Count's home is requisitioned as the primary post for the Nazi's in the area. Eliane becomes This is an engaging tale of two unique stories one in the present and one encompassing the time preceding and including World War II during the occupation of a small French town, which intertwine to show the power of trust, unity of spirit, and love.Eliane Martin is a beekeeper and the cook's assistant on wealthy Count Comte's estate, on which her family resides and her father is the primary farmer. The Count's home is requisitioned as the primary post for the Nazi's in the area. Eliane becomes an integral part of the resistance by sending messages walking in various patterns wearing a silk scarf at the Count's direction. Much to her dismay, she suspects that her fiance, Mathieu is working on behalf Nazi's. Other family members are also participating in the resistance as are her neighbors. When the Nazi's realize the the Count is helping the resistance, everyone's life is in imminent danger.Abi Howe is recovering from a physical accident and is encumbered by depression. At the persistence of a friend, she agrees to attend a week long yoga retreat in a remote village in France. Abi takes a break meandering through the community and is introduced to the Estate of Count Comte, which has been converted as a facility for Weddings and serves as a B &B hosting the wedding guests. Sara and her husband are revamping the estate in stages and need another set of hands and Abi agrees to work during "the Season". As she and Sara perform their various tasks over the summer, Abi learns the first hand account of the Estate's history during the War and those who involved in sabotaging the Nazi's. Abi begins to heal from her abusive past and her own secrets are revealed as the other story unravels.This was a dynamic story that incorporated charming primary characters. There were a few things that didn't quite fit together that left me feeling that the story was not quite authentic. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. This is a sequel (I learned this reading the Author's notes), it is absolutely a free standing story, so if you haven't read the first in the series, don't pass up the delightful moments it holds!
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  • Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    4 delightful stars to The Beekeeper's Promise. What a charming story that effortlessly fuses WW2 , bees and domestic violence - such an unlikely combination of themes. Somehow the author manages to make it work and draws parallels between the three subjects by infusing themes of perseverance and resiliency. The plot alternates between two time periods and two perspectives. Eliane is a young French woman living in rural France in the 1940's when the Germans occupy her town. Abi is an English woma 4 delightful stars to The Beekeeper's Promise. What a charming story that effortlessly fuses WW2 , bees and domestic violence - such an unlikely combination of themes. Somehow the author manages to make it work and draws parallels between the three subjects by infusing themes of perseverance and resiliency. The plot alternates between two time periods and two perspectives. Eliane is a young French woman living in rural France in the 1940's when the Germans occupy her town. Abi is an English woman attending a yoga retreat in modern day France when she meets Sara - the current owner of a Chateau with a colourful history. As Abi immerses herself into life with Sara at the Chateau, the two timelines converge and both Abi and Eliane learn about the strengths they each possess. I enjoyed the backdrop of the war story. The author brought this historical piece to life and included many fascinating details about what the French civilians had to endure. The national pride, the anger towards the Germans and their own government as well as the imminent dangers that existed day to day of being sent to a work camp, tortured or killed. The focus on the resistance was also interesting in that it touched upon even the smallest parts that folks played to set the cogs in motion. Abi's story was also intriguing and unexpected in many ways. The author used effective yet limited descriptions to convey her plight which worked well. However my favourite bits were about the honey bees. Although the bees were not a main focus of the story, they were a constant and the reader was brought into the parallels between Eliane's bees and her own experiences. The story lost a star for me because I felt the romance aspect could have been better developed. And although I thought both the writing and character development were solid, I felt like Eliane's character lacked flaws. For me, this made the character less relatable and harder to build a strong emotional attachment. Overall this story was eloquent, charming and fascinating. It's a plot and character driven narrative that touches on dark subject matters in a lighter way. I enjoyed and recommend to others. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for an ARC. The Beekeeper's Promise is available for purchase.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    Love, Abuse, Danger, Suspense, History, German occupation, fear, and healing.... Those are the words that I would use to just lightly describe The Beekeeper's Promise by author Fiona Valpy. At first, I thought this book would be hard to follow because it switched frequently between the past and present with different characters and different stories. It was not hard to keep up and the book usually moved fast. There were some slow parts that were used to show that Abi, our modern character was ta Love, Abuse, Danger, Suspense, History, German occupation, fear, and healing.... Those are the words that I would use to just lightly describe The Beekeeper's Promise by author Fiona Valpy. At first, I thought this book would be hard to follow because it switched frequently between the past and present with different characters and different stories. It was not hard to keep up and the book usually moved fast. There were some slow parts that were used to show that Abi, our modern character was taking time to heal while working and helping others. As Abi reflects on her abusive marriage...Eliane's story in the past is told chapter by chapter. The historical significance of the story and portrayal of the fear and dire circumstances were accurate and well presented. What I loved: The history and the setting were by far the best parts of these stories. Most of the characters were well developed especially Abi and Eliane. The descriptions of the bees still fascinate me as they are in depth and well researched...inspired by a love of nature that is evident throughout the book. It felt as if the author wrapped a spell of scents and herbs around the reader as we soak in the words and themes of the stories of these two lovely ladies.What could have been better: The bonds of romantic love between Eliane and one of her suitors. I felt that there was just a light affection and did not see a great love to contrast with the abusive and destructive relationship between Abi and Zach. Thanks to Amazon Publishing UK and Lake Union Publishing through NetGallery for an advance copy of this book to review. My opinions, as always, are my own!
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  • Yasmine
    January 1, 1970
    First, you should know I love historical fictions, and I also like reading those taking place during WWII, therefore it is no surprise I liked reading this one very much.Eliane's storyline during the war is captivating and sad and yet, so full of courage and determination, and also sparked by gentle scenes of nature and calm. I particularly loved those atmospheric descriptions of the countryside, the sun and nature bringing out the best of it, and following the cycle of nature (and the bees) thr First, you should know I love historical fictions, and I also like reading those taking place during WWII, therefore it is no surprise I liked reading this one very much.Eliane's storyline during the war is captivating and sad and yet, so full of courage and determination, and also sparked by gentle scenes of nature and calm. I particularly loved those atmospheric descriptions of the countryside, the sun and nature bringing out the best of it, and following the cycle of nature (and the bees) through the seasons. Abi's storyline is less interesting, much less focused upon anyway, but draws an interesting parallel with Eliane's story.All in all, a simple and yet very evocative and forceful book about strong women, resilience and love. A lovely book!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    The Beekeeper’s Promise is a WW2 novel by Fiona Valpy. Although the story is fiction, some of the places are real and the stories of the Resistance are real as is the massacre in Tulle. The story could easily have taken place and maybe it did in some country and small town. Fiona Valpy tells the story of Elaine and her family during the War and the story of Abi in the present time trying to recover from a car accident and an abusive marriage. The story is told in alternating chapters by Elaine f The Beekeeper’s Promise is a WW2 novel by Fiona Valpy. Although the story is fiction, some of the places are real and the stories of the Resistance are real as is the massacre in Tulle. The story could easily have taken place and maybe it did in some country and small town. Fiona Valpy tells the story of Elaine and her family during the War and the story of Abi in the present time trying to recover from a car accident and an abusive marriage. The story is told in alternating chapters by Elaine from 1938 to 1944 and then the present 2017. Abi’s story is told all in 2017. This technique works wonderfully for this story. It keeps both stories going and combines the stories at the same time. Abi has many lessons to learn from the stories Sara Cortini tells her about Elaine and her family during WW2. She also learns many lessons from working for Sara and her husband for the summer. The book is absolutely wonderful and easy to read. You must have tissues close at hand and plenty of time to read without interruptions.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by this author and I have to say it's one of the best books I have read this year so far. Set in France it follows 2 storylines, one from the modern day and one during the out break of WW2 - all based in the same location. I don't want to give the plot away as you should all read it for yourselves but the characters are so well drawn and the situations the main characters find themselves are brought to life so vividly. Although a very dark period in history this wasn't a gl This is my first book by this author and I have to say it's one of the best books I have read this year so far. Set in France it follows 2 storylines, one from the modern day and one during the out break of WW2 - all based in the same location. I don't want to give the plot away as you should all read it for yourselves but the characters are so well drawn and the situations the main characters find themselves are brought to life so vividly. Although a very dark period in history this wasn't a gloomy book - more about the resilience of people and that good will prevail. Whilst reading this I was comparing it to The Nightingale which was one of my favourite books from last year. It did bring tears to my eyes in places and I was sad when the book ended - definately have a book hangover now. Thank you to TBC and to the author for the chance to read this title in exchange for a honest review. It us one that will stay with me for quite a while.
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  • Suze Lavender
    January 1, 1970
    Abi hopes being in France will heal her. She's there for a short stay, but when she gets the offer to work at Château Bellevue, she immediately accepts. She loves the beautiful place filled with history and has enough free time on her hands to spend a few months there. Abi has been through a lot and it's time for her to get back on her feet. Will being at the château make a difference? While she's staying there, Abi learns about what happened at the castle during WWII. She's fascinated by the st Abi hopes being in France will heal her. She's there for a short stay, but when she gets the offer to work at Château Bellevue, she immediately accepts. She loves the beautiful place filled with history and has enough free time on her hands to spend a few months there. Abi has been through a lot and it's time for her to get back on her feet. Will being at the château make a difference? While she's staying there, Abi learns about what happened at the castle during WWII. She's fascinated by the story and hearing about the bravery of others might make Abi fierce enough to chase her own dreams as well.It's 1938 and life is wonderful at Château Bellevue. Eliane loves her bees. She's a skilled beekeeper and gardener and working at the thriving Château Bellevue makes her happy. She's in love with wine maker Mathieu and knows he wants to marry her. Eliane's future is looking promising, but then the war breaks out and Eliane and her loved ones are in danger. The Germans have occupied the area and have chosen the castle as their new residence. Eliane joins the Resistance, but this comes at a price. Will she and Mathieu, now being separated from each other by the Germans, ever find their way back to each other again?The Beekeeper's Promise is a beautiful moving story. I was immediately intrigued by the two brave main characters who have Château Bellevue in common. Fiona Valpy alternates between Abi and Eliane and I equally loved their stories. Abi is in France to get over a terrible trauma. The castle is a loving place and being there slowly makes her feel better. She's fascinated by Eliane's story, which is truly amazing. Eliane is brave, strong and smart. She keeps risking her own life for others and I admired her strength and courage. She's a remarkable woman with a kind heart. I couldn't turn the pages of The Beekeeper's Promise quickly enough to find out if she'd survive the war. Eliane's story inspires Abi and I absolutely loved that. She needs kindness and support and I kept hoping she'd embrace her future after the nightmare she's been in. I really like it when I feel so invested in the main characters of a story.Fiona Valpy has a great captivating writing style. Her marvelous descriptions of the French countryside are making it come to life in a fantastic way. I could easily picture the castle and its surroundings and loved how she made me see every single detail. The Beekeeper's Promise is an impressive emotional story. Fiona Valpy knows how to portray deep feelings of fear, longing, unconditional love, selflessness and regret. She's paid careful attention to every aspect of her story and that shows. The result is a terrific book that I highly recommend.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    So many favorites here: evocative story telling, brave 1940’s heroine, excellent narration, themes of courage & integrity in the face of evil, nobleness & kindness in spite of hatred & cruelty, romance & family love in the midst of the challenges & chaos of life. So glad I found Fiona Valpy’s novel! Favorite quote: “The darkness of this world can’t dim the light that shines from you.”This is a dual timeline story. For me, the story of the heroine from the past resonated more So many favorites here: evocative story telling, brave 1940’s heroine, excellent narration, themes of courage & integrity in the face of evil, nobleness & kindness in spite of hatred & cruelty, romance & family love in the midst of the challenges & chaos of life. So glad I found Fiona Valpy’s novel! Favorite quote: “The darkness of this world can’t dim the light that shines from you.”This is a dual timeline story. For me, the story of the heroine from the past resonated more than that of the modern-day woman.
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  • Jeanette
    January 1, 1970
    Initially it was the cover the caught my eye, but what a great read this was. I am not usually fond of stories that switch from past to present, but this was one of those books whereby it worked well. I seldom write what a story is about, as i prefer one to read the book for themselves. I will say that this is a wonderful book to read and do highly recommend it. Wished i could give more than five stars. My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    As a beekeeper I was immediately drawn to the title of the book & I was not disappointed.The book tells the stories of two women, Eliane & Abbi, born years apart, but living in the same chateau in France. The two women are experience fear and struggles against different enemies, and the book tells of their courage, persistence and resilience.I loved all the bee-related themes & language- the communities, like a bee colony all working together for a common good; Eliane's 'honey' colou As a beekeeper I was immediately drawn to the title of the book & I was not disappointed.The book tells the stories of two women, Eliane & Abbi, born years apart, but living in the same chateau in France. The two women are experience fear and struggles against different enemies, and the book tells of their courage, persistence and resilience.I loved all the bee-related themes & language- the communities, like a bee colony all working together for a common good; Eliane's 'honey' coloured hair and the chateau 'buzzing' with activity.The author obviously did her beekeeping research very thoroughly I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories set in WWII
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  • Gail Atkins
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book by an author who knows how to bring her characters alive!! The descriptions of France both now and during WW2 were amazing. There are so many strong believable characters throughout the book and each have their rightful position.A story of survival, determination as well as the struggle to find and keep your own identity.A book that is full of passion and has left me wanting to read more from this author.
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  • Mo
    January 1, 1970
    My first book from this author and happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed it . Set between ww2 France and current day this tells the story of two ladies and their courage and strength. I particularly loved the story of Eliane in ww2. . 4 stars and an author I will definitely be loooking for in the future . Thanks to tbc reviewers for my chance to read
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  • Georgina Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book 😊 this is the second book I have read of Fiona’s, Sea of memories was the first one and I love this as much as that. Fiona writes beautiful stories and I love historical fiction which means I loved this book. Also her descriptions of war time France under nazi rule were really well written. I cried at times reading this book which is testament to how much it moved me. Fantastic - 5 stars 🌟
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  • Helen (TBC)
    January 1, 1970
    Moving between the stories of Abi in Modern day France and Eliane during the Occupation of WW2 this is a beautifully written novel, superbly crafted to bring both women's stories of hardship, courage and resilience to life.The descriptions are vivid, both of the beautiful surroundings and of the everyday life around the chateaux, the fear and tension of the occupation is palpable and the gentle care of the bee colonies is woven wonderfully into the story. Abi's modern day story is harrowing and Moving between the stories of Abi in Modern day France and Eliane during the Occupation of WW2 this is a beautifully written novel, superbly crafted to bring both women's stories of hardship, courage and resilience to life.The descriptions are vivid, both of the beautiful surroundings and of the everyday life around the chateaux, the fear and tension of the occupation is palpable and the gentle care of the bee colonies is woven wonderfully into the story. Abi's modern day story is harrowing and gripping but it was the historical story of Eliane and the people close to her that had me gripped - the lengths that these brave people went to to resist their occupiers and the dangers they encountered totally absorbed me - Suspensful, inspirational, heartbreaking and uplifting!!Huge thanks to Lake Union and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel. Unreserved 5 stars - I will be looking out for more of this authors work.
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  • Priya
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful tale of two women who are years apart in age, one of whom faces challenges head on and the other who learns from her story.An ode to the human spirit and resilience displayed by many of those affected by the occupation of France during WW2, one of the heroines of this story is Eliane Martin, who embodies this very spirit.She and her family choose to be true to themselves as they help their neighbors, friends and others escape the tyranny of the Germans at great peril to thems This is a wonderful tale of two women who are years apart in age, one of whom faces challenges head on and the other who learns from her story.An ode to the human spirit and resilience displayed by many of those affected by the occupation of France during WW2, one of the heroines of this story is Eliane Martin, who embodies this very spirit.She and her family choose to be true to themselves as they help their neighbors, friends and others escape the tyranny of the Germans at great peril to themselves. What keeps Eliane going even after she is separated from her love Mathieu, is her determination to not be crushed by the enemy.Decades later, Abi Howes arrives at the chateau where Eliane worked during the war, still battling the grief of a tragic accident and incidents that ruined her chance of a happy life. As she listens to Eliane's story, she finds her own resolve and strength returning and determines to take a shot at living life on her own terms again!There are some gooseflesh raising moments in the tale of wartime when the loss was so great and the destruction so terrible that even grieving was impossible for many. But it is also an account of those brave people who soldiered on, refusing to be intimidated.After all, quoting from the book..' Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain'Beautiful writing and definitely a 5*read.
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  • Hannelore Cheney
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the eARC.This was a lovely read, I really enjoyed it a lot.We get the story of two characters: Eliane, just before and during WWII in France and Abi, a young English woman who is in France in 2017. Both stories are told in alternating chapters and flow beautifully. Eliane was my favorite, a although Abi is quite likeable too.Both women have tremendous challenges to overcome; very different, but psychologically and physically just as difficult to Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the eARC.This was a lovely read, I really enjoyed it a lot.We get the story of two characters: Eliane, just before and during WWII in France and Abi, a young English woman who is in France in 2017. Both stories are told in alternating chapters and flow beautifully. Eliane was my favorite, a although Abi is quite likeable too.Both women have tremendous challenges to overcome; very different, but psychologically and physically just as difficult to bear. Abi hears Eliane's story but by bit, every day a little, which comforts her and helps her overcome what I would call her PTSD.The surroundings are lovingly described, you are there as you're reading and I have a newfound admiration for bees. I will never take eating honey for breakfast for granted again and feel so lucky I get my honey locally from a beekeeper.The wartime part of the book was so sad, no matter how many times we hear the stories, they never get easier. But the strength of Eliane and her family and the way they manage to survive with courage and honor is inspiring and uplifting. As is Abi's story. Wonderful book!
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  • Lindsey Rowe
    January 1, 1970
    Happy belated Pub Day to The Beekeeper’s Promise 🐝, which came out yesterday! 🎉 I was fortunate enough to be able to read this book through @netgalley so thank you to both them & @amazonpublishing for making that happen in exchange for an honest review. 🤗.The Beekeeper’s Promise is a story about love and persistence in the face of evil and alternates between two female narrators in two different time frames. Abi is a young woman in 2017 trying to recover from a horrific past and Eliane is a Happy belated Pub Day to The Beekeeper’s Promise 🐝, which came out yesterday! 🎉 I was fortunate enough to be able to read this book through @netgalley so thank you to both them & @amazonpublishing for making that happen in exchange for an honest review. 🤗.The Beekeeper’s Promise is a story about love and persistence in the face of evil and alternates between two female narrators in two different time frames. Abi is a young woman in 2017 trying to recover from a horrific past and Eliane is a girl trying to survive Nazi-occupied France during WWII. Fiona Valpy intertwines both characters and their stories to spin an enjoyable read. I especially loved the imagery of the French countryside that Valpy was able to paint with her words. Overall a good summertime read which reminded me a little bit of The Nightingale. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Vanessa Wild
    January 1, 1970
    This is a thoroughly enjoyable and moving tale. It's set in France during WWII and the present day, telling two interconnecting stories of two different women, each with their own mountain to climb. Dual timeframe is my favourite genre and this one certainly didn't disappoint.Beautifully written and vividly told, there's a great sense of time and place. It's all so easy to visualise. The characters are well defined and realistic. I don't really have a favourite but if I had to choose it would be This is a thoroughly enjoyable and moving tale. It's set in France during WWII and the present day, telling two interconnecting stories of two different women, each with their own mountain to climb. Dual timeframe is my favourite genre and this one certainly didn't disappoint.Beautifully written and vividly told, there's a great sense of time and place. It's all so easy to visualise. The characters are well defined and realistic. I don't really have a favourite but if I had to choose it would be Eliane for her resilience during the German occupation of France. Both the women, however, overcome adversity and find strength they never knew they had. I also found the descriptions of the lives of the bees in their hives fascinating and this really added to my enjoyment of the book.A captivating and gripping page turner which I can highly recommend. "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about dancing in the rain."
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely story which the author was compelled to write after readers asked her about the past history of the fictional castle! I love it when this happens and when the author explores something that has already captured the readers imagination.The two timelines here are nicely done and once again the setting,the way Fiona writes and evokes the setting via all the senses is lovely to read. Eliane of the past story influences Abi and her story in the present. A lovely touch with the castle as a ma A lovely story which the author was compelled to write after readers asked her about the past history of the fictional castle! I love it when this happens and when the author explores something that has already captured the readers imagination.The two timelines here are nicely done and once again the setting,the way Fiona writes and evokes the setting via all the senses is lovely to read. Eliane of the past story influences Abi and her story in the present. A lovely touch with the castle as a major player in both parts of the timeline.It’s like putting a black and white photo over a present day building and imagining the whispers of the past. The story of the bees, and everything to do with them and the honey was a lovely touch - the buzz of history come to life!
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  • Sue Ross
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I start?! The Beekeeper’s Promise is an absolute gem! From the Foreword with the beautiful prose about the Bee, I knew that I was going to be in for a treat. This is a book that gives and takes in equal measure. From heartbreak to hope and beyond, this story left me emotional and yet inspired. The beautiful writing took me back to 1938 and onwards, where a young couple in love are torn apart by War. Their lives and paths to the future are changed by the destruction of War and life will Where do I start?! The Beekeeper’s Promise is an absolute gem! From the Foreword with the beautiful prose about the Bee, I knew that I was going to be in for a treat. This is a book that gives and takes in equal measure. From heartbreak to hope and beyond, this story left me emotional and yet inspired. The beautiful writing took me back to 1938 and onwards, where a young couple in love are torn apart by War. Their lives and paths to the future are changed by the destruction of War and life will never be the same again. The storyline runs back and forth so the reader gets a real sense of how the characters become as they are in the present. Two women, generations apart, but developing a life changing bond, a real gift to treasure. Both have suffered real heartbreak but are bound together by strength and bravery. The descriptions of the French countryside and the people who live there through the years make the story come to life. This is a wonderfully written book that took me away from my life and totally wowed me by its true beauty, even in the darkest moments. A truly unique reading experience for me!
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    Do not miss reading this novel, alternating between the two main characters, Abi in 2017 and Eliane starting in 1938. This sentence defines the spirit of these characters, “the strength of human resistance in the face of fear and abuse”. Abi faces her own demons, and as her story unfolds, the reader begins to understand her. Eliane faces the most challenging of times, as the German occupation in the Bordeaux region of France will have her fighting to protect her family, while facing down the ene Do not miss reading this novel, alternating between the two main characters, Abi in 2017 and Eliane starting in 1938. This sentence defines the spirit of these characters, “the strength of human resistance in the face of fear and abuse”. Abi faces her own demons, and as her story unfolds, the reader begins to understand her. Eliane faces the most challenging of times, as the German occupation in the Bordeaux region of France will have her fighting to protect her family, while facing down the enemy. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. I highly recommend this book, and thank Netgalley for the advanced copy.
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  • Traci
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a lovely and thoughtful tale of courage and resilience. The story, told from the two characters' different timelines, was rich with detail and beautifully written. I loved everything about this book from the setting to the characters. This was my first book from Fiona Valpy, but it most definitely won't be my last. I would highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy emotional historical fiction.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book by Fiona Valpy, but it won’t be my last!I love reading historical fiction with a little romance and this book had it all! The characters are so inspirational! Even though I know it is fiction, Fiona did a wonderful job of telling the story of what life was like in France under the Germans! It truly is about family and survival and finding the strength and courage to suffer when all seems lost!!I loved it! If I could I would give it 10*!
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  • Tee Bridgeland
    January 1, 1970
    Oh where do i start with this lovely lovely story! i would quite happily give it more than 5 stars if i could, it was such a beautiful read, It is just one of those books where you just want to curl up cosy and not stop reading.I do enjoy books that flip between past and present and how this was done was very good, hearing more and more about Eliane and her family during war time and the struggles, but then snippets from now and how Abi is coping from her past and trying to move forward.If you l Oh where do i start with this lovely lovely story! i would quite happily give it more than 5 stars if i could, it was such a beautiful read, It is just one of those books where you just want to curl up cosy and not stop reading.I do enjoy books that flip between past and present and how this was done was very good, hearing more and more about Eliane and her family during war time and the struggles, but then snippets from now and how Abi is coping from her past and trying to move forward.If you like The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah then i think you would love this!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely story that switches between a young Eliane as war was declared in France and Abi in present day who has faced her own life challenges and is back on the road to recovery with both her mental and physical scars healing.I found myself drawn into this story quickly with the story being told of both young ladies and the battles they have both survived living in the same home so many years apart. The story was descriptive and the scene was set really well enabling you to visualise the area b A lovely story that switches between a young Eliane as war was declared in France and Abi in present day who has faced her own life challenges and is back on the road to recovery with both her mental and physical scars healing.I found myself drawn into this story quickly with the story being told of both young ladies and the battles they have both survived living in the same home so many years apart. The story was descriptive and the scene was set really well enabling you to visualise the area both in 1939 and modern day. It highlights the dangers of being part of the resistance during WW2 whilst living in an area occupied by Germany and the lengths Eliane's family and other families were prepared to go to in order to aid the resistance in overturning Germany.I really enjoyed this book and the style in which it was written, a brilliant story set in a beautiful location.
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  • Greta Halliday
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the previous book that I had read by this author was amazing but this just took my breath away. I loved everything about it, the heart tugging storyline, the era, the style of writing, what more can i add. A massive hit. Thanks to the publisher, author and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this fantastic book.
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  • Donna Irwin
    January 1, 1970
    A really interesting read and a well written novel. The author intertwines the tales of two women who have suffered but have found the strength to get through and recover. In the modern day, Abi is recovering from the death of her abusive husband. She finds healing and recovery in France as she learns the story of brave Eliane and her family and their suffering in WW2. Eliane's story gradually unfolds against the modern backdrop and inspires Abi to find her own strength. The author writes sensit A really interesting read and a well written novel. The author intertwines the tales of two women who have suffered but have found the strength to get through and recover. In the modern day, Abi is recovering from the death of her abusive husband. She finds healing and recovery in France as she learns the story of brave Eliane and her family and their suffering in WW2. Eliane's story gradually unfolds against the modern backdrop and inspires Abi to find her own strength. The author writes sensitively about the occupation of France and how difficult lives became under the Germans, really bringing out how this happened to ordinary people and how it affected them.Definitely recommended! Thanks to TBC and the author for a review copy.
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  • Cal
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written and moving novel that moves between the stories of Abi in 2017 modern day France and Eliane during the occupied France of World War 2. Both women are fighting their own personal battles, with the France of both timelines brought vividly to life as the stunning backdrop to their heartbreaking and emotional tales.A fantastic 5 star read that I highly recommend. Thank you to NetGalley and TBC for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book.
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