Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) Book Reviews

Shayne Parkinson

Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) by Shayne Parkinson Book Summary

“I won’t have her forced,” Jack said. “Let her decide for herself.”

Amy knew her father meant it. She could say no if she wanted. But this marriage would make everything all right. They could put all the trouble she had caused behind them. Everyone would be happy again.

Everyone except her.

“Sentence of Marriage” is the first book in the three-volume “Promises to Keep”.

In nineteenth century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy. Her life seems mapped out for her by the time she is twelve. Amy dreams of an exciting life in the world beyond her narrow boundaries. But it is the two people who come to the farm from outside the valley who change her life forever, and Amy learns the high cost of making the wrong choice.

"One of the best historical novels I’ve had the pleasure to read in years." - WorkingGirl Reviews.

"The story was captivating, the characters real, the dialogue crisp. I admit to having cried and laughed and even having wanted to murder a character and beat another one within an inch of his life — which is simply a testament to how well written these books are." - AmericanEditor.

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Book Name Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1)
Genre Historical
Language English
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Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) (Shayne Parkinson) Book Reviews 2024

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Sentence of Marriage. This is a very intriguing book, realizing it was over a 100 years ago Was even more of a thrill! Poor Amy, my heart goes out to her. She looses her mother as a young girl and her father marries a hateful woman from Auckland. Then the stepmothers brother visit and everything changes ........for the worst! A must read, can't wait to read the following books!

You have to read all the books. This book is amazing as well as the others!!! Yes it's sad but if you don't read the rest you don't get to see the good that does come:) I can't wait for the next one

Sentence of Marriage. Interesting story. It’s hard for us in this century to believe how few choices women had back then. It seems like the Dark Ages. Thanks for the reminder of all the freedom women have now and to not take it for granted.

Sentence of Marriage. A very well written story. Even though it truly was sad, it was definitely a page turner and I’m glad to have read it.

Sentenace of Marriage (book 1). Very well written. Felt like an onlooker to Amy's life. Shed a few tears at her ultimate fate at story's ending.

Sad book. This was probably the most depressing book I have ever read. I kept turning the pages thinking it had to become better for the heroine. Couldn't imagine wasting more of my time on part 2 or 3 :(

Loved this book!. I absolutely loved this book. I read the entire series in less than a week. Very well written!

Heart wrenching book. I took a while to read this book, it is a sad story but a lot of interesting history. It doesn’t matter what country you live in that is the way it was felt like the girl was at fault. We know it takes two to tango "

Sentence of Marriage Book #1. I loved this book.

Sentence of marriage. Lovely read! A page turner. Many sad things happen but the main character, Amy is precious. She endures many painful things but she is a trooper. Loved it. Now I am reading the sequel, loving it!

This was drudgery reading!. This book is too long and sad. It's Cinderella with no happy ending! This was so depressing.

Sentence of marriage. Engaging, interesting characters brought to life by the author. I felt all the emotions going on in a genuine way.

Sentence of Marriage. Nice. Looking forward to the next one.

WARNING! No happy ending whatsoever!. This book made my heart hurt. Poor Amy... 2 stars only because I like Amy.

Great read, great characters, amazing story line. Amazing book, well written, characters are so amazing with depth you either love them with every bit of you or despise them to the point of almost breaking your kindle (or whatever you're on). im on the third book now, the story line has dulled a bit but i cant stop. Highly recommend. Love the 1800's story line.

Well done!. Well written, very interesting tale of a young woman and her trials in her youth. I found the descriptions of the land and farms to be a lovely addition to this story, and it really helped to give a complete picture of Amy's life. I was so sad over the way she was treated, and at the same time envious of her strength of character. As for Jimmy, I have high hopes that some deadly Australian spider finds its way into his bed. Serves him right. And the wicked stepmother.... I wanted to hold her head under water! I'm off to buy the next book in the series.

Sentence of marriage. Sad and depressing

Sentence of marriage. I've never written a review before but I Hated this book! The girl though sweet allowed herself to be a victim through out! Would not recommend it! A waste of my time! Almost every character did not have the character to truly help this girl in need! Hated it! Will never read this author again! Depressing!

Sentence of marriage. Disappointment. No purpose, no plot. Waste of time. All the characters just keep making stupid mistakes while being portrayed as sensible. Contradicting to say the least. Writer does have potential though, if he could offer the reader a story worthy of investing their time.

This book was so sad. Her family, minus her brothers, are terrible. So selfish and expecting too much from her. I cried like hell reading this. She was just....... I wanna choke about 5 of those characters!!!!!!! Amy had to be a woman too early. Poor baby.

Sad but captivating story. Not a light, happy, fun read. But it is a great story, well told, though often very frustrating because you do feel so much for the heroine. But if you enjoy historical fiction it is a great story that pulls you in start to finish!

Absolutely loved it. Ended up buying the series.. What a page turner. Loved the attention to details. Yes bad things happen during this book, but it makes you love the main character more. You applaud the small victories and laugh at some of the scenes. Quick read for me.

Sentence of Marriages. Such a depressing story and the ending left me very sad.

Sentence of Marriage. Set in the 1880’s this book rings of true to life content including many of its hardships.

Sentence of Marriage. I purchased all four books after this one because it gets better and better! Sentence of Marriage is the base of a wonderful saga. Character development is excellent! Excellent eye for detail. Wonderful history for women to remember. It was to be my weekend read and I couldn't stop at the first book. I'm so glad I didn't. It real and it's history. I finished all four as quickly as I can. This series will be one of the most enjoyable of my life. Perked my interest to study this time period, the development of education and women's rights.

Excellent. Very good hard-to-put-down book! It say’s a lot about an author’s writing when the reader has to stop to clear the tears and sting before continuing. The character types could teach many on how they are seen and the space for improvement or just being, in the real world. Not to mention the repercussions of one’s own actions. Long time reader of many book types…first written review ever……

A horrible Cinderella story. The book was interesting but everything bad just kept getting worse.

Amazing read. This was the best read ! Loved how the characters evolved. Couldn't put this story down. Loved it. Loved the author who pinned this wonderful book.

Depressing. I cried through the whole thing. The ending is terrible. There is no happiness in this book.

An enjoyable read!. This tale gives the reader a good look into farm life in New Zealand a century ago and how rigid morality can tear apart a young girl’s life. Looking forward to reading the rest of the story.

Amy is a saint and deserved better. This book, its characters and story were engaging enough that I checked out the other two books in the series from my local library. Though set in the nineteenth century, this story is relate to today in its subject matter; shame, abuse, and a mother’s love.

Loved this book. I really enjoyed reading this book and could hardly put it down. I was very drawn to the characters and all the emotion behind them. This is a must read!! I can't wait to read the rest of the series to see what happens next!

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Sentence of marriage. Read all five books thoroughly enjoyed the saga of life on the other side of the world. Sorry when the saga was finished . Excellent author.

Sentence of Marriage. Enjoyable easy reading.

Excellent. I downloaded from another website and it sat gathering virtual dust for weeks. I thought I would give it a chance and I'm glad I did! The writing, pace, description of surroundings and characters are beautifully written and left me second guessing throughout about what would happen next. So much so I could feel fear and anger throughout while all the time wanting to reach into the pages to throttle the step mother from hell! I have just downloaded the other three which are much cheaper on here than other websites! Great read!

Sentence of marriage. (Promises to Keep, book one).. Could not put it down. Purchased next in series, and others in series after that, as soon as I finished reading this one as it was so good. Really well written.

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Romance?. I must have missed the romance part, maybe I read it wrong, but gee I'm not sure i can handle the happy ending either, too much for me.......depressing

Sentence of Marriage. I couldn’t put this down. Loved the stories which made me wonder if things had really in the last couple hundred years!

Sentence of marriage. Truly great reading . I couldn't put it down

Sentence of Marriage. Easy to read, story flows naturally.

Sentence of marriage. What a beautiful and sad story, I could not put the book down was interesting all the way through.

Beautifully written. If you love a story that allows you to get to know and sometimes even love the characters get the entire series... I recommend this series to anyone who wants a story with engaging real life characters, some I loved instantly, others I despised. It's rare to find a fictional novel that can move you to laugh out loud and also tears of sadness and tears of joy. I got so drawn into the life of Amy Stewart that I have barely slept (recovering from major surgery I have the luxury of being able to read all day and into the night). Enjoy, I did!

Fabulous. Couldn’t put this down

Got hooked. Loved it.. Loved this book so much that I couldn't even put it down. It was like I knew the characters personally. I got hooked in the first part of the book. Now reading the next book can't wait.

Very special books. I have read all the books and I loved all of them,I cried a lot,laughed,I was shocked,scared,angry,wanted to jump in the book and slap someone it really touched a lot of my emotions so thank you very much Shayne keep writing I'll read.

Fantastic book & series!. Loved this book and the entire series, didn't want it to end! I loved characters and I HATED some with a vengeance. Great insight into the way life used to be for pioneers and the simple things they thought were luxurious yet we take for granted every single day. Try. This book, you'll be hooked! Enjoy!

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Depressing. This whole series left me feeling horribly depressed. It’s well-written, but…..don’t read if you like feel good stories, because this definitely isn’t a feel good story. Read it 3 years ago and still feel down when I look at the cover.

Can't put it down. This is a captivating story, I couldn't put it down. Great characters, well writen!

I love historical fiction.... but I am not a fan of romance stories! Honestly not sure how this book wound up in my library! But did you notice I gave it five stars?! The family dynamics in this story kept me interested. The great characterization kept me reading. I feel for these "people"! I couldn't wait to pick up where I had left off and found myself thinking about them in between readings. No, it hasn't made me change my opinion of most romance novels but yes I am definitely going to buy book two right now!! Good job Shayne! You've made a new fan!

Beautifully written. Shayne Parkinson seamlessly transports her readers to a historical setting. Simply love this one and all the other books in this series.

Kept a promise. Great story with believable and vivid characters! I definitely will be purchasing the rest of the series.

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The Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) book written by Shayne Parkinson was published on 08 March 2009, Sunday in the Historical category. A total of 1,073 readers of the book gave the book 4 points out of 5.

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