Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Chteau Bellevue. The old chteau echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable womans story, a story that could change the course of her summerand her life.In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Chteau Bellevue. In it...
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The Beekeeper's Promise Reviews
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 ...more
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 ...more
I’m a sucker for anything WW1 or WW2, so this book was up my alley. I really enjoyed The alternating time lines between the two women and seeing opposition ends of history. ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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
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 ...more