Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Promise by Fiona Valpy

Published: 16/05/2018 by Lake Union Publishing
306 pages
Format: Kindle

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.


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Unforgettable and strikingly beautiful story of two women fighting their own wars.

Abi takes an unexpected job offer in hope to fill her time and to forget her past, but instead starts uncovering a story of another woman that lived in the same place during World War 2 and times of France occupated by Nazis. While fascinated by the story she is also working through her own fight in her mind, dealing with past, scars on her soul as well as her body.

How much can two women in different times have in common? How can someone from the past, nearly 100 years ago, make us realise that maybe our own little problems are really nothing in the grand scheme of things?

I find it incredibly difficult to explain what has this book given me. It’s one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read, even if it’s touching such a scary and terrible topic as World War 2.

Is it a writing style? Maybe it’s all the characters I cared for so much? I really don’t know and can’t tell what made this book so special for me. I hope if you read it, you will love it as much as I did. It will forever stay in my heart!

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