Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1)

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In 19th 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.

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About Shayne Parkinson

I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s and continuing through to the 1920s. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country.

I live in a state of barely-controlled chaos; fortunately I share my life with an invariably calm and endlessly optimistic husband. I divide my time between an apartment in the city, in reach of good espresso, and a few acres in the country, where the rank grass in the orchard is kept under control by a small mob of sheep (and where we have our own espresso machine).

When I'm not writing, reading, or engaged in mundane activities, I play the piano rather badly.

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

Shared46 reviewed on Aug. 8, 2018

I loved this book espcially the chaacters. I am currently reading the second book. Firs time I’ve read a book taking place in New Zealand.
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Kathy Simmons reviewed on March 13, 2017

I read this book and love it, can't wait to read the next one.
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R.W. Redwillow reviewed on Feb. 2, 2017

I've never read any historical fiction from New Zealand before, but I will say that there should be more of it!
A well written and engaging story.
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Patricia Devlin reviewed on Jan. 26, 2017

I loved this book and I am in the middle of reading book 2. I loved Suzannah's character. Also loved Aurther and Frank. They had some very funny serious talks. All the other characters were also perfect. I'm actually on my second read of this book I liked it that much. Thank you Shayne Parkinson for giving us some good historical novels to read.
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Brenda Smith reviewed on July 24, 2015

This was a hard book to read because of the pain this young girl had to suffer.
I have bought the second hoping that this fictional character has improved circumstances. I must give the author credit for not cushioning any blows to the heart. I believe the book to be possibly accurate about lifestyles and unwed motherhood during this time. Can't figure out why the stupid stepmother is so anxious to be rid of her help unless to protect her brother.
Well wrote and kept me awake to finish. Recommended highly.
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Laraine reviewed on Oct. 13, 2014

Great book. I couldn't wait to read the next in the series. Well written about a part of history.
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Casey Santo reviewed on Dec. 2, 2013

good historical story
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Bonnie R. reviewed on Oct. 15, 2013
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Reasons why I wont read the other books to this stupid saga.

First. Off the girl is treated like cow crap by stepmother then the stepmothers brother then the place she has the baby!?!/!/! To now apparently to deal with an abusive husband there is not that much hate in the word and I swear I am just anguish that I read this piece of junk. Seriously nobody's life is that sad that three book needed to be written. Plus this was so dragged out I just scanned over the pages after awhile it was yawning moments throughout.
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Bonnie R. reviewed on Oct. 15, 2013

Okay there seriously must be reviews from friends and family. This story was okay but got annoying and just plain awful. I wish I had never waster my time. Yet it had promise urghhhhh this was just bad.
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Chris Percival reviewed on Oct. 13, 2013

This is an amazingly good read, I agree with everything Dean Thompson says in his review, he actually took my words out of my head and wrote them for me. I cannot recommend this series of books highly enough, a grown man reduced to coughing and swallowing to contain emotions of all sorts from erupting is no mean feat in an author. This, and the following books in the series, are a MUST READ.
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