Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2)

Adult
Rated 4.94/5 based on 96 reviews
Amy tries desperately hard to be a good wife and mother. She puts her whole heart into doing the best she can. But will her best ever be good enough for this man?

"Mud and Gold" is the second book in the three-volume "Promises to Keep". It follows directly on from Book One, "Sentence of Marriage".

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Words: 206,290
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452303802
About Shayne Parkinson

I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My sixth novel, "After the Roses", takes the series to 1924. 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

Review by: Annie on Feb. 10, 2017 :
I Always Love A Good Written Historical Book! This One Was Great! Great Enough For Me To Buy The Rest Of The Series right after I finished reading the first book! Loved it and recommend to every historical book Lovers.

Am really glad to have found this Author.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Virginia Conlin on Dec. 13, 2014 :
Oh my. Where to start. Historical novel set in New Zealand in mid 1800s. A fascinating peek into lifestyle eg; many children, weekly backbreaking hand washing of all linen & clothing with boiling water (brought up in buckets from creek), ironing from fuel stoves, baking, constant hard work for people especially women who were considered property. Belting a wife & children (often severely) was commonplace.
This wonderful series follows the Leith extended family but focuses on Amy. Daughter of a dairy farmer, Amy at 13 became the woman of the house. Expected to fill the shoes of her recently deceased grandmother, Amys dream of becoming well educated and teaching remains a dream.
Amy falls in love at 15 and thus begins a life that none of us can imagine surviving - but survive she does. Her dignity, love for family and preparedness to forgive and respect is a lesson to us. She is a hard act to follow.
Congratulations Shayne!! This series (I'm on book 3) is brilliant. Thank goodness for slim ebooks that fit in a handbag because I can't put it down.
Looking for a terrific series at a very good price - you've got it here. Though I would have paid bookstore prices after being captivated by the first (FREE).
THERE AREN'T ENOUGH STARS BELOW - 100%
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Lara Hedbor on July 19, 2013 :
Exceptionally good, heart-hurting book that has you reading until your eyes bleed and your chin trembles.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)

Review by: Carla Washburn on June 23, 2013 : (no rating)
Kept me captivated and wanting to read more. Quickly bought book 2 and 3 and was sad when I finished. May have to go back and read again.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Judi Loy on June 14, 2013 :
Very good read
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Anne Evans-Murray on April 21, 2013 :
Great read! I quickly bought and read the entire list in this series, great value.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Viv Goldsmith on April 21, 2013 :
I have really enjoyed reading this series of stories. Enjoyable read. Great to read novels based in New Zealand .
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Mac Carpenter on March 23, 2013 :
Have read the series and could not put it down. Keep writing.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Brenda Falardeau on March 01, 2013 :
Great series! I agree with all of the comments. Please write more on this series.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Jazzy Dolly on Feb. 15, 2013 :
So hard not to read on cover to cover, found myself putting life on hold to immerse myself further :)
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Diane Nicholson on Jan. 19, 2013 : (no rating)
I had trouble putting all these books down. A really good family saga.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: rachael henry on Jan. 12, 2013 : (no rating)
Mud and Gold, is a great follow up from part 1, would full advise readers to but it and see for your self. Easy read u don't want to put the book down.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Jenny Wills-Wright on Jan. 04, 2013 : (no rating)
Really enjoyed first book, Sentence of Marriage, and this second book, Mud and Gold. Have also read the third one - Settling the Account - and now reading Second Chance!! Great writing - I almost feel like I know the characters personally!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Romola Hopman on Dec. 26, 2012 :
I agree with all comments blow - great view of early NZ's women. Very easy read. I read all 3 of the series and am now waiting for Shayne to give us more!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Kate James on Dec. 09, 2012 : (no rating)
Great easy read. Enjoyed reading about life in rural NZ & Auckland at that period in history.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Carol Peden on Dec. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
Wonderful series of books. Did not want it to end!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Christine Baker on Dec. 04, 2012 : (no rating)
Great read, we'll written and was great to be able to take on holidays. Nice to read about early life in NZ, how women where the property of their husbands and how hard they worked. Would recommend this, now onto the 4th book about Daisy
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Dawn Livingstone on Dec. 04, 2012 :
Fantastic series, totally engrossing, hard to put down.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Jay Kay on Nov. 24, 2012 :
I have now read all three books, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. It has been my first experience of reading books on an electronic device, but after a few pages I was hooked. All these three books have been interesting and got me hooked right from the start. Recommend to anyone who enjoys well written stories from an era that has long gone. Five stars for all
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Karsen Max on Nov. 02, 2012 :
After reading the first two books in the series, there is nothing more I can really add to all of the other 5-star reviews. It's gratifying to find the type of reading I prefer in the the deluge of action, vampire, sci-fi, and apocolyptic that is available. Well-written, with attention to formatting, spelling, and punctuation, which, as a new Kindle owner, I have discovered is a far bigger issue than I would have thought. Will be purchasing the third in the series.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Pamela Akerman on Oct. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
I enjoyed this book and all the series. Would recommend them all
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Sonja Matla on Oct. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
I love this series. It's so good to see a historical novel set in New Zealand. The characters are very well developed and believable. The only problem was I didn't realise, with my ereader, I was so close to the end and I didn't want it to finish when it did!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Douglas Nolan on Sep. 29, 2012 :
Well written solid characters a genuine good read.
I absolutly recommend this book as well as the first and third in the series.
Good value for money
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: hrhsophia on Aug. 27, 2012 :
Absolutely riveting. Amy keeps on getting more and more lousy hands dealt to her. I could not read some of the descriptions of Charlie forcing himself too soon on her, my stomach felt every ache. On to the last one...hopefully there is happiness for Amy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: danielle frederick on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Awesome book or I should say books, The series was very well written. I read the whole series and am reading it again to a friend who was very surprised how great the books are seeing he is not into reading. Very well done.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: susan holleran on Aug. 02, 2012 : (no rating)
Great read! I quickly bought and read the next one! I wish there were a fourth book!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Heather Patrick on July 20, 2012 :
Really loved this series. Couldn't wait to get on to the next book. New Zealand in the pioneering days so hard for women. Got angry with Amy at times for putting up with so much.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Onjeleke Swinson on June 28, 2012 :
I just finished this series and so did not want it to end.I thoroughly enjoyed each book. Great read!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Mary Beth Smith on June 19, 2012 :
This is an awesome series. I totally loved reading them and was glad it ended the way it did. Would love to read a follow up on Amy's two children that lived to know if they have as hard of time as their mom did.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Heather Winnemoe on May 14, 2012 :
Great series!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Jean Pacey on May 04, 2012 : (no rating)
Love this series....I just kept wanting more! I laughed, cried and loved...all the ingredients I want in a good book!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Marione on April 29, 2012 :
A really great historical series and very hard to put down. The hardships and challenges of this period, for women in particular, makes me feel very lucky to be alive in the 21st century.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Nell Potter on April 11, 2012 :
The series is great reading with lots of history. What a hard life for the country folk--men and women. Ap 11 Nell Poter
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: Chaz Young on March 30, 2012 :
Okay, now I am hopelessly hooked on this series. What is going to happen to Amy and Lizzie next? I love the way the series goes along, giving a glimpse of their lives without being slow or predictable. GREAT books!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Rose Branscombe on Feb. 29, 2012 :
This is one of the most mind grabbing series that I have read in a long time. I got the first book, "Sentence of Marriage" as a free book and then went on to purchase the next three books. WONDERFUL BOOKS.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: wanda on Feb. 18, 2012 : (no rating)
This series of books was outstanding. Can't wait for the next chapter in Amy's life. When I read the last page of the last book I wanted more.she is a great writer.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Dana Fairchild on Feb. 18, 2012 :
Great story line, love the history.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Dana Fairchild on Feb. 18, 2012 :
Great story line, love the history.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Valerie Scott on Feb. 10, 2012 :
An easy style of writing. Could not put the books down, had to buy the whole series. Worth every cent. A great author. Highly recommended
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Eve76645 on Feb. 02, 2012 :
II have finished all three of this series and loved each on of them. I woul recommend to anyone who lubes historical fiction. Very well written. Hope moe are coming from tShayne Parkinson. WONDERFUL BOOK!!!
Thank you. Evelyn Peacock. Feb.2,2012
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Lynelle Clark on Jan. 25, 2012 :
I just finished the three follow ups on Sentence of Marriage, the live of Amy and Lizzie gripping. I have cried and laughed with each character and loved Frank and Dave.
Sarah is impressive a woman who knew what she wants and goes for it, she is a wonderful daughter to Amy. Beth in her own right is a strong woman understanding David and helps him to cope with the struggles within. her patience and love for him endearing and truthful.

Hope this is not where the stories ends.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: esther chiddix on Jan. 20, 2012 : (no rating)
Loved the series. Amy's character very intrigueing, hard to believe that one could and would put up with that abuse and turn the other cheek.
****
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: tina ailenei on Jan. 19, 2012 : (no rating)
I just finished reading all three books from the series and I really enjoyed all of them very much.I WOULD RECOMAND IT TO EVERYBODY.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Archelle Baker on Jan. 18, 2012 :
I am addicted to this series! Wonderful characters, story, and setting. Can't wait to read the third one.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: tinaed on Jan. 12, 2012 :
I am absolutely loving this series. Very interesting and captivating and VERY hard to put down!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Karen Dickinson on Jan. 08, 2012 :
I found this series highly entertaining and captivating. Would recommend it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Gina Schwartz on Jan. 05, 2012 :
I am really loving this series. Can't wait to read more about Amy.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)

Review by: GEORGE AARO on Dec. 31, 2011 :
A realy great series. HARD to put down.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Bonnie Hill on Dec. 29, 2011 : (no rating)
GREAT READS I am starting the series again
I have recemonded your books to a of ny ereader friends
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Baron on Dec. 17, 2011 :
I enjoyed this book immensely. Set in Victorian New Zealand, it's a great peek into history.

As for the format, I had no problem downloading from Smashwords to my Kindle or my laptop (Kindle app), but was unable to download it to my iTouch. A small price to pay for a fascinating book!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: bjbook on Nov. 26, 2011 :
Engaging story and characters. Enjoyed!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: carol harris on Nov. 17, 2011 : (no rating)
i wish ihad not bought these books from this site. i cannot get them to download to my kindle. just wasted money and i can't afford this. carol harris
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: cross7756 on Nov. 11, 2011 :
On my second read through. This series is captivating and entertaining. A very well written page turner. I would recommend it to anyone from the casual reader, to the dedicated.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Lena on Nov. 04, 2011 :
loved all three books. Have told family and friends about them. worth every penny. the books keep me busy and interested just HAD. to read until I was done. worth every penny. looking forward to more books of the same era
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Lena on Nov. 04, 2011 : (no rating)
loved all three books. Have told family and friends about them. worth every penny. the books keep me busy and interested just HAD. to read until I was done. worth every penny. looking forward to more books of the same era
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: megan owens on Oct. 28, 2011 :
I loved all of these books. I stayed up late so many nights trying to finish them. It was well worth it. I hope to see another book about amy soon.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Jan on Oct. 20, 2011 :
Very good stories. Once started hard to put down.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)

Review by: bonbonma on Oct. 04, 2011 :
Fantastic!!!!! Love this series.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Nancy West on Sep. 28, 2011 : (no rating)
This book and the following ones are some of the best books I have read. They not only entertain but give an insight of the lives which women of that time lived.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Judy Palmateer on Sep. 19, 2011 :
This series of books is the best I have read in a long time. Everyone should read these four books.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Traci Bianco on Sep. 04, 2011 :
Love this series. They are all fantastic books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Doris Holmes on Aug. 30, 2011 :
I am happy to report that this book in the series continues to uphold the standard of the first book. It holds the interest just as the first and I am looking forward to the next. Definitely a must to read after book 1.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: pj on Aug. 27, 2011 :
This series is absolutely the best.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: linda k murphy on Aug. 22, 2011 :
Exellenent! Enjoyed the whole series.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: JS E on Aug. 12, 2011 :
The author has a gift of getting in the character's heads and you instantly relate to them. Even if you haven't been through their experiences, your imagination takes over and you cheer for their triumphs and cry with their losses.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: lascjs on Aug. 11, 2011 : (no rating)
Enjoyed the whole series! I recommend it.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: queenofsheba50 on Aug. 09, 2011 :
Review by: queenofsheba50 on Aug. 09, 2011 : (Remove)
I read this entire series and love it!!! Ms Parkinson draws you in from the very 1st book. A must read series.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: idealsoul on Aug. 08, 2011 :
a+++
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: MadameD on July 25, 2011 :
Beautiful story, read all four!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Karen de Pedro on July 22, 2011 :
Great series. Good writer, period story. I got hooked by the first book and had to gat the others. A very deep and good told story. Hope you like it as much as I did.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Steve Wilson on July 17, 2011 :
Great series, interesting and well written.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: philippayfrancis on July 15, 2011 :
Excellent. This series is a great discovery. Definitely worth the price.
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)

Review by: evrythingszen on July 05, 2011 :
I LOVED this series. From the very first one, I was hooked. If you are going to read one, you need to read them all.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Kim Leland on July 03, 2011 :
fabulous. I only regret that there isn't more!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Lauren Devine on June 26, 2011 :
"Mud and Gold", being the second book in the series, picks up from the first book "Sentence of Marriage". The story follows Amy's challenges as she tries to navigate married life.

I would love to take more time to write this book the review it deserves. Parkinson's writing style is simple, elegant and yet able to transport the reader directly into the minds of the people who populate the story. You feel the swells of happiness and the crushing despairs. His descriptions often touch on all senses- smells, sounds, sights, textures- without overwhelming the reader with unnecessary detail. The pacing is good: he's not afraid to follow Amy in her daily life for a few days and then allow time to pass so that subsequent events don't feel forced.

Definitely recommended. I hope there's more from this author in the future.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: MArti Wangen on June 20, 2011 :
Thoroughly enjoyable and an excellent read
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: Claire Williams on May 16, 2011 : (no rating)
This story broke my heart, Amy is now a friend of mine. I cheered her triumphs and nearly wept at her failures.
Shayne writes such a lovely tale of a long ago time, it has actually changed the way I speak at times.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: teenee60 on April 20, 2011 : (no rating)
i enjoyed from start to finish,what a good read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Joan Peart on April 11, 2011 : (no rating)
Thoroughly enjoyed Mud and Gold as much as the first book.
So glad I bought the next two books in the series!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Mcang on April 08, 2011 :
Another thoroughly enjoyable read, if you like this genre then you will love this series.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Mirela Cris on April 07, 2011 :
Just finished Mud and gold and of course it was just great and good as the first one even if i was suffiring next to Amy when she was so abused.
Great work!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Carolyn Simone on March 31, 2011 :
Great book
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Nancy Edwards on March 23, 2011 :
This series is absolutely wonderful! I wish there were 10 more !
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Serunlla on March 15, 2011 :
I really enjoyed all three books written by Shayne Parkinson, Would highly recommend . A great read!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Linda Wolfenberg on March 03, 2011 :
Really enjoyed these books. I agree that they are very well written and hard to put down.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: Brian S. Pratt/DiddaEinars on Feb. 26, 2011 :
I agree with other reviewers. All four books in the series of Shayne Parkinson are excellent. They are well written and exciting.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

Review by: J Brown on Feb. 26, 2011 :
Excellent, well written. I felt like I was actually there watching the events unfold as they were happening. I could actually feel the emotions of the characters. Looking for an escape back in time this is a book that will take you there.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Heidi Griffith on Feb. 24, 2011 :
A great read, even better that it is a trilogy!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: debra johnson on Feb. 22, 2011 :
Even before finishing "Sentance of Marriage" O knew I had to have the other books in this series. Excellent writing, captivating characters. This is Historical Fiction at it's best. I will ready anything this author has written.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeanne on Feb. 20, 2011 :
I just finished the first installment "Sentence of Marriage" and immediately purchased and downloaded this book to keep reading about Amy and the rest of the characters. I've just started the second book and do find that the abuse is hard to read about but I feel so connected to this character and want to keep reading in the hopes that life will get better for her someday...what can I say, I'm a sucker for happy (happier?) endings!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Wendy West on Feb. 08, 2011 :
I love this book. I've read the whole series and would love it if she wrote more books about these characters and their ongoing lives.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Janey Gray on Feb. 02, 2011 :
An excellent read, I laughed, I cried and I could not put it down. Thank you!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Beth Knick on Jan. 30, 2011 :
At times this book was very difficult to read because the abuse talked about hit a little too close to home, but I loved it just the same. As in the first book of the series - Sentence of Marriage - the author brings the characters to life in a way that makes me feel I know these people. Even though my e-reader has page numbers at the bottom of each page, I was so engrossed in the book that I was taken by surprise when it ended. Again I was thrilled to see that there is yet one more book in this series and ordered it the same day I finished this one. Thanks again, Shayne Parkinson, for another great read.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: MzMonka on Jan. 29, 2011 :
I could not put this book down. Normally I am more a dark horror reader but I really loved this book. After reading the first in the series I had to read the next.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: lesley f on Jan. 22, 2011 :
I love these books. Can't put them down sort of like a realistic Anne of Green Gables but with earthy strong characters.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: irishreader on Jan. 21, 2011 : (no rating)
I love this whole series. Wish it would not have ended....just a great read.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Janice Weaver on Jan. 20, 2011 :
Another great book (2) Love it love it and I just love it. The story line is fantastic. I was upset with a few characters but hey that's what happens when a good book is written. I enjoyed it as much as the first one. Can't wait to read book (3)
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)

Review by: Carol Iafano on Jan. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
5 stars!!! I cannot say enough about his series. Truly spectacular, and worth re-reading again and again. Look out, Gone With The Wind, you have some serious competition!! My family is from New Zealeand, and it so wonderful to hear aout their lives in the 18th century. Jayne has done a fantastic job, and I have enjoyed every single page that has been written. Amy is a character that has been brought to life for me, as well as Lizzie, Jack, Suzzane, Charlie, Malcom, David and all the others. This book does not disappoint - wait until you read the last one - SETTLING THE ACCOUNT - you won't be able to put it down. I promise. I have recommended it to all my co-readers, but alas, it's not in print yet.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Jem George on Jan. 01, 2011 :
I was just as pleased with Mud and Gold as I was with Sentence of Marriage. I was totally drawn into Amy's life and found myself reading well into the early hours of the morning desperate to find out how the events of her life unfold. A very well spent few dollars to read on.. I have purchased the complete trilogy and am currently reading the third book. I have enjoyed them all equally.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Carol Newman Cronin on Dec. 23, 2010 :
I gobbled down this entire series, but this one was the hardest of all because Amy's life was so hard. Even as I was wishing things would get better I was appreciating the writing that made me care so much. Well Done.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Toni Hauser on Dec. 14, 2010 :
I am sad that I have read them all and there isn't another to read! LOVED LOVED LOVED them! Highly recommend! Thank you Shayne! Now I am going to have a cup of tea! :-)
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: swifty on Nov. 30, 2010 :
This whole series is AWESOME! Bought each one as fast as I finished the one before! Thanks for this wonderful series!!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Elsea on Nov. 30, 2010 :
Excellent second book. I was rather surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. I usually find sequels to be less enjoyable than the first book. Not in this case!
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: Sheila Rios on Nov. 12, 2010 : (no rating)
Loved the book!! Can't put it down. Also read the first book in the series, now almost through with the second book,( Mud and Gold). You can be sure I will be getting the third book book in the series!!! This is a nice, American, gentle, and you don't have to worry about things getting to grusesome in the ( more delicate ways?)!! LOL!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Suzanne Howarth on Nov. 04, 2010 :
Fantastic read. Continuing to read the rest in the series at a very rapid pace. Hard to put down.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Sharon Mc Govern on Oct. 26, 2010 :
Awesome read! NEXT! R. Sharon Mc Govern rsmquilts@aol.com
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Pam Castleman on Sep. 23, 2010 :
Excellant reading. Leaves you wanting more.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: N F on Aug. 24, 2010 :
I couldn't read this one fast enough. Great story!!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: barefootguru on Aug. 20, 2010 :
This isn't my normal reading genre but I enjoyed (the free) Sentence of Marriage enough to buy the following two in the series. Good characters and particularly liked the historical NZ setting. Good on Shayne for making them DRM free, as I refuse to have my library locked into a particular device--no matter how much I enjoy Apple's wares!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: marloccc on Aug. 16, 2010 :
I am so glad I found this series. It will be one of my all time favorites.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Tammy Keith on Aug. 13, 2010 : (no rating)
I feel so sorry for Amy. T
he trials Charlie puts her through.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: N F on Aug. 11, 2010 :
I enjoyed this series very much--tore through all the books in a very short time.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Flo Mielcarek on July 26, 2010 :
I am enjoying this series so much. I was happy to see Amy find a way to protect herself finally. Looking forward to the next two!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: dawnie61 on July 01, 2010 :
I have just finished the second book & I just love this series. The relationship between Lizzie & Frank is so close & at last Amy has found some strength.
Onto the next book now, can't wait.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)

Review by: Lena Hadley on June 18, 2010 :
A definite roller coaster of emotions...Shayne Parkinson makes her characters come to life in her books. Loved them all.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: Laura McCreery on June 13, 2010 :
After reading the first book of this series, I HAD to get the rest. I could not put the books down. Furthermore, I felt a void after completing the series. AWESOME writing!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: Betty Smith on June 10, 2010 :
This was a series of books. I read one and then had to get the other 3. I would love to find more by this writer.
I thoroughly enjoyed everyone of them
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Millage Smith on May 24, 2010 :
Millage Smith
I have purchased all the books in the series. The series is a compelling story of hardship and triumph. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Richard Adin on May 23, 2010 :
The Promises to Keep quartet (the 3 primary books and the sequel) are outstanding books. For an indepth review, see the review by An American Editor at http://tinyurl.com/2afznkg.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: Steve Peterson on May 17, 2010 : (no rating)
Another great installment on a very interesting group of Characters.Good price makes a wonderfull download. I would give stars, but don't see that option.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Kim Bullock on May 04, 2010 : (no rating)
Great Book, I have bought all of these series of books and I am currently reading the last one now and have loved the stories and life of Amy. I highly recommend to read it!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: R Johnson on May 03, 2010 : (no rating)
Excellent book and service. Once I read first book in the series I had to purchase and read the rest. Can't wait for more from this author.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Debra Torrison on April 30, 2010 : (no rating)
This whole series just drew me in and I read them all as quickly as possible. Great depth of characters!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Janel Biondo on April 29, 2010 : (no rating)
I downloaded Sentence Of Marriage free...once I read it I was hooked. I loved each and every character that Shayne created. In just over a week I found that I purchased and read every book in the series and at the end of A Second Chance I was left almost devistated that it had ended. There are so many things that I felt I needed answers to and am really looking forward to the next book! These books are so beautifully written - what a great talent Shayne has!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: Kim Bullock on April 07, 2010 : (no rating)
I downloaded Sentence Of Marraige for free and when I had finished and saw it was a series I had to find out what happened with Amy next. So I got on here and got the next book! Great Book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Execumom on March 07, 2010 : (no rating)
A real page turner - Amy is such a compellingly believable character -- enduring all that abuse yet never losing her own sense of self. The other characters who populate the town and the story only add to the many layers of this famil sage -- I feel as if I know them!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Jodi Higgs on Jan. 25, 2010 :
I LOVE this book and the entire series!! I had downloaded Sentence of Marriage for free and became absolutely hooked on Amy's story. The night I finished the first book, I couldn't get back to the computer quick enough to purchase the next ones. I love the time period and setting of the stories and I find myself drawn so easily into every single character in the book(s).
Two huge thumbs up to Shayne Parkinson - She's done an amazing job here!!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Mary Bell-Kerr on Jan. 13, 2010 :
Reading this book surprized me how I could feel the emotions of the characters. I couldn't stop reading and when the book ended I purchased the rest of the series and read them as well. Many books are repetitive and predictable, this series was not.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Patricia Martinez on Jan. 07, 2010 : (no rating)
This book was excellent! I read all the books by this author. He did a good job on all the stories.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Joelene Gonzales on Aug. 05, 2009 :
As well as this book. It has great detail and really sucks you in.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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