Promises to Keep

Promises to Keep

An enchanting and poignant story about the unfailing power of love in a world turned upside down by war—from the bestselling author of Tides of Honour.

Summer 1755, Acadia

Young, beautiful Amélie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pré, Nova Scotia, content with her life on their idyllic farm. Along with their friends, the neighbouring Mi’kmaq, the community believes they can remain on neutral political ground despite the rising tides of war. But peace can be fragile, and sometimes faith is not enough. When the Acadians refuse to pledge allegiance to the British in their war against the French, the army invades Grande Pré, claims the land, and rips the people from their homes. Amélie’s entire family, alongside the other Acadians, is exiled to ports unknown aboard dilapidated ships.

Fortunately, Amélie has made a powerful ally. Having survived his own harrowing experience at the hands of the English, Corporal Connor MacDonnell is a reluctant participant in the British plan to expel the Acadians from their homeland. His sympathy for Amélie gradually evolves into a profound love, and he resolves to help her and her family in any way he can—even if it means treason. As the last warmth of summer fades, more ships arrive to ferry the Acadians away, and Connor is forced to make a decision that will alter the future forever.

Heart-wrenching and captivating, Promises to Keep is a gloriously romantic tale of a young couple forced to risk everything amidst the uncertainties of war.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501142888 | 
  • April 2017
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Reading Group Guide

Promises to Keep
By Genevieve Graham
Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Promises to Keep includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


In the early 1600s, a hardy, hopeful stream of French settlers travelled from France to North America, settling predominantly along the shores of the Bay of Fundy in a region known as “Acadie.” They established a harmonious relationship with the native Mi’kmaq people, who taught them how to survive the unfamiliar land and traded with them. Within a few generations, the French, now known as the Acadians, had transformed the lush wetlands along the Bay of Fundy into some of the most fertile fields in the world.

But Acadia was poorly positioned with regards to the politics of the day, and by the 1700s, the warring French and British vied for sovereignty over their land. When the Acadians refused to pledge allegiance to the invading British, the army began forcibly removing them from their homes.

In Promises to Keep, Genevieve Graham reimagines this harrowing story through the eyes of Ame̒lie, a young Acadian girl, and Corporal Connor MacDonnell, a reluctant part see more

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About the Author

Genevieve Graham
Photograph (c) Janice Bray

Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham is the bestselling author of Tides of Honour, Promises to Keep, and Come from Away. She is passionate about breathing life back into Canadian history through tales of love and adventure. She lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit her at or on Twitter @GenGrahamAuthor.