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Amy knew her father meant it. But this marriage would make everything all right. Everyone would be happy again. Everyone except her.

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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.

Book 1 of "Promises to Keep".
“I won’t have her forced,” Jack said. “Let her decide for herself.”
Amy knew her father meant it. She could say no if she wanted. But this marriage would make everything all right. They could put all the trouble she had caused behind them. Everyone would be happy again.
Everyone except her.

“Sentence of Marriage” is the first book in the three-volume “Promises to Keep”.

"One of the best historical novels I’ve had the pleasure to read in years." - Working Girl Reviews.

"The story was captivating, the characters real, the dialogue crisp. I admit to having cried and laughed and even having wanted to murder a character and beat another one within an inch of his life - which is simply a testament to how well written these books are." - AmericanEditor.

Sentence of Marriage (fiction)
Shayne Parkinson (Author)
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Reviews from Amazon:

I LOVED this book! Shayne Parkinson has done a fantastic job of painting a picture of the life of a 19th century New Zealand farm girl. I found myself absolutely enchanted with the comings and goings of Amy's family within minutes of starting to read this book.

It's effectively a historical family saga, so there are highs, lows, surprises, romances, betrayals and more. Added to all of this, there are interesting insights into farm life at that time, something that I knew little about. The character of Amy is very easy to engage with. She seems perfect at first, but is ultimately as flawed as any teenage girl trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between girl and woman. All the characters are very clearly portrayed, even the very minor ones. So much so, that I can picture them all in my mind and towards the end, I started to feel that I actually knew and understood them.

I sympathised with Amy, laughed at Lizzie her cousin, loved to hate Susannah her step-mother, felt exasperated with Jack her father and found myself whizzing through what is quite a long book, at an amazing rate because I was so engrossed in the plot.

I can't recommend this highly enough. There are very few stories of this type around and even fewer that are so well-written. I'm so glad to see that there are 3 more books in the series for me to read. I'm looking forward to all of them!
I am already looking at downloading the next book in the series (as soon as I can work out which one it is). Whilst I love reading a variety of genres (from sci-fi to classics), this is probably only the second or third saga I have ever read (the first being Forsythe Saga). 

Like all the other reviewers I downloaded the book because it was free, and I was hooked after the first couple of pages. The characters are well developed (especially Amy, her step-mother Susannah and the voice of wisdom and common sense, Lizzie). I could not help but love the main character, Amy, and I could not put down the book until I found out what happened to her. A great but emotional reading - after all you can't expect life on a farm in 19th century New Zealand to be easy for a young girl.
This has to be one of the best books to read; i couldn't put it down. It is a historical drama set in New Zealand and tells the tale of everyday life of a farming family. It has twists and turns that are well written and believable. I shared the emotions of the family, laughing and crying along the way. A fantastic read; can't wait to read the sequels.

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