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

Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1)

By Shayne Parkinson

  • Release Date: 2009-03-08
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 205 Ratings
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“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”.

In nineteenth 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.

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

    By monster woodie
    What a beautiful and sad story, I could not put the book down was interesting all the way through.
  • Sentence of Marriage

    By Glentrev
    Easy to read, story flows naturally.
  • Sentence of marriage

    By kds73
    Truly great reading . I couldn't put it down
  • Romance?

    By Rox 95A
    I must have missed the romance part, maybe I read it wrong, but gee I'm not sure i can handle the happy ending either, too much for me.......depressing
  • Beautifully written

    By Leanne0308
    If you love a story that allows you to get to know and sometimes even love the characters get the entire series... I recommend this series to anyone who wants a story with engaging real life characters, some I loved instantly, others I despised. It's rare to find a fictional novel that can move you to laugh out loud and also tears of sadness and tears of joy. I got so drawn into the life of Amy Stewart that I have barely slept (recovering from major surgery I have the luxury of being able to read all day and into the night). Enjoy, I did!
  • Fantastic book & series!

    By mapnut
    Loved this book and the entire series, didn't want it to end! I loved characters and I HATED some with a vengeance. Great insight into the way life used to be for pioneers and the simple things they thought were luxurious yet we take for granted every single day. Try. This book, you'll be hooked! Enjoy!
  • Very special books

    By Bullfrogfly
    I have read all the books and I loved all of them,I cried a lot,laughed,I was shocked,scared,angry,wanted to jump in the book and slap someone it really touched a lot of my emotions so thank you very much Shayne keep writing I'll read.
  • Got hooked. Loved it.

    By JAG LOVER22
    Loved this book so much that I couldn't even put it down. It was like I knew the characters personally. I got hooked in the first part of the book. Now reading the next book can't wait.