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Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep Book 1) by [Parkinson, Shayne]
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Book 1 of 4 in Promises to Keep (4 Book Series)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1145 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Shayne Parkinson via Smashwords (April 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XWPWPE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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After reading other reviews, I thought I'd give this book a try (free is a good price and I was wanting another book to read on my Kindle). I wish someone would have mentioned how the sadness just keeps going on. For the most part this is well written. The characters are well developed. However, I kept waiting for the good part to start. The young lady in the story had so many tragic things happen, it had to end right - that's what I kept hoping. It didn't. Instead, it left me hanging. I assume it was to lead into the other books in the series, but I won't read them. One depressing book of this length is enough to last me a long time. I understand that time in history was hard to live through, especially for women, but I read for enjoyment. I would have liked it to be lighter, even if not so factual.

Often, I thought the details of minor events went on too long with not contributing to the story line. Maybe shorter would have been better. Then it could have a happy ending without having the feeling of so much despair while reading the whole series.

I would recommend this to others if you enjoy factual, real life type stories, but don't expect a happy ending. I wish I wouldn't have read it. It will be on my mind to long.

FYI: There are sexual events, but not a lot detail.
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Like so many of the other reviewers...I have no clue how this book or series got labeled as romance. This is a historical story about an only daughter being treated like a servant by her all male family. Then when the father brings a new wife home - it turns into Cinderella. The "heroine" (and I use that term lightly here) has no backbone whatsoever with her stepmother. But then again, she's only 12. Her idiot father refuses to acknowledge or do anything about how terribly his new wife treats his daughter. This story just keeps getting worse and worse...I read the reviews, so I have no one to blame but myself. I just thought "the book couldn't be as bad as they say!" But it is. It never gets better...this girl is treated so badly by nearly everyone in the book...and at 16 has lived a longer life of misery than many people 3x her age. This story may be exactly how it happened in NZ in the 1800's...but this isn't fun reading. It's beyond me how this is called a romance as there's no "hero" in this story to ever rescue her from this horrible life. It just goes on and on. I understand that there are a few more books in this series...but I've read those reviews now too...and there's simply no way to make up for this devastation. Her "happy ending" must be that she dies early at 40 and finally has some peace. Jeez!
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Historical fiction, especially when focused on female experience, frequently highlights the oppression and violence that women have had to endure. But Shayne Parkinson's "Sentence of Marriage" (and the entire series "Promises to Keep") seems to revel in that oppression, mining it for endless displays of misery without salvation.
Let me begin by warning you that "Sentence of Marriage" is not a stand-alone book in a trilogy of novels. It is the first part of what is one long narrative about the troubled marriage of a single character and the life of her community. The book that Amazon is offering for free on the Kindle cuts off the narrative, and if you want to read the whole story you have to buy the other books.

The series details the struggles and tortures endured by a young New Zealand woman, Amy, who dares to cast her dreams higher than her small farming community and hope for true love. When Amy's naive dreams lead to personal tragedy, her life is set on a course of suffering and family abuse. What follows is a series of betrayals, violence, and social ignorance that take our heroine from her teens into her forties. Amy is a young saint, who blames no one for her problems but herself. She endures everything that comes her way without believing that she might deserve something better. The book's descriptions of the community are very well written, but it narrative is filled with inconsistent two-dimensional characters that are either irredeemably evil (Amy's heartless stepmother and her tyrannical husband) or impotent in their good intentions (everyone else in her community).
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I kept waiting for it to get better. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE A SADIST. This poor girl suffers and you keep waiting for SOMETHING, ANTHING good to happen and it just gets worse! She is taken advantage of and badgered and it gets worse and WORSE.
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I agree with another reviewer who said that the sadness just went on and on. I was waiting for the happy ending and it just never came.
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I read this book before, under a different title or author's name. I am going to delete this from my Kindle after I
finish this review. How anyone who love their children could put them through what this young girl went through
because she made the mistake of being talked into doing something wrong by some man she thought loved her.
DO NOT READ this will made me feel so down. I made myself finish it the first time around. When I read this
before there were no sequels or companion books...... I don't plan on reading those either. As another reviewer
said this is "dark". Too dark for me and definitely should not be listed under "love story" or "historical romance"
where I found it.
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