Prom­ises to Keep By Genevieve Gra­ham, Si­mon & Schus­ter Canada, 336 pages, $22

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Cana­dian au­thor Genevieve Gra­ham has brought the his­tory of eastern Canada to life once again with a novel that takes place in Aca­dia in 1755. Fresh-faced and en­chant­ing Amélie Bel­liveau lives with her fam­ily on a pas­toral plot of Aca­dian farm­land. They live in peace with ev­ery­one and con­sider the Mi’kmaq peo­ple, who live ad­ja­cent to them, to be their friends. But this quiet ex­is­tence is torn asun­der by the Bri­tish war against the French. Amélie soon finds her­self board­ing, along with her f am­ily, de­crepit ships with un­cer­tain des­ti­na­tions. A bur­geon­ing pas­sion be­tween Amélie and Cor­po­ral Con­nor MacDon­nell changes her course: the young cor­po­ral re­solves to help her and her fam­ily, no mat­ter the per­sonal cost. At once dizzy­ingly ro­man­tic and tremen­dously ad­ven­tur­ous, this novel also serves as a poignant re­minder of the sense­less toll the vi­o­lence of war can take — and the in­cred­i­ble lengths of hero­ism hu­mans will go to in or­der to sur­vive and res-

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