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Sentence of Marriage

1880s New Zealand: Two people who come to the valley change Amy’s life forever, and she learns the high cost of making the wrong choice.

“Sentence of Marriage” is the first book in the three-volume “Promises to Keep”. The entire work covers twenty-five years; this first volume takes Amy from the ages of twelve to sixteen.

Amy is a bright and imaginative girl who dreams of an exciting life in the world beyond the farming valley where she lives. But in nineteenth century New Zealand, there are few choices for a farm girl like Amy, and her life seems mapped out for her by the time she is fifteen.

She meets a young man who seems to offer a path to that exciting world, and who quickly sweeps this lonely girl off her feet. For a magical few months, life is full of golden promise. And then her world collapses around her.

Amy is offered what she sees as a way of atoning for the shame she feels she’s brought on her family, especially the father she adores: marriage to a man she barely knows. It means a heartbreaking choice.

coming of age family drama historical fiction romance