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The Beekeeper's Promise

Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)
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Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer - and her life.

In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…

When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested.

From the bestselling author of Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.

©2018 Fiona Valpy (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Haveenoughstuff
  • 15-09-2018

Très bien fait

Good intertwining story of two women survivors - one of war, one of abuse. Takes place in my favorite province of la belle France. Although many years apart, the two women’s stories are bittersweet, yet show their strength of character and ability to find peace after their traumas. Excellent narration with super French accents making the story come alive. Bravo!

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  • C. Phillips
  • 08-10-2018

Not as expected... poor narration

I couldn’t finish this as the narrator was so monotone and quick you had a hard time getting it. You have to listen very hard. Then there were times she spoke in a very heavy French accent, which if it was someone very new to the English language, you could see how it would be so heavy, but for listening purposes, it made it even harder to understand. The story just got lost in all that. I can’t even tell you exactly what the story was. I listen at night before sleep. So many are so good, but this wasn’t one of them. Authors need to pick their narrators very thoughtfully, cause they can make or break your book. I would have rather heard a person not trained to narrate then listen to this. No feeling, emphases or anything in this.

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  • annonymous
  • 14-02-2019

Too hard to understand narrator’s accent.

I enjoy listening to audiobooks while doing other things. I couldn’t even drive while listening to this as I had to strain to make out the thick accents. I gave up listening.

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  • Deborah
  • 04-12-2018

I would read it from the book- not the audible

The audio of this drove me crazy. I couldn't finish it. Between the thick French accent that I couldn't understand and the narrators voice raising at the end of every sentence, I couldn't get through it. From the first 3 chapters I listened to, I could tell the story was well written and I will go back and read it myself.

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  • Patricia J. Klein
  • 30-01-2019

The Beekeeper's Promise

I very much enjoyed the audio version of this historical novel. The narration was excellent. Elaine's story was very moving. You were there with her throughout. I cheered Abby for her courage to live her life again. When the clouds bring rain, dance!

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  • april
  • 19-01-2019

Lovley

Lovely Very (fiction) historical I liked it very much. I liked how it tied in the old with the new.

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  • P. Pimm
  • 12-03-2019

story of love determination and courage.

lovely story of love, determination and courage . Reader was relaxed and made it enjoyable . n

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  • Tanya M. Spiegel
  • 28-02-2019

Beautiful

A beautiful story of the strength of will that sees us through our weakest times. Excellent narration. Truly detailed characters and storyline of two women’s story one set during the occupation of France by German soldiers and the other a women in modern time abused by a horrendous spouse. Both will be tested and both find strength from deep inside.

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  • Shannon A
  • 24-02-2019

Historical Fiction with Split Reviews

Two stories, but only one told with emotion while the other fell flat and monotone

The story about WWII France was beautiful and the performance of those portions flowed well. The characters were written with dialogue and actions that that gave them emotions and a fullness to their beings instead of just supporting lines for what the protagonist was going on about. I fully enjoyed the varying accents and intonations for different characters in these parts of the book.

The story about Abby took a bit long to develop and still felt lacking. Even though the character states that she is going to (vague reference here so as not to spoil) tie things up in the end, there are some questions left unanswered for the reader about from events at the beginning of the book. I felt Abby's story was told in a bland tone the entire time, except for only a few moments toward the end. I started dreading going back to her portion of the story because of the performer's switch to a dull and bleary description of everything with few supporting characters using their voices enough to change the feel of the mood.

I wouldn't have read/finished reading this book had I started it in hard copy or ebook format. The beginning chapters piqued my interest in Abby but at the same time the WWII story was just a sappy love story that I didn't feel like reading.

I am not an Audible or audiobook regular. It's hard for me to concentrate if the narrator doesn't match the voice I hear when I think of the story. This pairing was a perfect match! I enjoyed Ms Meire's soft and smooth voice. She was comforting in parts where the history was frightening. I would listen to more books read by this narrator.

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  • J. Segaloff
  • 21-02-2019

Two stories in one

Though there are two stories in one, even the single story of France during the war would be enough to make a great book.

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  • Idalmis
  • 14-12-2018

French accent

I have never written a review but I feel I need to on this occasion. Why on earth did you read this story with an abysmal French accent?. You either tell the story in English or in French. I am French and live in England. I couldn’t understand anything and it really frustrated me. I gave up half-way through the book as it was so painful to listen too.

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  • Pam Jolliffe
  • 03-12-2018

Dance through the storm

Story of recovery mental and physical learning from the past. How a French family coped with the controlling power of their Nazi conquerors and how this helped heal a girl broken by a controlling man in 2016.

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  • Paula g
  • 26-11-2018

Good book

It is good book about the war. Marries are not always great . Hope love life

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  • Dodi
  • 03-11-2018

A must have

really good story, set in the present and the past. Extremely well read with exceptional accents

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  • Lorna Cook
  • 07-10-2018

gripping. such a wonderful narrator too!

Loved the storyline and parrallells. Henrietta the narrator gives a wonderful believable per for,mince that truly brings to life all the key characters no matter what gender. terrific thank you

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  • Mrs Sophie M Moss
  • 02-09-2018

Beautiful story of courage and resilience

Beautiful story of courage and resilience of two women in particular, whose stories are parallel ed and intertwined across time.

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  • dn
  • 18-08-2018

So disappointed

I have tried with this book but its not for me. The story is very flowery with unnecessary descriptions. I cannot understand the French accent and this frequently sounds Welsh. I miss the story and have no idea who is who really. Read the first 5 chapters and still cannot get any involvement with characters. After all the advertising I thought this would be good, and I think it may be better actually reading it yourself, but I am not going to bother.I

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  • NumptyDoo
  • 26-02-2019

Damned emotional, well written story

Stacking shelves for a well known supermarket at night I didn't expect to have tears welling up at this beautiful tale. it's hard to read the labels.

Many thanks to the author for surprising an old bloke.

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  • Sailaway
  • 21-01-2019

Not for me, disappointing

Crass narration spoilt this for me. Poor character definition on a weak story line. Poor recommendation.

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  • tamsin anderson
  • 07-01-2019

Lovely story, narrator a bit cringe worthy

A beautiful story that draws you in and makes you sad that it has finished. However the narrator's French accent is a bit off putting. And she pronounces some English words utterly wrongly which really grates.