Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham

February 1st, 2018 Kimberly Review 38 Comments

1st Feb
Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham
Tides of Honour
by Genevieve Graham
Narrator: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Length: 12 hours and 22 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration: 3.5
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A novel of love, loss, and honour amidst the horrors of war and its aftermath.

It’s 1916, and the last thing Nova Scotian soldier Danny Baker expects to find in war-torn France is the love of his life. Audrey Poulin is alone in the world, and struggling to survive the war in the French countryside. When Audrey and Danny meet and fall in love, it seems like the best version of fate.

But love is only the beginning, as Danny loses a leg in the Battle of the Somme, and returns home to Halifax with Audrey, only to discover that he’s unable to leave the war behind. Danny and Audrey struggle with their new life together, and must face not only their own internal demons, but a catastrophe that will soon rip apart everything they think they know about themselves and each other.

Family historical ROMANCE well written

Travel to 1917 with Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham and narrated by Fajer Al-Kaisi.  There you’ll become caught up in WWI, the suffragist movement, and a touching love story. Graham quickly pulled me in and endeared me to these characters as she transported me in time.

From the fields of France to the shores of Nova Scotia, Graham captured the period and delivered a tale that will stay with you long after the audio ends. In Tides of Honour, she shares the story of  Nova Scotian soldier Danny Baker as he traipses through France in the summer of 1916 and meets a young woman named Audrey Poulin. His troop holds up for the night in the barn of her grandmother’s farm. Orphaned, Audry has spent the last ten years caring for her grandmother and the farm. The two feel a connection and begin a relationship through letters.

The story is told through the POVs of Danny and Audrey as their letter courtship grows. Graham takes us through their courtship, Danny’s time in the trenches and eventually brings them both to the shores of Nova Scotia. Their fated romance faced obstacles as Danny carries the war with him and Audrey’s passion for her art grows.

Graham made me weep, laugh, scowl in anger, and cry out in despair as I listened to Tides of Honour. Her ability to bring the period and characters to life through imagery and emotions created a timeless story with depth. I found myself caught up in the happenings and trials of the Baker family. I felt Danny’s struggles as a man and provider as he battled the demons of war and faced down his fears of inadequacy. Graham has a firm grasp of PTSD, as well as the thoughts and expectations one faces. She allowed Danny to suffer, grow and ultimately heal.

Audrey is smart, bright, and a little insecure but I admired her strength and willingness to forgive. Graham doesn’t go easy on Audrey, and at times I was angered by her actions and fears, but her story will make you ponder your action if you had to step into her shoes.

This was my first time listening to Fajer Al-Kaisi, and I felt his narration from the Irish lilt to the tone was brilliantly done. His pacing and tone allowed me to slip easily into the world and enhanced Graham’s story.

The story weaves in rich history, crime, social ladders, the suffragist movement and more creating an air of authenticity to the story. Fans of historical fiction, women’s fiction, and family sagas will find themselves caught up in this rich, well-written tale.

For fans of rich historical fiction and romance Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham was brilliant on audio. #loveaudiobooks Come be transported to the shores of Nova Scotia in the year 1917 Click To Tweet

About Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing the oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift lineup and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. In 2008, they resettled in a quiet seaside village in Nova Scotia. There they are living happily ever after with their two beautiful daughters, a little white dog, and a small but contented flock of heritage chickens.

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38 Responses to “Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham”

  1. Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    I love Genevieve’s books! I have this one on my Waiting on Wednesday post, I look forward to her books so much! She’s such a nice person in real life too plus she’s awesome for being a fellow Canadian. It’s hard for our authors to break into the market but she’s done so well. Great review!

  2. Melliane

    that’s some interesting topics there and I confess that it’s the first time I hear about it. Glad you had a good time!

  3. Nick

    Ahhhhh KIM! Why must you do this to me?? I LOVE LOVE LOVE books with romances that develop over letters, and now I absolutely need to read this one. It sounds wonderful with all the emotions it made you feel!

    • Kimberly

      Do you listen to audio Nick? I may be able to get you a review code for Audible. I do not work for this author, but know she is looking for audio reviews 🙂

  4. Debbie Haupt

    I LOVED this book and the narrater a new to me voice was brilliant I agree. I have an interview with her scheduled for 2-15

  5. Tyler H. Jolley

    I’m not sure this is a perfect fit for me, but I think my wife would enjoy it. I’ll have to pass along your review to her.

    • Kimberly

      Hehe. The romance is on the side here Tyler and you might be surprised. Maybe on audio in the car for you both 🙂

  6. Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

    Awww, this sounds so sweet and deep for a romance. I really like to read romances that deal with PTSD because it’s such a tough subject for the men and women who return from war. It’s touched many of my family members as well.

    Your review is so good b/c I might actually pick this one up and I don’t normally read this genre of romance. Now that would be huge!! #killingmyTBR 🙂

  7. Angela Adams

    Sounds like a great read. Few historical romances deal with the early 1900s time period. Definitely going on my TBR list. Thanks for the post.

  8. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I am so convinced that I will love this one that I just went to Amazon and ordered it. I’ve read quite a bit of WW II-era historical fiction but very little set during WW I. This story sounds so emotional and I can’t wait to read it. So glad you shared your review, Kim!

  9. Sophia Rose

    I’ve got this one for review so I just peeked at your rating. I’ll pop back in to get your thoughts. If this one is half as emotional for me as Promises to Keep, I know I’ll love it. 🙂

  10. Lily

    I adore books like these, glad to hear that the author did such a fantastic job of telling this story.

  11. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I’m a sucker for books with a WW1 theme, so even before I read the review I was mentally adding this to my TBR. But now that I’ve read the review, I’m so hyped. Hope I get my hands on it soon. And I hope too that you are feeling better by now.

    • Kimberly

      Thanks, Trish, my pneumonia is clearing up, and we are recovering from the flu. It was one hell of a month. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

  12. Jo

    I enjoy historical fiction and I haven’t heard about this book before but it sounds interesting. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better 🙂