by Genevieve Graham
Narrator: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Length: 12 hours and 22 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance
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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.
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
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