Top positive review
Amazing story and writing
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2018
The Beekeeper’s Promise is a WW2 novel by Fiona Valpy. Although the story is fiction, some of the places are real and the stories of the Resistance are real as is the massacre in Tulle. The story could easily have taken place and maybe it did in some country and small town. Fiona Valpy tells the story of Elaine and her family during the War and the story of Abi in the present time trying to recover from a car accident and an abusive marriage. The story is told in alternating chapters by Elaine from 1938 to 1944 and then the present 2017. Abi’s story is told all in 2017. This technique works wonderfully for this story. It keeps both stories going and combines the stories at the same time. Abi has many lessons to learn from the stories Sara Cortini tells her about Elaine and her family during WW2. She also learns many lessons from working for Sara and her husband for the summer.
The book is absolutely wonderful and easy to read. You must have tissues close at hand and plenty of time to read without interruptions.