Review: Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham

Posted March 5, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 24 Comments

Review: Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham
Tides of Honour

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Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Audible Studios
Released on November 19, 2017
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author

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The Delight

A war-torn and weary soldier, a woman who crosses an ocean to be with him, and a hard-fought, gritty story of love surviving so much.  The deep-felt storytelling of the author paired with a new to me narrator bringing WWI era Canadian Maritime history to life made this a fabulous listening experience.

Review

Tides of Honour is a standalone story of war, love, darkness, and healing.  It’s not an easy story to hear and brings to life the light and dark of this critical time in history.   The first part of the story is told split narrative and split time line as it is in the present and then looks back to show how Danny and Audrey meet and then what became of them before they come together in Canada.

Most of this story swirls around the personal story of Danny and Audrey.  Their romance is there, but its only the stepping off point as they have to work and suffer to keep it alive.  Danny Baker, disillusioned, shell-shocked, amputee returns from the war with his pride in tatters and feeling less of a man when faced with his worried family and faithful young, and naive wife.  Audrey Poulin married Daniel because she sees so much more in him than he does in himself after she is left to shift for herself in the world after her own painful past.  He has to figure out what he will do with his future as he works the rough world of the Hallifax docks even as Audry has her artistic talent and dreams of something more.  They have a strong love, but love is not enough when Danny is losing himself and Audrey must face her own temptation and struggles.  The author wrote the pair of them with flaws and strengths and placed them in the crucible of war and disaster and personal darkness.

The historical backdrop was painted well whether it was the portions of Danny out on the battlefields of Europe, Audrey at a suffragette meeting in London, or the pair of them fighting to survive the explosion that rocked Halifax and played such a crucial role in the story.  Danny and Audrey and the rest of the cast were people of their time so that the whole of this story wove together so well.

Fajer Al-Kaisi narrated Tides of Honour and did a wonderful job of a large cast of characters, emotions, and accents.  I thought he caught a nice balance in how much emotion to portray especially when some scenes got very intense.  I would definitely listen to more of his narration work.

So, all in all, this was a gripping, many times heartwrenching, but hopeful historical romance set against a dark time in history.  I highly recommend it to those who like a strong historical foundation, authenticity in the plot and characters response to their situation, and a well-developed romance.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #71 HR
Literary Pickers #63 Love at first sight
Audio #14
New Release #22

Recommendations

 
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • RO

    My goodness, this sounds like a thought provoking and deep read,a nd I can tell you really enjoyed it. I definitely need to check this one out Super Sophia! Happy Monday and Hugs….RO

    • Oh yes! It broke my heart, but I loved it to death, lady. 🙂

  • Reading your review already makes me teary-eyed Sophia Rose. And you know me, I love emotional reads, *wink Gotta check it out!

    • Oh, how sweet, Vanessa! Didn’t mean to make you cry, but Tides of Honour probably will. 😉

  • Debbie Haupt

    This narrator absolutely blew me away Sophia Rose, he brought every emotion good and bad to the surface and really made this novel come to life for me. I love how she brings Canadian history back from the brink. She is now on my go to author list and I’ve convinced my editor at RT to let me review Come From Away which is the sequel to this set in WWII times and will be published in the May edition.
    Great review

    • Yes, the Fabulous Fajer!!!

      Now, that is neat. I’m so glad you are already slated for Come From Away. I hope I get to listen/read that one, too. 🙂

  • Ever since reading Next Year in Havana and loving it, I’ve been on the lookout for more Historical Fiction. This one looks so good!

    Great review.

    • Yep! I know the feeling. That one really got me in the mood. I’ve been reading several lately that are strong historicals. This one is one of the strongest. Hope you get the chance, Angie!

  • oh yes I saw another good reaview about this one! It looks good!

    • I would imagine there will be few that aren’t enthralled with this story. Its a beauty, Melliane! 🙂

  • I love that it takes place in Canada, that alone is something different for this era. I’ve heard so many good things about this one

    • Yes! I’ve enjoyed Canadian Historicals since I read Anne of Green Gables, but I get my hands on so few. She does a heart-felt fabulous job. Hope you get the chance, Lily!

  • I really like the sound of this one. I do love a good historical romance and this time period is really interesting. It is good that you found a narrator that you enjoy as well.

    • Yes, it was a fantastic choice of location and time. I’ve read a little on the Hallifax explosion- the investigation part- but not on how it impacted the town so much. This is a real gem.

  • I heard great things about this book. Glad to know you enjoyed it. It is interesting to know the story takes place in Canada. I never came across a historical set in that country.

    • Oh yes, I’ll bet it will get plenty of positive reviews and comments. Its a deeply-moving story and its for a place and time that aren’t as familiar for most people. I’m glad to read about the Canadian history aspect. Hope you get the chance, Nadene!

  • I’m so happy to see your review of this one! I saw Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviews review it about two weeks ago and I was so intrigued by it that I ordered a physical copy that very day. Now seeing your glowing review makes me even more excited to pick it up!

    • Oh boy, Tanya! You are in for it. Keep that tissue box handy if you’re a weepy reader. But it sure does grab the reader in once it gets going. 🙂

  • Genevieve Graham is an amazing author. I reviewed some books for her years ago when I was Sweeping Me. I LOVE her books. There is just something about them that grab you, squeeze you, thriller you, and most of all, make you love them. I haven’t started this series yet – I think it is a series of war time stories but trust me when I say I will. She is just that darn good.

    • Oh yay! Glad to encounter a fellow fan. I read a couple of her earlier Scottish ones and loved them and these latest Canadian historicals are fabulous. I think you’re in for a treat, Mary!

  • It does sound like a good read that touches upon some tough topics. Although I usually don’t like reading about wars, so not sure if this would be a book for me. But I do like the sound of how the characters have their strengths and flaws. Great review!

    • The human element part of the story is every powerful, but yes, the war is also a really strong element, too. Thanks, Lola!

  • I love historical fiction and this sounds great. I enjoyed review and I will have to look for this one. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Sure thing, Jess! This is a great emotional story and yes, the historical setting is a definite plus. 🙂