Another superbly written story from Fiona Valpy Emotional, inspiring and uplifting, despite the awful events in which some of the characters find themselves trapped I absolutely love Fiona Valpy s writing style and have thoroughly been enchanted but the two books I have now read. Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Ch teau Bellevue The old ch teau 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 , Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Ch teau 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 This is the first of Fiona Valpy books I have read and will now be on the lookout for I loved the way she writes and the way she describes the settings and the people and their lives Also the way she tells the story and goes from the war years to the present day Only one thing I found irritating and that was the amount of french words used Can t see the point Sorry, but apart from that a really good read. This is the second book I have read by author Fiona Valpy I read Sea of Memory and absolutedly loved it so I downloaded The Beekepers Promise Like her other book every spare moment I had I would be reading i was up till the small hours finishing the story Fabulous book I will be downloading by this author. I found the story of Eliane and her family and their struggles through the Second World War, riveting Her story is being told to Abi in 2017, of whom we know little until the end, other than she has been through some trauma or other.The book flips backward and forward between the past and and present and for me, this was its only real weakness I would have been very happy if the Abi story had been omitted and the book told the Eliane story only the latter made up the vast majority of it anyway and I often found that having become immersed I was annoyingly interrupted Also, I found the ending a bit like the last scene in an American film, with no loose ends and everyone living happily ever after, which I do understand some people like.Despite my criticisms, I have given the book 4 stars, because the bulk of the book is so very enjoyable and well worth a read. Not my usual read by any stretch but, having read the back cover, i was intigued.A great story set between two time periods in rural France The insight into the life of Elaine during the second world war was full of emotion and Abi s recovery after a dark period of her life is something that i think many can relate either directly or indirectly.I could go on about the symbolism of the bees and their courage but i think it best to leave that to the reader.A gripping novel that kept me captivated throughout. This story is mainly about families living in a rural area of occupied France in 1944 Life goes on as normal as possible but acts of sabotage are planned and committed to hinder the oppressors The characters and countryside are beautifully described and this adds to the engrossing nature of the story More than one tale is being told too, which adds to my feelings of admiration for the courage of the people in the stories which the writer has so aptly captured A terrific story This is another of Fiona Valpy s superb novels This story is completely absorbing following the life of Eliane in France during the Second World War occupation of France Elaine kept herself busy during those dark days by helping her father in the mill, tending her father s bee hives and selling honey in the village What the people suffered was incredible and Elaine played a very significant part in helping the Resistance of course there are moments of tenderness The second interwoven part of the story is that of Abi who in the present time is undergoing an appalling relationship from which she escapes when her partner is killed in an accident Abi then sets out to find herself a new life and recover, and it is then that she finds the mill in the little French village takes a summer job at the Chateau Bellevue and learns the fate of the wartime occupants The ending is amazing and I will not spoil this for other readers by revealing it, but would heartily recommend this book I thoroughly enjoy Fiona Valpy s engrossing books and look forward very much to the next one she is a superb author.