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Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3)

Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3)

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by Shayne Parkinson

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Amy watches in growing fear the worsening confrontation between her husband and her son, until she realises that only one of them can survive it. How long can she keep them apart?

The final volume in "Promises to Keep". It follows directly on from Book Two, "Mud and Gold".


Amy watches in growing fear the worsening confrontation between her husband and her son, until she realises that only one of them can survive it. How long can she keep them apart?

The final volume in "Promises to Keep". It follows directly on from Book Two, "Mud and Gold".

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Shayne Parkinson
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Promises to Keep Series , #3
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I write historical fiction set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My sixth novel, "After the Roses", takes the series to 1924. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country. I live in a state of barely-controlled chaos; fortunately I share my life with an invariably calm and endlessly optimistic husband. I divide my time between an apartment in the city, in reach of good espresso, and a few acres in the country, where the rank grass in the orchard is kept under control by a small mob of sheep (and where we have our own espresso machine). When I'm not writing, reading, or engaged in mundane activities, I play the piano rather badly.

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Settling the Account 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 495 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book, the third in the set, this morning. WOW. I am an avid reader and can honestly say that these are some of the best books I've EVER read, rivaling the classics. Parkinson is an incredibly gifted storyteller and I was immediately pulled into her world. The story is very realistic and the characters are all so unique and vivid, I feel as though I am friends with every one of them. The characters in these books, particularly Amy, will capture your heart and your mind; they will entertain you, make you laugh, break you heart, writhe with anger, and soothe your soul. MAGNIFICENT work, I cannot wait to read the sequel!!!
Tilly08 More than 1 year ago
I have had the pleasure of reading all four books in this series. I can only say that it was an amazing experience!! The characters are so rich and vivid, I found myself thinking about them when I was at work or at the gym...this is a first for me. If you are thinking about buying these books...don't think...just do!! I'm so happy that I own all of the books, because I know I will want to visit my friends on the farm again for a cup of tea and scones:))) I want to thank the author for this magnificent piece of work!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope these books are made into a mini series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book stayed true to the events that occurred during this time period, I kept hoping for some reprieve for poor Amy. I felt depressed reading this series but I kept reading hoping for a better ending for her even though I know that sometimes life happens this way for some. You just don't always want to read about it.
amydague More than 1 year ago
Parkinson has done it again! This is another superb book in which detail abounds. I can't get enough of these!
Prismcat More than 1 year ago
This book made be feel little miserable for poor pathic Amy. All in all, a good book...very entertaining and hard to put down.
kanders More than 1 year ago
Amazing book!!! Be sure to read them from the start - first book is a free ebook - Sentence Marriage, total of 4 books. The other 3 were only $2.99... definately well worth a few bucks. Held and kept my attention from the first sentence through the last!!! Wish I could find more that are as good as these were!!! Will definately watch for other books by this author.
luv2readdDM More than 1 year ago
fantastic could not put it down wanted to know what was going to happen next..
Nicki Blevins More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a modern reader, this book is frustrating. The main character, Amy, is so good and so passive and so forgiving of her abusive husband that I found her behavior unrealistic. She had options to escape her situation and did not take them even though her sons, too, were victims of her battering husband. The characters were stock in too many ways. If you have read the first book in the series, Sentence of Marriage, you know that even that book left the reader ready to scream. Amy's father loved her yet he allowed her to marry the town's miserable aggressive drunk so that his second wife could save face. Really? Why did I read this book? I had read Sentence not realizing that it was part of a series. I skipped book 2 and read book 3, Settling The Account, just to learn how everything turned out. Most readers would not feel that accounts were settled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book of the series. I have read them all, and have the fourth sitting on my Nook just waiting to be read. The characters have become almost like family. As I turn each page I just can't wait to see how their lives evolve. Can't wait to get started on book number four. I highly recommend this entire series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story started off exactly where story two left off. It was neat to pick up on the exact next thought in this book. This story was a bit hard to read because the abuse from the husband continues in this book. Not only is the wife getting beaten, now the husband has really started in on the boys. It took time, but Amy (the wife) finally had enough of the abuse from Charlie (the husband). Amy was finally able to stand up for herself and with this knowledge, she was able to almost do what she wanted within Charlie's rules. I did cry several times in this book. In fact when Charlie dies, I actually cried out. I even found myself feeling bad for him. A wonderful shocker at the end of the story. I didn't see that coming! If anything, I was wondering if something else was going to happen instead. As much as I've been linging and then hating! this series, I am looking forward to reading the next book.
an-avid-readerPK More than 1 year ago
Wanted it to go on forever. Spent many late nights and many days that i did not even turn on my tv. Did not want to stop reading.
Lavendergrey More than 1 year ago
Yes, there is much to cringe at in this book, but as the third installment in the "Promises to Keep" series, I found it just as difficult to put down as the others. Fortunately, there is much in this book to enjoy, laugh at, and sympathize with, as the characters age and live life as well as possible in the Bay of Plenty in the late 1800's. Great series...I recommend it highly...and now will be reading the 4th book, which I just learned about once I finished this one! Perhaps it was an after thought, because the series really could have ended with this one and supposedly it did. Can't stop now...
crazynormal More than 1 year ago
I was suprised by how much I enjoyed this book and thought about Amy long after I had put the book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series .
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I had read the first book in the series and bought the second to see if Amy's family rescued her from the terrible life they put her into but alas just more of the same abuse. Both books drag through endless details of everyday chores. Perhaps it was meant to be boring to show the drudgery of women's lives but I found it tedious reading. The abuse of Amy just was too sad and even after she does something for herself she does not try to remove her children from the situation and in ignoring their need she fosters a growing divide with her eldest child. I felt sorry for her but could not like her and will not be reading the 3rd book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The night and day comparisons between the city life and the rural farm life, between the "haves" and "have nots", were well illustrated. The reader is witness to the strong family values and the day to day struggles of each family member across multiple generations in Victorian Era New Zealand. You can really feel the happiness, the sadness, the despair, and the joy of your favorite characters while you really despise the evil, obnoxious ones. Great series.
DNunley More than 1 year ago
I am on to the last book 2nd chances. This is the 4th in this series. I need to hurry and get this last one read because I am getting nothing else done! I cannot put it down. That's why I am recommending this author and the whole series.
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The character development is wonderful as well as the intricasies of the relationships. Beautiful ( and not) characters brought to life.