Promises by Ardyce Durham

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Promises, a work of historical fiction inspired by the life of the author’s paternal great-grandfather, chronicles the lives of two boys the same age who grow up together. More than friends, they are buddies, constant companions, confidants, and accessories in everything they do. Joining the Confederate Army together in March of 1862 and engaging in and surviving some of the most catastrophic battles of the Civil War, the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg changed their lives forever.


Promises has a unique twist on historical fiction and the way it is written makes the reader feel like they are sitting at the feet of a grandparent in front of a fire, listening to different stories about their childhood.

The story flows smoothly and the characters keep the book light and the reader laughing. Because the book takes place in the late 1800s on a farm, the dialogue exchanged is written like they would’ve talked (i.e. “Whar ya ben all day?” ) and may annoy many readers, however it definitely captures the mood of the book and completes the story.

The content can become a little crass when talking about the boys childhood, telling of different activities they did to occupy their time. And the talking between the two best friends can also become a bit crude as they grow older.

Overall, Promises was a decently enjoyable read and I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction.

Rated: * * * *