Published: 28/02/2016
ISBN: 9781785890826
eISBN: 9781785894718
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Kia Ora. I’m a New Zealander with Maori & Irish heritage, from a farming family, but have made a career in sports management, currently living in Loughborough, Leicestershire, working for Volleyball E... read more

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Broken Vows
by Rohan West

“You’re going to have to learn a fair whack about this big bad world to be a good priest. First and foremost, when it comes to the parish, we look after our own. Always have, always will.”

Albert Robertson, the eldest son of a strict Irish-New Zealand Catholic family, does his duty and joins the clergy. A committed and devout priest, he eventually becomes fully ordained and is even the marriage celebrant for his younger brother in later years.

While still in the seminary, Al is caught in the Napier earthquake of February 1931. Buried in the rubble of the seminary’s chapel, he is pulled out unconscious and barely alive, his body broken.

He is nursed back to health by Abigail McCarthy, a nurse from the local Napier hospital, who has been sent to the seminary to tend to the injured, along with her cousin Moira. Nurse and patient fall deeply in love and spend the next six years in a desperate bid to be together. They struggle with their own feelings, their commitment to the Catholic Church, their love for their families and the attempts by the church to separate them and destroy their relationship. Those efforts are led by Father Connolly, a strict disciplinarian whose main aim is to protect the Church’s reputation and power as society crumbles during the Depression. When Abigail is transferred to Fiji on a nursing secondment to a remote hospital, it seems that her relationship with Al may crumble...

Broken Vows is a historical romance that will delight fans of Sebastian Faulks and Colleen McCullough.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Full Text: I loved this book from beginning to end and I am looking to see if Rohan West has written anything else. This is a lovely and unusual love story set in New Zealand just after the Napier Earthquake. The main characters are a minister and a nurse both of whom work for the Roman Catholic church. The church do their best to keep them apart but their love is too strong. It was especially lovely to see that this is based on a true story of Rohan's grandparents. I thoroughly recommend this book as a serious but beautiful love story

by Deborah Mika

I normally do not read fiction but decided to take a chance considering it is based on two real people in the author's life. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I could not wait to pick up where I left off in my reading every day! I'm fascinated by people that make amazing commitments and then decide to turn against those same promises in the hope of love. This book kept me in suspense, delighted me and, yet, sometimes sad in my yearning for their love to be brought together. For the more serious, maybe more nonfiction reader, I would highly recommend this book. For those that love fiction, you will be super captivated and enchanted!

by Julie Frausto


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