Danny Baker leaves his small fishing village of East Jeddore, Nova Scotia in 1916 for war-torn France. While marching through France, Danny is fortunate enough to meet Audrey Poulin, an artist, free spirit and a woman who brings light and color to the bleak landscape of war. Through an exchange of letters, Danny and Audrey fall in love and decide to marry. However, at the battle of the Somme Danny loses more than he can imagine, most of his friends have died and he has lost part of his leg. Now in a battle with his own emotions, Danny is sent home to Canada. Audrey soon meets him there and they are married. Danny struggles with his own shortcomings and the impacts of the war. He decides that a move to Halifax and a job on the docks with his brother is for the best. When catastrophe strikes again, this time in Halifax, Danny’s world is completely changed, but his love for Audrey will help him pull through.
A story of war, tragedy, love, family and transformation, Tides of Honour is touching and powerful. From the beginning, I knew that Danny was going to be a strong character, his journey, though tumultuous, is one that many veterans dealt with and still face today. In alternating narratives, Danny's story is filled out and another needed perspective is seen with Audrey's view. Audrey is a survivor as well and her story is just as important. The historical setting was unique and well researched. I was very happy to read about Canadian's fighting in the Great War, as they are often overlooked as well as the little known Halifax explosion. I was very interested in this since my great-grandmother lived nearby at the time. What impressed me the most was the incorporation of Danny and Audrey's love story into the events surrounding them. Their love story is not perfect, but it is lasting. Like the tides rolling in and out, Audrey and Danny's love is for better or for worse.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review