A sweet and engaging romance, that was hard to put down!
Ingrid is a brave, hardworking young woman, who is searching for her brother in the wilds of Michigan.
Joshua Hunter is a widower, in a battle to keep the custody of his children.
When Ingrid loses her job, marriage to the handsome Mr. Hunter seems like the perfect solution for both of them.
I loved this book! Let me just say that I had high expectations after reading last year's The Measure of Katie Calloway, and A Promise to Love more than lived up to them!
I absolutely adored Ingrid, who was so hardworking and dedicated. Joshua was such a good man who did the best that he could for his family.
A Promise to Love was an engaging read with endearing characters, and a great plot full of heart. The pages turned steadily and I was loathe to put it down. A wonderful read, and I savored every moment of it!
I recieved this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Serena B. Miller takes the well used marriage of convenience tale and turns it into an engaging story with multi-layered characters, a unique setting and faith that matters. I enjoyed Ingrid's devotion to her new family and her determination to hold Joshua accountable for his attitude and behaviour towards her. While I find dialogue in broken English a little distracting, I appreciate the effort to be authentic to Ingrid's circumstances. The circumstances surrounding Joshua's first wife's death add substance to the story, particularly when Joshua realises some truths about their relationship. While there was an abrupt transition or two between some scenes, Serena has penned an appealing historical romance readers will enjoy. Serena's inspiration for the story is a personal one and many of the events based on true occurrences, making them more fascinating. For those who adore a marriage of convenience story, A Promise to Love should not be missed.
I love children (obviously) but I don't think my love for them would make me want to jump to their aid and marry a man I did not know and who also happened to be their father. Marriage is a life long commitment. But Ingrid did just that in A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller. It is a heart-warming story of how a kind, loving young girl offers to marry a man named Joshua Hunter, whom she only met once. She does it for the sake of his children, and her initial attraction to him after he saved her from a difficult situation.
Ingrid and her family lived and worked on a farm, so of course I loved the farming aspect of the book because of my own interest.
I bawled like a baby at Ingrid's child-like ways, like at the dance on page 219 and her when she received her gifts. In many ways she's unassuming, yet she was definitely working hard to capture Joshua's attention and love. It was very easy to feel Ingrid's emotions of pain, rejection and anger as Joshua sorted through his own issues. It was heart-wrenching at times to read the beginning account of their marriage.
I loved this story and the grit Ingrid showed and the intertwining of I Corinthians 13. This story is based on the author's grandmother's life, which makes is that much more compelling knowing the details are based on real events.
It was interesting how Serena interwove how prevalent abortion was in the 1800's. So often life for wives and mothers during that time period is painted at "rosey" and hunky-dory. Women were very hard working and the struggles they faced were anything but rosey. A Promise of Love shows the struggle of one woman who had dealt with many losses in her family, which led to emotional disconnect with other people in her life. And it showed the character and strength of yet a completely different woman. It was a striking contrast to how women are usually portrayed in that time period.
A Promise of Love was a refreshing read for me and gets two thumbs up, as it is probably going to be read again and again.
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There have been quite a few books - and some movies - written over the years about marriages happening in emergency situations for convenience's sake. Think Sarah, Plain and Tall, and you'll get the general jest of A Promise to Love.
I loved Sarah, Plain and Tall, and its sequels when I watched them. I guess that's why I was excited to give this new book a try! Like Sarah, Plain and Tall, there are some similar elements including anger, bitterness, unforgiveness. A motherless family. A grieving father. And true stories of people's lives in times past woven in as key elements into the story.
But there are a few things about A Promise to Love that I enjoyed even more than I ever enjoyed Sarah, Plain and Tall! (I didn't think I'd ever say that.)
The author, Serena Miller, writes a book whose words flow well, so that it is an easy read. Not all authors write so that the words flow effortlessly for the reader.
The character's emotions are realistic and appropriate. There are hints of romance throughout this story, but nothing more than a quick kiss or a gentle hug or a husband's arm wrapped around his wife's waist. It's nice that my children can read this if they'd like, and I don't need to worry about the content.
My own great-grandfather, although not a logger or sawyer in Michigan, passed away from a logging accident many years ago in the Pacific Northwest. I've heard a few stories about logging camps over the years, and have seen quite a few displays in museums here in the Pacific Northwest about logging in the 1800s and early- to mid-1950s. It was a rough life, not easy for anyone in the family. Since my husband is employed in the timber industry, I find true stories about its past quite interesting!
My favorite thing, though, about A Promise to Love is that the key character, Ingrid, a Swiss immigrant, uses her faith in Christ to strongly influence others around her who are hateful, unforgiving, or unrelentingly unkind. And yet, again, it is realistic. Women "under the influence" of the Holy Spirit's power can do great and mighty things with Christ's help.
Also, a very important message these days to share among wives and mothers, is the value of "keeping" a home and doing this for God's glory. This message came out loud and clear in A Promise to Love, but in a soft and tender way. I love it when authors acknowledge the importance of wives blessing their husbands and their children and serving their family with a joyful heart as much as is possible.
I appreciate the author's careful thoughts about motherhood and marriage spread throughout this book. It isn't often that a person will read modern Christian fiction books that share this godly message of being the Proverbs 31 woman, and I respect Serena B. Miller's choice to include this in her new book, A Promise to Love.
How frightening it must be to be alone and destitute. Frightening enough to propose to a virtual stranger so that he can maintain custody of motherless children.
On the surface it looks like a good bargain for them both, but it gets really complicated in a hurry.
It's a struggle for each of them with there always being a third person in the marriage. The recently deceased wife who apparently killed herself is that third person - the one keeping Joshua and Ingrid apart.
Secrets are there also. Secrets and what to do with them as they start coming out.
You're going to need a few tissues before you finish this book.
***A special thank you to Donna Hausler for providing a review copy.***