I really enjoyed this book. It was well written. The characters were well-developed. The story clipped along and held my interest. This is the third book I have read by this author. They have all been excellent.
Serena B. Miller in her new book "A Promise To Love" published by Revell Books takes us into the life of Ingrid Larsen in 1871.
From the back cover: Can a marriage of convenience ever become one of true love?
Ingrid Larsen arrives in Michigan in 1871 with little more than the clothes on her back and a determination to find her brother, who has disappeared into the dangerous lumber camps. Destitute and barely hanging on to hope, the young Swedish immigrant crosses paths with Joshua Hunter, a newly widowed farmer with eyes the color of the ocean she had crossed and five rambunctious children to raise on his own.
Marriage would solve both of their problems, and Ingrid finds herself proposing in broken English to a man she barely knows. Many difficulties lie ahead-but the hardest battle of all will be winning the heart of her new husband.
I like history and "A Promise To Love" is filled with history. There are the lumber camps and the harsh activities that occurred there. There is the October, 1871 fire that if it wasn't already documented history you would think that Ms. Miller made it up, that is how shocking it is. Then there is the marriage of convenience between Ingrid and Joshua. I think that these kinds of stories are difficult to write. This couple do not know each other, it is just that they each have a need, so the best way to meet their needs is to marry. Wow, marriage as a business arrangement. Yet, we read this book for the love story and Ms. Miller doesn't hold back she really gives us a love story. And on top of everything Ms. Miller tells us at the end that this story is based on her grandmother. "A Promise To Love" is filled with action and adventure. It is filled with family, overcoming adversities and even has a bit of a mystery in it. I think that ""A Promise To Love"" is a winner! Ms. Miller has given us a wonderful, sweet story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages. I liked it a lot and look forward to more from this talented author.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
In A Promise To Love, Serena Miller sweeps us away to the wilds of Michigan in the late 1800s; a savage land both bold and beautiful--filled with majestic, white pine forests, the scent of cherry blossoms permeating the air, vast lumber camps, and the threat of horrific forest fires.
The Swedish born, Ingrid Larsen, arrives in Michigan to search for her brother, Hans, who has disappeared into the dangerous lumber camps, with nothing save the clothes on her back. In her desperation she proposes to Joshua Hunter, a newly widowed cherry farmer with five rambunctious children.
Joshua is determined to establish a lucrative cherry orchard, and after losing his wife under strange circumstances, agrees to marry Ingrid to help out with the farm and his motherless children. Ingrid finds herself in for the biggest battle of her life as she struggles to be a good mother to five needy children, and must also fight the ghost of her husband's dead wife as well.
Soon terrible secrets are unearthed concerning the death of Joshua's wife, and Ingrid is faced with some challenging decisions. Can she continue to be Joshua's wife in name only?...and how can she endure the many hardships that face her without his love? Where is Hans and is he dead or alive? And it's only as she seeks the face of the Lord for guidance and help that the answers to her angst-filled questions are ultimately revealed to her.
Serena Miller has fast become one of my favorite authors! This compelling, heartwarming fiction based on fact story, grabbed me from the first chapter and did not let go until the last! I loved her realistic main characters (Ingrid never lost her Swedish accent throughout the whole book):), and her irresistable secondary characters just as much. Never boring with a fast-paced, exciting conclusion, this is an absolute must read! Nicely done, Serena Miller!
When I picked up A Promise to Love, I never would have guessed I would be clinging to the book until the end. This book is utterly fantastic. Miss Miller's writing and characters, from the start, transport you back in time to Michigan in 1871.
In the first few pages, we meet Ingrid. Oh, how I loved Ingrid! She and her twin brother, Hans, moved to America from Sweden. They made a promise to meet each other when they parted. But when he doesn't show up, Ingrid fears the worst and moves to White Rock to take a position as a maid for a snobbish woman. It's there in White Rock that Ingrid's life takes a turn.
There are so many things I enjoyed about this book. One in particular is how Miss Miller was able to write Ingrid's broken English. It gave the story another layer of accuracy, it made me laugh, and it made me smile.
Miss Miller has done a wonderful job with her latest release. Her writing is so easy to read and her characters so lovable. I read A Promise to Love in a day simply because I couldn't put it down for very long. I was so sad to see it come to end.
Those who liked Janette Oke's Love Come Softly series will enjoy this one. :-)
Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done.
This novel was un-put-downable and I read it straight through. I know that's not a real word, but it best describes this compelling story as I simply couldn't set it aside. I read it straight through to the end. I always enjoy reading the afterward part of a novel that tells what portion of history a story is from and what really happened that the author based their story on. It's even cooler when there is some familial history involved.
As far as romance goes, this story was better than most. It put a different twist on a marriage of convenience that is typically seen in historical novels. I loved every minute of it. In fact, my eyes welled with tears a few times. The emotion of the story is touching. Ingrid personified steadfast love and I was very touched by her attitude and the discussions she had with his eldest child. I also loved how the hero recounted in his mind on numerous occasions how many wonderful qualities the heroine had that drew his heart to hers. The reunification scene at the end was emotional and I loved it.
If you enjoy a good historical novel set in the 1800s and you've read the first book by this author, you'll be delighted to see a few characters from the first book showing up in this one. Great writing, a unique plot, and intricate story-telling all make this book worthy of my top fiction list. The pulse-pounding action (especially toward the end) and the deep biblical application about real love make this novel a winner. I highly recommend it.