A Promise to Love
By Serena B. Miller
Revell, October 2012
About the Book
Ingrid Larsen, a young Swedish immigrant, arrives in Michigan in 1871 to search for her brother who has disappeared into the woods to work the dangerous lumber camps. Destitute and barely hanging on to hope, she encounters a newly-widowed farmer who is struggling to raise five children on his own. Marriage would solve both of their problems, and so Ingrid proposes to a man she barely knows. She will fight to protect her new family—but the hardest battle of all will be winning the heart of her new husband.
This novel was un-put-down-able 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 afterword 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 storytelling 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.
Healing Hearts . . . fiction making an impact on real lives . . .
New titles released in 2012: Decision to Love, It’s Not About Her, Somebody Love Me,
Out of Time, and Surprise Love