A Promise to Love


Title: A Promise To Love
Author Serena B. Miller
Publisher: Revell
Published: October 1, 2012
Pages: 332


Ingrid Larsen arrives in Michigan, from Sweden, with little more than the clothes on her back and a determination to find the brother that disappeared into the dangerous logging camps. Destitute, she finds a job as a maid at a wealthy home in White Rock. After getting beat by the lady of the house, Ingrid abandons her job and runs to a kind woman for protection.

Joshua Hunter just lost his wife to mysterious circumstances and the town believes he’s the cause of her death. The threat of losing his children is consuming him and when a kind immigrant, Ingrid, offers to marry him in order for him to keep his children, Joshua, thinking about the prospect of losing his kids, accepts. Now, he not only has to get over the fresh death of his wife, but somehow now live with a new one completely different from his first.

As the months go by and Joshua sees how doggedly Ingrid cares for his children he can’t help but appreciate her arrival and the fact that she has stayed despite all he’s done. And Ingrid is now in love with not only the kids but their father as well and she has a determination to do anything possible to keep them safe and make sure they’re loved as well. But now all they have to do is somehow make their marriage a real one.

Can Ingrid and Joshua manage to make love out of convenience? Can Ingrid show Joshua that she will love him as fiercely as she does his kids if only he would let her? Will Joshua be able to move on from his wife’s death and embrace a new chance at love or will he spend the rest of his life living in the past? Will Joshua ever be able to be attracted to someone completely different from his first wife?

I don’t know quite what I expected from this book, but I certainly didn’t get it. This was unique in certain areas but it lacked in others. The author created an excellent example of what could come of a marriage of convenience but it also left me feeling empty at the end because of some things that were overlooked that I felt were important. However, this story is enjoyable in its own right.

The history in this book is incredible. The author really got her facts straight and enhanced the historical aspect of this book. I felt that all of the historical facts were melded into the storyline beautifully and I learned a few thing that I didn’t know before particularly about Michigan and General Custer. I always love to learn something in a fiction book, it makes reading them a little bit more worthwhile.

Naturally because of the fact that this story is a marriage of convenience and five kids are involved, the romance in this book is kind of lackluster. There are tender moments between Ingrid and Joshua but overall this really isn’t a romance of dreams. In fact, (SPOILER ALERT) I don’t even think the couple tells each other they love each other. That is a HUGE oversight that I think greatly reduced the impact of the romance.

My favorite part of this book definitely has to be Ingrid’s protectiveness over her family. She literally would work herself until she died if it meant that her family would be safe. I loved how fast she fell in love with them and started considering them hers. Her protectiveness definitely made the book and made this book memorable. I absolutely loved the tenacity in which Ingrid made sure her family was okay.

This author made a memorable book but not really a memorable romance. I felt that this book was good if only there would’ve been just a little bit more romance, then it would’ve been a great book. I do look forward to reading more from this author and seeing what else she can conjure up. I also want to see if this romance, or lack of, is normal or if this was a one time thing.

Overall, this is a good book but with the lackluster romance it was hard to say that it was great. I recommend this for a fan of cute romances or even for younger readers. I give this book a three out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*