Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Review: A Promise to Love

A Promise to Love. Serena B. Miller. 2012. Revell. 332 pages. [Source: Library]

Last October, I read A Promise to Love. It was LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. It was a giddy-making book that I gushed about. It was one I knew I would definitely want to reread! I decided to read A Measure for Katie Calloway and A Promise to Love back-to-back. It was a wonderful treat for me! (Some characters from the first book make a reappearance in this one: Robert and Katie Foster and Jigger just to name a few.)

A Promise to Love is set in Michigan in 1870-1871. It stars an unforgettable, oh-so-lovable heroine named Ingrid. When readers first meet Ingrid she is a Swedish immigrant working as a servant. She is not being treated fairly; her mistress is very cruel and harsh. But she won't remain in service for long.

Joshua Hunter, our hero, is a widower with five children. His in-laws are accusing him of murder. If they have their way in court, he'll be charged with murder or at the very least lose custody of his children. (They've assumed custody of the youngest, a baby boy just a few months old.) Ingrid sees Joshua (for only the second time) at the inquest. When she sees his four daughters, when she hears the judge say that he will lose his children because he can't provide the care they need, her heart compels her to stand up and speak. She comes close to proposing to him right then and there! She knows she can be a good mother to those kids, and she knows that she can take good care of him too. If he'll let her that is!

Within the first month, Ingrid has taken on the responsibility of a house, a husband, five children, and a mother-in-law. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Ingrid's relationship with her mother-in-law. I love how happy she is to welcome her mother into their small home, not as a burden, not as a responsibility, not as a duty, but as pleasure.

I love the characterization. I love all the major characters and plenty of the minor characters too! I loved the story; it was oh-so-satisfying. If you enjoy historical fiction, or, historical romance, then this is a MUST read.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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