After reading some of the other books by Serena B. Miller, I was very excited to read her newest book A Promise to Love. Ingrid Larsen is a Swedish immigrant in Michigan in the year 1871. Ingrid has, for all intents and purposes, an arranged marriage with Joshua Hunter, a widower who may lose his 5 children if he does not find a bride. Ingrid seems like the perfect homemaker and is able to restore order to his home, but he cannot love his new bride after losing his wife of 13 years. Although Ingrid is hurt deeply by his lack of romantic feelings, she continues to work to keep his home in order and to grow a relationship. In addition to the romance contained in the book, there are facts which come out regarding Joshua’s first wife, and a battle with his in-laws to regain custody of his young child.
I really like the characters in this book. Ingrid was very caring, and it was clear that she felt strongly about all of the people in her life. I also think it was very interesting that the book mirrors the life of Serena Miller’s grandmother. Any time a book is based on a real person’s life, I always feel more invested in the book and the characters. I also liked the secondary characters who helped fill in the book by adding humor and showing Ingrid’s relationship and interactions with her new family.
"Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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