I enjoyed Serena B. Miller's novel, "The Measure of Katie Calloway," and I was excited to hear she had a new novel out; I was not diappointed at all! "A Promise to Love," is written in the same style and I was immediately drawn into the story and the characters' lives. I love that some of the characters from Miller's first novel played minor roles in this one as well!
Ingrid has come to America with the hopes of finding her brother Hans who is working in a lumber camp. However, she has not had any luck yet and instead finds herself proposing to a man she has only met once as a means to keep his children with him. Ingrid throws herself into the role of being a mother and finds herself caring deeply for and even loving her new husband Joshua. However, Joshua is still in love with his first wife whom has passed away. Just when it seems as if their marriage may becoming something more than a marriage of convenience, something or someone interferes. In the midst of a drought, Joshua goes to work in a lumber camp and finds out where his wife's brother is; however while they are both away, fire consumes the town and the entire family is faced with difficult choices to make.
I loved this story! It is a story of heartbreak, love, and survival. Diantha's mental health struggles are so real and yet not addressed often; however it is handled well in this book as her death was such a mystery to everyone as well as her behaviors and day to day living. The minor characters all played such important roles and I am hoping that the next book will involve some of the characters again, not only Robert, Katie and Delia, but also Hans, Hazel, Susan and Lyman. This is a wonderful historical romance that should be on the top of your must-read list!
“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”