Can a marriage of convenience ever become one of true love?
Ingrid Larsen arrives in Michigan in 1871 with little more than the clothes on her back and a determination to find her brother, who has disappeared into the dangerous lumber camps.
Destitute and barely hanging on to hope, the young Swedish immigrant crosses paths with Joshua Hunter, a newly widowed farmer with eyes the color of the ocean she had crossed and five rambunctious children to raise on his own.
Marriage would solve both of their problems, and Ingrid finds herself proposing in broken English to a man she barely knows. Many difficulties lie ahead--but the hardest battle of all will be winning the heart of her new husband.
Remember 'The Measure of Katie Calloway' ?(see review here) Serena B. Miller gives her readers yet another great historical novel in 'A Promise to Love' set in Michigan.
A fascinating storyteller, this author thrives on good research which provides the rich background of her novels. I found this latest story compelling and once again a page turner!
Swedish born Ingrid Larsen arrives in America to join her twin brother Hans but when Hans fails to meet her she is left to fend for herself. Impulsively she offers to marry recently widowed Joshua Hunter, a Civil war veteran now turned cherry farmer, and becomes mother to his children.
Serena's depiction of these two protagonists as they learn to live together will captivate any romantic! Ingrid is herself a formidable character who takes her new duties very seriously and the children are only too happy to be once more a family.
When the elements turn sinister and Joshua must seek a way to earn money to save his orchard and provide for his family, Ingrid finds herself alone and we witness yet again the tenacity of the settlers who made this amazing country. Ingrid's courage in the face of disaster is unlikely to leave you unmoved!
Serena B. Miller happily inserted a few of 'The Measure of Katie Calloway's' memorable characters! I have very much enjoyed reading this book as well knowing Serena is the sort of writer who pulls at your heartstrings, leaving you with the certainty you have been enriched with her novel.
An inspirational story of the heart which I found delightful for a rainy afternoon!
Don't miss the Author's notes for a real eye opener!
About the Author:
Serena B. Miller describes her novels rightfully as 'Labours of Love'
Prior to writing novels, Serena wrote for many periodicals, including Woman’s World, Guideposts, Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and The Detroit Free Press Magazine. She has spent many years partnering with her husband in full-time ministry and lives on a farm in southern Ohio near a thriving Amish community.
For more on this author visit her website (here).
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