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 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.


"Historical fiction at its finest! Serena Miller writes with an irresistible freshness and honesty, crafting compelling characters that leave you changed. I eagerly anticipate her next novel!"--Laura Frantz, author of Love's Reckoning

"Serena Miller has done it again. With fascinating history and characters you can't help but love, she's written a story that pulls at your heartstrings and keeps you turning pages as fast as you can to see what happens next. And just when you think the story tension can't get any higher, she turns up the excitement another notch. A story not to be missed!"--Ann H. Gabhart, author of Words Spoken True and The Gifted

"If you're searching for novels with both heart and soul, you will love the thoughtful and richly satisfying works of Serena Miller. I do."--Emilie Richards, author of Sunset Bridge and One Mountain Away

Serena B. Miller is the author of The Measure of Katie Calloway as well as numerous articles. She lives on a farm in southern Ohio.

About the Author

 Serena B. Miller is the author of The Measure of Katie Calloway and Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio, as well as numerous articles for periodicals such as Woman's World, Guideposts, Reader's Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and more. She lives on a farm in southern Ohio.

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  • File Size: 670 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B9HS4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on October 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
A Promise to Love is another hit from Serena B. Miller! I absolutely loved it! I was surprised by the main character, Ingrid, - how strong she was and all the things she endured. There were many times I felt sad for her while reading this book because of things that were said/done to her.

The story was very good and I couldn't help but get caught up in what was happening! There was a little mystery concerning the cause of Joshua's first wife's death - and let me just say, I was shocked when the truth was finally revealed.

I also enjoyed all of the history in A Promise to Love - when I read the "Author's Note" in the back of the book, I was surprised how much stuff from the story actually happened!

I was pleased that some of the characters from The Measure of Katie Calloway made an appearance in A Promise to Love - it was great to get an update on their lives.

The only thing that took some getting used to was Ingrid's broken English, but that did make her character more realistic and after I read a few chapters, it was no longer an issue to me.

If you like historical romances, than I completely recommend A Promise to Love! I loved it and hope these characters will appear in some of Serena's future novels.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

"Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julieanne at JoyInOurJourney-dotcom on November 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
There have been quite a few books - and some movies - written over the years about marriages happening in emergency situations for convenience's sake. Think Sarah, Plain and Tall, and you'll get the general jest of A Promise to Love.

I loved Sarah, Plain and Tall, and its sequels when I watched them. I guess that's why I was excited to give this new book a try! Like Sarah, Plain and Tall, there are some similar elements including anger, bitterness, unforgiveness. A motherless family. A grieving father. And true stories of people's lives in times past woven in as key elements into the story.

But there are a few things about A Promise to Love that I enjoyed even more than I ever enjoyed Sarah, Plain and Tall! (I didn't think I'd ever say that.)

The author, Serena Miller, writes a book whose words flow well, so that it is an easy read. Not all authors write so that the words flow effortlessly for the reader.

The character's emotions are realistic and appropriate. There are hints of romance throughout this story, but nothing more than a quick kiss or a gentle hug or a husband's arm wrapped around his wife's waist. It's nice that my children can read this if they'd like, and I don't need to worry about the content.

My own great-grandfather, although not a logger or sawyer in Michigan, passed away from a logging accident many years ago in the Pacific Northwest. I've heard a few stories about logging camps over the years, and have seen quite a few displays in museums here in the Pacific Northwest about logging in the 1800s and early- to mid-1950s. It was a rough life, not easy for anyone in the family. Since my husband is employed in the timber industry, I find true stories about its past quite interesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
An enthralling read from the start!

When I picked up A Promise to Love, I never would have guessed I would be clinging to the book until the end. This book is utterly fantastic. Miss Miller's writing and characters, from the start, transport you back in time to Michigan in 1871.

In the first few pages, we meet Ingrid. Oh, how I loved Ingrid! She and her twin brother, Hans, moved to America from Sweden. They made a promise to meet each other when they parted. But when he doesn't show up, Ingrid fears the worst and moves to White Rock to take a position as a maid for a snobbish woman. It's there in White Rock that Ingrid's life takes a turn.

There are so many things I enjoyed about this book. One in particular is how Miss Miller was able to write Ingrid's broken English. It gave the story another layer of accuracy, it made me laugh, and it made me smile.

Miss Miller has done a wonderful job with her latest release. Her writing is so easy to read and her characters so lovable. I read A Promise to Love in a day simply because I couldn't put it down for very long. I was so sad to see it come to end.

Those who liked Janette Oke's Love Come Softly series will enjoy this one. :-)

Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amber Perry on November 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book looking forward to a great romance--cuz it had AH-MAZING potentiel, but in my opinion it fell short. Let me explain why...

Ingrid Larsen is looking for her brother who has disappeared into the lumber camps of Michigan. (This was a fact that I felt was not touched on too greatly for a large portion of the book actually...) She "crosses paths" with Joshua Hunter--a man who has just lost his wife and has been left with five children. She offers to marry him and whammo--they are husband and wife--and they don't even know each other! I was expecting there to be tons of great romantic tension, but I just didn't really feel it...bummer.

There is a lot of fun mystery and excitement surrounding Joshua's former wife's death. In fact at times I thought it was a bit creepy, but in the end I just felt plain sorry for the woman. I don't want to give too much away--but I wasn't clear on whether she had a condition that made her that way, or if she was just "bad."

Ingrid was a likable gal. However, the fact that she spoke such broken English made it difficult for me to connect with her for some reason. I also almost got this feeling that she was too strong and didn't really have any weaknesses. I like to see a heroine really growing in some way.

And Joshua, well, I liked him alright, but he wasn't the kind of hero that makes your knees go weak or anything. I had a hard time getting close to his character as well. Am I the only one that feels this way?

As for the spiritual aspect of things, I thought it was very nice.

I do really like Miller's style and I thought she kept the action going and did an excellent job of keeping me hooked, but I just would have liked a lot more romance.
I want to thank Revell for my free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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