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The Promise Bride (A Montana Brides Romance) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2017
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GINA WELBORN worked in news radio until she fell in love with writing romance novels. She’s the author of ten inspirational romances, including the 2014 Selah finalist “Mercy Mild” in ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories. She serves on the ACFW Foundation Board by helping raise funds for scholarships. Gina lives with her pastor husband, three of their five children, several rabbits and guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn’t realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.
BECCA WHITHAM is a multi-published author who has always loved reading and writing stories. After raising two children, she and her husband faced the empty nest years by following their dreams: he joined the army as a chaplain, and she began her journey toward publication. Becca loves to tell stories marrying real historical events with modern-day applications to inspire readers to live Christ-reflecting lives. She’s traveled to almost every state in the U.S. for speaking and singing engagements and has lived in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Alaska. Visit her online at BeccaWhitham.com.
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After spending the last ten months working, she finally has almost enough money for all of them to travel to Montana, until their landlord demands $30 to pay for the cost of the repairs he is charging all of his tenants. Her father, tells her to take her two siblings and he will follow them in three months. She agrees as only a last resort and hopes she can convince Phineas Collins to help her bring her father to Montana as soon as possible. Her marriage was by proxy and she can't wait to get to Montana to file the paperwork to make her legally his wife. Only the one thing she didn't plan for was to learn upon arriving by train that Finn, or Phineas was found murdered. The Sheriff tries to convince Emilia to take herself and get back on the train headed home since there is nothing for her in Montana.
Emilia knows she can't go back to living like she was, and this time she has to think of her family first. So she becomes determined to file her paperwork and try to work the ranch in hopes she can raise enough money to bring her father to Montana. Her siblings Luci and Roch just want to head home, but she knows they need to try to find a fresh start. What she is completely unaware of is that the person or persons who murdered Finn, might just try to kill her unless they find out why he was murdered, and that she will also inherit all of Finn's debts as well. Her first impression of the ranch is a far stretch from what she expected and to top if all of Sheriff McCall refuses to let her go about unprotected until he can bring the killer to justice.
I received The Promise Bride by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitman compliments of Zebra Books, a division of the Kensington Publishing Corporation and NetGalley. I really love the raw determination that Emilia has. To walk away from everything she knows and to take care of her siblings with a future she had hoped for is far from what she gets. Armed only with her willingness to rise above the tragic circumstances facing her, she will prove everyone wrong who ever thought she would need protection and that she would run back home when faced with adversity. Doesn't hurt to have a man standing by ready to lend a hand whether she wants it or not. I give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for the next book in the series but don't forget to check out the novella Come Fly With Me which proceeds this one.
However, despite the less than polished outer cover, the inside of the book is what matters most.
The Promise Bride is about Emilia Stanek who is to become a mail-order bride. The husband-to-be marries her via proxy and Emilia is set to arrive by train with her two siblings in tow. However, the sheriff ends up meeting her at the train station to inform her of her new husband’s death. The sheriff wants her to return to Chicago, but Emilia has other plans. She plans to pay off her husband’s debts and remain on the ranch to live and work off his debt.
In the meantime Mac McCall just wants Emilia gone, so that he can focus on who and why his best friend was killed just days prior. Overtime, Emilia being there only becomes a distraction as they both try and make things go.
For the most part, I did enjoy the story. The plot intrigued me and despite some of Emilia’s more annoying features, I did like reading and enjoying her dialogue with the sheriff.
A few things that did bother me about the story, and that was the extra time spent at the beginning with Emilia and her job. This could have been an area that was cut short and just left with the promise of a job upon her return. The long-windedness of this part just seemed a little too much. Especially since it didn’t really hold an integral part in the story. Just that she was promised a job when she returned.
To me that last part of the story just seemed to be rushed and thrown together. Don’t get me wrong, I truly did enjoy the story, it just was difficult piecing all the pieces together while new data was inputted. The reason for Finn’s death (her husband) was never really answered and just remained an unanswered question dangling in the wind.
Also, if you are a rancher’s wife, even if you owe a debt, there is no way on earth you could fix meals, take care of ranch chores while at the same time working in town to pay off the debt. To me, it just seemed a bit reaching. Seems like the circumstances of the ranch and the land could have changed, especially the distance that they had to travel to get to point A and B.
On the epilogue portion of the book, I would have enjoyed it more had it been a true epilogue with details that were helpful instead of mysterious. Such as, did Da make it to Helena?
Would I recommend this book, maybe. For me, there were more questions than answers that needed to be solved.
The author gives us a wonderful glimpse into daily life in the west, and had to chuckle how Emilia goes about her ranch life from book learning, thank goodness for some willing neighbors. Now book learning is great, but actual hands on taking care of chores are quite different!
The sad fact is when she arrives she finds out her new husband has been murdered, now what, and the sheriff and best friend of her husband wants her to turn around and go back to Chicago, but the fact remains she has nothing to return to.
While the sheriff goes about trying to learn who killed his friend, Emilia has taken on the responsibility of paying off Finn’s debts, she does not like to beholden to anyone.
All the while this family, yes Emilia has a sister and brother with her will worm their way into your heart, and you will be rooting for them. There are a lot of twists and turns to get to the end, and yes you will be page turning for answers, but once finished, you are going to feel like you have lost a dear friend.
As this book wraps up we soon understand that not everything is, as it appears, a really great read that will linger with you.
I received this book through the Author, and was not required to give a positive review.