- File Size: 766 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (September 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QDYVALU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victoria Eastman is a strong woman. For much of the book it seems like she doesn't even fathom just how strong she is. And to be honest, while I love the cover, according to the descriptions of her in the book it does her no justice. So here we have this gorgeous woman who tries like hell to hold her own and provide for her boys. She's willing to go so far as to advertise her need/want of a husband. Someone who can help take care of her and the kids.
Colt McBride is the dreamy sort of cowboy that every woman, or at least a lot of them, fantasize about at least once in their lives. The kind that will step in and defend you. The kind that will take care of you. The kind that will treat you with the utmost respect. And the kind that will make you melt like a popsicle on the pavement in July. He's a hard worker and he's a good, kind man. He takes care of people and they love him for it.
But both of them are stubborn as hell. And it gets frustrating at times. Victoria has sworn off cowboys all together and Colt swears that he's never going to get married. Ever. Haven't fictional characters figured out yet that they shouldn't do that sort of thing? I suppose it's good that they did, or else we'd not have fantastic stories like this to read.
Not everything is biscuits and gravy though. There's a man in town who wants the land that was left to Victoria, and all of the land around it, and has decided he will stop at nothing until he owns it all. This includes stealing and killing off cattle... and people. He even goes so far as to try and "court" Victoria but things turn sour and she's not sure how to save herself, or her boys.
I loved this book. I think I may have mentioned that already. I love period novels. Just love them to death. Promises Kept delivers the window in to history along with the romance and the suspense all rolled up together. There are a lot of wonderful characters that we get to meet and see fleshed out quite a lot. Even if they seem like they're just background, they're not. No one is just a "bit part". I think that's wonderful. Lots of well rounded people to love and read about.
If you love historical romances, this is definitely the book for you. If you love Christian or inspirational fiction, this is the book for you. Even if you don't, this is still a wonderful story to read because it's not an overwhelming aspect of the book at all.
I am definitely looking forward to reading others in this series!
Victoria Eastman is raising two young boys and the boardinghouse that she works in, while providing a roof over their heads and food for their bellies, isn’t where she wants the boys to grow up. She wants them to have a sense of family and home. She places an ad for a husband, and while she receives several replies, one from Mr. Chet Barlow of Promise, Wyoming catches her eye. Although she knows nothing of the man but what he reveals of himself, she senses he might be a good man and decides to travel to meet him, and leaves the boys behind with her boss, Mrs. Wellington, who knows nothing about her past or her true intent for her travels.
Colt McBride couldn’t be more stunned to see Victoria at the home of his good friend and neighbor, Chet Barlow, until he learns she is his intended bride. He met Victoria back in St. Louis the night before he returned home, and she made several more appearances in his thoughts since that time. Colt arrives to Chet’s home to take care of some unfortunate business, but ends up taking care of Victoria too.
There is so much that happens from here that it is difficult to sum up without giving away any of the unfolding secrets, so I will just stop here. The author did a wonderful job of bringing in color to paint the story, a variety of supporting characters and storylines kept things interesting and moving, and the little glimpses of chemistry between Victoria and Colt was enough to bring a smile to my face and a little extra thump to my heart.
Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.