Keli Gwyn
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Recommended Read: A Promise to Love

Do you love marriage of convenience stories?

If so, A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller is one you’re sure to enjoy.

About the Book

Ingrid Larsen, a young Swedish immigrant, arrives in Michigan in 1871 to search for her brother who has disappeared into the woods to work the dangerous lumber camps. Destitute and barely hanging on to hope, she encounters a newly-widowed farmer who is struggling to raise five children on his own. Marriage would solve both of their problems, and so Ingrid proposes to a man she barely knows. She will fight to protect her new family–but the hardest battle of all will be winning the heart of her new husband.

My Thoughts

I read Serena’s RITA award-winning story, The Measure of Katie Calloway, last year and loved it. When I saw her latest release was a marriage of convenience story, I ordered it right away, sure I would enjoy it, too. I did!

A Promise to Love is an excellent read. Serena B. Miller is a gifted storyteller. Her characters are awesome. I fell in love with Ingrid from the start. She’s real, fun, likable, and has a heart of gold–along with a nice pinch of spice. Joshua is a great hero, although this grieving widower has a few lessons to learn. My heart went out to him as he made some startling discoveries.

The story, set in Michigan in 1871, is rich in historical detail. It moves along nicely. The action-packed ending kept me flipping pages well into the night. I highly recommend A Promise to Love and look forward to reading more of Miller’s work.


Are you a fan of marriage of convenience stories?
If so, what are some of your favorites?


Keli Gwyn


  • Keli, I have loved the theme of marriage of convenience since I fell in love with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers when I was in grade school. Something about the impossible and difficult situations those women faced has always fascinated me. The cover of this book pulled at my heart and the small blurb is a great introduction … a wonderful hook. Thanks for sharing yet another wonderful story 🙂

  • Love that cover! The story sounds good too. 🙂

    The one that pops to my mind is Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lindsay, I can’t believe that wasn’t one of the first stories that came to my mind. I love the movie. I think Dale Midkiff does an excellent job.

  • Brandi Boddie says:

    The cover is beautiful. I love stories that have characters overcoming adversity, especially in a time period where poverty and isolation on the frontier was quite common.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Brandi, isn’t it fun to set our stories in the past when hardships were overcome on a daily basis?

  • Susan Mason says:

    Sounds like a great book! I’ll have to put it on my list! I love marriage of convenience stories.


    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sue, marriage of convenience stories are my second favorites, right after mail-order bride stories. I love watching how a couple forced into marriage not only makes it work, but also falls in love.

  • Melissa Tagg says:

    Oh yes, I love marriage of convenience stories. 🙂 And that cover is so pretty! I’ll definitely be reading…