Sunday, May 25, 2008

Review of Promises, Promises by Amber Miller

Promises, Promises by Amber Miller
Heartsong Presents (Historical)
HP#784
ISBN: 978-1-59789-939-0

Back Cover Blurb:
HAS GOD FORSAKEN RAELENE?

Raelene Strattford knows God has promised never to leave or forsake her. But after the catastrophic deaths of her parents, she doesn't believe it. What kind of God would take a girl's family and leave her alone in a wild land where women have no voice?

Gustaf Hanssen has admired Raelene from afar for a while, but his poor attempt at courting her in the past has made him unwelcome in her life. When Gustaf promises Raelene's dying father that he will take care of her, he finds himself bound to her happiness, her success, and her well-being in ways he never imagined.

To keep his word must Gustaf really oversee all of Raelene's affairs, find her a husband, and maintain her farm, while she does nothing but scorn him? Can God reach through Raelene's pain and self-centeredness and give her the love that awaits, if only she will accept His will?

Review: Promises, Promises is Amber Miller's spectacular debut novel. Raelene and Gustaf are memorable characters with believable faults and much determination that drives the story forward.

I felt for these characters and I appreciated the way Amber Miller was able to reveal life in Pennsylvania in the 1700's in an entertaining and picturesque way. I've never been a history buff, but I sure enjoyed learning about this time through Raelene's and Gustaf's turbulent, yet progressive relationship. The chemistry between these characters was vivid and exciting and will long stick with me. Amber Miller writes in such narrative intimacy that you feel her hero's and heroine's conflicting emotions, confusion, frustrations, and joys, all the while drawing you further and further into their story.

There is much to be taken away from this story in a subliminal way. It's entertaining and soul enriching--one beautiful read. Click here for information on how to purchase a copy of Amber Miller's Promises, Promises.

1 comment:

Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Thanks, Eileen. I saw this through Google Alerts on my name and book title. :) Wasn't aware you were going to post a review so soon, but it'll be a nice addition to the interview in July you'll be doing. You can always link back to this post in the interview or even repost the review so folks can read it again.

Appreciate the encouragement and spotlight. I'll try to direct more over here to see your blog.

Take care.