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The Marshal's Promise

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Mail-order bride Rebecca Ramsey arrives in the New Mexico territory full of dreams—but they're shattered when she discovers her intended husband has been killed. If it weren't for U.S. marshal Seth Billings's housekeeping job offer, she'd have nowhere to go. Rebecca loves tending to Seth's home, but the strong and silent lawman is harder to figure out. What secret is he hi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mail-order bride Rebecca Ramsey arrives in Cottonwood Springs, New Mexico only to find that her groom, Jesse Cole, has been killed. US Marshal, Seth Billings, made a promise to Jesse to look after Rebecca. Rebecca has no money and no reason to return to her home in Maryland, so the offer of a job as housekeeper and cook for the marshal is just what she needs. As Rebecca begins to fall for the gentle marshal she senses that he is holding a secret from her. Will Seth open his heart up enough to sh ...more
LoRee Peery
My choice of a good historical read is a cowboy story. Hero to the core is Marshal Seth Billings. His secret interferes with giving his heart to Rebecca Ramsey, who came to town as a mail-order bride (but not his bride). Lots of story elements kept me reading to the end of this fine romance.
Nice simple read. Just what I needed in between my books. I liked the story line however the only thing that I did not really like was that the characters emotions would go haywire so fast.
Jun 21, 2012 Bonnie added it
I just finished reading this historical fiction. Good for summer vacation!
Very good! Need a story for Hannah and Eliza now :)
Mail-order bride Rebecca Ramsey arrives in the New Mexico territory full of dreams--but they're shattered when she discovers her intended husband ha been killed. If it weren't for U.S. marshal Seth Billings's housekeeping job offer, she'd have nowhere to go. Rebecca loves tending to Seth's home, but the strong and silent lawman is harder to figure out. What secret is he hiding?

Caring for Jesse Cole's would-be bride is the least Seth can do. If it weren't for him, the young
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I really wanted to like this book because the premise is good, the conflict is good, it should have been a good story. Instead the writing is flat, the characters are flat, the dialog was modern, and the facts are... not well researched. Does Love Inspired have an editor anymore?

For instance, the struggling town seamstress has 2 sewing machines in New Mexico Territory in 1885. Household sewing machines were not marketed in the U.S. 1889. They certainly weren't available in the territories before
LIH by Rhonda Gibson "The Marshal's Promise"

This is a story of a mail-order Bride..

Rebecca Ramsey has a stepmother that has no use for her and she feels she has no place in her own home anymore, therefore she writes letters to Jesse Cole and decides to become his bride.
She travels to Cottonwood Springs, New Mexico to start a new life.
when she arrives she finds out from the Marshall that her intended has died in a bank robbery gone awry.
Nowhere to go and not wanting to return home she decides to
Jaquelyn Scroggie
This was a really good book! I love historical romance, throw in some suspense and I am a happy girl! In this book you can't help but love Seth and Rebecca. Rebecca makes some great friends along the way, and I can't wait to hear more of their stories. The Marshall's Promise seems more real-life because everything is not perfect. She shows you that even when stuff happens, God can work it out for the good of those who love Him. I am dying to read the next book in this series!
Sandra Gonzalez
Started off slow for a few pages. I had to put it down for a day. I didn't want to put it down after that. Typical old west Christian story vibe. I think I remember maybe one bible quote, but it was more that they prayed to God. This book didn't beat faith over your head. I think this is Gibson's first book in this genre. I hope she creates a series continuing the story lines of the two female friends. Wouldn't mind more bible quotes in them either. Hint, Hint if there is somebody who knows the ...more
Robert Kradoska
Really 3 and a half
Feb 22, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Before his mail-order bride arrives, former outlaw Jesse Cole is killed in a bank robbery. His dying wish is for Marshal Seth Billings to take care of Rebecca and protect her from the outlaw band that will be going after her. Having nowhere else to go, Rebecca decides to stay in Cottonwood Springs and Seth hires her to keep house for him so he can keep her protected.
Jessica Alyse
This one turned out to be a really cute read. Review to come.
It was a good book, I read them out of order but still found that I enjoyed this book. I found myself cheering for Seth and Rebecca.
Janis Kay
Really enjoyed the characters and the story. I wonder how her other friends fare in their single-ness later on lol
Melissa T
Mail-order bride story. What can I say? I'm a total sucker!! :)
Jessica Alyse
Sweet, simple, logical. Good read.
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Rhonda Gibson lives in New Mexico with her husband James. She has two children and three beautiful grandchildren. Reading is something she has enjoyed her whole life and writing stemmed from that love. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys gardening, beading and playing with her dog, Sheba. She speaks at conferences and local writing groups. You can visit her at where ...more
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