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The Promise Bride

(Montana Brides #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  68 reviews
In a booming frontier town, a heavenly match may be in store for mail-order brides seeking a fresh start . . . women of strength and spirit who embrace the challenges of life and love in the wild Montana Territory.
Determined to save her father and siblings from a crumbling Chicago tenement, Emilia Stanek becomes the long-distance bride of a Montana rancher. But when she a
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Zebra
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Maureen Timerman
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
A refreshing new look at a Mail Order Bride where most arrive at their destination and quickly go to the preacher, our bride, Emilia, because of circumstances has chosen to be married by proxy and arrives already married. Emilia has only to file the paper work and she has a valid marriage to Finn, but when she arrives in Helena her life will never be the same.
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 lea
Deanne Patterson
The Promise Bride is book #1 in the Montana Brides series.
I have read plenty of mail order brides books before. I do enjoy them and have no complaint there.
I thought this one would be a pretty typical one as well. Well blow me away, this one really surprised me! It wasn't your typical mail order bride book. There was trouble right from the start. The twist and turns I just didn't see coming . What threw me for a loop was it was also a who dun it mystery as well. I eagerly read this and couldn't
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
"Mac, I have the utmost respect for you . . . . But . . . Since when did you turn into such a dunderhead?"

When did Sheriff Mac McCall turn into such a dunderhead? Was it somewhere in between bellowing and bewilderment . . . for it seems that Emilia Stanek provokes both responses; any time, any place any how. Her loveliness, he is discovering, just sugarcoats an iron will with unlimited amounts of stubbornness and independence, and why is he even debating the topic with himself? She is
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I spent fourteen days in June sitting at hospice with my father-in-law. I was elated to have a review copy of The Promise Bride because at the end of each day, I would crawl into bed and escape into the old west with this riveting story of love anticipated and lost and new love found.

Emilia and Mac are one of the most engaging couples in my summer reading experience so far! Of course, when the story starts, they are not a couple but they sure do have chemistry. Their engaging dialogue kept me ri
Cathy Cermele
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of mail order brides and find them to be a light and fun read.  Boy, this book is  that and a whole lot more.  I was just as shocked as the protagonist, Emilia, when she arrives expecting to be greeted by her husband.   Instead, she's met by the sheriff to find out she's not meeting him, because he's been murdered.  Emilia has left Chicago with her younger siblings, for a better life.   My heart broke for her as she figures out a way to pay some debts her husband has left and settles i ...more
Daphne Self
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A booming frontier town, a mail-order proxy marriage gone awry, a sheriff, and danger....

I expected a historical romance. Instead I read a historical romantic suspense, light on the romance, with a few open plots at the end, which leads me to believe there are sequels that will tie up the loose ends. For a setting of the late 1880's, the Emilia seemed too modern in her behaviour and thoughts. I thought a little more research could have been done for the book to make it more authentic.
On a positi
Dawn Wells
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Much like most mail order bride reads but a twist with the groom. Written well, period appropriate and easy flow.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Promise Bride is where Montana meats Mail Order Brides - Victorious. Poor Emilia marries long distance for certain reasons that you need to find out for yourselves. I don't want to ruin it all for you - she goes to Montana to meet her new hubby and gets there and finds she's a new widow in major debt and run out of town by the Sherriff but she refuses to go ( you go girl) she takes over the ranch debt and all and guess who tries to help her? then there is a romance or is there a brewin' with ...more
Connie Saunders
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed mail-order bride stories but The Promise Bride is a little different. Usually the bride travels to meet her groom, enjoys a short time of courtship while waiting for a circuit rider to arrive to marry them and then she and her new husband begin to build a relationship and marriage. Emilia Stanek is instead asked to marry by proxy and that means that when she arrives in Montana she will already be Mrs. Phineas (Finn) Collins. She agrees because she has already fallen in love ...more
Connie Hill
Well, I will definetly be reading the rest of the books in the series. This one ended in a cliff hanger. You do not get all the answers that you are hoping for. The authors did a great job creating memorable characters, building an intriguing storyline, and throwing you off the trail. Emilia , whose family is from Chicago, need a fresh start. Between health problems and younger siblings not being able to enjoy their childhood Emilia knows that she has to help improve the situation. She becomes a ...more
Rachel DeVaughn
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emilia promises herself to Finn as a mail order bride and travels from Chicago to Montana with her family to start a new life with him. Upon arrival she learns of his untimely death and decides to stay in the small town to pay off his debts and made a new life by herself.

I loved the main character Emilia and her wit, determination, honesty, and hard working attitude. Nothing seemed to discourage her or deter her from improving her life for her family and working the ranch. I also liked Sheriff
Rachel Dodson
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was well written and had a good plot. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. The authors writing style was very enjoyable. Im very excited to read the next book in this series. I recieved this book from the author for free. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

I think I should start off this review by saying that someone else might really enjoy this novel and like parts about it that bothered me. The novel itself had nothing I would consider bad about it but rather immature and underdeveloped. One of the main hiccups that I kept having a problem with was that the main characters did not in any way act their age for the time period of history they were supposed to be occupying. The female
Deanna Stevens
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
This was a mail order bride with a twist! She did a proxy marriage without even meeting her husband to be.. Lots of twists and turns, interesting characters and a mystery of who killed off one of the first characters we meet! Once I started it I didn't want to put it down.. So looking forward to the next book in this new series!
I was gifted a book by the author and my review is voluntary...
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Love Christian western romance novels? What about Christian murder mysteries? What if you could find both in the same novel? You might just want to pick up The Promise Bride by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitman. I really LOVED this first novel in the Montana Bride series, and features Emilia Stanek who wants a better life for herself, her two siblings and her father, working for Spiegel as a Customer Service Manager. Living in a run down tenement in Chicago in the late 1800's, she struggles with th ...more
Sherri Smith
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m not really sure how I ended up with this story on my kindle, but I was looking for a book to read, so I chose this one. The cover on my kindle didn’t show this image, but my first glance at this cover doesn’t really appeal to me. It looks like a book created by an unknown publishing house, with a less than polished look. Essentially, the designer for the cover needed to place a little more time and effort to improve the cover.

However, despite the less than polished outer cover, the inside of
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
I liked the idea of two writers teaming together to write one book. I anticipated that the historical setting and dialogue would be stronger because of the team effort. From the other reviews it also seemed to be a clean read. I encourage the writers to continue their efforts and, if reading this review, to consider the following well-intended Pros/Cons:

Pros: Very consistent character development (for example, the methodical Heroine does not become "flighty" at stressful moments, etc.) Intricate
Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A copy of this review can also be found at Book Ink Reviews.

Oh my goodness. I read this book right after reading the Brides of Montana 3-in-1 and was worried I wouldn't care for it if it followed the same writing style and lack of an intriguing plot. But I was so very wrong.

Instead, it was a near-perfect romance story staying true to wild west settings, a strong female lead, and swoon worthy love interests. It delivers what it promises without appearing contrite and is perfect for any reader tha
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Emilia becomes a mail order bride in order to save her family from living in the dregs of Chicago. She feels lucky that she has fallen in love with her groom, Finn, through letters and she agrees to marry him by proxy. However, when she arrives in Montana she is told he has been killed.

Sheriff McCall just lost his best friend and is looking for the murderer but now he must make sure that stubborn Emilia and her family are protected while also trying to protect his heart.

-A main focus of the stor
Robin Willson
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Murder. Mystery. Satisfaction.

It will make you lose sleep. If you’re like me and read at bedtime, the problem is that you won’t want to stop reading. I was engaged with the lead character Emilia right away, and thoroughly invested in the story shortly thereafter. Emilia lives in Chicago with her brother, little sister and father in terrible conditions. She is a planner – one of the best – and finds a way for them to get out of the tenements by becoming a mail order bride to Finn who is in Montan
Kelly Tyree
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Promise Bride is about a lady named Emily Stanek who is living with her family in Chicago. After her mother's death, Emily has taken on the role of a mother figure to her younger brother and sister. She works hard as a sale clerk but her and her father are barely making ends meet so Emily answers an ad to be a mail order bride. She is to marry Finn Collins by proxy and move her family to Montana to be a rancher's wife.

When she arrives in Montana with her brother and sister, she thinks she i
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham and the second in this series, the first being the prequel, Come Fly With Me. I truly enjoyed both books and look forward to reading the next full-length book in the series, The Kitchen Marriage. I like reading series, because you can get a glimpse into the lives of the characters in the previous books. Kinda like an extended Epilogue. Anyway, on to this book, The Promise Bride.

This book is about Emilia Stanek and her family t
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
"The Promise Bride" by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham is an excellent Christian romance. Readers get to enjoy the two main characters meeting for the first time, slowly getting to know and learning to trust one another, and eventually falling in love. Emilia and Mac are both well-drawn, complex characters, and it is enjoyable to watch them move through the story and toward each other.

What makes "The Promise Bride" stand out from many other romances is the detailed care given to the book's other
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was happy to find that my library had an e-book copy of book one in the Montana Brides series after enjoying To Catch a Bride through NetGalley.  Though the novella is after The Promise Bride in the series, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it is actually a prequel.

This is a mail order bride story with surprises, tension, danger, and a bride with an incredibly strong work ethic partly motivated by her mother's lessons in social debts and a desire to keep everything even.  Couple her wit
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Both get more than they bargained for...

Historical romances come and go and over the years I've read quite a few of them since that first Janette Oke book at age 10. When I saw that The Promise Bride was set in Helena, Montana, I knew I wanted to read it. Montana hasn't always been that well represented in historical romance, especially Christian fiction, so it was a treat to see one set in a real town. I was totally thrilled to read in the acknowledgments to see that the authors had gone above
Shelly Dabbs
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say. I read this book and totally loved it. It shows with determination, love, & family, you can conquer anything. Emilia left the tenement of Chicago with her brother & sister to become a mail order bride. Their Father was to join them later. Once they get to their destination, Helena MT, only to find her groom has been murdered & left a lot of debts. Since she was married by proxy, she could leave or stay & pay off the debts he owed as his wife. She finds ways through bartering her ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the story of Emelia and Mac. They met under less than ideal circumstances and were at odds with each other for quite a while but learned to move past that. It was hard for Emelia to accept that people often helped others without the expectation of being repaid. I loved seeing her realize that often people help others because they want to. I also liked seeing her come to realize that she didn’t have to depend only upon herself.
A couple of pieces of advice that were given to Emilia
Anne Rightler
The Promise Bride by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham is a captivating beginning to the Montana Brides Romance series. Through a proxy marriage, Emelia finds herself a widow before she's even a wife. She became a mail order bride to escape the horrors of tenement living in Chicago in the late 1880s. She was willing to do anything to get her siblings and father to a better place. Arriving in Montana she is met by a handsome lawman who greets her with the message that her husband is dead and insists ...more
Ellen Parker
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Welcome to Montana Territory 1887

Emilia Stanek knows it’s best to leave Chicago. After answering an advertisement for a mail-order bride and carrying on a correspondence with a rancher, she develops a plan to pay the fare for two siblings and her father also. But the tenement landlord destroys her timeline and suddenly she’s married by proxy and on the train without her father.
Sheriff McCall of Helena, MT has read the letters from his murdered friend’s arriving bride. He intends to make her stay
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read, But Left With Questions

I enjoyed the main character Emelia, and was invested in her and her struggles. I was satisfied with the love story. But... there was a whole mystery of a murder that is never solved! And... a bit of a spoiler alert... we learn 2 or 3 other people were murdered too and no closure for those either. That was weird and frustrating for me, especially when the epilogue ends with the bad guy at their wedding and also looking at two future victims. It was just an omino
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