England-born Emmaline Bradford pledged her life to Geoffrey Garrett and then bid him farewell when he sailed to America. Although Geoffrey anticipated only a short separation, several years passed before he was able to send for Emmaline. By then the fiery flame of her youthful love had all but died. Shocked by the conditions on Geoffrey's Kansas sheep ranch, Emmaline wishes to return to England immediately. Geoffrey offers a compromise: If Emmaline promises to stay until spring, he'll pay her return fare if she decides to go back to her home country. When spring arrives, will Emmaline return to England, or will she marry Geoffrey and carve out a life with him in Kansas?
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I loved the story and enjoyed reading about life on the prairie and the hardships this couple endured. But I have to tell you two things that really bugged me while reading this book and after finishing it. The author overuses a certain phrase - "She licked her lips." - probably 10 or 12 times or more in the book. Nobody I have noticed licks their lips that much, and to me it served no useful purpose to the storyline. Call me crazy, but that really jumped out at me and bugged me all through the book. I have noticed that the author uses that phrase a lot in at least one more book she has written. The other thing that annoyed me has to do with the storyline. There was much attention devoted to the dowry money she brought from England with her and her effort to hide it from Geoffrey. That was one thing that I paid a lot of attention to - wondering if she would get the money back and how the guy would explain what he was doing with it in the first place. However, I was greatly disappointed at the end when he just handed the money over to Geoffrey, and it's like, well here's this great amount of money and take it and use it to help her get well. He didn't question where it came from and no other mention was made by Emmaline about the money, after all that time spent in the storyline about it. That really bugged me when I finished the book.
When this book was published, I was so excited because I knew from the end of the first chapter that it was a phenomenal book! The story captivated me throughout and I fell in love with each character including my favorite, Tildy. Sawyer weaves a story of two people once in love and full of confidence in each other meeting again years later nearly as strangers and on their wedding day no less. The incredible challenges of faith, love, and life give the reader a potent tale full of laughter, tears, and late nights (because I just couldnt put the book down)! Emmaline and Geoffreys story may be set over a hundred years ago, but young people often face similar trials and decisions in todays world as well. On a side note, Sawyer has a knack for detail and illustrates life on the Kansas prairie in the late 1800s with precision. A Promise for Spring is a wonderful book that lives up to all of the expectations one might have for awesome author like Kim Vogel Sawyer!
I knew the minute I started this book that it would a be a great read. And it was, I had such faith in the story that I purchased the book before I even finished reading it, something I very rarely do. But Kim Vogel Sawyer, has the ability to instill that kind of trust in a reader. A trust that promises a wonderful story filled with everyday and sometimes not so ordinary values and experiences. What I love about Kim Vogel Sawyer's book are the characters. They appear to be living, breathing people, not a made up character who never makes mistakes or is some heavenly saint. Geoffrey is anything but, the afore mentioned qualities when the story begins. He seems to have no patience for Emmaline, but then again, she is not very considerate and attentive to all of his desires. But through the course of the story, you see a subtle and yet ever strengthening change. Their faith isn't perfect, but what I love about Kim's books is that the salvation and grounding of the faith is never cloaked or hidden from plain sight. And yet, she isn't overpowering in wanting to cram salvation down your throat. I was very pleased with the ending to this story, it made the rocky journey to get there, very pleasing and satisfying. I would whole heartedly recommend this book. Happy reading!
When an English rose is transplanted to the Kansas prairie, can anything be easy? Of course not! Even though they were betrothed five long years earlier, Emmaline Bradford no longer knows the man she meets when she steps off the train in Moreland, Kansas. For his part, Geoffrey Garrett has practically been counting the minutes till the arrival of his bride. But the nervous, sullen woman clad in black is a far cry from his dream girl. Kim Vogel Sawyer has a gift for writing characters who struggle through adversity and come out stronger for it. In Emmaline and Geoffrey, she presents two stubborn people, each working through a pain of their own. It's not until they put their own needs aside and truly see each other that reconciliation comes. A Promise for Spring is a lovely tale of the men and woman who worked so hard to create a new life in the sometimes harsh, sometimes beautiful prairie. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with Emmaline and Geoffrey, and look forward to Ms. Sawyer's next offering.
Kim Vogel Sawyer has been very prolific the past few years, having her first book published in 2006 and now having a total of 11 single titles with another due out this fall. I have loved all her books I have read. Her books are soft and gentle reads, yet with much emotion, and you become so involved with the characters that you feel like you want to sit down and talk with them even after you finish reading the book! A Promise for Spring is no exception. I usually empathize with the heroines in novels, but in this story, I felt great compassion for both the heroine, Emmaline Bradford, and the hero, Geoffrey Garrett. The young couple had been promised to each other back in England, their home country. Neither knew it would be five long years before they would see each other again, or how much each would change during that time. It reminded me of when my husband was overseas in the Air Force and I was back in KY attending college. Although our time apart was a little less than one year, we still had many adjustments to make to each other and the changes that had taken place in our lives. Imagine traveling half a world away to marry a person whom you haven't seen for five years. Emmaline and Geoffrey have both gone through huge changes in their relationship with each other and with God. They each need to renew their faith in Him and in each other before their new life together can flourish. I hope you will buy and read this book to find out if and how a "well-bred Englishwoman" will "become a wildflower bride." Trust me, Kim won't disappoint you!
Emmaline Bradford wasn't exactly a mail-order bride. But she must have shared some of the same frustrations. As I read this book I couldn't help but think of the book Men are From Mars . . . because Mrs. Sawyer makes us privy to the thoughts and motives of both these characters. This author does such a great job that the reader feels the emotion and feels the tension. Her books just keep getting better and better. This is a great story with take-away value.
This book was so good. I enjoyed it and so did many others I know that read it in our area. Our little Library in our town purchased it and quite a few people have taken it out. They all said they like it very much and hope that you will continue this into a series. I do also. I was at the Majesty Book store in Manchester, CT when you and Judith Miller, Tracie Peterson and Hake were there. I remember telling you I wasn't into reading too much on the Amish/Mennoite background. My husband likes all of your books on them. But, this wasn't on that background, so I ventured to read it and loved it. Will you be writing anymore like this one. I really hope so. Blessings to you and yours, Jean
Emmaline Bradford gave her heart and her pledge to Geoffrey Garrett when she was a young girl of seventeen and bid him a tearful farewell when he left England to seek his fortune in America. Hed planned to return in a year, marry and take his bride to his sheep ranch in Kansas. Five years pass before he sends for her, years in which Geoffrey has, at her overbearing fathers request, corresponded with Mr. Bradford but not with his daughter. She obeys her father and travels to the foreign land to marry Geoffrey, who has become little more than a stranger.Geoffrey has spent five years working to make his ranch viable, all the while keeping Emmalines father and biggest buyer of his wool informed of his progress. As soon as Geoffrey can, he sends for his fiance, eager to show the woman he loves the home hes built for her. When she arrives, wary and unwilling to marry him, hes confused and crushed. Reluctantly, he agrees to a trial. She stays, working as his housekeeper, with the understanding that if she doesnt feel differently come spring hell pay for her return to England. Will he be able to rekindle the love she once felt for him, and will she be able to accept his in return?A Promise for Spring by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a beautifully told story of two hurting souls, each fearful and wanting the other to be the first to change. I fell in love with Sawyers characters, aching for both Emmaline and Geoffrey as they dealt with the challenges thrust upon them, those of the heart as well as those dealt them as ranchers in what can be an inhospitable land. Sawyer wields the pen with consummate skill, crafting an endearing tale rich in period detail that will stay with readers long after they heave the final sigh of contentment. I highly recommend this book, one that has joined the few treasures on my Keepers shelf.
Keeping a Promise Sometimes Presents Challenges Never Expected. Thats what English born Emmaline Bradford discovers. Her absent fiance has finally sent for her after being in America for five years. At seventeen, Geoffrey seemed the perfect husband. How she adored him. But he left her to make his fortune in America. Her only communication from him has been through her father, a hard unfeeling man. Now Geoffrey has sent for her with full expectation of a dowry and a wedding. But how can she marry a man who has become a virtual stranger?Geoffrey still loves his English sweetheart. He wants her to share his ranch and be the wife he has long waited for. To Geoffreys bitter disappointment, the young girl who once adored being in his presence, has become a grown woman who despises him. Rather than force her into a marriage she has so clearly shown she doesnt want, Geoffrey asks her to live at the ranch until spring. To keep propriety, he bunks in with his ranch hands. If she still resents the idea of marriage, he will help her return to England and free her from any promise to him. This couple is pitted against the wild of nature and the uncertainties of ranch life. Through the help of a neighbor and her husband, former slaves, Emmaline begins to understand that God uses the most peculiar of circumstances to foster His will. Geoffrey, too, must rediscover an abandoned faith even more severely tested as the story unfolds. Kim Sawyer has a gift to bring history into the heart of the reader. Although, the dialogue is formal, it is true to the character and the period in which this story takes place. The plot is a definite page turner. This book is more than a worthwhile read, it is an experience.
Overall I enjoyed A Promise for Spring, despite losing patience with the main characters in the beginning. Sawyer does a good job of showing Emmaline and Geoffrey's growth as they battle against forces of nature and their own faith crises, so by the end of the book they were much more likeable. Her description of Kansas in the 1870's is superb and really drew me into the story. If you like prairie romances, you'll enjoy A Promise for Spring.
Once again I am reminded of why I LOVE Kim Vogel Sawyer's style of writing! This book was a delightful read that drew me into the story events and the characters' emotions. I highly recommend reading A PROMISE FOR SPRING and happily give it 5 stars!!
This is a bit too boring to even want to finish. I tried to give it a chance, but the story seems too stiff and empty. I NEVER loan out my favorite books, but I wouldn't hesitate giving this one away. There are too many books out there to waste my time on a bad one like this.
I wish Kim Vogel Sawyer wrote faster. I've read all her books and they are always good. I feel like I'm in the story with the characters and I can see and feel everything. I felt so sorry for Emmaline and Goeffery and how confused they were. Then life was so hard and they took it out on each other just like we do. But they learned what we need to learn in the end. Trust God and lean on Him. I loved this book and what it teaches!
Kim Vogel Sawyer did a beautiful job with the Kansas setting. You feel like you are there witnessing it all. I thought her characters were real and honest. The conflict between Emmaline and Geoffrey fantastic. Ms. Sawyer keeps you reading and not wanting to put the book down. I dont believe you need to be a fan of prairie romance to enjoy this one. Its a page-turner.
When Emmaline Bradford reaches the Kansas prairies where she is to wed Geoffery Garret, nothing is going according to plan. Her fianc had promised to send for her soon, but the time she waited in England had stretched to five years, with no word from her intended. Now, forced by her father to travel to America, she is facing marriage to a near-stranger in a strange land, and her heart isnt in it. What had happened to the sweet young man whod courted her? Emmaline refuses to marry him and resolves to return to England, but is forced to wait until the spring.Geoffery Garret has spent the last five years preparing his Kansas sheep ranch for the arrival of his betrothed, but the woman who steps off the train wont have him. Having limiting his correspondences to only her father at his advice, he realizes theyve meanwhile become strangers. The demands of his ranch in a year of drought just add to the misunderstandings, and he can feel his dreams for Emmaline and himself slipping away. This was one of those books that I had to finish once I started, and the chapters flew by unnoticed. Kim Vogel Sawyer has created a compelling plot and memorable characters. Woven throughout the story is a thread of yielding, of giving up our own stubborn resolve to the Lord for His remaking into peace and joy.
Kim gives us a different twist on the often-used plot of "girl coming from a long distance to marry her long-term love." This is a delightful book! Kim surprises us with not one but two interrupted ceremonies! The book makes you wonder how you would have reacted in a similar situation. As always, Kim stays true to the Word of God in this book.