I have always found Tracie Peterson’s books to be well written, thoroughly researched, and captivating. A Promise to Believe In, the first of the Brides of Gallatin County series did not disappoint. Peterson’s vivid imagery of life in the Montana Territory of the late 1800’s, excellent character development, humor, and even a bit of suspense make for an engaging story.Of particular interest to me was how Peterson began to weave in the stories of the other Gallatin sisters  who will be  primary subjects of later volumes of this series. How could the reader fail to follow up on characters with whom they have already connected?

Each of the Gallatin girls is charming in her own way but each has her own emotional issues that seem to tie in with their mother’s death and the subsequent nomadic life spent with their recently deceased father.  A Promise to Believe In is Gwen’s story – her firm belief that she is cursed and a danger to those she loves, her fear of taking another chance at love, and ultimately her conviction that God has abandoned her. It is an example of the transformation that comes once God’s truth is accepted and taken to heart.

Gwen, Beth, and Lacy Gallatin fashion a life for themselves in the Montana wilds, operating a roadhouse that is located at the crossroads of two major stage lines. When their father is accidentally killed, the oldest sister, Gwen, reasons that she’s cursed. After all, death seems to haunt her: her mother, now her father…and she was married for a mere ten days before her husband died from a bout of measles.

As Gwen and her sisters struggle to maintain the inn on their own, an unexpected visitor adds to the mayhem. Hank Bishop claims to be searching for something in the possession of Gwen’s late husband. But mayhem of another sort builds in Gwen’s heart as she finds a growing attraction to this man. Can she dare to hope that love might again be hers?

Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.