A Promise To Believe In

Written by Tracie Peterson
Review by Nan Curnutt

It is 1879 in Montana Territory. Gwen Gallatin is beginning to feel she is cursed. First, her husband, Harvey Bishop, came down with the measles on their wedding day and died a few days later. Then she and her two sisters are left to fend for themselves when their father dies from a stray gunshot wound. Not knowing what else to do, the young women decide to run their father’s boarding house themselves, despite interference from the saloon owner next door. Just as things are beginning to run smoothly, a stranger comes to town claiming to be Harvey’s brother. The trouble is that Harvey told Gwen he had no family.

Ms. Peterson blends humor, romance and intrigue into this multi-layered tapestry, the first in a new trilogy called Brides of Gallatin County. Each sister struggles with her own problems as they work together to make a living. The author includes descriptions of the Montana landscape in the 1870s, the importance of the coming railroad, and other historical details. A light and entertaining read, with deeper inspirational messages woven in.