I read a fair amount of "mail-order-bride" type romances, and generally they are a lot of fun. But at some point, they become trite. Promises Kept did hit that point. While it is not a "mail-order-bride" story specifically, it does use that device in setting up the story.
Scarlett Dunn has used several of the romance writers' tricks in putting this story together. There is a resident bad guy, an older guy who looks after the underdog, the rugged cowboy who doesn't want to get married, the kindly boarding house owner, and a dead man who had sent for the bride. Victoria, the bride is the one who ran the ad looking for a husband.
If the reader wants a light story without a lot of thinking to do while reading, this book fits the bill. Three stars.
My thanks to Kensington Books for allowing me to read and review this book.