Promises Decide by Sarah McCarty

Promises Decide

Sarah McCarty

Mimi Banfield thought she was done for when she fell into a well filled with rattlers, until a man shows up to rescue her. He seamlessly transitions into life with Mimi and the children, not knowing that she has a deadly secret.

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New York Times bestselling author Sarah McCarty returns to her Promise series with this next western historical romance.

She can run from the past, but not from their future...
As Jackson Montgomery heads home after collecting on a particularly difficult bounty, he's looking forward to a good meal, stiff drink, and maybe some female companionship. But when he sees signs of life in a house infamous for its second-rate construction, he can't resist taking a gander at who'd been fool enough to buy the disaster. He expects to find a tenderfoot for sure.
He's not far off.
Mimi Banfield thought she was done for when she fell into a well filled with rattlers, until a man shows up with the golden curls of an angel to rescue her. Jackson has all the survival skills she's missing and he's just the man to show her how to survive out West. As the newly minted guardian of three orphans, she could certainly use a hand. He seamlessly transitions into life with Mimi and the children, not knowing that she has a deadly secret. By the time she confesses, it may just be too late for salvation.

Advance Galley Reviews

I enjoyed the book. It grabbed my attention at the first and kept my interest. There were some twists and turns in the storyline to keep me reading. It is a typical romance story but enjoyed getting to know the characters which were well developed. Was a good light reading book.

wasn't aware this was part of series when I chose it but it was easy to get caught up. I'm now adding this series to my TBR list, it was that good. Ms. McCarty reeled me in from the beginning and I was lost in the wild west with sexy cowboys rescuing damsels in distress. I wasn't ready for this book to end and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I would like to thank First to Read for the opportunity to read and review this book. I don't think I would have chosen a western, the last western I read was Lonesome Dove, but this is about to change.

I found Promises Decide by Sarah McCarty to be a captivating read which I could not put down once I began. While the story is not complex, the characters of Jackson and Mimi and are engaging and I adored the distinct personalities of each of the children: Tony, Keven and Melinda Sue. Overall, it is a fun and light read that I completed in one sitting containing some laughs and romance. While this is the fourth book in the Promise Series, it does stand alone. I had read and enjoyed McCarty’s previous books in the Promise Series which I read more than 10 years ago. I did not remember a lot of details from those books, so it was nice to be reintroduced to some of those characters. I did feel at times some of the tidbits of information about these characters, while interesting didn’t serve to move the plot of the book itself along but was simply to update previous readers on the characters life since the last book. Overall, while the book kept me hooked while I was reading, it was a bit predictable in its western romance tropes and lacked some of the character depth of the previous novels in the series. That is not necessarily bad as it does deliver the romance story it promises but it is not a story I would feel compelled to re-read. I recommend this book to any lover of western romances or lover of stories with cute children.

Penguin First to Read ARC. Rating: 4 of 5 stars. Mimi is trying to keep everyone safe from Mac by running as far away as possible. But she finds herself in a world of trouble, down a well full of rattlesnakes. Who can save her? Jackson doesn't expect to find three young children on the derelict farm and another down the well. Boy is he surprised by who he finds. They all have secrets, but Mimi could get them all killed. Can Jackson and his friends save the day? Can Mimi and the children find a family to belong to?

Jackson Montgomery is a rancher who likes to be a bounty hunter. He is coming home from one of those bounties and finds that his neighbor has sold his rickety run down house to some unsuspecting person. He snoops on the property to find 3 kids awfully close to a well and find out that there is another person (Mimi Banfield) in the well that happens to be filled with Rattle snakes. There are several adventures in this book. The first one being getting Mimi out of the well and a few dealing with the past and present of Mimi and the children. Good quick read. I received this book for free from First to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

This is a fun, light summer read. This is the first book I have read Sarah McCarty and I enjoyed her writing style. It is part of a series but definitely works as a stand-alone read. I would recommend it for light summer fun!

I do love cute kids, happy endings, and sass. This book had all of the above! There was so much sass, in fact, that some of it spilled over into a horse's characterization. My only complaint is about when Jackson demanded to know why Mimi hadn't mentioned being married and excuse me, she definitely did. Quite a few pages back

For fans of the raunchy western romance, this one is a real sizzler, with suspense thrown in. Living in the old Wild West, bounty hunter Jackson Montgomery rescues Mimi Banfield when she falls into a well. A few days later, the romance blossoms until Mimi’s previous troubles come to visit the broken-down ranch.

COPY RECEIVED FOR HONEST REVIEW This book is from a series from many years ago. I read the other books in the series and loved them. I jumped on the opportunity to read this ARC. I believe this can be read as a standalone. The other books were good so I recommend reading them as well. If you have read the other books, you will get to visit a little with your favorites from before. The book is filled with fun dialogue and fun characters. Not only will you fall in love with Jackson and Mimi, you will love her band of orphans. Jackson is on his way home when curiosity captures his interest. What he finds set him on a path to a new family and a new love. Mimi has secrets. Jackson will have to gain her trust and learn her secrets before her past catches up with her. Quick read with insta love.

A sassy heroine, a sexy, rugged hero, three orphaned children, a passel of bad guys…oh yeah and rattle snakes! What more could you want in a good book. You’ll laugh at the dialogue, you’ll swoon at the love scenes, and you’ll dab your eyes when it comes to the children. You’ll also enjoy catching up with the lives of the other people from Sarah McCarty’s ‘Promise’ series. I highly recommend this book. New readers and those familiar with the series will get caught up with the action and root for the good guys while booing the bad guys. Justice is well served when the men of ‘Promise’ get together.

I'm not a fan of this book. It was just an average story that I'm not sure I'll remember reading next week.

Promises Decide starts with Jackson (the hero) getting Mimi ( the heroine) out of a well full of rattlesnakes and doesn't slow down until the epilogue. Along the way we are drawn into the mystery of why a lone woman and three children who know nothing of the West have bought a ramshackle house in the middle of nowhere. Promises Decide is far better than the usual historical Western. The characters are well drawn and I enjoyed getting to know them and their history as I continued through the book. The author has done her research, as the story presents the period realistically without sugar-coating, and with laugh out loud moments, a little romance sprinkled here and there in a very good story. Ms. McCarty manages to turn a few stereotypes upside down along the way. This is the first book I've read by Sarah McCarty and it won't be the last. I started reading it yesterday while waiting for the coffee maker to finish, realized an hour later that the coffee was cold, then rearranged my day. It's rare to find a book that demands to be read in one sitting - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This was the first read from McCarty for me. I loved this one! Even though it is part of a series it was perfect as a stand alone book too.

This is just an ok book. Not really big on character development. It's a quick read. It would have been more enjoyable if there was some depth to the story & more character development. The story has potential. I did not realize this was part of a series, if I read the others i might have enjoyed this more.

Promises Decide was an excellent addition to the series. I'm not a big fan of historical romances, but have almost always enjoyed McCarty's so I was excited to dive in to this story. Jackson and Mimi's journey is similar to the rest in the series in that it comes unexpected and not without it's problems. Jackson never expected to find love - much less find it randomly but something about Mimi calls to him and he can't resist. But Mimi's got secrets and she's hiding things - for good reasons but still. When the truth comes spilling out, Jackson knows he'll do whatever it takes to keep Mimi and the ragtag family she's created safe and together so he can stay with them. With danger lurking, painful pasts, and a little child drama, Promises Decide will suck you in to the characters and have you rooting for a win.

I'm all in when it comes to historical fiction and historical romances, but I had never read an historical western romance. I made sure to read the previous books in the series before diving into this one, in order to get a better sense of the characters and the overall story. It was a nice light read, but not my favourite historical romance genre.

I had the opportunity to read the ARC of “Promises Decide”. This is a historical western romance, a genre I don’t normally read. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I was drawn into the plot. It was a fun, quick read. I discovered after getting it that it is the latest in a series by this author but it worked fine as a standalone read. If this is a genre you like, I would highly recommend it. If not, you may just enjoy it anyway!

When Jackson Montgomery stumbles across Mimi Banfield and the brood of three children she's caring for, he definitely gets more than he bargained for. After rescuing Mimi from the bottom of a snake-infested well, and getting a poisonous bite in the process, he finds himself under the care of her and the children. They manage to nurse him back to health despite the fact that they can barely take care of themselves. Jackson quickly learns Mimi is not cut out for country life, having fled the life of a city girl with a deadly threat on her heels. Jackson admires Mimi's strength and determination, and is determine himself to protect her and the children from the danger that is certain to appear on their doorstep. What they didn't plan for was danger coming so soon... Thoughts: I'm not usually a fan of historical romances but this one won me over in the first chapter! Jackson is the perfect "hero" -- realistically sized (she even makes fun of his height a bit), incredibly good-looking, and is the right amount of cocky and humble at the same time. Mimi is very likable, as well, with her strength, intelligence, stubbornness, and sass. Their interactions with one another and with the children, especially how Jackson is patient and fatherly with them from the get-go, truly makes the story. Honestly, though, what I think I appreciated the most was how Jackson was intrigued by and attracted to Mimi before he even sees her beauty, thanks to a dark well and her ever-present sarcasm and spunk. Sometimes romance novels have a great story with characters who are individually likable even if they don't necessarily have great chemistry together. This is not one of those novels! The chemistry between the two, the interactions between all of the characters, and the quick-moving storyline are sure to make historical romance readers very happy. P.S. There's no dog in the story, though, despite one on the cover. My only caveat!

Promises Decide is my first read by Sarah McCarty. This novel is part of a series but works well as a standalone. Mimi and Jackson are excellent leading characters and are surrounded by an interesting supporting cast. Mimi’s little family is adorable. This is a success on all fronts. It’s a western historical romance mystery with a lot of humor thrown in for good measure. I definitely plan to read the rest of the series. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

I enjoyed this one. I have not read the other books in the series but it is a standalone. I was looking for a historical romance and I have not read a western in a while. Jackson is wonderful in this story. Mimi has arrived in town with some children and Jackson goes to see the new people. He ends up having to rescue Mimi from danger right from the beginning. This book had suspense, adventure, and romance. Mimi and the children are running from something and she is afraid Jackson will get caught in the middle of it. Jackson is trying to find out the truth of why they are in the town. I loved this line "When Jackson came down into that well, and lit that match, I thought for a second that God had sent me one of his archangels to my rescue. But then Jackson opened his mouth."

I like western romance novels as a rule and this one was worth reading. It had a little bit different storyline as Mimi wasn’t an innocent which made it more believable than many other novels. The book was well-written, which I always appreciate a book that is an easy read. It’s not one of those books I couldn’t put down (not a page-turner type of story), but it was still a decent book.

I'm not much of a western or historical fiction reader. Although I do love a good romance. I did enjoy entering into a new genre and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this story. Since this was my first read in the series, I do wonder it if I needed to have read the other books or if this was ok on it's own. I'll have to go and find #1 and see for myself.

Promises Decide is a Western Romance that one just wants to keep reading. This book is so full of edge of your seat plot twists, absolutely adorable characters, and no nonsense frankness, that one just can't help reading until the end. This is a very well written and researched romance. Boasting not only very high readability. But a storyline that feels truly authentic. One reason for the aforementioned readability is the fact that both leading man, Jackson, and his leading lady, Mimi, are able to maintain their separate storylines. Which are allowed to progress in time with the one that they create together. Making them more relatable to both each other, and the reader as a result. A second reason would definitely have to be Jackson's "white night" with a smoking gun approach to chivalrous behavior. He might not be a conventional knight. But he sure is an interesting one. That fact, coupled with the strong will and intelligence of the princesses that he is charged with saving. Gives this book a wow factor of 10! Lastly, and most importantly however. There is the "must read" that is Mimi's past, and how it plays out. The only thing that could possibly rival that for drool worthy reading is the sex between Mimi and Jackson. This is a thoroughly enjoyable one sitting wonder that has this reviewer primed for more from this author and these characters.

This was an enjoyable read. So much so that I'm thinking of reading the other books in the series. I like that this book was part of a series but you didn't lose anything from not having read the other books. I also appreciate how the hero was not perfect: he was short and too pretty (although is 5'10" really short??). It lent him a more realistic persona. The book sort of dragged on a bit when Jackson was injured at the house. A whole third of the book was dedicated to a part where Jackson could hardly move. When they finally went into town and met his friends then it really perked up and became refreshing. Also, Melinda Sue was a fun and darling character. The heroine didn't trust the hero to be the manly man who could save her from all of her troubles, but I didn't feel like she fully felt that way at the end either. It also would have been nice to read about the lingerie that the heroine made and how the townspeople felt about it. A small point: What year is it? Because if it's 19th century, I don't think it was well known that washing surgical tools could avoid infection. Overall, I would recommend this for anyone who wants a light historical romance.


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