Tuesday, September 18, 2012

To Love and Cherish

To Love and Cherish
Bridal Veil Island
Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
(Bethany House)
ISBN: 978-0764208874
August 2012/352 pages/$14.99

Escape to a Beautiful, Historic Island Resort

Bridal Veil Island, Georgia - 1898

Melinda Colson has been waiting months for Evan, the assistant gamekeeper at the Bridal Veil Island resort, to propose. Without an offer of marriage, she must return to Cleveland with the family she works for as a lady's maid.

Evan isn't afraid of hard work, and he hopes to be promoted soon. He wants to marry Melinda--but not until he's sure he can support her and a family.

Letters strengthen their romance until a devastating storm strikes the island. With no word from Evan, Melinda knows she must journey back to Bridal Veil in search of her beloved.

But the hurricane isn't the last calamity to shake up Bridal Veil. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but still no offer of marriage comes her way. Has she given her heart to the wrong person? Will she ever find a man to love and cherish?


Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Web site at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com.

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at www.judithmccoymiller.com.


I'm always happy when these two delightful authors collaborate! The books in this series are connected by their setting but are stand-alones. I reviewed the first novel, To Have and to Hold last fall. The release of To Love and Cherish is timed just perfectly to coincide with hurricane season! The wind and rain aren't the only storm to strike Bridal Veil Island, however. Personalities clash and conflicts abound--and several of the folks in this novel, including Melinda, got on my last nerve. I love it when authors write such realistic characters that I want to step into the book and straighten them out. Just when I thought Evan and Melinda were going to be suspended in a never-ending conflict over their relationship, the plot thickens -- a murder plot, that is! Peterson and Miller add suspense to the relationship tension already flooding the island, and I turned the pages faster as the book neared its ending. I look forward to returning to Bridal Veil Island in January with the next book, To Honor and Trust!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Sr. Ann Marie said...

Both sound very good--my kind of books! I'll have to be on the lookout for them.