Thursday, October 13, 2011

To Have and To Hold

“To Have and To Hold” by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller is the first book in the Bridal Veil Island series. It is set on the fictional island of Bridal Veil off of the coast of Georgia. Audrey Cunningham and her father, Boyd, moved back to Bridal Veil from Pittsburgh in order for Boyd to remain sober and regain his health. The problem that they face when they return to his family home is the taxes. So that the Cunningham’s can keep their home and be able to pay the back taxes, they open up their home and surrounding buildings to boarders who are on the island building a grand resort. The contractor for the building of the resort is Marshall Graham. Audrey does not trust him because his father was a notorious drunk and she fears he is to and that he will cause her father to slip back into his old habits. Everything starts to change when Boyd knows he will not be there much longer to look after Audrey, and he asks Marshall to do it after he is gone and to also make sure she does not turn away from God during this time. Audrey and Marshall become friends during her father’s illness and soon their feelings for each other deepen. Also during this time, there seems to be something underhanded going on at the construction site. Somebody is trying to sabotage the building of the resort. As Audrey and Marshall try to figure out who is doing the damage, they also have to deal with the ups and downs of their new relationship. Will they live happily ever after? Will their faith in God stay strong?

This is a great first book in the new Bridal Veil Island series. There are so many great characters besides the main ones, especially Aunt Thora. You can’t go wrong with a Tracie Peterson or Judith Miller book. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

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