Thursday, January 31, 2013

To Honor and Trust

In “To Honor and Trust” by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller, we are once again taken to the Bridal Veil Island resort off the coast of Georgia. The year is 1913 and the wealthy are back on the island to pass the winter. Callie Deboyer works as a governess for the Bridgeport family. She spends most of her days teaching the three children and the evenings dining with the adults. She has more privileges than most workers and enjoys her time with the Bridgeport’s. What Callie did not expect was to meet a nice, handsome gentleman while on the island. Wesley comes from one of the wealthy families but he does not enjoy the social activities available to the guests. He decides to become the island’s golf instructor when they find themselves without one. When Callie and her young charge Thomas are signed up for golf lessons this gives Callie and Wesley time to get to know each other. Wesley also goes with Callie and the children on their afternoon excursions and teaches them about the plant life on the island. Callie soon finds herself falling for Wesley but she guards her heart because she does not want her heart broken again, and Wesley is keeping things from her. When she finds out she does not think she can ever trust him and wishes to never see him again. What does God have in store for their future?

The theme in this book of course is trust. Callie has a hard time trusting men because of what happened in her past. Wesley has a hard time trusting in himself to be the doctor he always wanted to be. He also has a hard time trusting that Callie will accept him and love him for who he is. Both soon learn they have to trust in God for He knows what is best. This is the third book in the Bridal Veil Island trilogy. All of the books can be read as standalones but I recommend reading the first two books, “To Have and To Hold” and “To Love and Cherish”, also if you are a fan of stories set on the Georgia coast. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Moon Over Edisto

In “Moon Over Edisto” by Beth Webb Hart, we meet Julia Bennett. Julia is a well known artist living in New York. She has a great job, a wonderful fiancĂ© and prestige in the art world, but Julia is running from the past and it is about to catch up to her. When her former best friend turned step-mother, Marney, shows up in New York it puts Julia in a tailspin. Marney has cancer and needs Julia to return to Edisto Island, South Carolina to take care of her three young half siblings. Julia wants nothing to do with them. She is still bitter and mad at Marney for ruining her parents’ marriage. Julia soon realizes that she has no choice but to go to Edisto Island. What she didn’t count on was caring about her half siblings. She also didn’t count on an old teenage crush, Jed, returning to her life. Jed has had a crush on Julia since the first time he saw her and the spark is still there. We also meet Julia’s sister Meg. Meg changed after her parents’ divorce and not only does she blame Marney but she also blames Julia. When the week is over, Julia returns to her life and is planning her dream wedding. Then more bad news, Marney is going to die and wants Julia to raise the children. Julia finally does forgive Marney and her father but will she give up her dreams and move to Edisto Island? Which man will she end up with? Will Meg finally be able to forgive and find peace in her life?

This is another wonderful book by Ms. Hart. She paints a great picture of life in the lowcountry while teaching the reader about forgiveness. We all have to forgive at some time in our lives and this book teaches us why it is so important to forgive instead of harboring bitter feelings and letting it run our lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Monday, January 21, 2013


In “Echoes” by Robin Jones Gunn, we meet Lauren Phillips. Lauren is devastated when her finance breaks off their engagement to move to New York, but her brother introduces her to the internet. She becomes pen pals with a man she only knows as K.C. Lauren soon finds herself looking forward to his emails and pouring out her heart to him. When they decide to meet face to face, Lauren gets scared after seeing him and bolts. She decides to pay her best friend, Teri, a visit. When Lauren arrives in Glenbrooke she is welcomed by Kyle and Jessica. Kyle and Teri have decided that Lauren needs to meet Kyle’s brother, Kenton. But Lauren is not ready for that and neither is Kenton. When Kenton backs out of going on a trip to Hawaii with his brother and friends, they decided to ask Lauren to go. Kenton later decides to make the trip after all and when Lauren sees him she is in for the shock of her life as he is her beloved K.C. only he doesn’t know it. Will Kenton forgive Lauren for deserting him? Will Lauren listen to her heart?

“Echoes” is the third book in the Glenbrooke series but it can be read as a standalone. This was the first book I have read by this author and will be looking for more. The story is funny, sweet and teaches us that everything happens in God’s time. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to find more books by this author.