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To Have and To Hold (Bridal Veil Island Book #1)

To Have and To Hold (Bridal Veil Island Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Tracie Peterson , Judith Miller

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Bestselling Author Team Debuts New Historical Romance Series

When Audrey Cunningham's father proposes that they move to Bridal Veil Island, where he grew up, she agrees, thinking this will help keep him sober and close to God. But they arrive to find wealthy investors buying up land to build a grand resort on the secluded island--and they want the Cunninghams' acreage.

Contractor Marshall Graham can't imagine why the former drinking buddy of his deceased father would beckon him to Bridal Veil Island. And when Boyd Cunningham asks him to watch over Audrey, Marshall is even more confused. He has no desire to be saddled with caring for this fiery young woman who is openly hostile toward him. But when Audrey seems to be falling for another man--one who has two little girls Audrey adores--Marshall realizes she holds more of his heart than he realized. Which man will Audrey choose? And can she hold on to her ancestral property in the face of overwhelming odds?

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning, author of more than 80 novels. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana. Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy makes her home in Topeka Kansas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1 Sep 2011)
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  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet story with feisty characters 18 Aug 2011
By Carolyn R. Scheidies - Published on
Audrey hadn't wanted to return to the family heritage, Bridal Veil Island, Georgia, though the place was a place of peace. It certainly helped her father keep his hard-fought battle with the bottle. But things weren't as idyllic as they appeared--not when investors planned to build on the island and their own home helped house the workers. When Marshal shows up as contractor at her father's request, Audrey didn't understand her response. Neither did Marshall.

When things at the building site go from delays to sabotage and when people start getting hurt, Marshall finds himself trying to protect a young woman who is trying to help him. Will they be able to figure out what's really going on before someone is killed?

A story of romance with some fun, feisty characters so soon after the Civil War in the South that Yankees aren't always appreciated. --Carolyn R Scheidies
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very unlikable character but overall pleased 9 Sep 2011
By Deborah - Published on
Who know that there were so many islands in this country? I honestly didn't realize that states down the Eastern side of the US often had islands that were being used by the rich society. This series follows what life was like in those islands in the south, when after the Civil War tensions between North and South were still tender.

I could totally relate to Audrey's fears about her father and his alcoholism. I have experience the same fears she's had and her actions (at least to me) were not unexpected nor irrational. When you worry very much about someone you love who has an addiction, you live in fear constantly about them having relapses. Her accusations at Marshall was more out of fear than anything. Before my experience, I might have scoffed at her but now I empathize wholeheartedly.

I was downright annoyed with Aunt Thora. I'm sorry if anyone liked her or tells me that she's just a silly old woman. I do not view her as comic relief at all. She was a mean, annoying woman who was rude, judgmental and very prejudiced. I seriously wanted to put her in her place for her close minded opinions. Interestingly, even though the story takes place in the South we never learn what her views on African Americans were. I applauded Audrey for getting annoyed with her and putting her foot down at times though I wish she had taken a more stricter approach.

The ending was a bit of a surprise to me. I wasn't expecting that character to act that way at all and it came completely out of the blue. It was a nice twist because I was thinking that the story was just going to end rather bland and boring. The romance happened a bit fast for me but I guess during those times one couldn't have long courtships. Overall, while I don't think the series breaks new ground, it is comfort reading. I enjoy both of the authors and their writing. The story is geared more toward the Christian reader as evidence by the phrases the characters use throughout the story. Still, I look forward to returning to the island for more stories.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Rounded and Enjoyable 8 Sep 2011
By Amber C. Stokes - Published on
For those who enjoy a sweet historical story with a few tummy-tingling romantic moments and some added mystery, To Have and to Hold is a book you'll want to have on your shelf and hold in your hands. (The lovely cover is an added incentive!)

For Audrey, there doesn't seem much she can have and hold - not the island, not her father's health, and not trust in God or anyone else. But dear (and interesting) friends, a hard-working (and handsome) young man, and some suspicious characters challenge Audrey to open her heart again.

Those secondary characters really add a lot of fun and intrigue to the novel. The whole cast of characters is quite unique, as is the lovely setting, which fits in well with the whole bridal theme. And then there's Aunt Thora... (You'll have to read the book to know what I mean!)

With throwbacks to the Civil War, tension at the construction site, and romantic conflict, this book holds the reader's attention until the end. Peterson and Miller present a well-rounded and enjoyable story in To Have and to Hold.

*With thanks to Bethany House through CFBA for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars To Have and to hold 1 Dec 2011
By K. Ammerman - Published on
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This is one of Tracie Peterson's most boring books. I read all her books and I will not continue this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good start to a series! 19 Nov 2011
By Kimberly - Published on
To Have and To Hold is the first book in the Bridal Veil Island series by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller.

The story takes place in 1886 on the fictional island of Bridal Veil which is off the coast of Georgia. Audrey Cunningham and her father have lived on the island for a couple years after moving from Pennsylvania. The island belonged to her grandmother. Audrey's former employer from up north comes to visit and wants to build a resort on Bridal Veil Island to compete with a resort being built on a neighboring island. However, Audrey's Aunt Thora isn't too happy about a bunch of Yankees coming to "invade" the island. Audrey's father reccommends that her former employer hire Marshall Graham, a skilled architect to be the project's manager. Audrey at first is cautious of Marshall since his father was one of her father's former drinking buddies. Her father has since given up the bottle but she is always afraid that he will slip back into his old ways. Later on, Audrey's father asks Marshall to take care of her if anything should happen to him. He agrees but isn't sure that the girl wants anything to do with him. Mysterious occurences are also happening on the island as it looks like someone is trying to sabotage the construction of the resort...

I really loved how this series was set in the South this time instead of Alaska or Montana, although I do love Tracie Peterson's stories from those settings. Many of the characters in the novel are very likeable. I also like the attitude that Audrey has towards marriage. Even though she is 28 years old (old for a 1st time marriage during that time period), she doesn't want to settle for anyone but God's best. She seemed really confused about getting married when she did find the right person, and that was kind of frustrating to read for almost a 1/4th of the book. Also, the person(s) involved in the sabotage of the construction project is kind of predictable.

All in all a great start to a new series. Looking forward to book 2 when it's out!
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