Letters strengthen their love, but Melinda remains frustrated at being apart from Evan, the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. Then she learns of a devastating hurricane in Bridal Veil and knows she must give up her position as a lady’s maid in Cleveland and make her way back to Evan, who works as the assistant gamekeeper on Bridal Veil.
The destruction on Bridal Veil is extensive, meaning every available person is needed to help with cleanup and repairs. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but Evan seems even busier than before, meaning she still never gets to see him. Has she given her heart to the wrong man?
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety 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 http://www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at http://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 http://www.judithmccoymiller.com.
Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller are collaborating on a fun historical romance series set on the fictional Georgia coastal island of Bridal Veil Island. In the second book in the series, To Love And Cherish, the resort is up and running and exciting things are happening. Unfortunately, one source of excitement is a hurricane that causes damage and anxiety. But this just adds flavor to the novel that is a great introduction to the history of the Georgia coast. To Love And Cherish centers on the romance of assistant gamekeeper Evan Turlow and ladies maid Melinda Colson. They have declared their love, but have very different timetables for starting their married life. This difference, along with bothersome relatives, co-workers, and resort guests, keeps Evan and Melinda apart. But true love is finally found.
I live in Georgia and can say that Peterson and Miller have faithfully captured the charm of the Georgia coastal islands and towns. Although fictional, Bridal Veil Island and the city of Biscayne reflect life as it was in the 1880s in Jekyll Island and Brunswick. The story hinges on the this authenticity — from the lack of communication and transportation to the wealthy that wintered at Southern resorts. The romance is a bit predictable, but there is some suspense in the last few chapters that will keep the romance fan turning pages faster and faster.
If you enjoy historical romance fiction, check out To Love And Cherish.
(I received To Love And Cherish from Bethany House in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)