Book Review: To Honor And Trust

30 Aug

208881_w185Callie DeBoyer is unsettled as she arrives at Bridal Veil Island with the Bridgeport family. She’s just received a letter from her parents, missionaries in coastal Africa, stating they are in dire need of more personnel. Should Callie give up her governess job and join her parents in their important work? Is God calling her to the mission field, or does she just want to escape the emotional scars of being jilted by her former beau?

When she enrolls young Thomas Bridgeport in golf lessons, Callie meets Wesley Townsend, who urges Callie to take lessons, as well. During their time at the golf course, Callie comes to care for Wesley–until she discovers hidden secrets about his past.

Then expensive jewels go missing from various homes on the island, and suspicion is aimed in Callie’s direction. As the investigation continues, Callie wonders if she should escape it all by going to Africa. After the secrets he kept about his past, will Wesley ever be a man she can honor and trust for the rest of her life?

7384Tracie 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.

Nathan Ham Photography|www.whataham.comJudith 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.

My Impressions:

To Honor and Trust is the third novel in the Bridal Veil Island series by co-authors Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. (You can read my reviews of the first two books by clicking on the following titles — To Love And Cherish and To Have And To Hold). The novel, set on the fictional Georgia Sea Island of Bridal Veil in the winter of 1913, can be read as a standalone.

Callie DeBoyer is a young tutor to the wealthy Bridgeport family that winters at the resort on Bridal Veil Island. Her heart broken by an unfaithful and deceitful fiance, she has vowed to never marry, but devote herself to where God wants her. That question, however, has not been answered yet. She is torn between her current position, returning to teaching in Chicago or joining her parents at their mission in Africa. Wesley Townsend’s family is pressuring him to join the family business and settle down with a wife. Reluctant to do either, he is also unsure of where his future lies. When the two meet, there is instant attraction, but through a series of misunderstandings and purposeful omissions, their future together is far from certain.

To Honor And Trust is a sweet, yet predictable romance. The setting of a resort on the order of Jekyll Island is interesting, but not as prominent as in the first two books. The characters are likable even in their indecisiveness. I especially like the character of Maude, and was a bit disappointed by her treatment in the end. Without giving anything away, I had hoped she would be redeemed by the authors. Not my favorite of the three novels in the series, it will, nevertheless, appeal to those who like romances with historical settings.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book for review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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