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


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.

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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?
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In 1886, Audrey Cunningham seizes upon an opportunity to bring her father back to his roots in hopes that he will stop drinking and find a connection with God. She moves with him to his childhood home on Bridal Veil Island. Once there, they discover that investors are hell bent on purchasing his land in order to build a mammoth resort. Her father contacts Marshall Graham, a contractor who is the son of a former drinking buddy. Audrey is openly hostile to him, and he doesn't much like her either, but when she becomes romantically interested in a widower with two daughters, Marshall realizes that he likes the independent Audrey a lot more than he originally thought. VERDICT Peterson ("Brides of Gallatin" and "Song of Alaska" series) is a household name among CF readers, and that alone should necessitate purchase. Her popularity aside, this is a fine start to a new series by the coauthors of the "Broadmoor Legacy" series. Its unconventional heroine and historic backdrop should appeal to fans of Miller's other works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441233783
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Bridal Veil Island , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 44,407
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over one hundred 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 website at

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 website at

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    SOUTHERN ROMANCE...........





    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

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    Mystery, Drama, Romance

    Audrey and her now sober father have recently moved back to his family home on Bridal Veil Island, Georgia. Some wealthy men are buying up the rest of the island to build a resort. The resort appears to be an answer to prayer to help them save their home. Then in comes trouble, or so Audrey thinks, in the construction contractor Marshall Graham, the son of her father's former drinking buddy. When "accidents" start happening around the construction site both Audrey and Marshall wonder who can they trust and what are God's plans for them. This is book 1 of the Bridal Veil Island series by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller.

    With the combination of mystery, romance, drama - To Have and To Hold never had a dull moment. With a diverse range of characters from a cranky southern-to-the-core "aunt" to a widowed doctor - Peterson and Miller had a lot of personalities to combine for conflict, drama, friendship, and romance. Some of the novel, like the romance, was pretty predictable, but I'm not sure how that could have been changed since we were seeing the story through both of their eyes. The suspense around the construction site filled the story out and will give the book a broader range of interested readers. Also, there were enough twists and turns, enough misunderstandings and stubborn personalities to keep it interesting and charming. Honestly I've always cared more about the story than about the historical accuracy. Since reading this book, I've read more about the work that goes into making these stories fit the time period and I am impressed!

    Disclosure: I received the book free from Bethany House Book Reviewers' program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Just OK

    The book was easy to put down & walk away from . If it's a great book, I will stay up til 3 in the morning. Story line was OK but I know it's the first in the series & won't be tempted to read book 2.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Lighter-side reading...

    Take a trip back to the 1800's to the deep southern part of Georgia with Audrey Cunningham, her father, their plantation on an island and a group of wealthy investors who want to buy all the land. This is Audrey's story of living life as an "old spinster" who is in charge of looking over her father in his last years.

    Enter Marshall Graham who is hired to be the general contractor of the resort that is being built on part of the island Audrey's plantation resides. Their clash of interests leads to many sparks along their bumpy road of a relationship, but become smoothed out when they have to depend on each other when the building of the resort keeps being sabotaged by an unknown person.

    Join them in their adventure of wading through friendship, trials and sadness.

    For me, this book was average. Average story, average plot. If you like a lighter-side type of reading, you may thoroughly enjoy this book.

    Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book to review for them. All opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    I highly recommend this book.

    Anything Tracie Peterson writes is wonderful. I could hardly put the book down it was so good.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    The War Between A Northerner & A Southerner Has Never Been So Much fun

    Tracie Peterson And Judith Miller in their new book, "To Have and To Hold" Book One in the Bridal Veil Island series published by Bethany House brings us to Georgia in 1886.

    The Civil War ended in 1865 and The Reconstruction Era began and that ended in 1877. Eleven years later and the wounds of that period are still not healed with anger and bitterness still directed towards the North. Audrey Cunningham is moving back to her ancestral home on Bridal Veil Island, Georgia. She is relocating simply because her father, Boyd, needs her as he recuperates from his alcoholism. The Cunningham's come home to find a different island than when they left. Wealthy investors plan to build on the island and their own home is helping to house the workers.

    Marshall Graham is a Northern contractor that Boyd has asked to look out after Audrey though he cannot figure out why; Audrey does not like him. Despite the friction these two must get along because someone appears to be sabotaging the construction work at the resort and Audrey's life is endangered. Can these two put aside their differences and see the wonderful relationship that they could have? Here's a hint: the name of the island is Bridal Veil Island.

    "To Have and To Hold" explores the theme of making assumptions about people. Sometimes, based on our own experiences, we make judgements about others without any facts to back them up and we assume the worst about them. Later, when we have the facts, we find how wrong we were and we have to apologize having waster a lot of time to really get to know the person. Tracie Peterson And Judith Miller have written a well done novel that I recommend highly.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Christian Historical Romance-Book 1 in Series

    To Have and To Hold (Book 1 Bridal Veil Series) Traci Peterson- Judith McCoy Miller Bethany House Publishers Christian Historical Romance Sept 2011 5 Stars Tracie Peterson along with Judith McCoy Miller is a favorite of mine when It comes to a series and when I seen this new series Bridal Veil starting I knew I had to read it. For one thing I enjoy books that take place in the south either during or just after the Civil War era, so this fit the bill perfectly. When Audrey Cunningham's father Boyd makes a suggestion that they move back south to Bridal Veil, the plantation he grew up in, she hated to leave Pennsylvania and her job. She did agree however hoping that her father would stay off the alcohol once he was back south. But all is not as it seems , They are about to lose their home to back taxes that had never been paid, part of the plantation has been sold to build a resort on, leaving them the home and 20 acres. When her ex boss Mr. Marley from Pennsylvania as the investor and Marshall a top contractor from up north, Audrey has her hands full with hired help and Aunt Thora who wants nothing to do with the Yankee's. With someone trying to sabotage the worksite, Boyd Cunningham near death and Audrey trying to keep up with construction workers boarding at the home things get a little harried at times. I found this book to be quite interesting once I got into it. It was slower to me at the beginning but them picked up the pace. I got a little irritated at Audrey at first when she seem to jump to conclusions about Marshall. Knowing his father was an alcoholic and all of his sons like him, she just assumed without knowing that Marshall drank also .I liked Aunt Thora even though she was not really a relative, her mind was still fighting the war and she was going to run the Yankees back home even if it took a shotgun to do it. I really got into the characters in the book and even the secondary characters add to the plot. With intrigue and romance, tension and a renewal of one's faith. I feel this is a great start to a new series by these great authors. I received this complimentary copy from Bethany House through their bloggers review program. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed her are strictly my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    Exciting Historical Fiction

    I received a copy of TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller from Bethany House. It is part of the Bridal Veil Island series. The story takes place in 1886, so it instantly endeared itself to my heart - I love historical fiction. Then, the opening snared my attention and I could not stop reading until late in the night.

    The story begins with Audrey Cunningham and her father, new residents of Bridal Veil Island. This opening has all the makings of a thrilling read. They have sold their old home, so they cannot go back, expecting a fabulous new start. Instead, they are plagued by back taxes and are in jeopardy of losing their ancestral home. The family does not know the locals, so they are unsure of who to turn to for help. Their predicament reminded me of the tax struggles many families are suffering through now. This will help people, including myself, to connect with the story more. Aunt Thora, who lives with the Cunninghams, reminded me of my grandmother, through her forgetfulness and mannerisms, further connecting me to the tale.

    Bridal Veil Island is an excellent setting for a story. It is very detailed and picturesque, with wild turkeys strutting around and water on all sides. The characters mention Jekyl Island, and an author's note explains it is a real place - now, I really want to visit there.

    The descriptions of the food, such as mixing cream into eggs for breakfast, made my mouth water. The story also deals with how Southerners felt toward Northerners during the latter half of the 1800's. Aunt Thora, for example, hates Northerners, even though Audrey and her father hail from the North. This is an excellent book for fans of historical fiction.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Very good book

    Started out slow. Took me a week to get through the first 8 chapters. When i usally read a book in 2 days. But turned out to be a very good book.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    Move Over Rhett and Scarlett, Marshall and Audrey are here to stay!

    "Them there Yankee's are overrunning the island again!" shouts an elderly woman holding a loaded shotgun, while keeping an eye out over the grove of oak trees just off the porch of the house.

    Not knowing what is causing the commotion, Audrey Cunningham comes running from the house only to see her elderly housekeeper, Thora, getting ready to fire again as a poor young man attempts to wave a white handkerchief from behind a tree.

    Taking the shotgun away from Thora, Audrey reminds her that the war between the North and the South has been over for quite some time. Still mumbling to herself, Thora heads back into the house.

    Now that Bridal Veils island is undergoing a huge renovation to complete with another renovation going on at Jekyll Island, across the river, there will be a lot of construction crews coming and going from the property her father still owns. A wealthy developer, Mr. Morley is working with other investors to build a clubhouse and hotel to rival that one being built on Jekyll Island. Audrey is hoping along with her father that this will help pay the years of back taxes her family owes on the house and 20 acres of property. Without it, they will be forced to sell the home that has been in her family for generations.

    Her ailing father, Boyd is hoping to last long enough to see Audrey through the start of the process before his illness from many years of drinking takes its toll. His goal is to see her use faith in God to get her through this trying time and to hope that Marshall Graham can use his own experience in dealing with his father's death to help Audrey when the time comes.

    I received, To Have and To Hold by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. Set in the late 1800's in the deep south, we get to see a struggling relationship between Audrey and her father Boyd, come to an understanding and a renewal of faith before her father's death, while he hopes that he can find a way to provide for her and save the land she has come home to save.

    I would rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It took me a few chapters to get into the story before I was really hooked but once I was, I couldn't put it down. While I was reading, I was hearing the dialogue between Audrey and Marshall, like Rhett and Scarlett would have had. The relationship at the beginning has the volatility of two enemies but later you can see the softening as they learn to work out their differences and become friends.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Wonderful Love Story

    To Have and To Hold is a book to be read several times. The descriptions of the building of the club house on Bridal Veil and all the problems had me glued to the book. I loved the way Audrey did something before thinking. Aunt Thora and her gun was outstanding. I laughed when I read of her antics. Such a nice touch.

    This book was something I had looked forward to. It is a good fiction, but has mention of Jekyll Island and the construction on that island.

    At first I thought Marshall was too soft, but he turned out to be a hero. He was just right for the construction work. The on again/off again romance was so good. I loved the whole book and I'm anxious for the next one. Thanks Judy and Tracie for a wonderful read.

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