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JUDITH MILLER is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. She is the author of the popular DAUGHTERS OF AMANA and HOME TO AMANA series, ...
JUDITH MILLER is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. She is the author of the popular DAUGHTERS OF AMANA and HOME TO AMANA series, which explore the closed communities of the Amana Colonies. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.
Posted December 13, 2013
To Honor and Trust is the third book in The Bridal Veil Island Series written by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. Callie DeBoyer is a governess for The Bridgeport family and has come with them to Bridal Veil Island. While there she receives a letter from her parents in Africa as missionaries asking for her help. Callie is torn on what to do and her reasons for doing it. Callie signs up Thomas for golf lessons and is encouraged by the teacher to enroll too. As she takes lessons she starts to have feelings for the instructor. Soon expensive things go missing on the island from different homes and things are pointing in Callie's direction. Will she go to Africa to escape this persecution?
To Honor and Trust maybe the third book in this series but its the first one I read. When I first requested this book from Bethany House I didn't realize that there were two previous books in the series until after the fact. I have had the pleasure of reading books by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller separately and was so excited to read one they wrote together. This story has suspense, romance, and comedy. I found myself laughing and crying throughout this book. These authors intertwined their writing styles to give readers one fluid novel. I loved that it is one story with two authors. The characters are great in this story. I enjoyed all of them. As I stated I hadn't read the first two books in this series and I don't feel like I missed anything. I plan on reading the first two books but I really felt it could be read as a stand alone. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Christian Fiction, you will not be disappointed! I am excited to read more books written by these two authors together! They ROCK! I give this book 4.5 STARS.
Posted May 14, 2013
Summary: To Honor And Trust was written by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. The book is set during the early 1900s, and follows the story of Callie Deboyer, who works as a teacher for the well-to-do Bridgeport family. The family winters on an resort island called Bridal Veil, and the story begins with their arrival on the island for the winter season. While there, Callie meets a man named Wesley Townsend-someone she assumes is just the golf instructor at the resort. They begin to get to know each other, and care for each other, but what she doesn’t know is that he isn’t just a golf instructor-he is a wealthy guest at the resort. When the resort guests are mysteriously robbed, suspicions are aimed straight at Callie. Can she clear her name? What will happen when she finds out Wesley’s true identity?
My Thoughts: You know, I wasn’t thrilled with this book. It was OK, and had good writing, but it just didn’t capture my attention. Maybe the story line just wasn’t my thing or something, but for me-I could have skipped this one. I don’t really even have too much to say about it-I guess it really didn’t leave a lasting impression.
I do want to thank Bethany House for giving me a complimentary copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own.
Posted April 15, 2013
TO HONOR AND TO TRUST by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller is an interesting inspirational historical romance set in 1913 Bridal Veil Island, Georgia. #3 in the "Bridal Veil Island" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"To Have and To Hold",and "To Love and Cherish". I have not read the other two in this series,but had no troubles following the storyline. Follow Callie Deboyer and Wesley Townsend on a journey of love,secrets,and betrayal. Callie,governess to the Bridgeport family on Bridal Veil Island Resort where she comes to care for Wesley Townsend,has secrets of his own. Callie is instigated in a theft ring,she considers going to join her parents on the Missionary Field in Africa. Wesley,is giving golf lessons to young Thomas Bridgeport but his secrets could destroy his and Callie's budding romance. Filled with faith,healing,forgiveness,hope,deceit,and love. The characters jump off the pages,as the storyline becomes clear. With a twist or two you will not see coming. These two ladies are superb storytellers.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
Posted March 28, 2013
About the Book:
Callie DeBoyer is spending the winter on Bridal Veil Island as the governess for the Bridgeport family. Though she loves her job and the family she works for, she can't help but wonder if there is something else she should be doing. Perhaps she should join her parents on the mission field in Africa? Or go to work at a school that has offered her a job?
Then, when Mr. Bridgeport enrolls her in golf lessons alongside his son Thomas, Callie begins to develop feelings for the instructor, Wes. Just when she realizes that she's falling for him, she discovers that Wes is keeping secrets from her.
As if all that is not enough, she learns that the house her grandmother left her in Indiana has been destroyed by flooding and Callie finds herself a suspect in a string of burglaries around the quiet, little island. Are all these signs that she should head to Africa? Or is God teaching her something else?
This is the second book I've read in this series and I enjoyed this just as much as the first one. As I said in that review, I always enjoy reading historical fiction. It takes me back in time and makes me feel as if I'm right there with the characters in the given time period. I enjoyed reading this book and trying to figure out what would happen with the thefts and how the ending would bring the characters together. Honestly, this book took me a while to get through but I think that's mostly due to the fact that by the time I have the chance to sit down and read it's 10:30 or 11:00pm. I did enjoy reading this book more than the first one in the series, but I think as whole it's a great series and something I'd recommend to anyone looking for a a historical fiction read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
Posted February 18, 2013
This is a very nice read! I haven't had the chance to read the others in this series but I intend to soon!
I admit that it did take me a little bit to get into this book, but once I did I began to thoroughly enjoy it.
Callie is a wonderful character, full of richness and emotion. Though she is governess to the Bridgeport family, she is cared for as though she is a member of that very family. She's got the weight of the world on her shoulders with many decisions pestering her. I liked her sweetness and also her fire.
Wesley Townsend is just trying to escape but has arrived on the island with those who won't let him. He's a great character with wonderful depth.
When the two meet, a mystery begins. I liked their relationship, but I felt a little was missing. They liked each other but they didn't seem to be drawn to each other. There weren't sparks... or fireworks, emotionally. I like relationships with fire. Though that's just me, so please don't let this stop you from reading this book.
I went into the book expecting a romance, but didn't anticipate the mysteries that would develop. It was a good blend.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romance books.
*I received this book complements of Bethany House for an honest review. I was not told to give a positive review. These opinions are my own!*
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Posted February 12, 2013
Tracie Peterson And Judith Miller in their new book, "To Honor and Trust" Book Three in the Bridal Veil Island series published by Bethany House brings us to Georgia in 1913.
From the back cover: Come home to magnificent Bridal Veil Island resort
Callie DeBoyer arrives at Bridal Veil Island to spend the winter working as a governess for the Bridgeport family. However, she finds she can't fully enjoy the beautiful resort because questions about her future weigh heavily on her mind. Should she continue in this job she enjoys, or is God calling her to join her parents in their missionary work?
When she enrolls young Thomas Bridgeport in golf lessons, Callie meets instructor Wesley Townsend, who urges Callie to take lessons, as well. During their time together, Callie comes to care for Wes-until she discovers that he's been hiding something very important from her.
Then expensive pieces go missing from various homes around the island, and suspicion is aimed in Callie's direction. Callie wonders if this is a sign she should leave it all behind and join her parents in Africa. Considering Wesley's deceit. will he ever be a man Callie can honor and trust for the rest of her life?
No doubt about it I like this series and I am sorry to see it end with this book. I wish there was such a place as Bridal Veil Island because it seems like such a wonderful place to visit, hang out and relax. Then we have these wonderful relationships where it is not easy between the couple due to various circumstances; in this book it is issues of deceit and trust that separate them. And then, of course, there are the robberies. "To Honor and Trust" is a marvelous love story all wrapped up in an adventure. Ms. Peterson and Ms. Miller really know how to weave a story that entertains and brings you history as well. Tracie Peterson And Judith Miller have written a well done novel that I recommend highly.
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."
Posted February 11, 2013
Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller bring their Bridal Veil Island series to a satisfying end with To Honor and Trust. I have really enjoyed this entire series. (Click the titles to read my reviews of To Have and to Hold and To Love and Cherish.) Each of the books stands alone, but they are connected by their setting. This final novel may be my favorite. While I'm so glad I didn't have to experience the snobbery and class distinctions between the wealthy and the working class of that era, it's always fun to read about - especially when love and romance ignore those carefully drawn boundaries! The mystery woven into this story adds to the tension, as do the struggles of faith and family dynamics, a reminder that some issues are timeless no matter the century! Kudos to the authors for another highly recommended novel and series!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. 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.”
Posted February 8, 2013
Not having read the first two books in the series, I was surprised at how easily I slipped into the storyline and characters. I enjoyed watching the romance between Wes and Callie take shape almost as much as her putting other suitors in their place!
When specific characters were introduced, there was no question as to what part they would have in the book or their character's character. This took away from the mystery of it all. As a historical fiction novel, other than knowing it was in the early 1900s, I never felt that I was gleaning any historical facts or details about this time period.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Yet, the predictable storyline and characters took away some of the novelty of the story.
My rating: C+
I received a complimentary copy of To Honor and Trust from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review, No other compensation was received.
Posted February 5, 2013
Callie Deboyer is working as a governess for the wealthy Bridgeport family. She is using her free time to pray and find out what God has planned for her future. Should she continue her work as a governess, which she loves, or follow her parents to Africa as a missionary. Her daily schedule and pondering is interrupted by the arrival of three strangers who carry secrets.
1) The unique and strange lady - Mrs. Murphy - who arrives to serve as nanny to the younger Bridgeport children. Callie can't begin to figure out who Mrs. Murphy really is. She pretends to know about something and than forgets it in an hour. Her clothing is unkempt and yet she came highly recommended from one of the neatest ladies alive. Just who is this older nanny? And why is she on the island?
2) Than Wesley Townsend arrives. His family is ready for him to go into the family business and get married. But Wesley loves two things: botany and medicine. He roams the island looking at the native flora and fauna, but why is he not still a doctor? He carries a weighty secret that no one knows. He also loves golf and ends up tutoring Callie and the Bridgeport's young son... not revealing his wealth and background to the two people who treat him normally.
3) The new tennis tutor is out to catch Callie. He finds ways to take her on dates or walk with her to the beach. Although Callie scorns his attentions, she does find his presence on the island rather strange and wonders just who he as well.
Three people with hidden pasts. Three people who are close to Callie. Three people who have her more confused than ever. When the Bridgeport's daughter is bitten by a deadly spider and hospitalized with serious complications, things begin to come to the surface that will change the island's inhabitants.
Posted February 3, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this historical romance, and have to say it's my very favorite of the books in this series. The authors did an excellend job describing the coastal Georgia area, and the characters were very believable. There was a touch of suspense and enough action to keep me wanting to read more. I confess I was sorry to see this book end! I LOVED this book!!! FIVE stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2013
To Honor and Trust is the third in a trilogy by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. They are a wonderful writing team and do not disapoint in this novel. The setting in on Bridal Veil Island, a romantic and historic place. In all three novels, there are couples who have "issues" before finally marrying. To Honor and Trust has two interesting characters, Callie and Wesley, who have worries about their past and future. There is also conflict regarding a mystery about stolen jewels and an ill child. I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishing,but would have gladly paid money to have it in my collection. Hopefully they will continue with this series and maybe write about the couples in each novel to let us know what is going on in their lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2013
Another win for Miller and Peterson.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley. Thanks for this opportunity.
Overview of Novel: Callie is so over guys. She is a governess and she loves her job. The family she works with treats
her more like family than a servant and so she is treated very well. But Callie isn't sure what the future will hold for her.
Her kids are about to outgrow a governess. She could continue working at the school or she could join her family as missionaries
in Africa. All she knows is love is not in the picture. Then she meets Wesley.
Wesley is the son of a wealthy family who is vacationing on Bridal Veil Island. The only problem is
that he has a string of failures following him and a father and a mother who want nothing more than
to marry him off to a wealthy bride and then have him settle down in the family business. But Wesley wants more.
When he meets Callie, he is drawn to her. She thinks that he is a gardener or a employee there. She
doesn't know he's wealthy or the failures of his past. He wants something more than friendship. But will the
secrets of both of their pasts keep them apart.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Judith McCoy Miller and Traci Peterson are two authors that I have
read several books by. I have enjoyed every single one.
This one took awhile to capture my interest, but once it did I found the characters to be very intriguing. I loved
watching them grow. Both of these characters wanted to do the right things in their lives. And yet, they both had
so many fears to overcome. I loved watching them interact as friends.
They didn't really interact as more than friends which was nice in many ways. It wasn't insta-love which
I'm thankful for, because I like it when relationships develop. However, I would have maybe liked a little bit
more romance between them.
The focus was on the characters and their growth and I really appreciated that. The writing was excellent.
Peterson and Miller have a way with words and always weave stories that suck me in. Fans of christian fiction and historical fiction,
will love this book. The elements of faith are never over-powering and the details of the time period are incredible.
So why 3.5 stars? It wasn't my favorite by these authors. I've read several books by these two authors and this wasn't my favorite
by them. I did, however, still really enjoy the novel. It distinguished itself above other 3 star rating books in the fact that it seemed
more memorable and had more depth than most 3 star books, but it lacked that extra something to kick it up to a 4.
In Summary: Miller and Peterson have teamed up for another intriguing story about two characters trying to have the faith to
dream for a future and forgive themselves or forget their pasts. Peterson and Miller always write powerful, poignant novels and this
one was no different.
The Wrap-up: I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am so glad I got to read it. Peterson and Miller are a great writing team.
Their characters are always so real and the plot was intriguing. Definitely recommend this one to those who like either the historical
fiction or christian fiction genre.
Posted January 20, 2013
To start off I love both Peterson and Miller as authors alone so I was really pumped to see how they were as a duo. To Honor and Trust is the third book in the Bridal Veil Island series based in the early 1900's on a charming island where people spend their holiday.
The great thing about this is that it can easily be read as a stand-alone. To be perfectly honest I have not read the previous two books and that was a small concern for me while starting this book but there was no issues so I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to start reading (but it can't hurt to read the other two of course).
The story centers around Callie Deboyer who is a governess to the Bridgeport family who are very kind loving people who come to see Callie as a part of their family as well.
In the beginning of the book we find out that Callie's parents are missions in coastal Africa, who have written a letter to their daughter telling her of their dire need of more personnel. Callie wrestles with leaving her job of caring for the Bridgeport children and trying to figure out if going to Africa is something she wants to do and ultimately something God also wants her to do with her life. As the reader I felt the turmoil Callie went through and it made me think personally about times when I have gone through the same exact things and I liked this little element that Peterson and Miller added to this very likeable character.
Of course there is a little romance I mean come on it's called the Bridal Veil Island series. Bridal. Veil. Need I say more. Still, the romance was perfect. Not to much fluff that made you cringe and just enough where you didn't feel as the reader like you were wishing for more chemistry. It was clean, wholesome and it's something I think more girls should be looking for.
The man is catches Callie's eye is Wesley Townsend, the golf pro of one of children she cares for. Callie believes him to be a worker at the club when really he's a guest there! Will Callie ever find out his true identity and the past that comes with his name? I was literally on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how it would all end!
Plus there is another mystery happening on the side of this already packed story. A thief comes to Bridal Veil Island and starts to steal jewels and Callie becomes a suspect. Will her name be cleared and the true offender be caught or will she be framed for a crime she didn't commit?
I give this book a nice solid 5/5 stars because it had everything I could ask from a book. Romance, mystery, comedy, and a nice Christian element that always makes me smile.
Recommend this to be added to your library rather it be your nook, kindle, other e-book reader or any actual library you have! Buy it!
*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."*
Happy reading fellow readers~