To Love and Cherish

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A Story of Romance and Intrigue on a Beautiful Island Resort, From Two Bestselling Authors

When Melinda Colson's employer announces they'll be leaving Bridal Veil Island to return to their home in Cleveland, Melinda hopes her beau, Evan, will propose. But Evan isn't prepared to make an offer of marriage until he knows he can support a wife and family. Evan works as the assistant gamekeeper on Bridal Veil but hopes to be promoted soon.

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To Love and Cherish (Bridal Veil Island Book #2)

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Overview

A Story of Romance and Intrigue on a Beautiful Island Resort, From Two Bestselling Authors

When Melinda Colson's employer announces they'll be leaving Bridal Veil Island to return to their home in Cleveland, Melinda hopes her beau, Evan, will propose. But Evan isn't prepared to make an offer of marriage until he knows he can support a wife and family. Evan works as the assistant gamekeeper on Bridal Veil but hopes to be promoted soon.

Letters strengthen their love, but Melinda remains frustrated at being apart from 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 and make her way back to Evan.

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?

And when Melinda overhears a vicious plot against President McKinley, who is scheduled to visit the island, is Evan the one she should turn to? Will Melinda and Evan ever get the chance to stand at the front of a church and promise "to love and cherish"?

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When the family that employs her as a maid announces that they are leaving Bridal Veil Island, Melinda hopes that her beau, Evan, will propose. He doesn't, so she travels to Cleveland with her employers. She returns to the island after a hurricane and secures work, but Evan is busier than ever with the cleanup. Has she given her heart to the wrong man? VERDICT This heartwarming love story is a deserving follow-up to To Have and To Hold. Peterson and Miller are best-selling authors, which makes this a must-purchase title for libraries. Recommend it to fans of Wanda E. Brunstetter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764208874
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Bridal Veil Island
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 703,592
  • Product dimensions: 12.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 80 novels. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana. Visit her website at www.traciepeterson.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.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    The employer/lady¿s maid relationship between Melinda Colson and

    The employer/lady’s maid relationship between Melinda Colson and Mrs. Mifflin was interesting to read. Mrs. Mifflin’s harangue… “or you’ll see a decrease in your wages” is funny but scary to think about. How horrible to have your wages, room, and board dependent upon such a demanding woman. I’m glad that I liked her so much better at the book’s end! (She finally appreciated Melinda.)
    The fictitious Bridal Veil Island sounds beautiful. Thinking about the wealth that built “cottages” and clubhouses to entertain the extremely rich created a great setting for a story. Descriptions of the hurricane destruction reminded me of disasters like Katrina; I thought the authors conveyed the damage really well. Introducing President and Mrs. McKinley added to the story.
    Supporting characters like Harland and Emma contributed great dialogue. Evan’s and Melinda’s personalities and romance were harder to care about. Evan’s clueless response to Melinda’s hints that she would like to stay on the island and get married seemed hard to believe. Then…when he continued for half the book to seem sssoooo dim about why she was annoyed…it bothered me. It was almost hard to continue reading. The authors introduce other love interests for Melinda and Evan; but since neither character seems to be really expressive/emotional, even the jealousy feels controlled. I loved when Melinda was given so much responsibility on the island – sounds like a fun job! Maybe their strong faith and attempts to follow God’s will made their responses seem calm and controlled. In the end, I was glad I kept reading. Evan and Melinda were so honest, moral, and dedicated to each other – I liked them better when I could think back on the whole story. The last few chapters supplied the action and humor that I missed in the rest of the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    It's the late 1800's and Melinda Colson is in love with a man w

    It's the late 1800's and Melinda Colson is in love with a man who loves her in return. The only problem is that Melinda works as a ladies maid and is only able to see her beloved Evan one season of the year. She longs for him to ask her to marry him so that she can stay on the island where he lives and works. She is weary of having a long distance relationship for most of the year. When a hurricane strikes the island Melinda is frantic with worry and sets out to find Evan. Surely he will marry her once she arrives at the island. Or will he?

    "To Love and to Cherish" by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller is a sweet and mellow story about love and waiting on God's perfect timing. It is the second book the two authors have written that is set on picturesque Bridal Veil Island. It gives a glimpse at what life was like for both the rich and the working class of the time period.

    While I found this to be a pleasant light read I probably won't read the other books in the series. I had trouble understanding Evan's character and kept wishing he would portray his love more convincingly. I am glad that I read the book, however, as it was a very calm and relaxing read.

    I received a free copy of this book for review from Bethany House publishing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    To Love and To Cherish - sent to me by Bethany House Publishers,

    To Love and To Cherish - sent to me by Bethany House Publishers, was intriguing by the time setting it was set in. Anything by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson, is great, especially the hisotrical perspective.
    At the Beginning we are introduced to Melinda who was of high soceity but is now a lady's maid due to her parents untimely death, and leaving her penniless. Mrs. Mifflin her employer will not allow her to forget it neither any other lady of high society. When they are on Bridal Veil Island, Mrs Mifflin gets a message that she is to host the President's of the United States Wife at her home and throws her into a dither. Meaning they have to close the house on Bridal Veil island, and Melinda has to leave her beloved Evan. As they Get ready to head back to Chicago, Melinda must soon realise that she doesn't have a choice but hopes to return once the season is underway for the high elite society of 1890s. After a while of being in Chicago, Hurricane Isaac strikes the Island and there are damages, yet asks her employers about who what where and how about the Island. There is no clear answers from the Mifflins. Melinda is beginning to pray as to see what she needs to do. Yet without hesitation, she leaves her Job, and heads to help Bridal Veil Island.
    There are many suprises along the way, a visit of the President and his wife, a scedule that suffacates both Melinda and Evan, yet will there be a proposal from Evan to Melinda?
    This was such an enjoyable book, i absolutely couldn't put it down. It is a must read for many who enjoy historical fiction. I am loving how each piece of history is woven into the books. Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson do such a wonderful job in trying to paint a picture of the late 19th century to us. They have done a wonderful job in doing so.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Sweet Sixteen

    Not a big fan of this series:( I like Tracie Peterson but not my fave.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    To Love and Cherish Tracie Peterson & Judith Miller Book Su

    To Love and Cherish
    Tracie Peterson & Judith Miller

    Book Summary: Escape to a Beautiful, Historic Island Resort, Bridal Veil Island, Georgia 1898 Melinda Colson has been waiting months for Evan, the assistant gamekeeper at the Bridal Veil Island resort, to propose. Without an offer of marriage, she must return to Cleveland with the family she works for as a lady's maid. Evan isn't afraid of hard work, and he hopes to be promoted soon. He wants to marry Melinda--but not until he's sure he can support her and a family. Letters strengthen their romance until a devastating storm strikes the island. With no word from Evan, Melinda knows she must journey back to Bridal Veil in search of her beloved. But the hurricane isn't the last calamity to shake up Bridal Veil. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but still no offer of marriage comes her way. Has she given her heart to the wrong person? Will she ever find a man to love and cherish?
    Review: I tried real hard to like this book. I gave it time and I mulled over how Melinda must feel and Evan must feel but at the end of the day I was lukewarm. I did grow to like Melinda the best and thought that Evan was just so bland. He may have had the best intentions but really only worked to please her with words when she did not get what she wanted. Even when she was happy he seemed to snub her at times. I think both these authors are talented and this was an awkward plot. Where do you go with a topic for a long period of time with a part time meeting place? Make the female character that starts out exceedingly responsible and mature do something flighty? That did not fit. I can understand how others would find this to be great because all things aside Melinda was smart and had been wealthy. She understood the ways of the rich although her mother taught her kindness and grace. There were many places about prayer and how we fail to do this with the big decisions. That was a grounding reminder that Melinda acts as I do.
    I would like to Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    Tracie Peterson And Judith Miller in their new book, ¿To Love an

    Tracie Peterson And Judith Miller in their new book, “To Love and Cherish” Book Two in the Bridal Veil Island series published by Bethany House brings us to Georgia in 1898.

    From the back cover: Escape to a Beautiful, Historic Island Resort

    Bridal Veil Island, Georgia 1898

    Melinda Colson has been waiting months for Evan, the assistant gamekeeper at the Bridal Veil Island resort, to propose. Without an offer of marriage, she must return to Cleveland with the family she works for as a lady’s maid.

    Evan isn’t afraid of hard work, and he hopes to be promoted soon. He wants to marry Melinda–but not until he’s sure he can support her and a family.

    Letters strengthen their romance until a devastating storm strikes the island. With no word from Evan, Melinda knows she must journey back to Bridal Veil in search of her beloved.

    But the hurricane isn’t the last calamity to shake up Bridal Veil. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but still no offer of marriage comes her way. Has she given her heart to the wrong person? Will she ever find a man to love and cherish?

    No doubt about it I like this series. First we have the island which 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 their stations that separate them. And then, of course, there is the hurricane. “To Love and Cherish” 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.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    Wonderful Story of Love & Romance

    Set in 1898, To Love and Cherish brings readers to Bridal Veil Island, Georgia, an idyllic resort community for the very wealthy. The island is so well described that readers will feel as if they are present on the island with the characters. From the main clubhouse to the barns and hunting lodge, readers can clearly picture all of the island. Characters are authentic, likable and strong. Descriptions of their problems, hard work, and personal interactions have readers feeling the strain along with them. Social classes are delineated according to the period of history, with the wealthy, entitled social class demanding constant attention from the hard working employees at Bridal Veil. One thing that stands out in this story is realism. The characters work hard to make their dreams come true. No magic or miracles come through to provide an instant solution. Evan and Melinda, the main characters, work their way through a variety of doubts, obstacles, and disappointments to achieve their goals. The authors provide readers with insight by revealing the characters’ inner thoughts, prayers and worries. To Love and Cherish is the second in a three book series. Book One is To Have and to Hold. Book Three is To Honor and Trust. Having read To Love and Cherish , readers are sure to want to read the other two books. I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers and am pleased to recommend it to adults and teenaged readers.

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