To Have and To Hold by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

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.

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