To Have and To Hold
by Tracie Peterson & Judith Miller
Bethany House Publisher
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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?
MY REVIEW: Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words to review a book. This book is not an edge of your seat thriller, the greatest love story ever told or a laugh out loud comedy. What it is though is a very good book. The kind you enjoy picking up and reading and getting to know the characters. The kind that leaves me knowing I will look for more books by this author duo.
The comedy parts I loved….Aunt Thora with her gun reminded me so much of Granny in the Beverly Hillbillies – at least in my mind. Audrey was the devoted daughter, torn and trying to decide what to do in their situation. And of course Marshall, who was trying to figure out what he did wrong from the very beginning.
A book I thoroughly enjoyed and I give 4 stars to.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels. She received her first book contract in November, 1992 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row. In 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests. Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max.
**My thanks to CFBA for furnishing this book in exchange for my honest review.