Wednesday, July 24, 2013

To Love and Cherish by Tracie Peterson & Judith Miller

This is the second book about Bridal Veil Island; however, it can be a stand alone book. I know because while I read the first book, it was so long ago I really didn't remember any of it but never felt lost reading this book.

This book is about a couple that is in love, but can't seem to ever be on the same page. Their names are Melinda Colson (who wants nothing else but to marry her beloved) and Evan Tarlow (who wants to be able to support a wife and children and doesn't want to get married until he can do so).

From the very beginning Melinda wants to marry Evan and when he doesn't propose when she thinks he should, she gets very frustrated with him. Since she is the maid for a rich lady (though she was once well-to-do the book to find out more about that) and he is a groundskeeper for Bridal Veil Island, their lives aren't their own to decide for themselves. Melinda leaves Bridal Veil Island (which is a resort that very rich people went to during the winter months) and heads back to Ohio to work with her employer.

When a hurricane hits Bridal Veil and Melinda hears no word from Evan she panics, quits her job, and she and her brother head south to make sure that Evan is all right. Melinda learns very quickly that a lot of times when we rush ahead of God's plans things will often go awry, but when we wait on God's perfect timing and we don't try to push our own agenda through God often blesses.

While this book is written from a Christian perspective, I didn't feel like it was overly done. I got frustrated at times with the character of Melinda, but overall really enjoyed and felt like I could relate with her. I didn't really like the character of Evan and really didn't see why Melinda liked him that much, but it was still enjoyable to read about their struggles anyway. Overall, this book was fun to read. If you are looking for a book full of history and some deep thinking, find something else to read. But if you are looking to relax and pick up a book, then you'll probably enjoy this one.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House. I was under no obligation to give a positive review, these are just my thoughts on this book.

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