Book Review: To Have And To Hold

17 Dec

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?


Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site at and her blog

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, two of which have placed in the CBA top ten lists. In addition to her writing, Judy is a certified legal assistant. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Visit her Web site at



My Impressions:

To Have And To Hold is the first book in the Bridal Veil Island series, a series set on the fictitious island off the Georgia coast during the latter years of the 19th century.  Bridal Veil Island is the site of new construction of a club for the wealthy of America, a la Jekyll Island.   Audrey Cunningham and her father Boyd are the last remaining residents on the island when the investors begin their construction. Faced with losing their home, Bridal Fair, for delinquent taxes, the Cunningham’s take in the supervisors of the construction as boarders in order to save their family home.

I enjoyed this historical romance set amid the live oaks and Spanish moss of the Georgia coastal islands.  The characters are well developed and very likable.   I especially liked the irascible Aunt Thora and her twisting interpretation of scripture and her distrust of yankees.  The realistic plot includes many poignant moments and of course the path of true love is never without obstacles.  There is even some suspense when things at the construction site start to go wrong and sabotage is suspected.  There is no doubt about the faith element that runs through the story, yet it is never preachy.

All in all, if you like historical romance, I believe you will enjoy To Have And To Hold.


(I received To Have And To Hold from Bethany House Publishers in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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