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 happen 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.
Although this is an historical Christian romance, the story includes a mysterious conspiracy which will keep readers guessing as to who on Bridal Veil Island can be trusted. Some of the players are quite a surprise.
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 review copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers and am pleased to recommend it to adults and teenaged readers.