When Melinda Colson’s employer announces they’ll be leaving Bridal Veil Island to return to their home in Cleveland, Melinda hopes her beau, Evan, will propose. But Evan isn’t prepared to make an offer of marriage until he knows he can support a wife and family. Evan works as the assistant gamekeeper on Bridal Veil but hopes to be promoted soon.
Letters strengthen their love, but Melinda remains frustrated at being apart from the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. Then she learns of a devastating hurricane in Bridal Veil and knows she must give up her position as a lady’s maid and make her way back to Evan.
The destruction on Bridal Veil is extensive, meaning every available person is needed to help with cleanup and repairs. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but Evan seems even busier than before, meaning she still never gets to see him. Has she given her heart to the wrong man?
And when Melinda overhears a vicious plot against President McKinley, who is scheduled to visit the island, is Evan the one she should turn to? Will Melinda and Evan ever get the chance to stand at the front of a church and promise “to love and cherish”?
The second book in the Bridal Veil Island series, To Love and Cherish is a stand alone book that follows the life of the social elite and their servants who spent their winters in the exclusive resort community in Georgia.
Melinda is a presumptuous and, at-times, high handed heroine who is distressed that her beau has not seized his many opportunities to propose to her and save her from the menial life as a lady’s maid. She did not endear herself to me except when she demonstrated brave resolve to face the hurricane devastated coastline to ensure that her love was safe. That was short lived as she quickly berated him for not offering marriage so she could remain on the island as his helpmate. Melinda can not be faulted for all the relationships shortcomings; for all of his sweet words, Evan is quite dense and does not make Melina a priority unless his schedule and plans allow.
The plot took an unexpected and mediocrely executed twist in the last couple of chapters. It was unneeded attempt at suspense and intrigue that did not fit the flow of the story and was far too rushed to be credible. The one element that resonated with me throughout this novel and gently tapped at my insatiable wanderlust was the beauty of the Georgia coastline. The profile of historical resort living was well researched and gave readers a real sense of both the physical and social environment.
For those looking for a quick and easy historical read with elements of romance and suspense.
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