Thursday, September 27, 2012

To Love and Cherish by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

From the publishers: "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 cover is beautiful and I was hoping that the story would be engaging.  However, I was disappointed in this book.    The main characters of Melinda and Evan were weak and unlikable.  .  I kept hoping that another hero would show up and we could like him better than Evan, and I think I even liked the antagonist better than Evan.  

Most of the book was Melinda being upset for Evan not proposing and Evan not wanting to get married yet.  The book was slow paced and did not grab my attention in any part of the story. Even the "climatic" end was not a winner.  

I wish I could give this a good review.  I enjoy historical fiction, but I will not be reading any other books from this series.

I received this book in exchange from the publishers for my honest review.

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