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To Have and to Hold (Bridal Veil Island #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  908 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
A young woman struggles to keep her ancestral property in 1886 Georgia, and discovers the man her father hired to help is more than he seems. Bridal Veil Island book 1.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Them there Yankee's are overrunning the island again!" shouts an elderly woman holding a loaded shotgun, while keeping an eye out over the grove of oak trees just off the porch of the house.

Not knowing what is causing the commotion, Audrey Cunningham comes running from the house only to see her elderly housekeeper, Thora, getting ready to fire again as a poor young man attempts to wave a white handkerchief from behind a tree.

Taking the shotgun away from Thora, Audrey reminds her that the war be
Jenni C
Mar 29, 2014 Jenni C rated it it was ok
Shelves: clean-romance
Pros: The book kept me somewhat interested and I kept reading... I did like the very brief witty remarks from Aunt Thora and the book was proper and appropriate.

Cons: The author made the heroine seem dumb, moody, stubborn, and anything but admirable. I kinda felt like she was a young woman hater...even though the author, um, is a woman. The romance...when it happened was kind of a big surprise, like "Surprise! So and so really does like so and so...even though you had no idea!" I was not a fan
Mar 08, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
This book was slow in starting,and I knew where the plot was headed right away, but there were also some very interesting and exciting parts. Christian Historical Fiction is my favorite genre, and I found several things about this novel pleasurable. The character of Aunt Thora was a funny, whimsical addition that added humor. The depiction of Georgia shortly after the end of the civil war seemed realistic, and helped keep my interest. I will definitely give the rest of this series a try.
This story had potential but I feel like the characters were underdeveloped and the plot was lacking. It seemed like a book just sort of thrown together. I wished we had been given more in the way of plot and that the characters had developed in a believable way. It was just an okay book I don't think I will be continuing on in this series.
Aug 28, 2014 Olivia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really into the story line from the beginning. I kept getting annoyed with the heroine because she kept jumping to conclusions about people and couldn't make up her mind. Also, I was sick of Audrey and Marshall kissing all the time. I highly doubt that would have happened during that time period.
Mar 26, 2015 Marissa rated it liked it
I would actually give this 2 1/2 stars, but since I can't do that I decided to be generous. It was a good story, but had some really slow parts through out the book.
Nov 28, 2016 Mayda rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, audio
Long before this tale was even halfway through, I was more than a little tired of hearing about “The War of Northern Aggression” and evils of alcohol. Somewhere in the story, there was plot – actually an interesting one – but it gets lost in the dialogue concerning these two “evils.” By the end of the story, some of the characters did come across as being more likable than when they first appeared, but by then it was too little too late.
Oct 14, 2016 Monkeyface rated it it was amazing
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A young woman struggles to keep her ancestral property in 1886 Georgia, and discovers the man her father hired to help is more than he seems. Bridal Veil Island book 1. I give this book 5 stars and a 10. Most wonderful book.
Annie Hogle
Oct 10, 2016 Annie Hogle rated it really liked it
This book was great! Amazing twist at the end! Took a while getting started but definitely worth the read!
Oct 04, 2016 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The setting was beautiful, and this story had a happy ending. The story was boring, and the characters were unlikable.
Audrey Cunningham and her father Boyd have returned home to Bridal Veil Island where they have not lived since the Civil War. The war changed everything, making it difficult to find work in the South. The Cunninghams enjoy the serenity and beauty of her new home but Audrey's grandmother failed to pay the back taxes and now their home is threatened. Audrey is eager to go to work to support her father as she did in Pittsburgh. She liked working for the Morelys and became almost one of the family. ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
To Have and To Hold is by Tracie Petersen and Judith Miller. The book is set on Bridal Veil Island, Georgia following the Civil War. The setting is beautifully described so you can see where you are. The plot is twisted and keeps you interested. The characters are well developed and realistic.
Audrey Cunningham was not particularly thrilled with her father’s decision to move back to his childhood home on Bridal Veil Island. However, she gives up her job with the Morley’s and goes to Bridal Fair
Jul 12, 2013 Kortney rated it really liked it
Audrey Cunningham was making a good living being a house maid to a wealthy family in Atlanta and wants nothing to do with returning to her father Boyd's old home on Bridal Veil Island. After being on Bridal Veil Island for a couple months she comes to find out that their money troubles are worse than she expected and that she not only needs to find a job and fast but that they might need to find a new home. However, things take a turn for the good when Mr. Morley her old boss comes in town with ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
To Have and to Hold by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller is the first book in the Bridal Veil Island Series and I promise it is a series you are going to want to read.

Audrey Cunningham has reluctantly moved with her father (Boyd) from Pittsburgh to his ancestral home on Bridal Veil Island, Georgia. A former alcoholic, who gave his life to the Lord, her father is a changed man and she cannot deny him when he begs her to move. She is hoping that the remoteness of the place will keep him sober and
May 25, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

A popular writing duo returns to historical romance with this formulaic novel focusing on faith, tragedy and hopeful triumph. After conquering alcoholism, Boyd has found God but not in time to save his ancestral home. He faces hard times while his daughter Audrey feels the burden of his mistakes during her struggle to secure her own future.

Struggling with her faith in God, Audrey is forced to deal with her family's changing circumstances of both financial hardship and the loss of loved
Another wonderful read by Tracie and Judith - I love when these two authors team up! Every book I have read by this pair has been great and I always am excited when there are new ones by them.

I have to say that To Have and to Hold is a great start to a new series. All the characters in this book were well written; some were endearing and fun, while others devious and conniving. While I had an inkling very early on who was behind all the sabotage (and was right!), some things surprised me!

I love
Sep 06, 2011 Carly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I think about my favorite Christian novelists, Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller are certainly two names that spring into my mind right away. I have liked their novels they have written independently and I have liked their collaborative efforts as well. I was delighted to find that they were working on a new series together. To Have and To Hold is the first book in their Bridal Veil Island series. I loved the fact that this book took place in the South shortly after the Civil War came to an ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Noirfifre rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Aunt Thora is the humour of this story, she reminded me of the matriarch of Downton Abbey. The sarcasm, stubbornness and quoting scripture to justify her cause, aunt Thora held the novel until the most exciting chapters at the end. In my opinion the conflict between Marshall and Audrey prolonged, at times drawing out sighs of frustration from my lips. Audrey so quick to jump to conclusion of her dad and Marshall drinking yet profess Christ. Really?.

At times, the authors ended a chapter and began
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who enjoy a sweet historical story with a few tummy-tingling romantic moments and some added mystery, To Have and to Hold is a book you'll want to have on your shelf and hold in your hands. (The lovely cover is an added incentive!)

For Audrey, there doesn't seem much she can have and hold - not the island, not her father's health, and not trust in God or anyone else. But dear (and interesting) friends, a hard-working (and handsome) young man, and some suspicious characters challenge Aud
I checked out all three books of Traci Peterson's Bridal Veil Series. After plodding my way through Book One, I took all three back to the library. My time is better spent than reading this type of predictable and contrived writing. I suppose that's what I get, after reading a 5+ star fiction book set during WWII.

This book was set in 1886 in Georgia, and while I understand that people may have spoken differently back then, but the author's descriptive writing style became a distraction to the p
Dec 10, 2015 Lyndalou rated it liked it
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, ...more
Jun 10, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book and as many times in my readings did not start with the first book of the series. Audrey the leading character was not excited about moving with her father to Bridal Veil Island but because of his drinking problem there weren’t many options. One of his drinking partner’s son named Marshall came to the Island to be in charge of the upcoming resort being built on part of the island and Audrey was fearing her father would take up drinking with the Marshall who was a son of his ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
The Cunninghams have returned to their family land. Unfortunately, life in the South is not a return to paradise. Audrey's grandmother couldn't pay taxes on the land, so investors are building a resort on the land she sold. Audrey's father has failing health and he sets out to find someone to keep Audrey protected after he passes away. Audrey is determined to save her family's land and stand on her own two feet.

Peterson and Miller co-write beautifully in their new island series. (Their previous
Lynne Young
Sep 19, 2011 Lynne Young rated it it was amazing
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Susan Hollaway
May 31, 2012 Susan Hollaway rated it it was amazing
Tracie and Judith have yet again proved to be a great writing team in their latest series together. To Have and To Hold is book one in the Bridal Veil Island series. This was a wonderful story that contains mystery, history, and love. A great combo, in my opinion. While this is historical fiction and Bridal Veil is a fictitious island, references are made to real places and names of real people. I love it that Tracie and Judy have shared a little in the back of the book about how they came to wr ...more
Maria Thomas
May 04, 2016 Maria Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: clean
Just finished all three in this series. They are clean. Religious views are abundant but it doesn't feel out of place. What I liked most about the book was envisioning the live oak trees. I just returned from a trip to the south and saw these live oaks in person. They are magnificent. Just reading about them isn't as meaningful unless you have seen these beauties in person or at least have seen really good pictures of them. In person is still better though. This book was filled with the live oak ...more
Dianne Sidebottom
Nov 15, 2014 Dianne Sidebottom rated it really liked it
Interesting story telling of corruption against wealthy investors, how alcohol affects families, one old lady who was a one eyed southerner, and a father who believed in a faithful God n wanted his daughter to trust in God. Audrey the daughter isn't young by 1880's time she isn't married, has no suitor, her father's alcohol condition has tainted her life as an only child n he wishes for her to leave her job and go back to her father's childhood home. Against better judgment she goes with her fat ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
This is a good story about the struggles many of us might face. The story is well told, but I did have a couple of things that bothered me. First, I thought that it was confusing throughout the novel that the name of the island was Bridal Veil and the name of their house was Bridal Fair. At first, I thought the author had made a mistake, but then I realized that I was just confused. Another thing that bothered me was that you want to scream at the characters to "just talk to each other". While I ...more
Feb 21, 2013 Cary rated it it was ok
The best thing I can say about this book is that it wasn't totally awful and it was squeaky clean! However when it takes me almost a week to read a book this size then I know that I am doing it out of duty and not for enjoyment! I didn't feel as "preached to" in this book as I did in the last one I read by this author but I also felt like this was one of the most pedantic plots I've had the "pleasure" to endure. To all my dear sweet friends who love this author... I just want to say I still like ...more
Jun 01, 2012 Shellie rated it liked it
Pretty cute little story!
The girl is living on an island oasis and there are plans to sell most of the island to investors who want to turn it into a resort. The problem is, there is already a resort going up on a neighboring island. Too many fish in the sea can create chaos...and soon no one knows why the resort construction workers keep having set backs. No one, that is, except for the assistant construction manager.......
of course, wrap a love story or two into the mix, and voila! Cute story
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
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