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To Love and to Cherish

(Wyckerley Trilogy #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  826 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Anne Verlaine's four year marriage to Geoffrey, Lord D'Aubrey, was a living hell. Her only comfort was her lovely new home--the village of Wyckerley in the heart of Devonshire. And even more irresistible was her attraction to Christian Morrell, "Christy," the vicar of All Saints Church. He looked like an archangel, his strength something palpable, his golden-haired handsom ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by NAL Trade (first published 1995)
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Maria Clara
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/Qué puedo decir, aparte de que me ha encantado? La verdad es que no sabía qué esperar de esta lectura, pero me he encontrado una pluma que me ha recordado mucho a la de la Laura Kinsale. Una historia muy bonita; dulce, en que los personajes están muy bien trazados.
Bark (2 Dumb 2 Read Blurbs)
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This book has everything I could hope for in a romance. It's a beautifully written love story, is intensely moving, and has deep, layered and completely developed characters. I enjoyed everything about it.

It's a story about forbidden love and also one about faith. Geoffrey D'Aubrey returns as Lord to the home he ran from as a child. With him he brings his wife. His beautiful, cynical, lonely and battered wife Anne. War and soldiering are the only things Geoffrey truly loves. Before they've barel
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Linda
To Love and to Cherish was a bit of a departure from most historical romances that I have read. Christian Morrell- ‘Christy’ to all the people who loved him- was the vicar of a small mining town. He was born and raised in Wyckerley. The townspeople, an eclectic lot, filled his void of loneliness. An illness, a new birth, an argument or gossip between friends were just a few matters that encompassed his day. He loved what he did but he never felt worthy of his position. He believed in God with hi ...more
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
DNF at 40%

Good god, this is boring. The characters aren't even likeable. I read some spoilers so I don't have to finish it.
Dinjolina
You know how there are 5 star book and there are book that are so good you want to make a whole new category for them?
This is one of those.

The story was so sweet you wanted to sight after most of the scenes. But it never got really diabetic even thou the characters fell in love rather quickly. The hero and heroine had so much between them and still it was never less real or a cliche.

The hero is...he is...i just love him. Not like. I am IN love with him. His looks, his deeds and way of thinking b
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new_user
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to new_user by: Moss
Shelves: historical
The writing was nice.

One of the main attractions for To Love and to Cherish, in fact. Patricia Gaffney's neat, elegant prose saved this novel from the donation bin.

She also conveys love in a realistic fashion compared to 99 percent of historical romances. I actually believed Anne and Christy (that's the hero) were in love, and I believe I've only said that once or twice before of a historical romance. I've bemoaned grand declarations before because, frankly, it doesn't take much talent or since
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Joanne Renaud
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had an interesting discussion with a friend recently. When she asked me why I didn't want to read John Varley's TITAN, I told her that I'd read the wikipedia summary, and when I saw that the heroine was raped about halfway through by an ex-shipmate, I lost interest in reading it. It seems to me that having your main character getting raped is the equivalent of setting off an atomic bomb in your manuscript. It is a huge, HUGE thing that will hang over the book like a cloud of radiation-- and th ...more
Melissa
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a rare author who can make a truly good, selfless, godly and religious man into an interesting and sexy hero -- one whose beliefs don't make him insufferable when you don't necessarily share them as a reader. Who can create the perfect foil for this kind of hero in a woman who is a cynical, bitter, depressed atheist yearning, whether she knows it or not, for friendship, love, and community. Who is capable of writing a villain who isn't just a roadblock to the hero and heroine's happily ever ...more
Teresa
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
The second book in this trilogy has been on a few book lists over the years that had me anticipating it. But because I'm me and have to read in order, I needed to start with book one. I didn't have many expectations and wondered at a trilogy in which the only book I'd heard of or seen mentioned was the second book. But I'm so glad that I did read this book first. It ended up being a beautifully written, complex, layered, character-driven love story. The way everything unfolded, the conversations ...more
LaFleurBleue
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, romance-histo
This book was among the top of my watchlist for already a few years, as it came highly recommended by several reader friends extolling the wonderful writing, unusual but deeply moving story and characters. Honestly the praises were so unanimously laudatory that I was afraid of starting it, fearing that my expectations were built too high.
Indeed I understood where those praises derived from. However I did not manage to be as taken by the book that I would have liked. The writing was indeed very r
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Jan
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. An enjoyable and sweet HR about the very Reverend Christy Morrell, the village minister of a pretty Devon (England) village. Christy is a lovely character, honest, sincere, caring, devout, and hot! Lady Anne comes to live near the village with her unpleasant husband, once a childhood friend of Christy. Anne and Christy are attracted but have too many scruples to act on their desires. But when Anne is finally freed they are able to pursue their passion and achieve their very sweet HEA. ...more
Ridley
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will review this later. Definitely a strong 4-4.5. Might make it a 5 later.

Wonderful character-focused victorian romance. Everyone was so nuanced that they felt real to me. The vicar hero is now in my top five for favorite heroes. He was such a strong, honorable person it sort of blew my mind.
Kat
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A friend recommended that I read this one. Thanks, Jan...I LOVED it! Could not put this book down. My heart was broken, I was shocked, I cried, I smiled.... How have I not read this author before?! Thank goodness I found the next two in the series in my Kindle library. On to the next!
Julianna
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Unique and Emotional Historical Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" The first Patricia Gaffney book I read was Wild at Heart, which I loved for it’s uniqueness and depth of emotion. I’m rather appalled to say that was nearly six years ago. I have no idea why I didn’t read another of her books until now, other than that I’ve found a lot of equally talented authors who’ve been drawing my attention away since then. In any case, I’m so glad I finally got around to reading Ms. Gaffney again, because To Love and to Cherish was equal
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Margaret
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Christy Morrell is the vicar of Wyckerley (the small town which is also the setting of To Have and to Hold). When his childhood friend Geoffrey Verlaine returns to Wyckerly upon the death of his father, Christy's faith is sorely tested by Geoffrey's caprices and by his own strong attraction to Geoffrey's wife, Anne. Unfortunately, Anne's past life has made her an atheist, and even when it seems that they can be together, their different beliefs may keep them apart.

It's really refreshing to read
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Hero
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars. I would rate this higher except....I could not connect with the two main protagonists. Two of my favorite tropes are marriage of convenience and young love separated and reconnecting, of which this book satisfies one of them. However, the marriage of inconvenience is between the heroine and a minor character and not much is explored there for me to feel for the heroine. The "surprise" toward the end was not really a surprise as it was pretty obvious. The angst that was p ...more
Brandy
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Not as good as the 2nd one but very sweet. One loose end not tied up and it bugs me.
Gisele
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Assim, eu quero um Christy pra mim. URGENTEMENTE. Esse livro, como todos dessa trilogia, é apaixonante. Ele fala de fé, de amor, amor de Deus, aceitação. Ele me fez pensar muito, muito mesmo. E ontem, quando fui dormir, à 1 da manhã, pq tinha que terminar de ler o livro, orei ao Senhor a mesma coisa que a Anne disse em uma parte do livro. Que ela queria conhecer Deus, como Christy conhecia. Pessoalmente.

E mais do que falar de fé, esse livro fala de amor, se você está procurando um lindo romance
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Denise
I only read the book so that I can read the second in the series: To Have and To Hold
I have an obsession about reading in order :)
I did not expect much from this book, but boy was I surprised! I would have rated this 5 stars, just for the last quarter of this book, but it did drag in the middle. Plus there was a real ick factor towards the end. Lots of sexual tension and the love scenes were just mmmmm...
The descriptions of this little English village were beautiful. I felt I could just see i
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Lucy
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I brought this book because I had enjoyed the previous Patricia Gaffney novel I read, whose name escape me, but it was a Tarzan/Jane style romance.

Unfortunately I didn’t find To Love and To Cherish quite as enjoyable. I couldn’t connect with the hero Christy or the heroine Anne, and honestly the slow pace of their romance was boring. Normally I like a slow burn romance, but this slow burn romance resolved around the couples differences in religion. I always get wary when reading romances with re
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Lucimar
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quase abandonei este livro por conta da lentidão inicial. Mas no decorrer da história se encontra de uma sensibilidade incrível entre o amor de Pároco e uma mulher casada, criada com certa liberdade pelo pai libertino que era pintor, isto lhe dá um visão cínica dos relacionamentos, da vida e de sua crença em Deus. Christy se apaixona perdidamente pela esposa de seu melhor amigo, por algum tempo consegue esconder esse amor, mas quando seu amigo é dado como morto, a paixão extravasa e eles se entr ...more
Sheri
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My grade: A. My first Patricia Gaffney book and most assuredly not my last. In fact, I've already ordered the second book in the series. What a fine writer Ms. Gaffney is! The voice of this book is uniquely different, her word choice sublime. I was captured not just by two characters, but by an entire village. Anne evolves into a different person--a joyous one. And Christy is one of the finest heroes in my reading experience. He actually made me a little sad. In my heart I believe men like him d ...more
Trewen
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
A Smidge under 4 stars.
The hero is wonderful. A kind and gentle man. The heroine is tortured and desperate (she actually irritated me at times). But she is intelligent and unconventional, which I enjoy.
I would have liked a little more dialogue but the writing is beautifully descriptive.
I knocked down the stars a bit because it became a little too eye-rolling sticky-sweet at times.
Still, I enjoyed the book. The secondary characters make me look forward to finishing the series.
Jan
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deep, detailed, will keep you reading to the last page with twists and turns! I'm on to Book 2 in the series.
Clairelunar Faith
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
To Love and to Cherish is the first novel where I encountered a hero who is godly, to be specific the hero is a vicar. It is quite strange since I’ve read many romance novels and this is the first with a religious slant. Love and marriage are one of the themes deeply explored in religion, particularly Christianity, authors can benefit from exploring this angle more.

The author was able to effectively integrate the themes of Christianity into the character of her hero. We have a hero who is defin
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D
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
high two, low three stars

a thoughtful, emotionally dark examination of a clashing in love of a modern, semi-nihilistic sensibility versus/with a conservative, religious, community-centered sensibility

often quite touching

i very much appreciate how the author sensitively explored the validity and, really, extremes of each of the two main protagonists' psychological and cultural limits (it reminded me a bit in this sense of flowers from the storm). that said, her villain was just completely indisce
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Naomi
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A different type of romance, enjoyed it, especially as I am an Anglican. Has depth to it & Christy and Ann are engaging characters.
Scoyphenson
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
An interesting story but way too much proselytizing. And two conversions at the end? Ugh.
Lena
i liked the h, but i ended up skimming and didn't feel like i missed anything
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Patricia Gaffney was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, and also studied literature at Royal Holloway College of the University of London, at George Washington University, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After college, G
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Wyckerley Trilogy (3 books)
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