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 in the Bridal Veil series, To Love and Cherish reads well as a standalone. I just love the way these authors delve into history. They make everything so tangible for me and I'm completely fascinated with the standards of the day. Not just the class consciousness part, but the expectations placed upon women. What a restricted society!!!!
I could really relate to Melinda. Impetuous, impatient, planning her future in her head without involving anyone else! I was a might put out by Evan a time or two myself...until his actions started to make solid sense. Sigh. As annoying as his practicality was, it endeared me to him as well. Who can resist a man who is focused on being able to provide for his future family?
There are a couple of riveting sub-plots that are guaranteed to get a reader's dander up too and the plot takes an unexpected twist before reaching a startling climax. To Love and Cherish definitely has all the mixings for a great historical read destined to enrapture its readers.
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