Wednesday, September 7, 2011

To Have and To Hold



Take a trip back in time to beautiful Bridal Veil Island.

When Audrey Cunningham moved with her father to his ancestral home on Bridal Veil Island, Georgia, she hoped the beauty and remoteness of the place would keep him sober and close to God. But now wealthy investors are buying up land to build a grand resort on the secluded island -- and they want the Cunningham's property.

Contractor Marshall Graham can't imagine why Boyd Cunningham would ask him to look after Audrey. Marshall has no desire to be saddled with caring for the fiery young woman who seems to think the worst of him. But when someone appears to be sabotaging the construction work at the resort and Audrey's life is endangered, Marshall realizes she holds more of his heart than he thought and he'll do anything to keep her safe.

Amid a time of growth and change for Bridal Veil, can Marshall and Audrey find a foundation on which to build a love to last forever?

My Review:

Exquisite! This is the kind of story you just want to sink into and never come out of! Love the setting, the descriptions, the whole ambiance of the read! Miller and Peterson have done their research and it's such a unique time and place in history which made it all the more fascinating.

Engaging characters took hold of my heart right from the start. Aunt Thora is a hoot and soon became a favourite. She supplied levity and surprising insights throughout the book. Audrey is a remarkable mixture of genteel backbone and Marshall has his hands full trying to change her misguided opinion of him. Audrey makes snap judgements; Marshall opinions are based on slow and steady reflection. What a contrast! It's no wonder fireworks ensue!

Add in the sinister element and a dose of suspense and you'll find yourself lost in an excellent read.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of To Have and To Hold by Judith Miller and Tracie Peterson please leave a comment below. Remember to leave your email address using 'at' and 'dot'. Or you can email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please put To Have and to Hold in the subject line. Draw will be held on Sunday September 11. Winner will be announced the same day. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 


  1. Ooooh!! I'm the first one!! I love these author's so would love to go in the draw for this book!! You always have such good books!!!

    Thank you!!


  2. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance to win.


  3. It's been awhile since I've read either of these authors--more than a decade even. Beautiful cover.

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  4. Good luck Esther - congrats on being first! :-)

    You too, Rebecca.

    Melissa -- they make a good team, don't they? I can't imagine it would be easy to write together like that but Miller and Peterson have perfected the art. Good luck on the draw.

  5. This sounds truly like a good book! I LOVE the cover! And covers usually don't entice me all that much. I haven't read a book by either author, so that will make it that much more fun!

    Please enter me. Thank you.

    Linda at:
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  6. sounds great! i've read a few of tracie petersons books.

  7. My mom loves Tracie Peterson and I'd love to win this for her! Thanks for the chance.

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  8. The cover is so beautiful!
    Great review.

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  9. awww, this story looks so sweet! i would love to enter the contest! thank you!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  10. Finally finished the book and have my review ready to be posted, so now I can come check out your thoughts! :) I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the book, as well - it really was unique, wasn't it? And gotta love Aunt Thora's character, LOL!

    No need to enter me. :) Thanks for sharing your review!


  11. I'll have to check out your review, Amber. I still chuckle when I think 'Aunt Thora'. What a character!

    Good luck, Carrie, Faye, Cathy, Anna and Carmen!

  12. Hi Kav,

    Have you gotten my emails, because if you replied they haven't come through?

  13. I can't wait to read To Have And To Hold and I love the cover.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I am also following on GFC.

    plb1050 at gmail dot com

  14. This sounds like it would be a most enjoyable read. Please enter my name into the draw. Many thanks.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

  15. Glad we could finally connect, Sandra! :-)

    Hey Patricia -- the cover is really subtle but dynamic, isn't it? And I know that doesn't make any sense. But all that lush green and then the couple in white. Divine.

    Good luck Shaz!

  16. Please enter me into the drawing for To Have and to Hold by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. I enjoy reading books by both of these ladies, and have put this book on my wish list.

    Thank you,

    dandtdearing [at] earthlink [dot] net

  17. They are great authors individually and! Good luck, Tammi!

  18. would love to read this beautiful story...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  19. I've enjoyed Judith and Tracy's other books. This one sounds great.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  20. The story sounds really sweet as do the characters. Thank you for your review.

    Cambonified [at] yahoo [dot] com

  21. Hi Kav, I awarded you a blog award, so drop by my blog to find out how to pick it up :)


  22. Just the kind of book I like to read, thank you for the giveaway.


  23. Hope I am not too late, this sounds really great!

    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com