Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Review: To Honor and Trust (Bridal Veil Island, #3)

To Honor and Trust
(Bridal Veil Island, #3)
by Traci Peterson and Judith McCoy Miller
Received for Review
Adult Historical Christian Romance
Released on: January 1, 2013
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Pages: 368

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Callie DeBoyer is unsettled as she arrives at Bridal Veil Island with the Bridgeport family. She's just received a letter from her parents, missionaries in coastal Africa, stating they are in dire need of more personnel. Should Callie give up her governess job and join her parents in their important work? Is God calling her to the mission field, or does she just want to escape the emotional scars of being jilted by her former beau? 

When she enrolls young Thomas Bridgeport in golf lessons, Callie meets Wesley Townsend, who urges Callie to take lessons, as well. During their time at the golf course, Callie comes to care for Wesley--until she discovers hidden secrets about his past. 

Then expensive jewels go missing from various homes on the island, and suspicion is aimed in Callie's direction. As the investigation continues, Callie wonders if she should escape it all by going to Africa. After the secrets he kept about his past, will Wesley ever be a man she can honor and trust for the rest of her life?

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley. Thanks for this opportunity. 

Overview of Novel: Callie is so over guys. She is a governess and she loves her job. The family she works with treats her more like family than a servant and so she is treated very well. But Callie isn't sure what the future will hold for her. Her kids are about to outgrow a governess. She could continue working at the school or she could join her family as missionaries in Africa. All she knows is love is not in the picture. Then she meets Wesley.

Wesley is the son of a wealthy family who is vacationing on Bridal Veil Island. The only problem is that he has a string of failures following him and a father and a mother who want nothing more than to marry him off to a wealthy bride and then have him settle down in the family business. But Wesley wants more.

When he meets Callie, he is drawn to her. She thinks that he is a gardener or a employee there. She doesn't know he's wealthy or the failures of his past. He wants something more than friendship. But will the secrets of both of their pasts keep them apart.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Judith McCoy Miller and Traci Peterson are two authors that I have read several books by. I have enjoyed every single one. 

This one took awhile to capture my interest, but once it did I found the characters to be very intriguing. I loved watching them grow. Both of these characters wanted to do the right things in their lives. And yet, they both had so many fears to overcome. I loved watching them interact as friends. 

They didn't really interact as more than friends which was nice in many ways. It wasn't insta-love which I'm thankful for, because I like it when relationships develop. However, I would have maybe liked a little bit more romance between them.

The focus was on the characters and their growth and I really appreciated that. The writing was excellent. Peterson and Miller have a way with words and always weave stories that suck me in. Fans of christian fiction and historical fiction, will love this book. The elements of faith are never over-powering and the details of the time period are incredible.

So why 3.5 stars? It wasn't my favorite by these authors. I've read several books by these two authors and this wasn't my favorite by them. I did, however, still really enjoy the novel. It distinguished itself above other 3 star rating books in the fact that it seemed more memorable and had more depth than most 3 star books, but it lacked that extra something to kick it up to a 4.

In Summary: Miller and Peterson have teamed up for another intriguing story about two characters trying to have the faith to dream for a future and forgive themselves or forget their pasts. Peterson and Miller always write powerful, poignant novels and this one was no different.

The Wrap-up: I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am so glad I got to read it. Peterson and Miller are a great writing team. Their characters are always so real and the plot was intriguing. Definitely recommend this one to those who like either the historical fiction or christian fiction genre. 


Danica Page

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