To Love and Cherish is the story of Melinda Colson, a young woman who went from high society in the late 1800’s to near poverty when her parents died, leaving her and her brother destitute. To survive, her brother left to earn his fortune on the sea. Melinda became a lady’s companion.
It’s this job that takes her to (the fictional) Bridal Veil Island, off the coast of Georgia, where she meets and falls in love with Evan, the gamekeeper. Expecting a proposal to rescue her from her life as a lady’s companion, Melinda is disappointed and begins to doubt Evan’s love. This is the story of two people learning to trust each other’s love when neither acts or reacts as anticipated.
I loved the setting for this story. Bridal Veil Island, fictionally located between St. Simon’s and Jekyl (now Jekyll), at a time when wealthy people travelled south for the “season” to pass the time until the harsh winters of their home states passed, sounds like a beautiful place. I was greatly frustrated by the spoiled wealthy and eager-to-please-them supervisors and such. I don’t think this island would have been a pleasant place to work. Yet somehow Evan and Melinda manage to sort everything out, effectively learning how to love and cherish one another along the way.
I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of the book, the second in a series by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller, for my honest review.