Baker Publishing Group|August 1, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7642-0887-4
A story of romance and intrigue on a beautiful island resort from two bestselling authors, Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller.
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?”
Melinda Colson works as a lady’s maid for Mrs. Mifflin in their home in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently they are vacationing at Bridal Veil Resort where they have a beautiful home but Mrs. Mifflin refers to it as a “cottage.” Evan Tarlow works on the island as the assistant gamekeeper and he and Melinda are in love. Melinda wants to marry Evan right away but Evan refuses as he wants to ensure that he can fully support a wife and a family before he commits himself.
Mr. and Mrs. Mifflin decide to return home to Cleveland two weeks early as they are expecting some prestigious company and Melinda is just beside herself. This means she has two weeks less to spend with Evan. She finely breaks the news to him that she will be returning to Cleveland the following day and they promise each other that they’ll write constantly.
While in Cleveland, Melinda learns there has been a devastating hurricane that has hit Bridal Veil Resort and she is totally panic stricken that Evan has been injured or worse. Much to Mrs. Mifflin’s surprise, Melinda quits her job as her house lady, packs up her bag and returns to Bridal Veil Island. Has Evan been injured?
Melinda finds a job on the island and is pressuring Evan to marry but he remains committed that he won’t marry until he can support her and a family. He is expecting to be promoted and hopes the promotion comes through or he won’t be able to afford to marry and he is busier than he was before and has little time to see Melinda. She is worried that perhaps she has chosen the wrong man.
News comes that President McKinley and his wife will be visiting Bridal Veil Island and shortly thereafter, Melinda learns of an assassination plot against the President during his trip to Bridal Veil. Who should Melinda turn to for advice, her boss, Evan, or one of the investors?
This was a beautifully written story that captured my heart right from the beginning. The love between Melinda and Evan was so real. The descriptive narrative in the book allowed me to picture in my mind’s eye Bridal Veil Island very clearly which always endears me even more to a story. I felt apart of the people on the island. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone.
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