ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels. She received her first book contract in November, 1992 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row. In 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests. Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Contractor Marshall Graham can't imagine why the former drinking buddy of his deceased father would beckon him to Bridal Veil Island. And when Boyd Cunningham asks him to watch over Audrey, Marshall is even more confused. He has no desire to be saddled with caring for this fiery young woman who is openly hostile toward him. But when Audrey seems to be falling for another man--one who has two little girls Audrey adores--Marshall realizes she holds more of his heart than he realized. Which man will Audrey choose? And can she hold on to her ancestral property in the face of overwhelming odds?
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MY REVIEW-I love a good historical book. And I have read many previously by Tracie Peterson and I absolutely love her Alaskan series! Judith Miller writes a great western book. So I was interested in trying this book out. It focuses on a young lady, Audry, who is living on Bridal Veil with her father. Her father used to drink a lot and her mother has died. Audry comes to find out that the house they own is drowning in taxes and they don't have the money to pay for it. I don't want to give too much away but there is lots of humor and also some death in this book.
I personally had a hard time liking Audry. She is stubborn and jumps to conclusions very easily. Marshall is a big help to her father but she thinks that he is taking her father to the saloons to drink. Anytime something happens with Marshall, she thinks he has been drinking. I found this hard to deal with. Marshall is a very nice character and he puts up with a lot from Audry. I personally wanted to slap Frank Baker and then the person in charge of all the damage was a shock. Aunt Thora was quite a trip:)
Overall this was a good book but like I said, I never fully liked Audry. But other than that, the novel had suspense, romance and lot of history. I love the descriptions of the fauna and scenery! If you like a novel that is historical with spunky characters, action and love, this is the book for you.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation.