Thursday, September 8, 2011

CBFA Blog Tour-To Have and To Hold by Peterson and Miller

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
To Have and to Hold
Bethany House (September 1, 2011)
Tracie Peterson

Judith Miller


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.

Judith Miller's first novel, Threads of Love, was conceived when she was commuting sixty miles to work each day. She wanted to tell the story of a pioneer girl coming to Kansas and the faith that sustained her as she adjusted to a new life. Through a co-worker, she was directed to Tracie Peterson who, at that time, worked down the hall from her. Having never met Tracie, Judith was totally unaware of her writing career, but God intervened. The rest is, as they say, history. Since that first encounter many years ago, Judith has been blessed with the publication of numerous books, novellas and a juvenile fiction book. Joyously, she and Tracie had the opportunity to develop a blessed friendship. In fact, they have co-authored several series together, including The Bells of Lowell, the Lights of Lowell and The Broadmoor Legacy.


When Audrey Cunningham's father proposes that they move to Bridal Veil Island, where he grew up, she agrees, thinking this will help keep him sober and close to God. But they arrive to find wealthy investors buying up land to build a grand resort on the secluded island--and they want the Cunninghams' acreage.

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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of To Have and to Hold, go HERE.

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.


Josiah said...

Sounds neat, I love westerns so this might be one to read.

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