‘TO HONOR AND TRUST,’ by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

March 3, 2013 4 Comments

‘TO HONOR AND TRUST,’ by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. Reviewing book three in the Bridal Veil Island series from Bethany House. Text © Rissi JC

STORY: Working as the live-in tutor for the kind and welcoming Bridgeport family, Callie Deboyer is accepted by their family as one of their own. Mrs. Bridgeport wants to see Callie make a prestigious match this summer, but this leaves Callie with mixed feelings about her work and what God may want of her future. Every year, the family winters on Bridal Veil Island, only this year her duties double after the recent marriage of the family’s nanny.

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Upon arrival to the cottage at the family’s winter getaway, they make a new hire, which gives Callie the opportunity to take her eldest pupil, Thomas to his tennis and golfing lessons. Where the tennis instructor is a rude, demanding man, Callie cannot help but be intrigued by the kind golf pro, Wes. Unbeknownst to her, Wes isn’t what he seems. Complicating matters is Wes’ interest in Callie, especially with the hard-to-impress attitude she affects. With uncertainties and questions about God, Wes’ future leaves him wondering, what’s next

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REVIEW: The first time I fell in love with the pairing of Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller’s duo is through the delightful, “The Broadmoor Legacy” series. It’s one of those historical books that focuses on the characters instead of getting lost in the history. Likewise, this new series doesn’t bury itself in the historical facts and delightful language, losing the integrity of the characters. Instead the setting (that sounds so beautiful) is lackluster. Helping things is the cute antics of the three Bridgewater children and the banter between Wes and Callie. Before things close, the latter taps out, which makes me feel as if Wes and Callie become “convenient” instead of real. In part this is because there’s a “sudden” realization of love; a trope I don’t care for. The rewarding part of a romantic relationship is what comes as a result of a friendship and this doesn’t cut it.

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That’s not to say that nothing about the book is redeeming, it’s just that the concept isn’t as pleasant as I suspect these authors could write. The predictability is there in its earliest stages and To Honor and Trust doesn’t recover from it. I really did want to like this one. It has all the “right” makings for a good historical page-turner. For me, it just doesn’t live up to that high expectation.

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Author: Tracie Peterson and Judith Mille
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Bridal Veil Island (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Fiction; Christian, Historical
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Rating: 3 out of 5

With thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book for reviewing purposes

About Rissi JC

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  • Rosie March 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I'm a little late commenting (been playing catch-up for a few days) but I think this one fell short of my expectations.

    • Rissi March 6, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      This one did fall short of expectations. It was good just not great.

  • Kara March 10, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    I haven't read any of this series. But I do find that predictability in a story can make or break the enjoyment for me. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. Sorry it wasn't as great as you wanted it to be Rissi. I might try it from the library myself. :)

    • Rissi March 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      I feel like this review is a contradiction to my reading likes to be honest, Kara since I actually crave "normal," simple predictability in books. It's usually such a cute genre that I cannot help but love them. However, this book was just too much of a let-down. Especially since falling in love with Tracie and Judith's prior series about three cousins. It was so enjoyable.

      Hope you like this one. :)

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