I have been needing to write this review for awhile but I have been putting it off and I wasn't sure why. I finally figured it out this morning, I just didn't love this book. Writing a review for a book I love is no problem, I can easily come up with a post on things I love! I didn't dislike this book, I just didn't love it.
I have enjoyed several books by both of these authors previously and was looking forward to reading this one. This is a second book in a series, something I didn't realize until after I had read it. It is actually fine as a stand alone book, I don't feel like I missed anything by not reading the first one.
As the story starts it is set in Bridal Veil Island, Georgia 1898. The main character Melinda Colson is a ladies maid (also called a companion in the book) to Mrs. Mifflin who is an older lady that is quite used to getting her way. The Mifflin's live in Cleveland but spend part of the year at Bridal Veil Island. Melinda had grown up accustomed to a wealthy lifestyle, when her parents both passed she was suddenly left with nothing. Mrs. Mifflin was kind enough (in her own opinion) to take Melinda in and give her a job. Mrs. Mifflin is very controlling and Melinda would love nothing more than for her beau to propose and rescue her from her current situation. Unfortunately for Melinda her beau, Evan, hasn't even thought of marriage yet.
The Mifflins have to hurry back to Cleveland for a social event and Melinda is very disappointed to be leaving without the promise of marriage. Evan and Melinda continue with long distance communication which isn't always clear. When a Hurricane strikes Bridal Veil Island and Melinda doesn't hear from Evan she leaves to go find him. In the process leaving her job with Mrs Mifflin who is angry and threatening. She heads to Georgia with her brother who has a history of gambling and is somewhat unreliable. They make it safely to Bridal Veil Island though news of a death on a young man on the Island has Melinda very concerned that Evan is not safe.
Melinda and her brother stay on the Island and help with the clean up in preparation for the busy season. Her brother gets in with some shady characters which end up causing trouble for him in the end. Melinda proves herself worthy of a more prestigious position and enjoys the challenge of the new job. She and Evan continue their relationship, though he is hesitant to marry until he can provide well for them. There is much hurt and confusion but they work through their relationship.
It was an okay book but not one I would immediately recommend to someone. I was somewhat disappointed as I have read some fantastic books by both of these authors. Granted, this is all my opinion and others may absolutely love this book.
I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers to review honestly. A positive review was not required and all of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.