Ever feel that some men are so obtuse you wonder how they managed to get up in the morning? To Love and Cherish by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller tell the love story of an impatient and impoverished Melinda Colson and the gamekeeper at Bridal Veil, Evan Tarlow.
Melinda Colson lost her parents and her societal position all at once. On her parent’s death, financial ruin came unexpectedly. Melinda becomes a ladies maid for an esteemed lady of society who happens to be friends with President McKinley’s wife. Melinda accompanies Mrs. Miffler to Bridal Veil every year where Melinda and Evan are reunited again. To complicate matters, Mrs. Miffler doesn’t want Melinda to ever marry. Evan declares his love, but not his intentions. His obtuseness frustrated me as a reader. His character through most of the book lacks emotion. I really had hoped that Melinda would find someone more passionate and practical as the writers introduced other characters into Melinda’s life.
It isn’t until near the end of the book when Melinda is in danger that Evan gets over his issues of waiting until he can provide for her well-being and finally begins to act like someone totally in love. Melinda’s brother also complicates the story, but in a good way. He begins as a reprobate and ends a hero.
Overall, the novel began very slowly. It lost my interest until about halfway through the novel when things began to heat up and emotions grew stronger. I finally got to see tension instead of sifting through mundane details. Afterwards, I could hardly put it down.
I gave the novel three stars.
*Book given by publisher to review.