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To Have and To Hold

To Have and To Hold

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An excerpt from To Have and To Hold, book one of Bridal Veil Island, by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller, published by Bethany House.

Take a trip back in time to beautiful Bridal Veil Island

When Audrey Cunningham moved with her father to his ancestral home on Bridal Veil Island, Georgia, she hoped the beauty and remoteness of the place would keep him sober and close to God. But now wealthy investors are buying up land to build a grand resort on the secluded island--and they want the Cunninghams' property.

Contractor Marshall Graham can't imagine why Boyd Cunningham would ask him to look after Audrey. Marshall has no desire to be saddled with caring for the fiery young woman who seems to think the worst of him. But when someone appears to be sabotaging the construction work at the resort and Audrey's life is endangered, Marshall realizes she holds more of his heart than he thought and he'll do anything to keep her safe.

Amid a time of growth and change for Bridal Veil, can Marshall and Audrey find a foundation on which to build a love to last forever?
An excerpt from To Have and To Hold, book one of Bridal Veil Island, by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller, published by Bethany House.

Take a trip back in time to beautiful Bridal Veil Island

When Audrey Cunningham moved with her father to his ancestral home on Bridal Veil Island, Georgia, she hoped the beauty and remoteness of the place would keep him sober and close to God. But now wealthy investors are buying up land to build a grand resort on the secluded island--and they want the Cunninghams' property.

Contractor Marshall Graham can't imagine why Boyd Cunningham would ask him to look after Audrey. Marshall has no desire to be saddled with caring for the fiery young woman who seems to think the worst of him. But when someone appears to be sabotaging the construction work at the resort and Audrey's life is endangered, Marshall realizes she holds more of his heart than he thought and he'll do anything to keep her safe.

Amid a time of growth and change for Bridal Veil, can Marshall and Audrey find a foundation on which to build a love to last forever?

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Chapter 1
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Audrey Cunningham knew that look. The wrinkled brow, the
furrowed crevices around the lips, the eyebrows dropped low
above gunmetal gray eyes—the look her father displayed whentrouble loomed in their future.
She’d observed far too many of those worried expressionsover the past months. And though she’d questioned her father 
on more than one occasion, he continually denied that anythingwas amiss. But not this morning. This morning, he motioned her 
toward the breakfast table and pointed to one of the spindle-back
chairs. She settled on the cane seat and braced herself for the badnews that was sure to follow.“We’ve got troubles.” His shoulders hunched forward, and athatch of dark hair that age and worry had peppered with strands
of gray fell across his forehead. Even at fifty, his hair remained thick
and unmanageable, much like Audrey’s unruly coffee brown curls.
 
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She pressed her spine against the hard wood of the hand-
turned spindles, folded her hands into a tight knot, and waited.Her father raked his fingers across his forehead and pushedthe errant hair into place. “I’ve been keeping this from you for awhile now. I thought I’d find a solution, but I guess the time hascome that I’ve got to tell you.”
When her father hesitated, Audrey leaned forward and reached
for his hand. “What is it, Daddy?” Fear caused her to resort to thefamiliar moniker she’d used during her childhood.Her father smiled and squeezed her hand. “Sounds strange tohear you call me Daddy. How long has it been since I’ve heardthat word? Ten years?
Audrey’s thick curls bobbed against her pale cheeks. “Tenand a half.” The day Audrey turned eighteen, she had declared
the term far too childish. From that time forward, she’d addressedher father only as
Father 
or 
Dad 
.
He stared at their entwined hands, and she feared he’d lost the
courage to continue. “Please, tell me what’s happened. Together 
we can overcome any problem, can’t we?” She forced a smile
and hoped he wouldn’t sense her fear. “We always have before.After releasing her hand, he leaned back in the chair, his eyesclouded with defeat. “Not this time, Audrey. Even joining forces,
we can’t overcome this problem.” He reached into the pocket
of his blue chambray shirt and removed a folded envelope. After placing it on the table, he pressed the creases with his palm. “Thisis the delinquent tax statement on Bridal Fair and our remain-ing acreage.” With a fleeting look of desperation, he pushed the
envelope across the table and lifted his hand. “We don’t have
money enough to pay.”
Audrey slipped her fingers inside the envelope and with-
drew the contents. She rippled through the pieces of paper, care-
fully noting the amounts and dates on each of the pages. Her 

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