Callie DeBoyer is unsettled as she arrives at Bridal Veil Island with the Bridgeport family. She’s just received a letter from her parents, missionaries in coastal Africa, stating they are in dire need of more personnel. Should Callie give up her governess job and join her parents in their important work? Is God calling her to the mission field, or does she just want to escape the emotional scars of being jilted by her former beau?
When she enrolls young Thomas Bridgeport in golf lessons, Callie meets Wesley Townsend, who urges Callie to take lessons, as well. During their time at the golf course, Callie comes to care for Wesley–until she discovers hidden secrets about his past.
Then expensive jewels go missing from various homes on the island, and suspicion is aimed in Callie’s direction. As the investigation continues, Callie wonders if she should escape it all by going to Africa. After the secrets he kept about his past, will Wesley ever be a man she can honor and trust for the rest of her life?
Published Date: 2013
Series: Bridal Veil Island (#3)
Source: Review for Bethany House Publishers
I was super wary about reading this book being the last of a series I thought I might have missed a whole series of explanations and events but fortunately that wasn’t the case. Set in the early 1900’s we are brought upon another season at Bridal Veil Island and into the lives of local residents; the Bridgeport family. Mr. and Mrs. Bridgeport, their children, Thomas, Lottie and Daisy, and the tutor or governess, Callie DeBoyer. We also have the introduction of the Townsend family, whom were offered an opportunity to stay at the clubhouse while the original residents took Winter refuge elsewhere.
Callie is distraught by her past and has been given much thought into how her life will play out. Stretched between numerous options of either remaining with the Bridgeport family, moving back to Chicago to teach or to move to Africa to be with her parents and help in the mission field. She has decided to let God decide on how things should go. Little did she know that her prayers would really be answered in the strangest series-of-events.
Wesley Townsend is the youngest son of the family and has a very different opinion of how he should live his life. Being part of a wealthy, textile manufacturing family, Mr. Townsend aspired that once his son had finished frivolous education in medicine he would come take the necessary position in one of the manufacturing plants. Wes had other plans. He too had skeletons in his closet gives his father notice that he will decide on he will do with his life by the end of the season at Bridal Veil.
The two aforementioned characters are brought together by a set of unprecedented events that lead them to a very quick blossoming relationship. Callie still finds it difficult to allow herself to be fully accepting of her emotions and Wes is fighting beside himself to not disclose the fact that he is a guest of Bridal Veil Island and not a employee, as he has taken up the position of golf pro. Thinking that Miss DeBoyer would find it very strange and would distance herself from him if she were to find out his “true colors” too soon.
They develop very strong feelings but events on the island start revealing the truths between them and bringing to surface the truth of other characters.
As I’m sure you may know what the book is about, it’s a lovely – or better yet – fanciful romance of two very different worlds brought together by chance and God. I am able to admit that I did manage to laugh out loud on several occasions (which I didn’t think I would) and I could feel the pain and see the faces of the little Bridgeport girls when they pouted to get their way. A very lovely story that is lovely and the romance in the words themselves is very surreal.
I would highly recommend this book since it has a bit of mystery, romance, defiance, ignorance and the fact that you don’t always expect the next move I’d say it was almost unobvious.