Our book review today is of a story set in 1913 on Bridal Veil Island, Georgia, the winter retreat of the prosperous, privileged, and/or hopefully prosperous. It's the place where debutantes "come out," formal and costume parties abound, and financial conversations float around businessmen at every occasion.
Callie Deboyer's parents are gone on a mission to Africa, and she accepted the position of tutor to family friends Luther and Eunice Bridgeport's three children. Callie sincerely hopes the new nanny, Mrs. Murphy, will be all the Bridgeports want and need for the youngsters. Between caring for the children before the new nanny arrived, her tutoring duties, and Mrs. Bridgeport's desire for Callie to be a part of their family, attending social functions with them, she is far busier than she desires.
Mrs. Bridgeport has decided Callie needs to get over a two-timing former fiance' by finding a new one. Callie doesn't want to offend her friend and employer, but she has sworn off men. She attends the masquerade, bridge meets, and formal dinners with the Bridgeports, but with the greatest reluctance.
Wesley Townsend, on the other hand, would love to have something to do other than following his parents, particularly his father, to social events. Wesley's father wants him to enter the family business to manage one of their plants, like his brothers do. They'd even like for him to marry one of the other businessmen's daughters to cement loans to build the business.
Granted, Wesley doesn't want to practice his physician career any more. But he most certainly doesn't want to manage one of his father's plants. He volunteers to replace the island's missing golf pro. It's there that he meets Callie as she brings the Bridgeport's son for lessons.
Things get awkward when the tennis pro decides Callie is fair game, things begin disappearing from everyone's cottage except the Bridgeports, and Wesley begins teaching the children about island flora and fauna.
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