Journey now to Mackinac Island where… A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds. Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.
Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel. While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story. But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?
SERIES: My Heart Belongs #4
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Barbour Books
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2017
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The Prince and the Pauper is one of my favorite Mark Twain stories, and I loved the references to it throughout Carrie Fancett Pagels’ latest novel! From the characters to the sermon to the author himself, this is very much a ‘prince and the pauper’ kind of story and will greatly appeal to fans of the same.
I also loved the setting at Pagels’ descriptive hand. Oh my goodness – the descriptions of Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel have me wanting to book a vacation there right away! You’ll be able to smell the sea air and hear the gulls (safest way to encounter those terrifying creatures is in the pages of a book lol) and see the carriages and bikes. Pagels has done an incredible job with setting here; her love for Mackinac Island comes through vividly in her words.
Everyone in this story, it seems, has at least one big secret. Whether it’s their identity or their motives or even some knowledge that they’re keeping close, My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island carries with it a lot of intrigue. You will find yourself trying to uncover those secrets that are hidden even from we, the readers, and this mystery-like element to the characters and plot keeps you engaged and invested throughout!
I love both Maude and Ben, though some of their actions didn’t really make sense to me and their instalove raised my eyebrows a bit. (Ben had only just met Maude … very briefly … and already is thinking sentiments like, ‘in my dreams she calls me darling’.) Still – their growing friendship made me smile more than once and a couple scenes had me reaching for my fan!
Bottom Line: My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island is a sweet romance with vivid scenery and intriguing characters. One Goodreads reviewer said that Pagels “rolls up romance, twists, turns, mystery, scandal, intrigue, inspiration, humor, and adventure into a sweet story beautifully” and I completely agree! Each book I read by this author is even better than the last! If you love progressive era/Victorian fiction, you’ll want to grab this book for your TBR pile!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Packing up for Mackinac Island at any moment
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on a couple of occasions
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ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of a dozen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper.” Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!
Carrie Fancett Pagels’ 10 Fave Authors
This is by no means an exhaustive list! I’m just including my current faves not all-time (like Lucy Maude Montgomery).
Ten of my Fave authors are:
Tamera Alexander, who gave me this beautiful endorsement:
“An enchanting love story, My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island is sprinkled with warmth and humor, grace and faith. A highly enjoyable read!”~ Tamera Alexander, USA Today Bestselling Author of A Note Yet Unsung and To Win Her Favor
Julie Lessman – amazing historical romance with strong family ties
Susie/Susanne Dietze – a rising star in CBA fiction!
Tracie Peterson – I love her audiobooks in particular!
Julie Klassen – especially her early books
Michelle Griep — her Regencies are amazing!
Serena Miller – a lovely lady with equally lovely books – some set in Michigan
Debbie Lynne Costello – check out her medieval stories!
Rachel Hauck’s dual-time audiobooks are lovely
Suzanne Woods Fisher who gave me this wonderful endorsement:
Maude Welling in “My Heart Belongs to Mackinac Island” captures readers’ hearts after she is callously jilted by Greyson Luce, her fiancé, and doesn’t wilt in despair. Not Maude! She sets out on a plan to make a life for herself and gets tangled up with an ambitious young journalist who is investigating Luce for a story. Carrie Fancett Pagels’ talent for weaving historical detail into descriptive prose will pull you in and won’t let you stop until you find out who’s who in this riveting story, and better still, who ends up with Maude!~~~Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of “The Quieting”
Grand Prize Giveaway – Kindle Fire + Mackinac Gift Pack Set: postcards from Mackinac Island, bookmarks, hand-made earrings, winner’s choice of a signed paperback of this novel (or an upcoming release or other book if you already have read My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island), and a Mackinac Island mug.
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What about you? Have you been to Mackinac Island? What’s your favorite place to visit for a vacation?