Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan by Melanie Dobson
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Pages: 320 Trade Paperback
Date Published: August 21, 2012
Publisher: Summerside Press
As the Gilded Age comes to a close, Elena Bissette’s once-wealthy family has nearly lost its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, where they will spend one last summer in the hope of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. But Elena is repulsed by the idea of marrying for money.
Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls, Elena spends most evenings escaping back into Mackinac’s rugged forest. There she meets Chase, a handsome laborer who shares her love for the night sky. The two begin to meet in secret at an abandoned lighthouse, where they work together to solve a mystery buried in the pages of a tattered diary.
As Elena falls in love with Chase, her mother relentlessly contrives to introduce her to Chester Darrington, the island’s most eligible bachelor. Marriage to the elusive millionaire would solve the Bissettes’ financial woes, and Elena is torn between duty and love.
Last night I made the mistake of thinking that I would read a little bit before I went to bed. While we were out yesterday, my husband went into Bass Pro with my almost preschooler daughter to see the fish and I stayed in the car with my sleeping almost toddler and read the preview of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island on my Nook. Having enjoyed what I read I was looking forward to a few more chapters or so before bed to really get into the story. The problem was I could not put it down, nor did I until early this morning when I was able to turn the final page. I found myself grinning and giddy to go on. When my baby woke in the night with her normal moan to be nursed, I was in my mind, …but but I need to keep going!…
I’m not sure if this is my first read from Melanie Dobson or not, I’d have to check on that, but I can guarantee it will not be my last. In fact, yesterday I was able to buy for free another of her LFY novels in a promotion perhaps for this one’s release coming in August, Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa. (Okay, just checked, I have two more novels by her on my shelves somewhere, but now others on a wishlist – a new favorite author!)
This book reads with a similar flavor as Cara Lynn James and Lorna Seilstad in their summer vacation series – two other fairly new favorite authors. There is an enchanting location (the first LFY novel that I read that actually makes me want to book a trip) and possible budding romance with a hint of Cinderella and mystery and some scenes that make me gasp (hoping I won’t wake my husband from slumber). LFY in Mackinac Island Michigan has all of the elements that I crave and I was delighted from the beginning to the end. Please give me more like this!
*Thanks to Summerside Press for providing a copy for review through Litfuse Tours.*
Melanie Dobson has written ten contemporary and historical novels including five releases in Summerside’s Love Finds You series. In 2011, two of her releases won Carol Awards: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (for historical romance) and The Silent Order (for romantic suspense).
Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master’s degree in communication from Regent University. Prior to her writing career, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and a publicist for The Family Channel. She later launched her own public relations company and worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years.
Melanie and her family enjoy their home in the Pacific Northwest. The entire Dobson family loves to travel and hike in both the mountains and along the cliffs above the Pacific.
When Melanie isn’t writing or playing with her family, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.
For more about Melanie Dobson and her books, visit www.melaniedobson.com.
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