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It’s the height of the Gilded Age, but Elena Bissette’s family has lost most of its fortune.
The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, and they spend summers there in hopes of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls at the Grand Hotel, she spends her days walking along the island’s rugged coastline. There she meets Chase, a young fisherman who invites her to watch the ships from an abandoned lighthouse. The two begin to...
It’s the height of the Gilded Age, but Elena Bissette’s family has lost most of its fortune.
The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, and they spend summers there in hopes of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls at the Grand Hotel, she spends her days walking along the island’s rugged coastline. There she meets Chase, a young fisherman who invites her to watch the ships from an abandoned lighthouse. The two begin to meet there in secret, hoping to solve a decades-old mystery. Meanwhile, Elena’s mother contrives introductions between Elena and the island’s most eligible bachelor, an elusive millionaire named Chester Darrington. When Elena’s two worlds unexpectedly collide, she will be in for the surprise of her life.
Posted December 22, 2013
First off, this is your typical Christian historical romance. It has all the elements that make this an easy summer read, and of course, there are the charming elements that you love about stories like this. The characters are basically delightful, and Christian principles are clearly definitely present. You will find nothing offensive in this book. No sex, no profanity, sweet romance, nice ladies and gentlemen of old.
For me, this was way too typical and unrealistic. Well-written, yes. I loved Chase, and I appreciated Elena. There was the typical overbearing mother and lenient father (kind of like "Pride and Prejudice.") In fact, in many ways, this was Jane Austen's classic tale all over again. Until I wrote that line, I had not seen the similarities--there are many. Marry for money, not love. Unscrupulous men.
I would recommend this book to the true romantics in our midst. There were a couple parts that did surprise me, but mostly it is straightforward and sometimes just a little too sappy for me. But all in all, I enjoyed it.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted November 8, 2012
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Elena wants nothing more than to be able to marry for love. She is feeling pressure to marry for money though. Her once wealthy family is now teetering on bankruptcy, and this may be her last summer in the beautiful Mackinac Island, Michigan. Elena's mother is pressuring her to try to gain the attentions of the very rich entrepreneur Chester Darrington. On an nighttime escape to her favorite lighthouse though, she meets the mysterious Chase. Chase and Elena feel an immediate draw to each other. Will Elena follow her heart or her head?
This was a really sweet book. This was a great combination of history, romance, and even a little mystery. Elena is a bit "modern" in sensibility, and you can relate to her struggle between heart and head. The fact that she gives so much consideration to trying to meet Chester Darrington proves her devotion and love for her family. This made her struggle with her attraction to Chase even more difficult. Elena was overall a very compassionate and loving individual, and this makes you really cheer for her to get everything she wants and more. I also loved the idea that she had a place to go and be herself in the lighthouse. Sometimes I think we all wish we could have a place like that. The fact that she met Chase there made it seem even more apparent that they were meant to be.
There was some side mystery with the journal that was found in the lighthouse. I admit to being the tiniest confused at the resolution of that story. I did like the way it showed the history of the island in an interesting way though. This was the perfect book to relax with. It kept my interest, and I found it to be very entertaining. Lovers of romance and history will find a lot to enjoy in this book. It made me want to check out other books in this series also, so I definitely found it enjoyable.
Book provided for review.
Posted October 10, 2012
Again, I’m going to start this post out with a list of confessions. First of all, Melanie Dobson is a completely new author to me. Secondly, I’ve never read one of the “Love Finds You” books before, although I am friends with a few authors who have written a some of them. And thirdly, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book published by Summerside Press. So… as always when I do such daring things, I hoped for the best and dove right in.
I love reading a really good book. And I especially love reading a really good historical romance that takes place during the Gilded Age. It’s what I’ve been called to write myself and it makes me so happy to see the subgenre take off as it has in the last few years. Oh, and in case you were wondering… Love Finds You in Mackinac Island Michigan delivered on both counts.
I flew through this book once I started it. I couldn’t put it down. The writing, the characters and the setting all made me want to keep reading and reading. EVEN THOUGH the hero and heroine did not meet until page 140… which was roughly about halfway through. It kind of made me impatient at times, but it did nothing to make me like the book less.
It was a little creepy that the premise was much like the next book I have on the docket to write. But as always, when this seems to happen, I remind myself that a dozen writers can go about writing the same premise in a dozen completely differing ways… and that mine would be from first person point of view. I also remind myself that, since this happens often, I must be good at thinking up the kinds of stories that sell. Which is not a bad thing to consider.
The only thing I would have changed about this book… besides having the hero and heroine meet so late in the book… is their amount of time together before deciding they were in love with one another. I know it isn’t impossible for two people to fall in love in two meetings that consisted of eight hours’ time, but I would have liked to see more of their time spent together. But again, this wasn’t enough to keep me from adoring the book.
I will definitely be looking into reading more of Melanie Dobson’s books in the near future.
I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity for giving me a free paperback copy of Melanie Dobson’s Love Finds You in Mackinac Island Michigan in exchange for my honest opinion in this writer’s review. I give this book 5 stars.
Posted September 3, 2012
One of my all time favorites 'Love Finds You In' books <3 I loved Elena and Chase, and I could really understand the problems they were facing. Her family is in financial straits, and on Elena's shoulders are the weight of fixing that predicament. Chase is tired of women chasing after him for his money (who can blame him?), so when he meets Elena without pretensions, he seems to have found the one lady who not only intrigues him, but has finally won his heart; so when he finds out who Elena really is, both Chase and Elena have chains to break before they have a real chance together.
The story was wonderful, the characters caught my attention, and the plot snagged my interest. Chase and Elena will always be two of my favorite heroes.
Posted August 4, 2012
There's nothing like reading a simple, sweet historical romance during the summer and this book for me really hit the spot. This was my first time reading anything by Melanie Dobson and also my first time reading a book in this series.
When I first got the e-mail about this book's blog tour I was really excited to read it. You see I have a friend in one of my Goodreads groups that loves this series of books and after seeing how much she's liked them I knew I had to grab my chance and give this one a try even if it's a wee bit out of my normal reading zone.
It has everything I could ask for in a book like this. There was a historic setting, romance and of course a fair dash of family drama and interference just to make it interesting. Since I love history the fact that this one happened on the historic island of Mackinac I knew I would love it especially since Melanie Dobson was kind enough to include a brief historical note about the island in the few pages before her novel began. I thought that it was a nice touch because I've honestly never heard of the island but now that I have I really would love to visit there.
I thought the writing in the novel was great, Melanie wrote it and paid close attention to details. One thing I really loved about it was the way she went out about depicting the scenes in the book in a way that I actually felt like I was there on the island with Elena.
I also really enjoyed the characters in the novel as well except for the obvious ones who were bad apples (You'll just have to read the book to figure out who they are :D ) but, even they were written into the story well because without them there wouldn't really have been much of a love story. I loved Elena and Chase they were such great main characters I couldn't help but enjoy reading about them because sometimes it's nice to take a break from reading the steamier romances and read something a wee bit more innocent.
Melanie Dobson wrote an excellent novel and I loved how she paid tribute to Mackinac Island. I thought she did a great job and this was a pleasure to read. One that I'll be passing along to other people starting with Mr. Turning The Pages' Mommy :)
I recommend this to anyone, in particular to those who love clean/christian romances. It's perfect for the summertime and perfect to read at the pool or the beach or a weekend away at the cottage.(less)
Posted July 28, 2012
Elena Bissette is an only child in a family that is quickly loosing their wealth. Her mother is determined that she must marry a wealthy man. Elena hates the idea of marrying for money, she wants to fall in love and marry the man she loves, but she realizes as an only child, this is the only way to help her parents from becoming destitute. So she basically bites the bullet and cooperates with her mother's plans.
Chase Darrington is a dreamer. He sees potential in things that others just do not see. And this has made him successful as a business partner with his father. Something that has rubbed his brother-in-law Edward wrong for years. Edward wants to destroy Chase, and will do anything to do that. Even if it brings shame upon his wife and destroys his marriage.
This story was fascinating, the setting was lovely and makes you want to visit Mackinac Island. Melanie Dobson's visual picture painting with words is excellent and you will fill like you know exactly what the Island looks like. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and feel it is definitely a book to share with your friends! 312 pages US $ 12.99 4 stars
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Posted July 26, 2012
Elena Bissette is playing on the stage of the Gilded Age. She knows she has to marry someone wealthy enough to save her family from a destitute future. But all she longs for is to marry someone who will love her for who she really is, not who society demands she pretend to be. On the island she has a sanctuary that is invaded by a man who seems to love everything she does. The question is can he love her and if he does can she marry him at her family's jeopardy? Chester Darrington is the most sought after bachelor on the island, but he has no interest in another society girl. All he cares about are the inventions he might be able to sell to the masses. When they collide can they dig past the misunderstandings and find love?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of being true to ourselves while balancing that with playing the roles expected of us. Melanie describes the Island in beautiful detail, transporting the reader to its peaceful borders. The characters left me longing for just a few more pages with them. It was a beautiful story that will join my keeper collection of books.
Posted July 24, 2012
Posted July 24, 2012
Elena Bissette, from a once-wealthy Chicago family, has arrived to spend what could be her last summer on Mackinac Island. Her mother is determined that Elena should marry Chester Darrington, a wealthy financier. Due to high interest payments, bank failures, and company failures, people like the Bissettes of 1894 went from wealth and success to the prospect of losing businesses and their homes. Elena is told it is her duty to save her family by marrying well, but she yearns to marry for love, to get off the “stage” of high society and be allowed to be herself. For years, she has escaped to a mysterious lighthouse where she can sketch, be in awe of the stars, and feel close to God. One night, while her mother’s plans with Mr. Darrington are falling apart, Elena meets Chase at the lighthouse. Their shared love of the night sky, interest in art and invention, and curiosity about the lighthouse’s mystery bring them to love one another. Unhappily, their love might not survive high society’s gossip and continual pretense.
We have to take our family to Mackinac Island! Dobson describes a world of great natural beauty and history. Reading about the inventions that the Darringtons investigate and finance reminded me of the many inventions I have seen in my own time – these marvelous inventions that we take for granted! The bits of history about the British occupation of Mackinac add so much to the story, especially the diary pages from the patriot wife who steadfastly cares for her children as she waits for word from her missing husband. I really liked Elena’s mom, dad, and Claude. Her father – such a loving gentleman. Her mother – so proper, refined, and determined – but nearly a mother bear when defending her daughter! Claude is so gentle and caring; his loyalty to the Bissette family and his deep faith inspires and comforts.
Posted July 18, 2012
A Story and Island to Remember!
1894, Elena Bissette feels obligated to marry into wealth because she knows this is what her parents expect. Well, that is what her mother expects. Her father seems to only wish his little girl be happy with the man she chooses to be her husband.
Every summer Elena and her parents go to Mackinac Island, Michigan to stay in their vacation cottage, which is really more like a mansion. Her mother is so excited for Elena to meet Chester Darrington. He is a very sought after unattached, handsome and extremely wealthy. Quite the catch. But rumors are spreading that Elena's mother is out to snag him to marry her daughter just for his wealth. Which is true. But Elena only attends all the tea parties and social gatherings to appease her mother. Elena should have been an actress because she can put on a good show of a proper lady.
Now Elena would much rather wander through the woods after dark and visit the islands old lighthouse. The lighthouse gives her more of a view of the island but most of all to the stars. One day she finds a very handsome gentleman in her lighthouse and he has found her drawings. When he sets his eyes on Elena he is mesmerized by her beauty. As they spend more time together at the lighthouse their hearts recognize feelings are strong for each other. But they did not share the truth about their identities. She had no idea he was the wealthy catch her mother was after and he had no idea she was the daughter of the woman that was out to trap him into marriage that was of no interest to him. What a mess!
There has been said that there is a ghost in the lighthouse. So much sorrow and tragedy is the tale about a woman and her two small children in the early 1800's during the British invasion. The woman's husband is missing and her cries for him can be felt by Elena each time she enters the lighthouse.
Another interesting fact that the author provided about the island was that even to this day no automobiles are allowed on the island.
Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan will be another of my favorites. The author put her talent of writing together with historical facts and wrote a wonderful novel. I must say I have never heard of Mackinac Island but after reading this book I will remember it fondly along with the characters in this book.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book for review by Litfuse/Summerside. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Posted July 18, 2012
As the book opens we given a look at the Island, and begin to smell the Lilacs that are perfuming the air. The beauty of this place sounds so awesome and peaceful.
As the Bissett family has arrived on the dock for their Summer Holiday, to the horror of Elana her hat takes flight off her head. As she try to retrieve it she almost falls in, being rescued by one of the Forts soldiers. This is enough to start the tongues wagging for the gossip here is terrible. We also find that Mrs Bissett has plans to have her daughter meet and marry Chester Darrington, a wealthy investor. The Bissett family is begining probably their last summer on the Island, but there is hope if Elana can marry well.
With so much pressure on her, Elana visits her favorite place on the Island, an abandoned Lighthouse. There begins another story...the story of Magdalena, her two children, and the missing Jonah...this during the War of 1812.
Elana loves the Lighthouse, and feels closer to God here than anywhere else on the Island. She climbs the stairs and watches the stars, she also enjoys drawing, a talent her Mother frowns on. Here she also meets a man who she could marry, Chase, he is everything she wants, only he isn't wealthy.
We get drawn in with the beautiful surroundings, the balls, teas, and the delightful lawn tennis.
You are going to wonder who Elana will end up with, her childhood friend? The hotel worker Chase? or some other person of wealth to save her family.
Once you start on this book you will be absorbed into it, and its not easy to put down. Don't miss this one!
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Tours and Summerside Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted July 1, 2012
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Posted July 19, 2012
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