The Island of Doves

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Vivid and enthralling, Island of the Doves tells the story of two women in early nineteenth century America—one typical of her time, one extraordinary for it—who transform each other’s lives.

Susannah Fraser lives in one of Buffalo’s finest mansions, but her husband has made it a monstrous prison. When a mysterious woman offers to help her escape, Susannah boards a steamboat for Mackinac Island. But after being a dutiful daughter and obedient ...

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Overview

Vivid and enthralling, Island of the Doves tells the story of two women in early nineteenth century America—one typical of her time, one extraordinary for it—who transform each other’s lives.

Susannah Fraser lives in one of Buffalo’s finest mansions, but her husband has made it a monstrous prison. When a mysterious woman offers to help her escape, Susannah boards a steamboat for Mackinac Island. But after being a dutiful daughter and obedient wife, it is only as she flees that she realizes how unprepared she is for freedom.

An exceptional woman of early America, Magdelaine Fonteneau has overcome convention to live a bold and adventurous life, achieving great wealth and power as a fur trader. But Magdelaine has also seen great tragedy and lost all that was dear to her, and she is no longer sure her hardened heart is capable of love.

Now, Magdelaine seeks redemption by offering safe harbor to Susannah. But as their friendship grows into something miraculous, it changes each woman in unexpected ways. Each needs to learn to love again, and only together can they realize a future bright with the promise of new life…

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  Praise for the novels of Kelly O’Connor McNees
 
“Unforgettable.”—Kristina Riggle, author of Keepsake
 
“Charming.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
 
“Simply gorgeous.”—Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425264584
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 429,228
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly O'Connor McNees is an editor and the critically acclaimed author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott and In Need of a Good Wife. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter. 

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Susannah left h

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Susannah left her parents to cling to her husband and a sudden death of both of her parents and a husband who isn't living up to the marriage vows plunge her into a place that she doesn't find the hope.  A woman in 1835 doesn't have many options and through an interesting avenue is able to find a way out of her situation, but will her past come and get her. . .

    Without this book set in 1835, the women's issues would be different, so the time was vital but also so very interesting.  I loved that even though it was set in a different time it was still easy to read, the author didn't make the language to out of it; although the setting and the dress of the time were described in perfect detail!  I can not say enough good things about how the time in history was set up so well, I got lost completely in it!

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    The Island of Doves is the story of two women, both with secr

    <i>The Island of Doves is the story of two women, both with secrets, who live on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in the 1830s. As in her two previous books, McNees has a flair for historical detail. She really gives the reader of sense of what life was like on Mackinac at that time, when it seemed like it was far away from civilization. She is also a wonderfully descriptive writer; she describes two police officers as &quot;two men in blue coats, one fat, one thin, like twins who had not divided evenly in the womb.&quot; I've really enjoyed all of McNees's books, and I look forward to the next one!</i>

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    Susannah Frazer has no one but Edward, her husband. He¿s a stric

    Susannah Frazer has no one but Edward, her husband. He’s a strict man, refusing to allow her friends or acquaintances.  The only comfort she finds is working in her greenhouse, a warm, fragrant place where she can bury her hands in pots of rich earth and assist in allowing numerous flowers and plants to grow in beauty and fragrance beyond one’s imagination.  Nurturing plants is salvation for Susannah against her physically abusive husband,  that is until one night when he goes too far.
    Susannah’s escape is accomplished through the help of  the Catholic nuns that the rest of the people in this town near Buffalo despise.  However, it seems the town’s people know everything about Susannah and her husband.  A plan is devised to save Susannah and get her away from Edward before he kills her.  The plan proceeds smoothly with one glitch that hopefully will not come back to haunt Susannah.
    Magdalie is a fur trapper living on Mackinac Island.  She holds secrets close to her vest about her two sisters.  She was fortunate enough to have one great love in her late husband and her delight is her son, Jean-Henry, though she never expresses that love and devotion out of fear of losing him and being unable to survive such a loss.  Magdalie is part French and part Odawa and she gets it about being an outsider, so much so that she has tried to save two other women, and now Susannah, from continuing in abusive relationships.  A smidgeon of history here rears its head, about the other outsiders, other Native American Indians, whom white settlers cheated out of both land and family.
    Susannah finds a sanctuary in Magdalie’s immense home built with the love of her son.  There Jean-Paul may find romance but not where the reader wrongfully assumes it will be captured.  Susannah finds comfort until the time when she meets a most unexpected challenge, a healing experience with a touch of nightmarish reality that must be experienced for Susannah to truly mature into a fear-less person who knows with certainty, “I am.”
    Challenges appear with tense moments and a gift appears in the form of a baby to unite two other characters.  The Island of Doves is about a “caged bird” that needs to be freed, even if that release might wind up in death or totally awesome freedom of a new life!  This is a finely plotted novel with numerous surprises, challenges, and an aura of mystery as well.  The characters within these pages have a graceful appreciation of nature and human beings that carries and buffers the weights that troubles and just plain life throw far too often.  Nicely done indeed!

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

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    THE ISLAND OF DOVES by Kelly O'Connor McNees is an interesting I

    THE ISLAND OF DOVES by Kelly O'Connor McNees is an interesting Inspirational Historical Fiction/Romance set in 1816-1835 Buffalo and Mackinac Island. Follow these extraordinary women,Susannah,Magdelaine, Therese, Esmee, Josette, and Noelle, on a journey of faith, healing, forgiveness,grief and love.

    Susannah Fraser, is a courageous woman desperate for freedom from her abusive husband, Edward.

    THE ISLAND OF DOVES is the tale of extraordinary women with secrets, seeking redemption, healing, freedom, friendship, forgiveness and the ability to open their hearts to love again.

    Susannah's tale, is of an abusive husband, she is desperate to leave, alive, but she has tried before, which, resulted in bad consequences, so when the opportunity arises again, can she risk everything for herself and those who help her escape the clutches of an husband who is abusive, and greedy?

    Magdelaine Forneneau and her sisters, Therese and Josette is set on a course no one wanted, one will die from an abusive boyfriend, the one will disappear, and the other, is left to pick up the pieces and continue her life after this great tragedy and hardens her heart. Will she ever be capable of giving love again?

    Esmee and Noelle have their own stories to tell.

    A heart wrenching tale of love, healing,hope, grief and forgiveness. With vivid descriptions, engaging characters, and a storyline that is dear to so many, Violence against Women. While, &quot;THE ISLAND OF THE DOVES is fictional, three of the characters were inspired in some way, by real historical characters.&quot;

    ISLAND OF THE DOVES, is an charming, unforgettable, tale of the promise of a new life, second chances, and the power of love. Do pick up this title, you will not be disappointed. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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