Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan
A pretty island and a sweet romance in one!
This is the first "Love Finds You" book I have read as well as the first Melanie Dobson book I've read.
And while this wasn't a favorite, I still enjoyed it. Within the first few pages, I was ready to look up costs to visit Mackinac Island in Michigan. Miss Dobson described it so beautifully, I hope to one day visit. You will too, once you read this book. Haha!
The two stars of this novel are Elena and Chase. I really liked Elena's loyalty to her parents, though she was against their plans for her. I found her to be a sweet endearing character suppressed by her mother's standards. I loved her love for the Lord and longing to be close to Him.
I also held a high respect for Chase. He seemed to be a modern day celebrity on that island! Poor guy. He was continually bombarded by mothers throwing their daughters at him. However, not once did he take advantage of this, instead he rather hated it. He was very sick of women wanting him for money alone, which made Elena all the more attractive to him when they meet she has no idea who he is.
As far as stories go, this one is well done. Miss Dobson had two storylines going on at the same time and yet it wasn't hard to keep track of which was which at all. Overall, this wasn't a hard book to get into nor was it hard to read. I read most of it in an afternoon.
I swapped a book for this one, no review required.
December 15, 2012
Wonderfully Descriptive Novel
My favorite genre of historical fiction is quickly becoming Guilded Age fiction, and Melanie Dobson has easily earned a spot among some of the best authors currently writing about this glorious era. Her writing in this novel is wonderfully descriptive without being overdone, and with the backdrop of Mackinac Island, the combination is perfect. The romantic angle is a little far-fetched in my opinion, and the conflict between Elena and Chase drags a little long, but all in all, the entire story really is quite sweet. Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan is a great addition to the ever-growing series, and I sincerely hope that Melanie will find another occasion soon to take me back to the Guilded Era. :o)
December 11, 2012
A great pageturner
A charming read from the Gilded Age.
Elena doesn't want to marry the much sought after, most eligible bachelor on Mackinac Island, Chester Darrington--she's not sure he can even tolerate her. But what will happen when Elena falls for the innovative Chase? What will her family do to survive if Elena doesn't make an advantageous match?
I really liked the style of Ms. Dobson's writing and was quickly drawn into the story. Both of the main characters, Chase and Elena were very likable, and even though they didn't spend as much time together as I would have liked, I could really see that they were perfect for each other.
I loved the way the Ms. Dobson captured the Gilded Age, and I could tell that she'd done some great research to make this book happen. I loved the setting and how there was a wisp of mystery about the lighthouse!
Overall this was a highly enjoyable read, with great characters that were easy to connect with. There were moments of humor, and the story as a whole was well done and very charming. I really liked the character of Elena's father who was very supportive of her wishes, and a great caring dad. This is a book that I would happily recommend, and I hope to read more of Ms. Dobson's books in the future :)
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
September 6, 2012
Another Dobson blockbuster!!!!!
Elena Bissette dresses in silk and taffeta, like the other heiresses, who flock to fashionable Mackinac Island. But her fancy gowns and upper-class ways create a false impression about her family's bank balance...and the desires of her heart. Where other fair ladies desire a rich lord of the manor, Elena yearns for the Lord of the heavens and will risk her mother's disdain, her reputation, her safety, perhaps even her future, to seek Him in a secluded old lighthouse.
When Chester Darrington, a handsome millionaire, docks his yacht in the lovely lake waters, mothers, including Elena's, plot to find the channel to his heart. Little do they know that quirky inventions occupy the investor's mind, along with the nearly impossible dream of finding a woman who will break the "patent" of society marriages.
With her award-winning prose and compelling characters, Dobson again pens a captivating story. Don't miss Melanie's latest--sure to win both awards and your heart!
August 27, 2012