My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring  -     By: Carrie Fancett Pagels
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1683220889
ISBN-13: 9781683220886
Series: My Heart Belongs

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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?

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Author Bio

CARRIE FANCETT PAGELS, Ph.D., "Hearts Overcoming Through Time," is an award-winning Christian historical romance author. Carrie’s Amazon Christian Historical Romance bestselling novella, The Fruitcake Challenge, released September, 2014. Her short story, "Snowed In," appears in Guidepost Books’ A Christmas Cup of Cheer (2013). She’s the Amazon bestselling and top-rated author of Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (2013). Her short story, "The Quilting Contest," will appear in Family Fiction’s The Story 2014 anthology. Carrie is a finalist for the 2014 Maggie Awards for Excellence for her unpublished novel Grand Exposé. Former psychologist (25 years) is a mother of two.

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"This charming late-19th century tale of love, grief, second chances, and trusting God will please fans of historical Christian fiction."

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  1. Melissa
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Can't go wrong with this setting
    June 26, 2017
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    You can never go wrong with setting when a book is set on Mackinac Island. This is my all time favorite place in the world. I have been there many times.

    The book opens with a great scene that will draw you in right away. Maude's heartache and disappointment grabbed me.

    The copy I read was an advance reader copy so I am not sure if this mistake was corrected but it says something about looking out at Lake Michigan from the island. Mackinac Island is surrounded by Lake Huron. This might have been corrected in the final draft.

    I was really torn with this book. At times I was pulled into the story other times I just couldn't get into it. I didn't always understand the character motivation for some things, and some things and misunderstandings seemed force or cleared up too soon.

    I wanted to love this book but I didn't. I liked it, no doubt about it, just not as much as I had hoped.

    A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
  2. Mardell
    Spokane WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Reviewing: My Heart Belongs On Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring
    June 26, 2017
    Mardell
    Spokane WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Now and then I read a book that just says summer is here! I recently finished reading My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island Maude's Mooring: by Carrie Fancett Pagels and this is just such a book.

    My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring by [Pagels, Carrie Fancett]

    Maude Welling is a lovely young woman, considered by fellow islanders to be the best sort of girl. She is unspoiled by the things most girls visiting the island long for. Her desire is to marry Greyson, her long time intended, and run the family inn. Fate, however unkind, intervenes and Maude is left at the pier to watch in horror as Greyson introduces Maude to Ann, his new wife.

    Enter Mr. Frederic Konig, a handsome young man who is a very wealthy industrialist, witnessing the entire scene between Maude, Greyson and Ann. He was taken in by her hurt manner, but even more so by her beauty and grace.

    Mr. Konig will be staying at the very smart Grand Hotel, the very best place on the island to find wealthy young women. Frederic, though, is an imposter. He is not who he says he is. He is actually Ben Steffan, a young reporter for the Detroit Post. He was furnished in the finest men's fashions, schooled in the proper etiquette of wealth and, more specifically, on special assignment to expose handsome young dandies who prey on lovely young women of fortune. He can fool the many but in his heart he knows who he is. A man of compassion, he feels like he is playing a game of the Prince and the Pauper. His dress and actions speak the part but his good nature continues to shine through. Mark Twain himself appears at the Grand, a nice touch of poetic license that adds just the right spice for Ben when he needed it.

    Maude lives with her widowed father and lively brother Jack. She should be learning to take over the family inn, The Winds of Mackinac, but her father's wishes are adamant: she will not run the inn without the help of a husband. With her wedding plans down the pipe she is determined to prove to her father that she is capable of running the inn. She assumes the role of maid at the Grand Hotel, fooling her father but risking termination by her lack of skills.

    Frederic takes an interest in Jack, an incorrigible lad who seems to be everywhere at once with many plans up his sleeve. He and his games are incorrigible. Jack is running so much it is hard to realize that if he slowed down he'd have to deal that old pain that keeps rising to the surface named grief. The Wellings lost their mother the year before and the grief is still hanging around the house like an unsung song.

    Maude, her father and uncle Robert all have to come to an understanding of the future of the inn. Wills are meant to make things easier for loved ones left behind but once in a great while, a codicil can change the expectations of everyone. There is more riding on the fate of this will than just a family legacy on the island.

    I liked the story. The setting on Mackinac Island lent itself well to the summer people who likely found respite from the city during the heat of the summer. Young women of marriageable age would have enjoyed being pampered at the Grand Hotel. The idea that a paper would set a handsome young reporter on unsuspecting gold diggers was a nice twist. It lured me in like a fisherman with a tall tale. I recommend you add My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island to your summer reading list!
  3. BrendaLee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Island
    June 21, 2017
    BrendaLee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A great book set on a beautiful island. Maude gets her heart broken or (does she really?) when her "fianc" Greyson marries someone else and shows back up on the Island.

    Maude and Ben both posing as someone else. Maude is trying to prove to her Dad that she is able to run the Inn that has been her family for years by working as a maid in another Inn on the Island. Ben posing as someone else trying to get a story and get a prominent position in the news office.

    With Ben and Maude both keeping secrets, it's hard for them to trust one another. Will they both make the right decisions? Will they forgive each other? Will Maude's Dad forgive his Wife and Mother-in-law for what they did?

    The characters were great and there's adventures to follow. Oh and I loved little brother because he was always into something.

    I enjoyed reading about a real place that was well researched and that the author actually had been there. I almost felt like I was having a vacation on the Island. I would for sure love to see Mackinac Island and just stay awhile.

    Read this story and enjoy Island life and all the twist and turns.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and publisher. I was under no obligation to post a review.
  4. Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An enjoyable historical romance
    June 7, 2017
    Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A beautiful Mackinac Island, Michigan setting in June 1895, brings together a young woman and man posing as their opposites in society. Maude believes she must prove her worth and ability to run an inn to convince her father. Ben just wants a good story, so he can hopefully advance in his career.

    There was a lot of deception and misunderstanding between the main characters, preventing them from really getting to know each other. Each one wrestles with their conscience, and has to decide if they will trust in God for their future, learning to look to Him for guidance, to discern His will, instead of holding tightly to possessions or misguided ambitions. The theme of forgiveness and looking to God to meet our needs was illustrated well in the story.

    I like how this author used real landmarks and places in the story, researching the area, and painting a picture of what island life was like in the summer when wealthy tourists came to stay on the island. It sounded like a lovely place to vacation, biking and walking everywhere. The use of real people and their work, like Mark Twain and his book The Prince and the Pauper, added authenticity; the plot was even a bit of a take on this classic.The index had some interesting facts about the time and locale.

    I had a hard time connecting to the characters in the first half, as the story seemed to jump around a lot. It came together nicely later on though. It was fun to see the nod to some of the author's characters from other stories in a few spots.

    Recommend for readers who enjoy historical Christian romances.

    (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
  5. vics49548
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Read!
    June 5, 2017
    vics49548
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Set in my beautiful state of Michigan on Mackinac Island, I loved that Author Carrie Fancett Pagels did her homework and portrayed the island true to form. Even including the lovely lilacs its known for! It was tough to see the class differences on the island but that was very real for its day and Carrie didn't shy away from what would have happened and how people in all classes would have responded to situations.

    Full of twists, turns, and intrigue, I was immediately pulled into this story. The characters of this book are very believable and they learn that trusting God is so very important. It was great to see growth portrayed as they learned this lesson, and to see how it affected their decisions.

    I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by this author!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review.
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