My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's MooringCarrie Fancett PagelsBarbour Publishing / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 79 Reviews
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susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great bookJune 30, 2017susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book was a real page-turner. Ms. Pagels is an excellent story teller. In addition to the story of Maude and Ben, there were several sub-plots. I loved the way all these came together. This story really kept my interest and I enjoyed reading it. I would recommend this book.
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Melissa3 Stars Out Of 5Can't go wrong with this settingJune 26, 2017MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3You 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.
MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Reviewing: My Heart Belongs On Mackinac Island: Maude's MooringJune 26, 2017MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Now 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!
BrendaLeeAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful IslandJune 21, 2017BrendaLeeAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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.
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Karen RWAGender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5An enjoyable historical romanceJune 7, 2017Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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.)