I enjoyed this book so much. The beautiful Mackinac Island makes the perfect setting for this endearing historical romance. The author makes full use of the unique geographical features on the island and its beautiful views. That includes the abundance of lilacs which fill the air with its fragrances, even today.
The story begins the moment Ben Steffan lands on the island and literally runs smack into Maude Welling at the docks. She looked upset and perhaps a bit angry. She apologized as she hadn't seen him in front of her. Then she turned and rushed toward the village where he assumed she lived. He continued his stroll, to assume the persona of a wealthy industrialist, Freidrich Konig, he was trying to portray. He had a job to do. But when he looked up from the lovely brunette he had run into, he spotted two people he had known in Detroit. He hoped they didn't blow his cover.
Maude continued down the street completely disoriented. Not only had she suffered the loss of her mother a year ago, but now she'd lost her fiance. She had expected Greyson's arrival so they could wed and run her family Inn together. But without notice, he arrived on the docks with his wife! How was she to run the inn herself? Will her father now fulfill his threat to sell it and move down state? She didn't want to leave the island. Could this day get any worse?
The author writes a tender love story that is much more than a casual summer read. She includes a touch of mystery, some duplicity on both the characters' parts, not a few misunderstandings, heroic action, a bit of a twist and great character development. Both Ben and Maude have reached some crossroads in their lives. Both are attracted to each other, but have secrets that could stop their relationship developing before it even begins. How the author resolves this conflict is heart warming and life affirming.
I especially enjoyed the touches of historical events where the men in the community must be prepared at a moment's notice to become a rescue team in case there is a shipwreck or collision in the icy waters surrounding the island. At one point, the author uses one such event as a means to draw Ben and Maude together in spite of their determination to back away. What a great story.
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This is the first book I have read by Carrie Fancett Pagels but it won't be my last. I really enjoyed getting to know Maude in the pages of this book. Maude's Moorings painted such a lovely picture of life on Mackinac Island in the late 1800's. Interesting characters fill out the story line. I breezed right through the book and found myself hoping there will be more to come. Mackinac Island is on the list of places I would love to visit one day. This lovely story made me want to move it up on the list.
What a beautiful story with deep descriptions of the unique life on the Island! I have been there before and know that she did her research of its nuances and loyalty of the natives. I felt like I was walking around with the characters and experiencing all the same emotions with them. Maude certainly has a conundrum to straighten out in her life. Ben is just doing his job. Both have crossed paths and now have more to think about! Mystery, suspense, romance and greatly developed characters make this a page turner. Life on the Island is like nothing else only an Islander can understand it. I certainly kept turning pages to find out if Ben made the cut!! You will love this hometown story! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Maude Welling is determined to convince her father to allow her to take over the family's inn - one that has been in her mother's family for generations. But her father is insistent that she be married before taking over the Winds of Mackinac Inn in any capacity. But Maude's hopes for marriage are soon dashed with her intended's change of heart. But Maude is determined to prove to her father that she can handle the responsibilities by taking a position with their competition as a maid. But working as a maid isn't as easy as it appears.
Meanwhile, Ben Steffans has come to Mackinac on assignment - pretend he is a man of means while searching out prospectors who are in pursuit of well-to-do heiresses who will elevate not only their social standing but their economic standing as well. Ben's biggest obstacle to fleshing out his story - finding island locals willing to talk to an outsider.
But more is going on at this summer destination than anyone could possibly imagine and before long Maude and Ben find themselves caught up in the stories that they have woven. But when the truth comes out will the damages be too great to undo or will these two hurting people discover that there was something better for them all along?
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring is a delightful escape into a time, while not simpler, that was less encumbered by technology. What's fun about this book is that my great-great-grandmother lived not too far from here at the time - it is interesting to know what her world was like. So if you like sweet historical fiction with a dash of romance and mystery thrown in give this one a look-see.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maudes Mooring was entertaining, informative, and enjoyable. The moment I read the first page I was drawn in and could not wait to see what would happen to the characters. Maude and her family are made me feel I could go visit the island and imagine life as it was once. I enjoyed reading this story and learning about the history of lesser known parts of America. I hope there will be a sequel out soon.