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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justcallmegrammy5 Stars Out Of 5You'll enjoy getting to know Maude...July 24, 2017justcallmegrammyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This 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.
SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fabulous Island story!!July 24, 2017SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What 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.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet historical fiction worth readingJuly 23, 2017Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island
By Carrie Fancett Pagels
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.
rhondaryserNorth CarolinaAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Please tell me there will be moreJuly 23, 2017rhondaryserNorth CarolinaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My 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.
sgreene014 Stars Out Of 5Turn of the Century Historical FictionJuly 22, 2017sgreene01Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This historical fiction takes place at the famed vacation spot of Mackinac Island in the late 19th century.
The Grand Hotel on the island and is the place where men would come in the summer to try to find rich wives.
The story centers around Maude Welling, whose family has owned the Winds of Mackinac Inn for several generations, always being passed down to the woman in the family. Maude's mother has passed away and her father is presently running the inn. Maude anticipates that she will inherit it and be the one to run it. However, her father refuses to let her do that unless she is married. She has anticipated marrying her long-time beau, but when he returns to the island with a wife on his arm, she sees life take a completely different turn, and her father threatening to sell the inn. She feels she has to do something to make her father realize she is quite able to handle running the inn without a husband, so she secretly takes on a job at The Grand Hotel. While working there, she formally meets Ben Steffans, who has come to the Grand Hotel as an undercover journalist, ,to get a story on about how the men come to find rich wives.
We see many interactions between numerous characters in the books when Ben is trying to gather information for his story. He continually runs into many of Maude's relatives on the island who run different businesses and he continually runs into Maude and comes to like her very much.
Will their friendship develop to a point of love and marriage, or will the deceit of Ben's undercover work keep them apart.
This was an interesting book, however, I felt there were too many characters to follow.
I would recommend it to those who enjoy reading historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.