My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring by Carrie Fancett Pagels is part of a series by different authors published by Barbour Books.
Set in the mid 1890's, the author takes us to a vacation where the main character, Maude, lives with her family, who owns the Winds of Mackinac Inn. Her father is adamant that she not run the inn after the death of her mother, though it has been in her mother's family for generations. Maude gets a job as a maid at the Grand Hotel, mainly to prove that she is capable of running her family's inn. Her father is not in agreement that she should run it, so this job is very important to her. She finds that it is an undaunting task and it changes the way she treats her own maids at the inn.
She had been engaged to marry, but her fiance returns to the island...already married. This leads her into a determination NOT to depend on a man during her life which is distressing to her father.
There were many twists and turns throughout the novel, but keeping the characters straight during the first half of the novel was difficult. Since I had previously read several of the "My Heart Belongs" series, I wanted to keep reading it, but found it difficult to remember minor characters. The writing style of Carrie Fancett Pagels is a bit more formal than other novels in this series, and it didn't keep my interest as others did. I was a bit disappointed.
This is the kind of book that can take you away from your busy life, troubles, as you read it opens your mind and heart to the characters in the book and leaves all your worries behind.
The author is very good at keeping you very interested in the goings on of the people you're so called living with while the book is in your hands. Here's a bit of information on the story.
1895...Mackinac Island, Michigan...Maude Welling just cannot understand why her father is so adamant about her not managing Winds of Mackinac Inn without a husband.
Journalist Ben Steffansor rather Friedrich Konigis on an undercover assignment as a wealthy industrialist staying at the infamous Grand Hotel pursing a story about impoverished men chasing women of financial means and heiressesand maybe a promotion when finished...and finds himself intrigued by an attractive maid.
A delightful story set in a place I would like to see for myself, living on an Island sounds so romantic to me. This story shows us that we need to be who God created us to be and not be deceptive to try to achieve our own goals. God has every detail worked and will guide us if we learn to listen and follow.
I would like to see a sequel to this book to see what happens with Ben's family connections in Germany and how things work out for Maude's father and brother.
I received a complimentary Copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Maude's fiance broke off their engagement when he married somebody else, but somehow he didn't break her heart. Could it be God has someone else in mind for her? Surely not wealthy business man Friedrich Koenig. She wants only to run her family's inn. Why won't her father listen to reason and allow her to do it without a husband? Isn't that what her mother and grandmother intended?
Ben, by trade a journalist, uses the name of Friedrich Koenig when he checks into the grand hotel on Mackinac Island. His clothing, his manner, even his speech must change to pull off this charade that will net him the biggest story of his career. And yet, his false identity proves to be what catches the attention of the beautiful girl, Maude Welling. Or was it? Perhaps Ben is really the person Maude is seeking to giver her heart to.
The many twists and unexpected happenings in this story make it a page-turner. Just when you think you have it figured out and HEA is in store, something new falls into the picture, changing it completely. Carrie Fancett Pagels has done a truly remarkable job of penning this historical romance as well as keeping accurate to historical events, drawing us into the beautiful setting of Mackinac Island, and capturing our hearts with sweet romance.
The underlying theme of God's forgiveness and mercy exemplified in the hearts of those around us was skillfully woven into the story as was encouragement to do what we know is right. I will be looking for more books by this author in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The small town atmosphere where everyone knew each other and looked out for one another was so endearing. Maude wants to run the family inn but her father will not let her until she is married. Can she prove to her father that she can run the inn without a husband? This book was one of my favorite reads of the summer. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.