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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thall54 Stars Out Of 5A Beautiful Story!July 22, 2017thall5Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island is a beautiful historical story of love, secrets, disappointments, heartaches, and finding and trusting God's will.
The author did a great job of bringing the characters and their circumstances life. I truly didn't want it to end! This is the second book, I have read of this author and I definitely plan to read more!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
PTL6KDS4 Stars Out Of 5Historical Fun.....July 22, 2017PTL6KDSQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4When I saw the opportunity to review a novel based on Mackinac Island I knew I had to read it! This romantic novel set in the late 1800's is a good 'curl up with a cup of coffee' kind of read. Having been to the island many times myself, it was fun to picture what it might have been like as the story unfolds during those years when the Grand Hotel was new and many of the old houses that now stand on the bluff were just being built. In the story, the iconic lighthouse is also in progress. When an accident occurs involving two ships due to fog and no lighthouse, you begin to imagine just how hard life was for those navigating the Great Lakes and how the islanders had to always be prepared to rescue the victims of weather, and hardship.
This romance is pretty standard but the details of the hotels and the day to day activity were what caught my interest. Carrie captured the attitude of the islanders and their closeness well. It is a different world from the one I live in and I found it fascinating to read about. If you like the historical detail about places of interest you will find this book and no doubt the others in this series worth checking out. Carrie named her main character after her grandmother who was born in 1895 when this story takes place. Another fun fact is that the author worked on the island as a young girl and as a result was able to capture the atmosphere of the island as it might have been those many years earlier.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. I was under no obligation to post a review. It was a pleasure to share this title with those who have a love for places that represent the past.
KavRCanadaGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Summer ReadJuly 22, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A sweet romance set on Mackinac Island -- what a great locale for a summer read! I've had a fascination for this spectacular vacation spot for years and admit to googling images as I was reading. Pagels creates the ambiance of island life and I loved the close-knit community that always had Maude's well-being at heart. Lots of busy bodies -- especially since she's related to half the islanders!
She's spunky -- not about to allow being jilted to define her future. She's more mad than heartbroken and sets about trying to eke out her future on her own terms. I didn't always understand or agree with her decisions but I give her high marks for sheer determination.
I admit to having a problem with Ben's elaborate deception -- especially when he knows his actions will have a detrimental effect on the young woman he is beginning to have feelings for. It seems everyone harbors secrets in this idyllic setting and Ben is close to exposing them all.
A complicated love story unfolds on the shores of Lake Michigan.
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ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5very enjoyableJuly 20, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved Maude. This is such a fun story. I love Ben and Jack also. This has some fun and romance . It would be hard to think that your father doesn't trust that you can run a business. There are a few twists and turns in this book and everyone learns a few life lessons by the end. I received this book from Barbour publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Ruthi3 Stars Out Of 5Maude's Mooring is a bit Boring...July 20, 2017RuthiQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2My 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.