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A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island (Brides & Weddings) Paperback – April 1, 2012

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This is an engaging second chance at love amateur sleuth starring a Dona Quixote heroine who vows to uncover the truth. Her persistent inquiry leads to murder while Alanna also realizes she still loves Jonathan. He has issues to as he has another woman in his life. Readers will relish this fabulous return to Mackinac Island with Alanna and Jonathan as our tour guides; if they survive her investigation and if she stays.
(Harriet Klausner The Midwest Book Review 2012-06-24)

Book Description

Mackinac Island is accessible only by ferry or small plane. Its laid back pace, sans cars, is the perfect place to recover from hurt—unless the injury occurred there. As Alanna Stone tries to reconcile past to present she discovers her future lies in learning to listen to God.

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Product Details

  • Series: Brides & Weddings
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,267,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since the time I could read Nancy Drew, I have wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 I attended a book signing at my local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, is history. There I met Colleen Coble. With prompting from my husband, I shared my dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, I've been writing books.

In addition to writing, I am an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women's ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, my husband and my kids. I graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), George Mason Law School. Because I had a few spare moments, I am now a graduate of Purdue University's MBA program. You can learn more about my books at

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Wright on May 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love, love, love Cara Putman's novels. She's one of those authors whose writing sucks you in from the first letter and keeps you there until the page turns. Then you feel as though your BFF moved away because the book is over and you have to wait months for the next Putman book to be released.

Fine. I'll stop gushing.

So this novel takes place on Mackinac Island - a place I have been and must say, Cara totally captured the essence that is the island. You will feel like you're really there. It's distinct culture is captivating and the pages capture it well.

The characters nab you right from the beginning. Alanna Stone has avoided coming home but her parent's plea wins and she returns to a place she fears will ruin her privacy and life. Jonathan Covington (how's that for a great surname?) may have been her first love, but he was also her first lesson in betrayal. (I stole that sentence from the back cover because it rocked!).

The book itself is not merely a romance and by no means a women's lit fiction. It's filled with intrigue and suspense. Murder -- yes -- murder. Love it! Well, I don't really love murder, but in a book ... okay ... you catch my drift. If the characters survive this book it might be a miracle, but of course, I won't tell because that would be considered a spoiler. I don't do spoilers.

Don't be fooled by the title. It's not a simplistic coffee table romance about a cutesy wedding on a fairy tale island. It's more like, a stolen kiss right before the gun goes off.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kym McNabney VINE VOICE on March 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you like a fun, contemporary, light mystery with a splash of suspense, then A WEDDING TRASPIRES ON MACKINAC ISLAND by CARA C. PUTMAN is a novel you'll want to be sure to read.

Attorney Alanna Stone has avoided Mackinac Island, and the man she loved for over a decade. When her mother summons her back to that very place, she goes but not without trepidation. The man she loved had betrayed her, but he wasn't the only reason she fled the Island. As luck would have it she bumps into Jonathan Covington shortly after arriving on Mackinac Island. Alanna soon finds herself in the mist of the very reason she stayed away from the Island for so long.

After Alanna left Mackinac Island, Jonathan lost interest in relationships. His heart was for one woman and one woman only...and she'd disappeared from his life long ago. Shocked to see Alanna return, he wonders if it's too late for them.

Alanna and Jonathan have past issues that must be resolve before they can open their hearts to one another again...but with God, all things are possible.

*Please see my profile for more information on this review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Sundin on July 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island is a fun and exciting read, with well-drawn characters and a lovely setting that inspires both relaxation and mystery. As a lawyer herself, Cara Putman makes the criminal and legal aspects of the story intriguing and understandable. I highly recommend this novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shondra on May 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved reading of the Mackinac Island area, learning of the unique secrets this place holds. From different landmarks to visit, to more specific scenic routes to take, this book left me longing to visit the area!

When I first started reading the story, I didn't realize what I was getting myself into. While there was definitely a "romance" storyline to follow, I was more intrigued by the mystery that kept unfolding! The author, Cara C. Putman, does an excellent job in drawing the reader into the story. At times, there were multiple mystery lines to follow...and while I was pretty sure I had the one figured out, the other two were not so easy!

I also loved how Putman brought Alanna's past to light, allowing her to work through some aspects of her teen years to allow for continued healing in her present life. It's a great reminder to us that although the past is best left in the past, sometimes you need to go back in order to move forward!

**I received this complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing for review purposes, all opinions are my own, I was not required to post a positive review.**
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Fox-Butcher on April 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've long been a fan of anything written by Cara Putman. So it was with great excitement that I opened A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island this weekend.

In this book, attorney Alanna Stone left Mackinac Island as a young woman and vowed never to return. After years away and only at the request of her mother, she returns to run the family art studio. We soon learn that when Alanna left Mackinac she also left behind her first love, Jonathan Covington.

For Jonathan, the loss of Alanna completely turned him off to dating and relationships in general. He never knew why she left and never returned. He didn't know what he'd done and though he tried to get over her, he realizes, he never did. Now, since Alanna's return, he begins to wonder if he's waited too long to find love.

Interspersed with all the romance is a mystery that's plagued the island for many years and is the sole reason of Alanna's departure. Both Alanna and Jonathan have to put aside their past heartbreak and work together to solve the mystery.

What I loved about this book, other than the great romance, is the wonderful job Putman does with transporting us to Mackinac. She made the island a character in itself and I loved that! If you've ever been, you will see how well she researched and weaved into the story all the quaint details that are so Mackinac. If you've never been, you'll want to go see this charming place for yourself.

After reading this book, I longed for a trip to the island and could almost imagine running into Alanna and Jonathan. Overall, another, great, easy read by Cara Putman. And if you've never read her other books I highly recommend Stars in the Night. One of her best.
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