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Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan Paperback – July 1, 2012
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Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of ten novels. She grew up in the Midwest but now lives with her husband and two daughters in Oregon. Read more at melaniedobson.com.
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It's always fun to read a "Love Finds You" book because while I'm eager to read the story, I am just as eager to read about the place where the story takes place. MacKinac Island sounded like some kind of dream vacation! Described in this vivid, gilded setting, I could close my eyes and just picture the wealthy picnickers lounging on the beaches with their maids fussing about them.
(Warning: Spoiler!) I was a bit confused--after the climatic meeting of Elena and Chester--as to why the two were at such odds. I mean, I know he was upset at her for keeping her identity a secret...but didn't he do the same thing? This one angle in the story gave me pause and, even after I finished it, still didn't completely satisfy me. Their reactions seemed extreme. But, as I've said before, this might just be me (End of Spoiler!)
All in all, Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan was a very enjoyable read that kept my interest glued to the characters within the pages. Now that I've had a taste of Dobson's talent, I will definitely be looking forward to reading her other Love Finds You books that I own. :-) Living in Florida, people often ask me what's a good `beach read', and now I would quickly and highly recommend Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan.
I reviewed this book for Summerside Press via Litfuse. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
In the last third of the book, Elena is properly introduced to the man her mother hopes she will marry to save the family from the poor house. Elena and Chase had formed a friendship based on neither one revealing the whole truth about who they really were. They each thought the other was in much lower station in life than they really were. So, when they were properly introduced, they both thought the other had deceived them. They both vowed never to see each other again. But deep in their hearts, they longed for the other. The author could have drawn out this tension for a major part of the book, but she didn't. The resolution came about in a timely manner, and the ending was quite wonderful. My favorite character was Chase's mother. She was the crème of society, yet very down to earth. She was so different from the other women in that she would not tolerate gossip, which was the main entertainment for most women back in the day. It was through her that a lot of healing between the characters took place.
The other thing I like about this book was the fact that I didn't find any errors. It was so pleasant to not be jarred with a wrong word or misplaced sentence part. When I consider a book, I look at the reviews. If a review mentions that there were a lot of typos, I won't read it~~even if it's a great story. My sunbonnet is off to Melanie Dobson and Summerside Press for a great read.
Publisher: Summerside Press
Author of ten novels, Melanie Dobson has written her fifth historical fiction in the series book titled, "Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan," which is part of a fifty-two book historical American series by multiple authors.
This paperback novel depicts a young lady dressed in the late eighteen hundred's apparel walking the shoreline on the front jacket and paragraphs about the book and author with a photograph of the island on the back. Inside is a short description of the actual island along with an author biography, a list of other books in the series and map of novel-based locations. There were no typographical or grammatical errors. With no profanity or explicit sex scenes, the book can be read by young adult and older.
Mackinac Island in Michigan was and still is a summer resort area for the wealthy or those wanting to escape city life. With no automobiles, it is still full of scenic roads and trails with even the historic Grand Hotel in current-day operation. Dobson immediately captures the fresh air, lilac breezes and starry night feeling in her writing.
The book is a delightful, young romantic love story of unknown, misunderstood and wholesome relationships played out on a Michigan island over a hundred years ago. Nineteen year old Elena and her well-to-do parents spend one last summer at their island cottage before the father's factory goes under and the bank closes their home. Her mother is determined to marry the independent Elena to the rich Darrington son to save the family fortune. Without ever meeting beautiful Elena, Chester Darrington learns about the matrimonial scheme and firmly wants nothing to do with her.
Since Elena is a wanderer, artist and woman who dreams to marry for love not money, she is torn at her parents' request to marry. Her secret abandoned lighthouse nearby is her shelter where she talks to God and can be herself. Unknowing to both Elena and Chester, they meet by accident at the lighthouse under pretenses about their names, background and social status and fall genuinely in love.
An undercurrent to the story is the prior tenants of the lighthouse and that family's despair when the father goes missing after the British take over the island and demand allegiance in the early eighteen hundreds. Both Elena and Chester are bonded by the love of the past couple and the lighthouse itself but see their supposed marked social and cultural differences from what they both really are.
Dobson does an excellent job keeping the reader informed and engaged, yet yearning to know what happens next to the two lovers and how they overcome their own inadequacies, misunderstandings and heartbreaks. Kudos to the writer for making the ambiance, mood and enriched characters with so much depth and detail that the reader feels she is walking the paths on Mackinac Island way back in the nineteenth century too.