Today I'm headed to Mackinac Island for a booksigning Saturday. This week, in anticipation of returning to the island, I read Melanie Dobson's historical Love Finds You on Mackinac Island. I loved stepping onto the island as it existed in 1894, a nice dovetail to my contemporary A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island.
Elena Bissette is playing on the stage of the Gilded Age. She knows she has to marry someone wealthy enough to save her family from a destitute future. But all she longs for is to marry someone who will love her for who she really is, not who society demands she pretend to be. On the island she has a sanctuary that is invaded by a man who seems to love everything she does. The question is can he love her and if he does can she marry him at her family's jeopardy? Chester Darrington is the most sought after bachelor on the island, but he has no interest in another society girl. All he cares about are the inventions he might be able to sell to the masses. When they collide can they dig past the misunderstandings and find love?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of being true to ourselves while balancing that with playing the roles expected of us. Melanie describes the Island in beautiful detail, transporting the reader to its peaceful borders. The characters left me longing for just a few more pages with them. It was a beautiful story that will join my keeper collection of books.
Readers agree, Dobson's latest is a winner:
"Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan whisks you away to a beautiful time and place, and you'll never want to leave the Island. Author Melanie Dobson weaves genuine characters with unique twists and turns. You won't be able to put this one down." - Nicole M. Miller, Writer & Reviewer
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. -Amazon.com
More about the book:
As the Gilded Age comes to a close, Elena Bissette's once-wealthy family has nearly lost its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, where they will spend one last summer in the hope of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. But Elena is repulsed by the idea of marrying for money.
Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls, Elena spends most evenings escaping back into Mackinac's rugged forest. There she meets Chase, a handsome laborer who shares her love for the night sky. The two begin to meet in secret at an abandoned lighthouse, where they work together to solve a mystery buried in the pages of a tattered diary.
As Elena falls in love with Chase, her mother relentlessly contrives to introduce her to Chester Darrington, the island's most eligible bachelor. Marriage to the elusive millionaire would solve the Bissettes' financial woes, and Elena is torn between duty and love. Click here for the press kit.
More about Melanie:
Melanie Dobson has written ten contemporary and historical novels including five releases in Summerside's Love Finds You series. In 2011, two of her releases won Carol Awards: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (for historical romance) and The Silent Order (for romantic suspense).
Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master's degree in communication from Regent University. Prior to her writing career, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and a publicist for The Family Channel. She later launched her own public relations company and worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years.
Melanie and her family enjoy their home in the Pacific Northwest. The entire Dobson family loves to travel and hike in both the mountains and along the cliffs above the Pacific.
When Melanie isn't writing or playing with her family, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.
For more about Melanie Dobson and her books, visit www.melaniedobson.com.
More about the "Mackinac Island" Giveaway:
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One grand prize winner will receive:
- A brand new Kindle Fire
- Signed copies of Melanie’s Love Find You books: Love Finds you in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa, Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana.
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