By: Carrie Fancett Pagels

Moor your heart on Mackinac Island along with resident sweetheart Maude Welling, an heiress trying to prove her worth by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. Meet Ben Steffans, a journalist posing as a wealthy industrialist who has come to the island to uncover a story about impoverished men pursuing heiresses at the famed hotel. Will a growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed in this Gilded Age romance?

My Review:

Picking up this book you will find yourself drifting back thru the mist of time to Mackinac Island, June 1895.  The descriptions of the views from the Grand Hotel are so vivid that you can feel the cool lake breeze and see the azure lake sparkling in the sun’s gentle rays.

Maude Welling has known not only the deep loss of loosing her mother, but also the shame of her fiancé returning to the island married to someone else. She has not only lost her ability to trust others, but she is trying to discover the secret her father is keeping from her.  She wants to prove her worth not only to him, but to herself all well. Will she be able to find where she belongs?

Ben Steffans is jaded by his past. His parents and sister were tossed out of the only home they knew by his Uncle.  His parents then brought them to America and the promise of a golden future that tarnished all to quickly. He is now on a mission as an undercover newspaper reporter in search of the story that will propel his career forward.

Can two people from different walks of life, and hidden agendas be able to let down their guards to not only find the person that God wants them to be, but also allow others in?

With dynamic characters and an ideal setting this story will find its way  into your heart.  I’ve yet to visit Mackinac island. I’ve wanted to visit since watching the Jane Seymour &  Christopher Reeve in the movie “Somewhere In Time”.   This book only solidified my desire to travel north to Mackinac.

I give this book 4.5 stars

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley for review. I am not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”

About the Author:

carrieCarrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author. With a dozen Christian historical romances published, this former “Yooper” writes Christian historical romances about overcoming.

She grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where many of her stories are set. Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn’t “cured” by twenty-five years as a psychologist, she loves bringing characters to life.

Carrie and her family reside in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, which is perfect for her fascination with history. Carrie enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and beading-but not all at the same time!

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515F3sTlk0L._AC_AC_SR98,95_Available for pre-order from Amazon. Release Date: July 31, 2017

Upcoming Events:

  • July 22nd from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Book signing at the Tahquamenon Logging Museum in Newberry, Michigan
  • Carrie will be signing books at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in July. Date will be announced soon!

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