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Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan by: Melanie Dobson

Monday, July 23, 2012
It's the height of the Gilded Age, but Elena Bissette's family has lost most of its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, and they spend summers there in hopes of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls at the Grand Hotel, she spends her days walking along the island's rugged coastline. There she meets Chase, a young fisherman who invites her to watch the ships from an abandoned lighthouse. The two begin to meet there in secret, hoping to solve a decades-old mystery. Meanwhile, Elena's mother contrives introductions between Elena and the island's most eligible bachelor, an elusive millionaire named Chester Darrington. When Elena's two worlds unexpectedly collide, she will be in for the surprise of her life.

Goodreads Summary

Elena Bissette, from a once-wealthy Chicago family, has arrived to spend what could be her last summer on Mackinac Island.  Her mother is determined that Elena should marry Chester Darrington, a wealthy financier.  Due to high interest payments, bank failures, and company failures, people like the Bissettes of 1894 went from wealth and success to the prospect of losing businesses and their homes.  Elena is told it is her duty to save her family by marrying well, but she yearns to marry for love, to get off the “stage” of high society and be allowed to be herself.  For years, she has escaped to a mysterious lighthouse where she can sketch, be in awe of the stars, and feel close to God.  One night, while her mother’s plans with Mr. Darrington are falling apart, Elena meets Chase at the lighthouse.  Their shared love of the night sky, interest in art and invention, and curiosity about the lighthouse’s mystery bring them to love one another.  Unhappily, their love might not survive high society’s gossip and continual pretense.           
We have to take our family to Mackinac Island!  Dobson describes a world of great natural beauty and history.  Reading about the inventions that the Darringtons investigate and finance reminded me of the many inventions I have seen in my own time – these marvelous inventions that we take for granted!  The bits of history about the British occupation of Mackinac add so much to the story, especially the diary pages from the patriot wife who steadfastly cares for her children as she waits for word from her missing husband.  I really liked Elena’s mom, dad, and Claude.  Her father – such a loving gentleman.  Her mother – so proper, refined, and determined – but nearly a mother bear when defending her daughter!  Claude is so gentle and caring; his loyalty to the Bissette family and his deep faith inspires and comforts.

Four Stars    

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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  1. Jennifer said...:

    What a sweet looking cover. Not the type of book i normally read. But it sounds interesting. Thanks for the post.

  1. Unknown said...:

    Not a usual read for me but looks sweet and I love the location! I've been there and it is gorgeous! Thanks for the post!

  1. Violette said...:

    That cover is awesome! I'm such a huge fan of historical reads so I'm glad that this book received a great review. It is definitely going on my TBR shelf.

  1. I don't usually read a lot of historical fiction but this sounds interesting and that cover is so pretty! :)

  1. Na said...:

    The setting seems so picturesque and a perfect place to escape to from society. This is the first time I've heard of this book but I am familiar with the series.

  1. Lili said...:

    My first thought when reading this review is that the cover is absolutely adorable. It's very sweet and simple... not in your face. And I feel like a sweetness in a cover isn't common in novels anymore. I'm glad you enjoyed it, you certainly peaked my interest!

  1. Not something I would normally consider but you made it sound like a cute and breezy read. If I was in a reading funk I would give it a go!