Saturday, July 22, 2017

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island : Maude's Moor

GIVEAWAY
PAGELS, CARRIE FANCETT
MY HEART BELONGS ON MACKINAC ISLAND : MAUDE'S MOOR

A tangled romance forms at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel

Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother's family for generations, Maude Welling's father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. While undercover journalist Ben Steffan pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel, he becomes attracted to an intriguing mad. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders -- including Maude -- and he digs deep for his story. But when scandal threatens, will their love be able to survive the truth?

Journey now to Mackinac Island of 1895, where individual quests are interrupted by a chance meeting.

My Review:

A sweet romance set on Mackinac Island -- what a great locale for a summer read! I've had a fascination for this spectacular vacation spot for years and admit to googling images as I was reading. Pagels creates the ambiance of island life and I loved the close-knit community that always had Maude's well-being at heart. Lots of busy bodies -- especially since she's related to half the islanders!

She's spunky -- not about to allow being jilted to define her future. She's more mad than heartbroken and sets about trying to eke out her future on her own terms. I didn't always understand or agree with her decisions but I give her high marks for sheer determination.

I admit to having a problem with Ben's elaborate deception -- especially when he knows his actions will have a detrimental effect on the young woman he is beginning to have feelings for. It seems everyone harbors secrets in this idyllic setting and Ben is close to exposing them all.

A complicated love story unfolds on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Book provided courtesy of the author.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island, leave a commet below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 23 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

20 comments:

  1. I've been following along with Carrie's Mackanic Island book/blog tour and have read so much about her research & inspiration for what she calls her "problem child manuscript". I adore this without even reading it yet, lol!
    I've read three other books in the "My Heart Belongs" series by different authors and I'm excited about Carrie's offering.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I've only read one My Heart Belongs novel -- the first one by Erica Vetsch. I need to catch up! Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. I haven't read any of her books yet. This sounds Great. Thank You Kav. iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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  3. Mackanic Island is due north of where I live. Probably about a six to seven hour drive. I would love to visit it one day. In the meantime it would be great to visit it by way of this book. Thank you for the chance to win Kav.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Wow, that's close -- well closish. LOL Hope you get to visit some day. In the meantime books like this can take you on a virtual vacation. Good luck, Cindy.

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  4. It sounds great; thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Lisa. Good luck!

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  5. I've really enjoyed the books I have by Carrie and have gone back and forth with this one. Mostly, because of what you mentioned in your review and clearly obvious by the book's description. As a reader, when I know deceit is central to the story's plot, I'm anxiously (not in a good way) waiting for the inevitable show to drop and all drama that it ends up causing. I'm not sure if it's because I already know the inevitable or if it's the stress on my psyche. Is it terrible that I want to read it anyway? LOL! tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Bwahahahaha! You're bringing the phrase 'reader's dilemma' to a whole new level there. Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. I figured you might be able to relate. 😥

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  6. My sister lives 2 1/2 hours west of the Mackinac Bridge and I have always been fascinated with the Island! It's my dream vacation and we're going for our 40th wedding anniversary in 2018. This book will certainly put me right where I long to be. Thank you, Kav!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. That will be a fabulous anniversary trip, Diane! And this book will definitely get you in the island spirit. Good luck.

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  7. this sounds like a wonderful book. I have been following her tour. fun
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  8. I've been seeing a lot of good reviews on this book. I'm looking forward to getting the chance to do one of my own!
    Elly -Indiana-

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  9. Yes, I would love to win a copy! I live in MI so this setting is near and dear to my heart!
    LLWaltz [at] gmail [dot] com

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  10. This book has been on my wish list since the first time I saw/heard about it, thank you for the chance to win a copy. Love Mackinac Island, so peaceful!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  11. I just saw this post!!! Thanks for the review and post Kav! Thanks for reading Maude's story! Hugs!

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