Saturday, August 4, 2012

Love Finds You in Mackinac Island by Melanie Dobson

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.

My review of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island:

I haven’t read all of Melanie Dobson’s books, but all of the books I have read have been excellent.  Mackinac Island is on my list of places to visit in my lifetime, so I was already sold on the setting of this story before it started.  I felt like I was swept away to Mackinac Island during the Gilded Age.  Melanie did an wonderful job setting the scene for a story that was interesting and fun.

I liked the combination of mystery with a little bit of romance.  There was not too much of either one which gave the book a realistic feel.  The old lighthouse, the diary and the mystery reminded me somewhat of the Nancy Drew books I grew up reading.  I get the feeling that after reading a few of Melanie’s books that she may read a lot of Nancy Drew as well.  This was not the first time I got that impression from one of her books.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  There was something for everyone and of course, it was very well written.  I highly recommend it as a nice, relaxing read, perfect for the beach.

About the author:

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.

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