I really love the My Heart Belongs series. I enjoyed reading “On Mackinac Island” by Carrie Fancett Pagels. Ever since seeing the movie “Somewhere in Time”, I have wanted to visit Mackinac Island and stay at the Grand Hotel. That’s probably not going to happen in my lifetime, so the next best thing is reading about it.
“On Mackinac Island” gave me a glimpse of what the island could have been like in the late 1800’s. It also made me realize just how much work and how many people it takes to run an establishment like that. There are also the mysteries, con games, “beautiful people”, celebrities, and the many, many stories that could be concocted from life on this island.
I thought Dr. Pagels book was very easy to read and gave a snippet of the lives of the islanders and the tourists that probably really did visit the island. I see infinite story lines coming out of this era and location. The romantic plot of this book was very sweet also.
I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Barbour Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Beacons of Hope series, written by Jody Hedlund, tells stories about lighthouses and those who keep them. In her second book of the series, “Hearts Made Whole”, Ms. Hedlund tells the story about Caroline Taylor, who with her father and siblings help man the lighthouse at Windmill Point, Michigan in 1865. After the untimely drowning death of her father, Caroline tries to keep her job at the lighthouse in order to care for her two sisters and two brothers. However the board does not accept that women are expected to marry and have children, not have a job, no matter the circumstances and gives the job to a recovering veteran of the Civil War. Ryan Chambers is injured in body and soul. He has turned to drink and drugs to dull the physical pain of his injuries and the emotional toll of the horrors of war. He and Caroline, of necessity, start to work together to help each other. In the midst of dangerous unexplained happenings and “accidents” they seek to determine who the culprit is who is trying to run them out. I thought this book was well written and very interesting. I enjoy reading historical novels and this was one of the best.
I was sent a free print copy of the book by Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion of the book.