Monday, July 23, 2012

Love Finds You in Mackinac Island by Melanie Dobson

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.

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.

For more about Melanie Dobson and her books, visit

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Melanie Dobson and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan” by Melanie Dobson is a beautiful historical romance set in the late 1800s. Elena Bissette’s formerly wealthy family is spending one last summer on Mackinac Island in the hope that Elena will find a wealthy husband. But Elena is more interested in marrying for love than money. Her only escape from her mother’s matchmaking schemes is when she makes her way through the forest to the lighthouse where she can gaze at the stars. She would rather spend her time at the lighthouse honestly communing with God than wearing the society fa├žade to catch a wealthy husband. Eventually, it is at the lighthouse where she meets Chase, a mysterious man who enjoys gazing at the stars like she does. But her mother has chosen a wealthy suitor, Chester Darrington, to be the object of her marital pursuits.

“Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan” has it all! It’s solid historical fiction blended with a charming romance and a bit of mystery that will tantalize the reader. The education I received while reading the story centered on the difficulties encountered and ceremony involved with being rich and subsequently losing your wealth. Melanie Dobson’s characters are engaging and I found myself wanting to pull several of them aside to clue them into the narrative so they wouldn’t make bad decisions. In spite of the predictable conflict in the plot, I highly recommend this novel!

My husband has wanted to take me to Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw) Island for as long as I can remember. But in our many travels across the United States, we’ve never been to Michigan together. This beautifully written novel makes me feel as if I have been there!

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