Saturday, July 1, 2017

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Barbour Books
Released: July 1st, 2017
256 pages
About the Book:

Journey now to Mackinac Island where... A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds.
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. Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel.  While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. 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 the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?

My Rating & Thoughts:    ­čîč ­čîč  (2 stars)

“Everything you have comes from God, by His will, and for His glory only. Don’t ever fool yourself into thinking that anything here on earth truly belongs to you.”
I struggled with this story; I had a hard time connecting with the characters and following the storyline. It felt choppy when it switched between points of view from one character to another. Also there were a parts that made no sense to me such as Maude taking the job at the Grand to prove herself to her dad except she didn’t want him to know she was working there, so how was this suppose to prove anything to him? And why was he so against her taking over the inn? The progression of the romance between Maude and Ben felt like there were chunks missing, they first meet at the docks and are instantly attracted to each other but I didn’t feel like they really got to know each other before declaring their love. What was their love really based on? There were so many secrets being kept by various characters, some are revealed early on, others take some time to be found out. I don’t feel like I even know what some of them were. What I did like about the book was the descriptions of the island views I felt like I could see what the characters were seeing. I also liked that Maude was a strong female and was willing to work to achieve her own dreams. I hate giving a bad review but I just couldn’t get into this book.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley;
opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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