Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Heart Belongs On Mackinac Island: Maude's Moorings by Carrie Fancett Pagels

my heart belongs in mackinac island
Book Information
Series: My Heart Belongs
Genre: Adult, Christian, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Barbour
Publication date: July 1, 2017

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?

Review: Ever since I heard Carrie was writing this story, I've been waiting anxiously to read it. I love all of her books, and Mackinac Island is a place I've always wanted to visit. Add in the fact it was being released in my birthday month, and I couldn't have been much happier!

The writing in this book makes you feel as if you are on Mackinac Island with Maude, her family, and friends. All of the descriptions of the various locations are amazing! 

Several of the characters have issues they are dealing with throughout the story, and it is refreshing to see them turn to God in their crisis moments. The romance between Maude and Ben has some humorous moments, as does the relationship between Maude and her younger brother, Jack, who is a daredevil and an imp. 

It was a pleasant surprise when Mark Twain visited the island in the middle of the story. The author has a wonderful explanation in her notes about the idea to incorporate The Prince and The Pauper in her story.

I look forward to reading Carrie's next story in this series, which will feature Maude's BFF. 

Rating: Four stars

About the author
carrie headshot 2016 ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of a dozen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper.” Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at

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