Friday, July 21, 2017

my heart belongs on Mackinac island by Carrie fancett pagels



Moor your heart on Mackinac Island along with resident sweetheart Maude Welling, an heiress trying to prove her worth by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. Meet Ben Steffans, a journalist posing as a wealthy industrialist who has come to the island to uncover a story about impoverished men pursuing heiresses at the famed hotel. Will a growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed in this Gilded Age romance? 


I want to write some of my thoughts about this beautiful story by Carrie Fancett Pagels.
First off let me say that Mackinac Island is a beautiful place to visit. 
There are certain things that haven't changed with time. Like no cars allowed only horses, carriages, and bycicle.
The very first time I went when I was a child breath away. Every time my parents asked me where I wanted to go I said Mackinac island. 
The bridge oh my!!!! just absolutely takes your breath away!!! I cannot imagine how they ever managed to get across the straights. 
The Grand does live up to its name. We stayed there in 2005 and President Bush visited it the same time we were there but weren't dressed for dinner lol!!
As I was reading this story about Maude and Ben I was transported back to the 1800's. 
Carrie you have done a fabulous job in bringing me back to my most favorite place in the whole wide world!!!! I wish I could live there!!! 
That's my idea of Heaven.
Ben and Maude certainly had their differences but isn't it true that opposites attract?
I also felt like was a part of the great rescue and was especially intrigued by how fast the islanders came to help out those who were in distress.
I think and wish that we all took the time out to help each other out today like they did back then.
Maude is a special lady and equally determined to make things work out to her advantage. Sometimes it didn't always work!!!
Ben reminds me of the show Undercover Boss. He is determined to get to the bottom of a certain mystery. 
I enjoyed this story especially for what I call a mystery and I enjoyed watching Ben and Maude find their way. 
God has his timing of making things work to his advantage and my granny used to say there's a lid for every pot. She's so very right!!!!
I certainly hope Carrie writes more about my piece of heaven again!!
I love the Great Lakes. 
I also don't understand how men can be so stubborn about women wanting to be their equal.
And we can't leave Jack out who is famous for finding trouble!! He's lot like me and sometimes I don't have to go far to find trouble without meaning too!!
I love Jack's energy. I'd love to borrow some from him! 
I had to laugh at his " accident" tho.
He is to me, is what makes this story exciting!!!
I wanted very much to choke Greyson Luce. He had no idea how much he had lost. I kept screaming at him to wake up and see what's in front of him!!! 
I think we are all like that at times. 
Five stars for this book for sure!!!
I received a copy via Netgalley and no compensations were received. All word expressed are my own


Carrie Fancett PagelsCarrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!


  1. Mackinac Island sounds like a great place to visit. I hope I get there someday.

    1. It really is a great place, Michele, but if you can't make it there you can travel with Maude in My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring! Blessings!

  2. Thanks so much, Lori, for this amazing and fun review!!! I wish I had Jack's energy, too, Lori! I pray you get back to Mackinac Island again soon! Blessings!

  3. I would also like to have a portion of Jack's energy! I've only been to the island through books and TV. This book is a wonderful trip back to a simpler time.


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