Saturday, July 14, 2012

This Book Room: Love Finds You... in Mackinac Island

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.
My thoughts: I truly enjoyed this book... but possibly what I most enjoyed is that the book took place in my home state of Michigan on wonderful and exotic Mackinac Island. The letters dispersed throughout the book were a little confusing and distracting at first. I loved the development of the characters, though, and I especially loved that Elena and Chase didn't even meet until about halfway through the book. This added a lot of suspense and intrigue for me.
Chase is a really neat character, and his occupation, as an investor for inventors, doubly so. All of the characters were truly unique. That is rare and fresh for me, as a reader.
If you live in Michigan, definitely read this book. If you like stories with intrigue, you'll also enjoy this book!

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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