I have to admit, I was drawn to this book by the cover. Isn’t it beautiful? It makes me want to step right into the picture and walk along the beach. Does it make you feel the same way?
It is 1894 and Elena Bissette wants to marry for love, but feels obligated to marry well. Her fathers business is going under and they are in danger of losing their homes. Her parents, mainly her mother, are determined that Elena should marry Chester Darrington, a wealthy financier, because Mrs. Bissette “thought that the well-being entire Bissette family rested on her shoulders and the the man she was able to lure into marrying Elena.”
Elena’s escape from the pressure was to visit the old lighthouse, where she could be herself and spent time looking at the stars, praying, and drawing in her sketch book. This is where she meets Chase, a man she believes to be a soldier from the local fort. They enjoy each others company and Elena shares letters written in 1812 by the former lighthouse keepers wife, when the island was under British control. Together they wonder what had happened to her.
I enjoyed the story and liked that that the historical information was at the front of the book, as I always like to read it first. The characters were realistic, and the problems believable. I think you’ll enjoy your time on Mackinac Island getting to know Elena and Chase.
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 www.melaniedobson.com.
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