Love Finds You In Mackinac Island, Michigan~ by Melanie Dobson
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.
The Bissette family is about to loose their home. They are spending the summer in Mackinac Island, Michigan at their summer cottage. Elena seems to be the family’s last hope. Her mother wants her to marry well. Elena abhors the idea of marrying for money. She would much rather marry someone for love. To love her for who she is.
Elena has taken to walking along the island when her mother is not busy contriving her life for her. One evening (in the dead night, actually) Elena meets a fisherman at a lighthouse. They begin to fall in love and meet in secret. In the meantime Elena’s mother has arranged for Elena to meet the Island’s most wealthy bachelor.
Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan is rich in history and filled with several twists and turns that you do not expect. I found the story very charming!
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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