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?
You can never go wrong with setting when a book is set on Mackinac Island. This is my all time favorite place in the world. I have been there many times.
The book opens with a great scene that will draw you in right away. Maude’s heartache and disappointment grabbed me.
The copy I read was an advance reader copy so I am not sure if this mistake was corrected but it says something about looking out at Lake Michigan from the island. Mackinac Island is surrounded by Lake Huron. This might have been corrected in the final draft.
I was really torn with this book. At times I was pulled into the story other times I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t always understand the character motivation for some things, and some things and misunderstandings seemed force or cleared up too soon.
I wanted to love this book but I didn’t. I liked it, no doubt about it, just not as much as I had hoped.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.