Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Litfuse Blog Tour: Love Finds You on Mackinac Island

lovefindsyoucover.jpgAbout the Book: 
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:
What a great book! From the very beginning, I was intrigued by the controversial love story described in the blurb of this book. Melanie wittingly words her novel and causes a reader to be surprised when the truth comes to light. After a hasty glance at the blurb, I decided that, as is common in most romance novels, the protagonist would marry the man whom she really loved and though being a poor woman, she would be truly happy. I was in for a surprise!

The plot of parents forcing their daughter into a marriage for financial benefits has been done many times over but Melanie's rendition was refreshing, unique and quite cunning. All throughout the read the only thing that you want for Elena is that she marries for love and not for money. You'll have to read and find out if that is indeed the case...

I felt that this book included well-developed character's but was also detailed, even in the smallest  historical facts. Imagery played a major role in my reading experience and allowed me to also be a visitor on Mackinac Island. From her description of the hidden lighthouse and the nagging winds, I could almost envision such a haven. Melanie was able capture the grandeur of the gilded age and added a touch of mystery with the lighthouse and it's hidden letters.

If you're looking for a sweet summer novel, then don't hesitate to read,  Love Finds You In Mackinac Island, Michigan. The romance, historical aspects and plot will definitely satisfy you. Page-turning events keep you interested and reading late into the night... when you should have been asleep:) For those very reasons, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Melanieheadshot.jpegMelanie 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


  1. nice post thanks for sharing...found your blog thrue other followers looking for to visit more...blessing from holland

  2. So who was your favorite character?

    1. I really loved Elena Bissette. Other than trying to please her mother's wishes, she was very independent and real. Her trials and how she faced them were all very relatable.

      Chase (Chester Darrington) was pretty bold when he approached Elena, but I didn't like his hypocrisy. Yes, both he and Elena misled one another but he was overly infuriated by her deception.


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