My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring
  • Author: Carrie Fancett Pagels
  • Publisher: Barbour Books
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Release Date: June 13, 2017
  • I Rate it:    
  • GenreChristian
  • Purchase on Amazon

Book Summary

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?

About The Author

Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Christian Historical Romance Author, Represented by Joyce Hart. Author of "Snowed In" in Guidepost Books "A Cup of Christmas Cheer" (October 2013). This two volume set sold through the initial 30,000 print run in under a month, with a second printing already done. Author of "Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance," Helping Hands Press (2013) a top-rated Civil War book on Amazon. Contributor to "God's Provision in Tough Times," Lighthouse of the Carolinas (July 2013).

Administrator of two popular group blogs: Overcoming With God and Colonial Quills.

Carrie Fancett Pagels

Book Review by Bree Herron

It is a real place, can you image such beauty being real? I know I was drifting along the shore of my mind while reading this latest hit from Carrie. It is a sweet, historical romance that has been cultivated in faith.

Character: Maude Welling, Ben Steffans, are two of the best written characters I have ever read. Maude is smart and after coming across her intended, married to someone else, she is quick to set her goals high. That was a great point about this character, Gilded Age gal wanting to succeed and prove she is worthy of more than most women were seen to be. Ben, I don’t agree with your fibbing but I love the investigative reporting and your attempt at being “German”.  Ben is also striving to be better and more than what he has been seen as. This was a nice point that both characters shared, the want to be more to the world or island.

Cover: Wow! How do you not want a Mary Poppins moment of jumping into the cover. I can smell the watery air, and hear the gulls just looking at it. The cover would easily win over any cover judge person.

Setting: This was a dream to read, and it happens to be a reality and historically built. Well, the island is reality and landmarks as well. But sadly, this isn’t the Gilded Age but, I will just pretend. The author did a superb job of research and detailing events. It felt extremely real even though it’s fiction.

Overall: This book was brilliantly written, like a summer breeze it floats through a readers senses and creates a superb home for their mind. Maude and Ben are charming, romantic and strong characters that have this reader wanting more!

I Rate it

Where would you want to travel if you could jump into a book?

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

Professional Reader Affiliates

NetGalley Professional Reader 50 Book Reviews 2016 NetGalley Challenge Reviews Published Great Escape Tour Host BethanyHouse Blogger Reviewer

Peruse My Other Reviews

  • Julie Seedorf
  • In His Eyes: A Civil War Romance
  • The French Chef in America
  • Blogger Carrie Schimt
  • Heather Frey Blanton
  • Curried Away
  • Twice Redeemed
  • Liz Johnson
  • True to You (A Bradford Sisters Romance)
  • Cathe Swanson
  • In It for the Money
  • Brooke Bumgardner
  • Swiss Vendetta
  • A Name Unknown
  • Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery
  • Drew Marek
  • Send in the Clowns
  • High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides
  • Healing of the Heart
  • Never Forget
  • Sweetbriar Cottage
  • Meddlin Madeline Sweet on You
  • Fitness Junkie: A Novel
  • The Art of Vanishing
  • Ellen Byron
  • author spotligh Laura DiSilverio
  • Murder at the Puppy Fest
  • of stillness and storm
  • Author Spotlight - Debra Marvin
  • Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase
  • Summer Prescott Bandit Hill's Series
  • Amish Brides
  • Deadly Proof
  • My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring
  • My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir

Affiliate Disclosure

I am grateful to be of service and bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that when you click links and purchase items, in most (not all) cases I will receive a referral commission. Your support in purchasing through these links supplements the costs of keeping my website up and running, and is very much appreciated!


  1. Carrie Fancett Pagels

    Thanks Bree! I am so glad you enjoyed Maude and Ben’s story! I really enjoyed escaping to this era and this location to write the novel! Many blessings!

  2. Lucy Reynolds

    This was a great book. I enjoyed it.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to Get My Latest Book Reviews

Join my mailing list to receive the latest and greatest delivered right to your inbox.

You have successfully subscribed! Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Share This