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My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Moor your heart on Mackinac Island along with resident sweetheart Maude Welling, an heiress trying to prove her worth by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. Meet Ben Steffans, a journalist posing as a wealthy industrialist who has come to the island to uncover a story about impoverished men pursuing heiresses at the famed hotel. Will a growing love between Maud ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2017 by Barbour Books
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Julie Carpenter
I'm between 3.5 stars and 4 stars so rounding up I gave it 4!

If you love historical Christian Fiction I highly recommend any of the books from this "My Heart Belongs" series. There are 6 books total and they release every other month throughout 2017. This is the fourth one I've read and I can't wait to finish out with the last two.

Maude's story takes place on the beautiful Mackinac Island. No I haven't visited but from the descriptions throughout the story and the history behind the Island reso
Deanne Patterson
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the best book I've read by Carrie Fancett Pagels to date. I love her descriptions of Mackinac Island and because of them I would really love to visit the island. I have read other My Heart Belongs books by Barbour books and they are all very enjoyable. I have to say my favorite character is Jack, what an imp! What a fabulous and strong lady Maude is and I love her name and love how Jack called her Muddie! Maude and Ben's romance I wasn't sure of it lasting but I am sure glad it did and i ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring by Carrie Fancett Pagels, (2017, Barbour) is fourth in the My Heart Belongs series. It’s a Christian historical romance set in Michigan in 1895. Books in this series are all standalone, unified only in that each is a Christian historical romance set in a different state. I selected this book from NetGalley (in exchange for an honest review) because I previously enjoyed My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmella’s Quandary.

Katie W
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
From what I've read, this book is a part of a series. I haven't read any of the other stories in the set, so I would say this can stand alone.

Do I dare admit that I hadn't ever heard of Mackinac Island before hearing about this book? I thought maybe it was a fictional place, but have since discovered that it's anything but made up and now, it's taken a place on my bucket list of places to visit. Pagels does a great job of bringing this island to life.

The story starts out with an immediate heartb
An enjoyable lighter read, fun and engaging. Maude wants to prove she can run a hotel by herself; Ben, to prove himself as a serious journalist. The two of them have a truly interesting little romance as they get to know each other through some unique situations. I have to admit to particularly liking Maude’s incorrigible little brother, who has dreams of being an Olympic runner. I also loved the old small-town feel, with the soda shop on the corner and everyone knowing everyone else, and I like ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
Reviewed on: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

Reading My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island was the most pleasant walk down memory lane for me. When I saw this title on NetGalley, I had to request it immediately due to the title alone. I was born in Michigan and have vivid memories of visiting Mackinac Island and nearby St. Ignace as a child, though I haven’t been there in probably 20 years. The book featured scenes around Mackinac Island’s most famous landmarks, such as Arch Rock and The Grand Hotel and othe
Sheila Goicea
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I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Living on an upscale island that is deserted for half of the year can be a difficult location for anyone to grow up in. Maude Wellings, the daughter of a man who had inherited an upscale inn on the island, desires to follow her familial female predecessors and become a business woman. Trying to prove her worth, she serves at
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to write some of my thoughts about this beautiful story by Carrie Fancett Pagels.
First off let me say that Mackinac Island is a beautiful place to visit.
There are certain things that haven't changed with time. Like no cars allowed only horses, carriages, and bycicle.
The very first time I went when I was a child breath away. Every time my parents asked me where I wanted to go I said Mackinac island.
The bridge oh my!!!! just absolutely takes your breath away!!! I cannot imagine how they e
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pagels is a prolific writer and knows how to weave a story brimming with interesting characters and engaging dialogue. The plot moves along at a nice pace, thereby making it an easy and quick read. I enjoyed seeing Mackinaw Island in my minds eye; the descriptions were incredibly vivid!
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Mackinac Island. (Pronounced Mack-en-naw) I've been going there since I was a child. And who didn't fall in love with the island watching "Somewhere in Time"? It's a magical place. So I couldn't wait to read another book set in one of my favorite places.

Maude Welling is an island native from a long line of island natives. Her mother and her grandmother were both strong women who worked hard managing their businesses, which in turn employed a great many people. With her mother and grandmot
Karen R
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful Mackinac Island, Michigan setting in June 1895, brings together a young woman and man posing as their opposites in society. Maude believes she must prove her worth and ability to run an inn to convince her father. Ben just wants a good story, so he can hopefully advance in his career.

There was a lot of deception and misunderstanding between the main characters, preventing them from really getting to know each other. Each one wrestles with their conscience, and has to decide if they
Maureen Timerman
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This story brings to mind the quote “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”, and the author has it coming on more than one front. Whether it is from our reporter Ben, or from Maude’s Grandmother or her Mother, or even her former beau, they all seem to hidden something.
The setting for this book is beautiful Mackinac Island, and year 1895, and we have arrived at a beautiful time of the year, spring, the rebirth, and full of the scents of blooming lilacs and other flowers
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet romance set on Mackinac Island -- what a great locale for a summer read! I've had a fascination for this spectacular vacation spot for years and admit to googling images as I was reading. Pagels creates the ambiance of island life and I loved the close-knit community that always had Maude's well-being at heart. Lots of busy bodies -- especially since she's related to half the islanders!

She's spunky -- not about to allow being jilted to define her future. She's more mad than heartbroken a
Dee/ bookworm
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island was a good read, but it didn't draw you in. I found myself wondering how these characters where in love. It didn't seem as though you had any more than mild attraction and then they were sweethearts. And why couldn't Maude leave the island? Her dad told Ben to find out but it was never mentioned again.

I felt like the novel had a slow start and a lot of things where suggested but never wholly unveiled. I would have liked to know more about what was going on w
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The Prince and the Pauper is one of my favorite Mark Twain stories, and I loved the references to it throughout Carrie Fancett Pagels’ latest novel! From the characters to the sermon to the author himself, this is very much a ‘prince and the pauper’ kind of story and will greatly appeal to fans of the same.

I also loved the setting at Pagels’ descriptive hand. Oh my goodness – the descriptions of Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel have me wanting to book a vacation there right away! You’ll be ab
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Fancett Pagels is an exceptional author. Her books are full of great descriptions so that you feel you are living in that time and place, easily visualizing everything she writes about. This July 1, 2017 release is sure to be a hit!

The beautiful cover is an instant draw and most appropriate for the wonderful historical novel. The book is written in a wonderful setting and definitely makes me want to go there on a trip! I love the mystery that develops throughout the book. It has a great p
Marguerite Gray
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maude has her work cut out for her as her world is falling apart due to some unanswered questions. The introduction of a mysterious man posing as a wealthy businessman adds a level of intensity to Maude's already confusing situation.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
While being a part of My heart belongs series, this book can be read as a stand alone. Because her father won't let her run the inn without a husband, Maude Welling decides to prove to her father that she can run it without a husband by working incognito as a maid at the rival inn. The Winds of Mackinac Inn.has been in her mother’s family for generations, Undercover journalist Ben Steffans is posing as a wealthy industrialist and pursuing a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the f ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, Carrie Fancett Pagels has given me the travel bug....I'd never heard of Mackinac Island and now I'm dying to visit there and see the buildings and scenery. Maude had every right to love the apparently enchanting island and to do everything within her power to keep her family's inn safely within the family and the Mackinac Island community. It was my desire initially to become a journalist for a newspaper so I read with intrigue of Ben's position as spy to cover a story with such authentici ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in my beautiful state of Michigan on Mackinac Island, I loved that Author Carrie Fancett Pagels did her homework and portrayed the island true to form. Even including the lovely lilacs it’s known for! It was tough to see the class differences on the island but that was very real for its day and Carrie didn’t shy away from what would have happened and how people in all classes would have responded to situations.

Full of twists, turns, and intrigue, I was immediately pulled into this story. The
Melissa Henderson
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story full of mystery and intrigue. Concealed identities and trust issues cause turmoil and chaos amidst the possibility of new love. Reading this great story makes me want to know more about Mackinac Island. I enjoyed this story very much. I received a copy of this story from NetGalley and the author and this is my personal honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Carolyn V
Maudes' legacy entitles her to an inn on mackinc island; father has other plans. Ben is on the island for a visit; but, his deception is going to get him in trouble; can he do the right thing and turn things around. A romantic suspense, an author of my first reading, an enjoyable book. I will b reading more of Carrie Fancett Pagels books

Whenever I read anything about Mackinac Island and The Grand Hotel, I always wind up thinking of the movie Somewhere in Time when I do so. This book was no exception to that, but it also was a bit on the boring side.

This book gives us a ve
Diana Montgomery
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. was so enjoyable and a pace on my list to visit. Seems like one big family on Mackinac Island. Maude Welling's wants nothing more then to live her life on Mackinac Island married to Greyson and running the inn as man and wife. Greyson comes back to the Island but married, So now her father refuses to let her run the Inn on her own and is threatening to sale. She has to do something to prove to her father she can do it without a husband. Going to work in at the Grand as a maid ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ms. Pagels transports the reader back in time with her newest book "My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island." She gives lots of details about the time period. I appreciate the values and morals that the main characters in the book have. There is a very strong faith element that is inspiring. It is clever how Ms. Pagels uses the "Prince and the Pauper" sermon to reflect what is going on in her character's lives. Ms. Pagels also includes people with health issues in her story, which isn't often seen i ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now and then I read a book that just says summer is here! I recently finished reading My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island Maude's Mooring: by Carrie Fancett Pagels and this is just such a book.

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring by [Pagels, Carrie Fancett]
Maude Welling is a lovely young woman, considered by fellow islanders to be the best sort of girl. She is unspoiled by the things most girls visiting the island long for. Her desire is to marry Greyson, her long time intended,
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mackinac Island, Michigan - 1895

Maude Welling has lived her entire life on the Island as has many of her family members. Her father owns the Winds of Mackinac Inn and family members own numerous businesses on the Island. Since Maude's mother passed away, her father's health has been failing and Maude wants to prove to him that she can take over running the Inn.

Maude had become enamored by a man called Luce Greyson. He has been away for awhile and is returning today. Maude just knows he will be
Jalynn Patterson
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Moor your heart on Mackinac Island along with resident sweetheart Maude Welling, an heiress trying to prove her worth by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. Meet Ben Steffans, a journalist posing as a wealthy industrialist who has come to the island to uncover a story about impoverished men pursuing heiresses at the famed hotel. Will a growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed in this Gilded Age romance?

My Review:

Mackinac Island sounds li
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring (My Heart Belongs)
by Carrie Fancett Pagels

1895...Mackinac Island, Michigan...Maude Welling just cannot understand why her father is so adamant about her not managing Winds of Mackinac Inn without a husband. Well, she has to do something to prove to him she is capable of running it without a husband. Thus she comes up with a plan, albeit a risky one at best.

Journalist Ben Steffans—or rather Friedrich Konig—is on an undercover assignment as a
Lisa Johnson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island (Maude’s Mooring)
Author: Carrie Fancett Pagels
Pages: 256
Year: 2017
Publisher: Barbour
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Maude Welling is the main character in the story. She is expecting to inherit an inn on the island. The inn has been in the family through her mother’s side though her father doubted she could run it without a husband. When her childhood friend returns to the island and she expects to become engaged to him, imagine her surprise when he returns
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Carrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and 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!

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