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My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring (My Heart Belongs)

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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 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
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Deanne Patterson
Jul 17, 2017 Deanne Patterson 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
Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
Jun 22, 2017 Ashley (5171MilesBooks) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
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
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Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
This full review can be viewed on my blog along with others at: Shesgoingbookcrazy.com

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
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Marlene
May 08, 2017 Marlene 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.

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Lori Parrish
Jun 20, 2017 Lori Parrish 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
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Karen
Apr 26, 2017 Karen 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
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Maureen Timerman
Jun 15, 2017 Maureen Timerman 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
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Kav
Jul 22, 2017 Kav 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
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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
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Sonja
Apr 10, 2017 Sonja 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
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Joyful
Apr 01, 2017 Joyful 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
Vicky Sluiter
Jun 05, 2017 Vicky Sluiter 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
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Melissa Henderson
Apr 01, 2017 Melissa Henderson 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.
Diana Montgomery
Jul 20, 2017 Diana Montgomery 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
Amy
Jul 15, 2017 Amy marked it as dnf
10% in and still not interested or invested in this one. Moving on.
Megan
Jul 09, 2017 Megan 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
Tina
Apr 04, 2017 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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
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Mardell
Jun 25, 2017 Mardell 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,
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Amy
May 18, 2017 Amy rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Its hard to say how I feel about this story. On one hand, I really enjoyed being whisked away to the Island of Mackinac. Being a new resident of Lower Michigan, I have wanted to visit for a while. I have seen pictures, and the Grand Hotel truly looks stunning. The quiet pace of life seems very appealing and I can see why it's a popular tourist destination during the summer. I have also read historical fiction concerning the island during the War of 1812, and I am aware that there is fur
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Nyla
Jul 08, 2017 Nyla rated it really liked it
"On Mackinac Island, Maude's Mooring" by author Carrie Fancett Pagels is a Christian historical romance by Barbour Publishing. It is part of the "My Heart Belongs" series of books by the publisher. This 250 page paperback book is set in 1895 Michigan and shows the picture of the quaint town on its cover. Even though this is the fourth in the series it is a standalone book like all of the others.

This is the tale of Maude Welling, whose family has owned and operated the Winds of Mackinac Inn for
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Lynda Edwards
Jul 19, 2017 Lynda Edwards rated it liked it
In My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring, we are introduced to many people with secrets to hide. Many of them are trying to preserve their way of life and others to improve it. But what happens when the secrets come out and damaged trust needs to be repaired before moving forward?

Both Maude and Ben are sympathetic characters, even when a lot of their difficulties stem from situations of their own making; in several instances, the characters thoughts provide a bit of wry humor due
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Amy
Jul 18, 2017 Amy rated it really liked it
Author Pagels newest story takes us to the beautiful Mackinac Island in the year 1895. Bicycles are all the rage when getting around town and due to the author’s poetic prose and descriptions of Mackinac Island, it sounds like the place to visit, back then and now.

This story centers on Maude Welling and the family drama that surrounds the family assets, especially their Inn, The Winds of Mackinac. This story itself starts off simply enough; Maude races to meet her fiancé as his ship comes in an
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Deana Dick
Jul 24, 2017 Deana Dick rated it it was amazing
I love when an author can sweep me away to a different era and make me feel like I'm part of the story. Yes I felt like I was watching the story unfold as Maude tries to prove to her father that she is capable of running their Inn. Her father of course doesn't believe a woman can do such a huge undertaking. I loved how Maude was determined to prove him wrong no matter what she had to endure. Her father still thinks that in order to run the Inn Maude must be married. Well we can forget that for n ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Jul 24, 2017 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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
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Cathy Cermele
Jul 18, 2017 Cathy Cermele rated it really liked it
It’s impossible not to love Maude and Mackinac Island.  Maude is strong and resilient and faces challenges head on, which was a pleasant surprise.  I thought she may be a spoiled little rich girl as she was sipping a cherry phosphate on the first page.  There is so much more to her as I discovered when she goes to work as a maid at the Grand Hotel to prove to her father that she’s capable of managing the Winds of Mackinac Inn.
The description of the Island as written by the author is beautiful. 
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Dee/ bookworm
Apr 11, 2017 Dee/ bookworm 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 wi
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Robin
Apr 17, 2017 Robin rated it it was amazing
What a super book. I can surely understand why Maude would want to stay on Mackinac Island. Sounds like a place I would enjoy, too! The ups and downs of Maude's love life, my oh my! The writing is fantastic and the characters are well developed and interesting. What a time period and what a place. Highly recommend. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Caryl
Jul 18, 2017 Caryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
I was immediately drawn into the story. Twists and turns kept me turning the pages. The romance is sweet. Ms. Pagels makes history come alive! I highly recommend this book.
Leanne
Jun 23, 2017 Leanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Mackinac Island is indeed a historical, magical place and that was captured beautifully in this book. A very enjoyable historical fiction read with a touch of innocent romance.
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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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