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Katelyn's Choice

(Thousand Islands Gilded Age #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The Gilded Age comes to life in this first installment of the Thousand Islands Series!

Katelyn Kavanagh’s mother dreamed her daughter would one day escape the oppressive environment of their Upstate New York farm for service in the enchanting Thousand Islands, home to Gilded Age millionaires. But when her wish comes true, Katelyn finds herself in the service of none other t
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 15th 2019 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
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Vicki Johnson
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable and astounding story. I knew nothing of these islands let alone the history of them. A very engaging story about Pullman Island, originally called Sweet Island before the Pullman's purchased it in 1849. The great occasion that is told is true, but not the story about those that actually worked for the Pullman family. The story pulls you in and I stayed up to the wee hours to finish the book. Katelyn has a problem keeping confidence with which she has always battled. This story d ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Susan Mathis allows us to travel back to 1872 and see the world through the eyes of a young woman in service. I could sympathize with Katelyn and her difficulty keeping her tongue in check. It can be so challenging sometimes. Mathis shows us how to do that by use of prayer and scripture. While not in the least preachy, we see that God wants to walk with us and help us in our times of need. And Katelyn isn’t the only one with some challenges.

Very well-developed characters who grow personal
Rosemary K
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katelyn Kavanagh is struggling to accept the death of her mother. Her father and brothers have always treat her poorly. She needs to get away. Fortunately she has a chance to improve her prospects. She and her Irish twin have been offered employment by George M. Pullman at his summer residence. When she goes to this estate on one of the Thousand Islands she enters a world where she struggles with the class distinction between the wealthy and their servants. Will she find herself and be able to t ...more
Susan Mathis
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Katelyn's Choice releases March 15, 2019! It's the first in the Thousand Islands Gilded Age series.

The e-book is available for pre-order here:

"Let me welcome you to Pullman Island, home of the famous George M. Pullman of the Pullman railroad car fame!"

"Beyond the boundaries of the small island, out on the St. Lawrence, boats passed on either side, and in the distance, a huge cargo ship made its way along the main s
Trudi Fleischman lopreto
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Katelyn’s Choice” is a wonderfully written book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and so want to know more about Katelyn’s future.

Katelyn’s mother has recently died, she is left living on the farm with her father and brothers who are not very nice people; her mother told her to escape the farm and go and see the “enchanted Thousand Islands. Katelyn is lucky enough to be offered a summer job on the Island as a servant to the very famous and rich Pullman family. Katelyn works hard as part of t
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written book that holds your attention all the way to the end. I loved the element of faith in this book. If you enjoy clean historical fiction you will love this book. This is a new to me author and I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I received an ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.
Noma Byrne
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed reading this book! The girl has to watch her tongue and not gossip. Her boyfriend has problems too. I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance!
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katelyn's Choice is the relatable tale of an enthusiastic, aspiring young women just embarking on her life's adventure. Opportunity for employment on Pullman Island, one of the Thousand Islands, serving the family of George Pullman enables Katelyn's escape from a difficult past, but will her weakness for sharing a good story threaten her new friendships and budding relationship? I truly enjoyed Susan Mathis' wholesome historical novel and look forward to future stories in the Thousand Islands Se ...more
Davalynn Spencer
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Susan Mathis sweeps readers away to the fabled Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River where class distinctions cut as deeply between the wealthy and their servants as the great river’s channel between the mainland and the jeweled summer playgrounds of America’s Gilded Age. When Katelyn Kavanaugh finds herself employed by the famous George Pullman on Pullman Island, she also discovers that her gossiping tongue can cause unimaginable trouble and possibly cost her the man she loves.
Randy Tramp
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Katelyn Kavanagh's moves back to Thousand Islands, home to Gilded Age millionaires. She finds herself in the service of George Pullman. Thomas O'Neill's brother of Katelyn's best friend is also working on Pullman Island. Gossip doesn't stop, putting Katelyn's job at risk.

I love historical novels. It's a way of getting to know famous figures. Pullman and President Ulysses S. Grant. Add the Bible, and the novel is great. Nothing like a character arch with the power of God involved.
The Gilded Age
Kathy Downey
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kaitlyn had to grow up and learn to control her opinions during a summer of working at the summer home of the Pullman's one of the Thousand Islands near her home. Escaping the unhappy home life, especially after her mother's recent death, made for a time of struggle in more ways than she would have ever imagined. Throw in a handsome and charming brother of her best friend, both of who were working there as well, and you have quite a story. The kindness, yet strict rules of the household, helped ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Katelyn's Choice has a Downton Abbey feel. It brings the Gilded Age to light from the perspective of Katelyn, a young woman in service to the famous and wealthy George Pullman and his family. Katelyn must tame her tongue and overcome her tendency to gossip or risk losing not only her job, but the man she loves.

I did not know about the Thousand Islands, so it was nice to get a historical perspective on them. Susan Mathis has done her research on these islands. Since this is the first book in a s
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time putting this down! I found myself stealing moments while cooking dinner or taking a break at work. The description of the Thousand Islands made me feel like I was there. The imagery in Susan's words is spectacular. I could envision it all, from the veranda to the kitchen, the dock to the main house.
The characters are likeable and engaging, and relatable. The journey of Katelyn is carefully woven as she addresses the challenges and opportunities before her.
Very enjoyable read!
Mary Jane
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I met Susan Mathis at a museum in Clayton NY in the Thousand Islands while vacationing. I bought her book and loved it. The description of the area was spot on, along with seeing barges and pleasures boats going by. We also went on on 2-1/2 hour narrated tour around that area and heard many of the same things as Thomas was describing. Nice story for young adults mixed in with the history. Also, I was told this is #1 of a trilogy! Looking forward to #2#3.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I live in New York, but have never been to the Thousand Islands. The story was entertaining and very informative. Katelyn is a great character, but must learn to curb her voice. With the help if Thomas and her superiors, she will ask for God's help and learn to love and call the island her home.
Patti Townley-Covert
Sometimes the mind needs a gorgeous setting, a sweet romance, and a reminder of solid biblical truths that keep us on solid ground. Katelyn’s Choice is all that. A terrific beach read or one worthy of curling up beside a wintry fire.
Joan Bach
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent reading. I could hardly put the book down and I loved learning of the history of such an eloquent place.

I highly recommend this book. The characters become very real. I felt their emotions whether sad, fearful, apprehensive of joyful. Excellent book.
Lynda Knapp
Okay reading!

I really did not like Katelyn, but found that most of the other characters were more likeable. I appreciated reading about the "real" Pullman Island and some of the things that occurred there.
Mary Payne
Katelyn's Choice

To be honest I found this book rather boring. As the story progressed I found myself speed reading chunks of descriptions which may have been historically correct but boring. Also I kept waiting for something to happen but it never did
Norma gean Brown
It was a real good book

It was a real good book i like. The carter in this book they worked so well together good book
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be an enjoyable read once I got past the first couple of chapters. It almost seems like two different people write this book.
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Susan G Mathis is an award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Katelyn’s Choice, the first in The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, released in March 2019. Book two comes out in April, and she's now writing book three. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy and her Christmas novella, Sara's Surprise an ...more

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