Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan by Melanie Dobson | Kindle Fire Giveaway and Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Melanie Dobson’s newest release in Summerside Press’ Love Finds You series, Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan. To celebrate Melanie is hosting a fun giveaway. Details below.

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Celebrate with Melanie by entering her Kindle Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • Signed copies of Melanie’s Love Find You books: Love Finds you in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa, Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana.

Hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/4/12. The winner will be announced on 8/6/12 on Melanie’s blog!

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Melanie Dobson

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Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and “Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana” won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010. Melanie lives with her husband Jon and two daughters near Portland, Oregon.

Find out more about Melanie at http://www.melaniedobson.com.

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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.

 

Press Kit

Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan Press Kit

Romance, Mystery and the Wonder of God’s Creation

Author Melanie Dobson transports readers to a magical place and time to reveal God’s majesty

Seattle: Not only does God love to create, He also loves His creation. This is the message author Melanie Dobson hopes that her readers gain from her latest release Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan (Summerside Press/July 1, 2012/ISBN 978-1609366407/$12.99) that combines historical romance with her trademark element of mystery.

A story filled with beauty and wonder, Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan transports readers to a magical place and time. The story begins in the 1890s at the end of the Gilded Age, a golden era of prosperity and growth. As the Gilded Age comes to a close, the kingdoms of many wealthy industrialists begin to collapse, including the once-wealthy Bissette family who has nearly lost its fortune. However, the Bissettes still own a home on the fashionable Mackinac Island, where they will spend one last summer in the hope of introducing their daughter Elena to a wealthy suitor.

Not only is Elena is repulsed by the idea of marrying for money, she quickly grows tired of the extravagant balls and 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 discover a mysterious tattered diary.

As Elena falls in love with Chase, her mother relentlessly plots to introduce her to Chester Darrington, the island’s most eligible bachelor. While marriage to the elusive millionaire would solve the Bissettes’ financial woes, Elena is torn between duty to her family and true love.

The Love Finds You series from Summerside Press is a collection of novels that captures the flavor of towns and cities across the country with colorful histories. The towns become as much of a part of the stories as the characters themselves. Researching the towns in which her novels are set is the aspect of historical fiction that Dobson enjoys most. In writing Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan, she was able to explore the island that has intrigued her since her early years growing up in Ohio. “I’ve always been fascinated by Mackinac Island because I was told time seemed to stand still there,” explains Dobson. “From the moment I got off the boat, I could sense it was a magical place. There are no cars on the island so people ride bikes or horse-drawn carriages through the charming village and back into the forest. The island has been a popular vacation destination on the east coast since 1819, so it’s rich with fascinating history and lore.”

In the midst of writing this book, Dobson went to Haiti to help lead a retreat for the wives of Haitian pastors. Each member of their team spoke on a different name of God, and Dobson spoke about God as Mighty Creator. “As I researched God’s passion for creating and the love He has for His creation, it was a joy for me to incorporate the wonder and beauty of the universe into this historical novel. I hope that readers leave with a sense of God’s majesty on this beautiful island.”

Advance Praise

Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan whisks you away to a beautiful time and place, and you’ll never want to leave the Island. Author Melanie Dobson weaves genuine characters with unique twists and turns. You won’t be able to put this one down.”
~ Nicole M. Miller, Writer & Reviewer

 

About the Author

Melanie 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).

She enjoys the research process that comes along with being an author of historical fiction so much that she often has a difficult time stopping the research on the history and locale in order to start the writing. Because Melanie visits each location she writes about, she’s been able to spend time in the beautiful and fascinating towns across the country that bring her stories to life.

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.

She met her husband, Jon, in Colorado Springs, but since they’ve been married, the Dobsons have relocated numerous times including stints in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Colorado, Berlin, and Southern California. Along with their two daughters, Karly and Kiki, they now 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 www.melaniedobson.com.

Suggested interview questions

Was there any special inspiration for the story?
How does this book differ from your other books, including the Love Finds You series?
Do you decide where the books in the Love Finds You series are set, or does the publisher assign locales? How do you decide where the story is set?
Do you always get the opportunity to visit the places your books are set?
You’ve written in more than one genre including historical and contemporary. What genre or time period is your favorite and why?
In the past, your stories have featured characters from religious groups such as Amana, Quakers and Amish. Is there a reason why you enjoy writing about different groups who are so passionate about their faith?
For such a small island, how did Mackinac Island become such a popular getaway? How long has it been a tourist destination?
What do you hope readers come away with after reading Love Finds You in Macinac Island, Michigan?
As you were writing this book, you were able to travel to Haiti to lead a women’s retreat. Tell us how you were able to tie your preparation and experience there into the book.
Melanie Dobson is available for interviews to promote the release of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

 

Buzz

Readers agree, Dobson’s latest is a winner:

“Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan whisks you away to a beautiful time and place, and you’ll never want to leave the Island. Author Melanie Dobson weaves genuine characters with unique twists and turns. You won’t be able to put this one down.” – Nicole M. Miller, Writer & Reviewer

Dobson does an excellent job keeping the reader informed and engaged, yet yearning to know what happens next to the two lovers and how they overcome their own inadequacies, misunderstandings and heartbreaks. Kudos to the writer for making the ambiance, mood and enriched characters with so much depth and detail that the reader feels she is walking the paths on Mackinac Island way back in the nineteenth century too. -Amazon.com

Reviews

Dawn | A Passion for Pages This picky reader/writer ADORED this book.

Deanna’s Corner Dobson does a great job of weaving all of the paths of this storyline together. You will hate to see the last page of this book arrive!

Jennifer | Where the green grass grows Great read in a charming town.

Kelli | The Zen of Motherhood Melanie Dobson’s Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan (Summerside Press, 2012) is classic romance!

Laura | Lighthouse Academy Best historical I read this year!

Rissi | Scribbles, Scripts and Such If you aren’t looking to be satisfied by a sweeping romance but prefer a rich history lesson, this novel is full of interesting tidbits.

Vic’s Media Room An abandoned lighthouse, a decades-old mystery, a love story and Mackinac Island. This is a great adventure story.

Jill | Frugal Plus  A winning escape..Will Elena be the savior of the family’s fortune or be her own person, and marry for love? A beautiful and historical backdrop to the storyline, along with the unique characters keep you turning the pages.

Linda’s Lunacy Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan is a fun, heart warming read showing us that love is more important than money.

Maureen’s Musings We get drawn in with the beautiful surroundings, the balls, teas, and the delightful lawn tennis.

Nise’ | Under The Boardwalk If you can’t visit this magical place, read the book.

Patricia | It’s Time To Read Mamaw I must say I have never heard of Mackinac Island but after reading this book I will remember it fondly along with the characters in this book.

Shonda | The Knowlton Nest Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan is a story of romance, mystery, suspense and secret identities. A MUST read!

Pamela | Daysong Reflections Reading “Love Finds You in MacKinac Island, Michigan” was almost like taking a mini-vacation there myself.

Patty | Broken Teepee The story is well written with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and the main characters are quite winning.

Wendy | Wall-to-wall books Wonderful, beautiful, historically rich story! This was a very interesting, well written, fun little love story. I loved all the historical facts about the island. 

Chat With Vera The beauty and quaint atmosphere of Mackinac Island in Michigan is beautifully described by Dobson as she unfolds the character of the lovely Elena and the pragmatic Chase.

Stacey | WORD Up! It’s solid historical fiction blended with a charming romance and a bit of mystery that will tantalize the reader.

Billy | Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer The parents forcing you to marry the rich plot has been done to death, but there are several twists and turns throughout the novel that keeps the plot from becoming clichéd.

Margaret | Creative Madness Mama LFY in Mackinac Island Michigan has all of the elements that I crave and I was delighted from the beginning to the end.

Tammi | Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage Spend Time on Beautiful Mackinac Island.

Becky | Christian Chick’s Thoughts In Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan, author Melanie Dobson presents a heartwarming story of mistaken identity, romance, and mystery. Once Elena and Chase met, I couldn’t put the book down!

Cara | Law, Books & Life I thoroughly enjoyed this story of being true to ourselves while balancing that with playing the roles expected of us. Melanie describes the Island in beautiful detail, transporting the reader to its peaceful borders. The characters left me longing for just a few more pages with them. It was a beautiful story that will join my keeper collection of books.

Courtney’s Chitter Chatter There are so many things I loved about this book but probably my favorite aspect is the meeting place of the two main characters. They meet in a lighthouse and the setting just sounds so romantic and mysterious.

Heidi | Buzz4Mommies Love Finds you In Mackinac Island Michigan by Melanie Dobson was such a delight to read. I love stories that have strong women characters. I really love it when those women are strong in faith. I think we all think sometimes that we need to search for God when He is actually always with us.

Jennifer | A Heart Full of Love Love Finds You in Mackinac Island is a beautifully written story that kept me captivated to the end. Mackinac Island provided such a romantic backdrop for this story. The lighthouse scenes where Elena and Chase were falling in love had my inner romantic sighing in contentment.

Jennifer | a glimpse of our life This book is my favorite of the series so far. I want to read more by this author now. 

Katie | Legacy of a Writer Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan is the first book I’ve read by Melanie Dobson. I was delighted to discover how much I enjoyed it! The characters were well portrayed and described, the plot was engaging, and the writing easy to read. It didn’t take many chapters for me to get lost into Elena’s world.

Karen’s Korner This story makes Mackinac Island come to life. If you have been there before it makes you want to go back and if you have never been there it makes it a top choice on your Bucket List. Wonderful read!

Karla | Quiet Quilter A romantic historical fiction that keeps your attention throughout the book. Mystery and romance , what more could you ask for?

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Marissa | The Review Stew I love Elena’s strength, the characters and the plot in this story! They lived outside the mold of society and I love that! I also love the hidden romance and the happily ever after ending! I definitely recommend Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan for all historical fiction book lovers and any Michiganders out there! It is a great look into historical Mackinac Island and it was very well written and a great love story!!

Michelle | Healing Hearts As in all of Melanie’s books, there is plenty of rich detail, culture, and history in her stories.

Andi | Radiant Light This was one of the best books I’ve read all year! It will make my top for the year! It is a must read!”

Ariel | The Librarian’s Bookshelf This was a really sweet book. This was a great combination of history, romance, and even a little mystery. Elena is a bit “modern” in sensibility, and you can relate to her struggle between heart and head.

Brooke | i blog 4 books Melanie Dobson blew me away with her most recent novel, Love Finds You in Mackinac Island! After reading Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, I can say I’m a fan of the book, the series, and a bigger fan of Melanie Dobson than I was before!

Carrie | Our Blessed Chaos The author wrote so beautifully that it was easy to visualize the island, the 
surroundings and also to be drawn into the emotional ups and downs and desperate situations of the characters…This was a fun read!”

Faith | Labor Not in Vain Overall this was a highly enjoyable read, with great characters that were easy 
to connect with. There were moments of humor, and the story as a whole was well done and very charming.

Jennifer | Book reviews from a book lover Love Finds You in Mackinac Island is a historical romance set in
the gilded age in Michigan and has as much charm as the little island itself. 

Jen’s Journey I totally relate to this story. I remember the day that my mom propositioned me to take $100,000 in cash if I would not marry my husband and instead go to college. But money was not enough for me because I was in love. You are going to love this story from Melanie Dobson! You will be on the edge of your seat and rooting for Elena the entire book!

Book Reviews By Jenny I think this book has it all! Romance, intrigue, amazing character portrayal and whatever it is that makes great books keep you turning the pages long after it should have been lights out! I loved this book! It is such a great love story wrapped up in so much more! I loved the old feeling and the historical vibe of the story while it still maintained your interest in the goings on of the characters.

Lisa | A Casual Reader’s Blog This was a really sweet book. This was a great combination of history, romance, and even a little mystery. Elena is a bit “modern” in sensibility, and you can relate to her struggle between heart and head.

Lori Morning Glories and Moonflowers Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan is enchanting! Within it’s pages you will discover masquerade balls at The Grand Hotel, an abandoned lighthouse that contains a mystery, secret love letters, and palatial summer “cottages”. It all sounds like a dream unless you are Elena Bissette, a young lady bound to marry a man she doesn’t love. The beauty and history of Mackinac Island are captured in Melanie Dobson’s words. You’ll truly feel like you’ve stepped back in time! She expertly weaves together romance, mystery, and history and lovingly completes the story with God’s Word. It’s the perfect summer escape. You’ll have trouble putting this one down!”

Melanie | A Year of Jubilee Reviews Steeped in history, this story leads Elena in a choice between taking care of her family financially, and following her heart. I love the setting of the lighthouse, the diary that has been found and the passages of it hinting of a day gone by.

Pattie | Fresh-Brewed Writer My favorite part of the story was, of course, the main character Elena. I appreciated her kind heart, her caring for the family’s servant Jillian, her mother (even when she drove Elena a bit nuts with all the marriage talk), the soldiers, and even her sensitivity to gossip amongst her social set. I also liked her love of astronomy and seeing God in the universe.

Brenda | WV Stitcher The characters were very well written and the author provides a few unexpected twists that really added to the plot. Historical fiction that weaves together mystery, romance as well as great setting to make this one a grandtastic read!

Carlybird’s Home I liked the combination of mystery with a little bit of romance. There was not too much of either one which gave the book a realistic feel.

Jessica | A New Leaf  “I truly enjoyed this book…. The letters dispersed throughout the book were a little confusing and distracting at first. I loved the development of the characters, though, and I especially loved that Elena and Chase didn’t even meet until about halfway through the book. This added a lot of suspense and intrigue for me.”

Krystal | Live To Read The bits of history about the British occupation of Mackinac add so much to the story, especially the diary pages from the patriot wife who steadfastly cares for her children as she waits for word from her missing husband.

Lauri | Knits, Reads and Reviews Romance and a little bit of mystery will keep you entertained as you read Melanie Dobson’s latest Love Finds You series! This was a light read, enjoyable and what made it a little different were the scenes in the lighthouse as well as the mystery …. and Elena’s spunk helped keep a smile on my face!

Melanie | Christian Bookshelf Reviews I loved the characters, setting, story – the whole book! It was very enjoyable and interesting to read. After reading this book, I’d love to visit Mackinac Island, Michigan – it sounds gorgeous.

Mindy | A Room without Books is Empty This book was an enjoyable historical romance.

TammyIsBlessed I really enjoyed this book – the vivid scenery, the romance of the Gilded Age, the mystery of a time long past, the cons of the Gilded Age fully exposed, the realistic characters and the intriguing storyline.

Trish | 5 Minutes for Books Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan is an enjoyable novel with a charming setting, and I found it to be a delightful diversion in the middle of a summer week.

Kendra | Happily Managing a Household of Boys I really enjoyed the storyline – the characters are given tough choices and in the end make a choice of the heart rather one of greed and desire.

Monique | Arms of a Sister This is a fun, historical, Christian fiction book. I really liked watching these people with different personalities clash with one another and it was interesting to read about how people related to one another during earlier time periods – where families married their children to advance the family cause, instead of for love.

Ruth | My Devotional Thoughts First off, this is your typical Christian historical romance. It has all the elements that make this an easy summer read, and of course, there are the charming elements that you love about stories like this. The characters are delightful.