Let’s just say if I was born in any other era, I would have failed miserably. The rules of old society are ridiculous to me. I guess in some ways it isn’t much different than today in some circles, but it’s so insane to think of how many sons and daughters were married off to keep standing in social circles and society. Forget love, it was about family duty and name. I’m all about loyalty, but the back-in-the-day demands are too much for me. As Destiny’s Child would say “all the women independent, throw your hands up in the air.” (Blame that reference on the recent reunion of the R&B Girls Group of my high school days).
It’s the height of the Gilded Age, but Elena Bissette’s family has lost most of its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, and they spend summers there in hopes of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls at the Grand Hotel, she spends her days walking along the island’s rugged coastline. There she meets Chase, a young fisherman who invites her to watch the ships from an abandoned lighthouse. The two begin to meet there in secret, hoping to solve a decades-old mystery. Meanwhile, Elena’s mother contrives introductions between Elena and the island’s most eligible bachelor, an elusive millionaire named Chester Darrington. When Elena’s two worlds unexpectedly collide, she will be in for the surprise of her life.
I really loved Elena’s character. She has a free spirit and wants to do her heart tells her to do, but doesn’t completely ignore the struggle she has with her duty. She loves her family, but longs for something more than what society demands of girls her age and in her station.
And was there some drama! No matter what era, you can always depend on a little scandal!
So if you’re looking for an entertaining read that leaves you smiling, I say go for it with this one!