Two Mackinac Island novels

Mackinac Island. It’s a magical place that allows you to step back in time from the moment you first step off the ferry. Authors Cara Putman and Melanie Dobson have teamed up for a tour of the island, now and then. Comment at each stop for a chance to win a copy of one of their books set on Mackinac Island. You’ll find the list of stops here. Share the tour on twitter, Facebook, pinterest and other places, and you’ll gain extra entries for the grand prize of a copy of each of their books and a 5 slice box of Murdick’s Fudge, straight from Mackinac Island. Just be sure to email Cara at [email protected], so she can record your entries. The grand prize winner will be selected August 27, 2012.

The night sky is breathtaking on Mackinac Island in large part because it is remote. If you visit, make sure you take the time to pause and look up. 


A significant part
of my novel takes place with my characters enjoying the beauty of the night
skies. Standing on Mackinac Island during the late-night hours, gazing at the
thousands of stars flickering in the sky, I reveled as well in the majesty of
the Milky Way far from the village lights. I’d never seen the splendor of our
galaxy— the masterpiece of our Creator—so clearly in my life. Away from the
city lights and headlights, the stars are magnificent.

Cara Putman: A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island
Today, the island has many
places you can slip away and look up without the light pollution of the cities.
As a result, the stars seem to erupt from the velvet darkness. So many of us
spend our lives wondering if we matter? Can the God of the universe really care
about us? Yet when I stand on a place like Mackinac Island and stare into the
sky – and see it more clearly – the answer is a resounding yes. The night sky
seems to join the chorus that He sees me.

A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island

 Join attorney Alanna Stone as she returns home despite her determination to never set foot on Mackinac Island again. Once again in close proximity to Jonathan Covington, her first love, she vows to protect her privacy and her heart from the man who still makes her pulse race. But when her worst fears are realized and history repeats itself—landing her in the midst of a murder investigation—Jonathan may be her only hope. Will they be able to lay aside the past and let God heal their hearts, or will reconciliation come too late?  Read the first chapter here.

Love Finds You on Mackinac Island

As the Gilded Age comes to a
close, 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 handsome laborer who invites her to watch the ships from an
abandoned lighthouse. The two begin to meet there in secret, hoping 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. Read the first chapter here


  1. Paula Osborne
    Aug 22, 2012

    Thanks Leslie for sharing about this tour on your blog, like your side pics of land sky and view -so pretty.
    your description of the night view from island sure looks great, would love to see that.
    I have enjoyed learning little different things about the island from each blog, thanks girls for this great tour.
    Paula O([email protected])

  2. Karen Schulz
    Aug 22, 2012

    I have never forgotten the visit to Mackinac Island with my mom when I was 11. I would so love to go back, at least thru these wonderful books!

  3. Karen Schulz
    Aug 22, 2012

    Great memories of the trip to Mackinac Island with my mom when I was 11. I would dearly love to return, at least thru these wonderful books!

    • Melanie Dobson
      Aug 23, 2012

      Thanks so much for hosting us, Leslie! Karen, I hope you are able to return to Mackinac both through our books and in-person. It is a magical place, isn’t it?

  4. Lindai Letsom
    Aug 22, 2012

    Leslie – as you know I am very appreciative of your books, your heart, so I never hesitate to check out books that you recommend. Hope to be a winner on this one. Blessings.

    • Cara Putman
      Aug 22, 2012

      Thanks, gals, for commenting. Mackinac is a great place to escape…whether in a book or real life. Thanks for hosting us, Leslie. Realized I need to get your latest Amish Bride since I LOVED the other two in that series!

  5. Nat Homgren
    Aug 22, 2012

    Fudge and a book? Sounds like heaven!

    • Cara Putman
      Aug 22, 2012

      It does sound pretty good, doesn’t it 🙂

  6. Cherie Kasper
    Aug 22, 2012

    Hi, loved hearing about the beauty of the night skies, am looking forward to a time I can enjoy them from upper Michigan.

    • Cara Putman
      Aug 22, 2012

      Appreciate you playing along, Cherie. The night sky is spectacular!

    • Leslie Gould
      Aug 26, 2012

      I’ve never been to Mackinac Island either, but I’ve wanted to go for years–now more than ever because of Melanie’s and Cara’s books. Thank you everyone for visiting this post and commenting!

  7. veronica
    Aug 22, 2012

    I visited with my family when I was young, but would love to go back. I think my favorite was biking around the island – plus you can eat more of the yummy fudge after working off all those calories! 🙂

  8. Judy Burgi
    Aug 22, 2012

    I’m looking forward to going back to Mackinac Island some day. My trip there years ago was wonderful. So much to do and see and oh that fundg2!


  9. Pam Kellogg
    Aug 22, 2012

    The more I read about Mackinac Island, the more I’d like to visit. For now, I will be content to read about it. B0th these books sound like they would make me feel I was really there. Thanks for having the tour and giveaway.


  10. Cathy Richmond
    Aug 22, 2012

    Cara said there is fudge!

    Loved visiting Mackinac! The beautiful views, the ride on the ferry, the fudge…

    • Cara Putman
      Aug 25, 2012

      It is a fun place to visit, isn’t it, Cathy.

  11. Lane Hill House
    Aug 22, 2012

    Sign me up for Melanie’s book, please! I have Cara’s. Thanks!! Kathleen


  12. Ann McGraw
    Aug 22, 2012

    I’ve never been to MacKinac Island, but I am looking forward to “visiting” them through these books!

    • Melanie Dobson
      Aug 23, 2012

      Thanks for touring Mackinac with us!

  13. Laura J
    Aug 22, 2012

    I bet it’s beautiful. I’ve been following the blog tour, and I find myself googling how much it would cost to go!

    • Melanie Dobson
      Aug 23, 2012

      🙂 I hope you get to go, Laura! One day, I want to go back again…

  14. Carol gehringer
    Aug 23, 2012

    How wonderful to pair to books that take place at one of Michigan’s finest spots — Mackinac Island. I have found memories of it from frowing up in the Detroit area, though I now live in the South. Just thinking about it brings back the memories of those fudge samples! YMMM!

  15. Jennifer Tipton
    Aug 23, 2012

    Wow I love your background picture! I love to read and being able to imagine through the writer what a place looks like. It’s the only way I can travel.

  16. Bridget
    Aug 23, 2012

    leslie, thanks for the reviews!

  17. apple blossom
    Aug 23, 2012

    nice giveaway thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. Cara Putman
    Aug 25, 2012

    Thanks for joining us on the tour, gals!

  19. bn100
    Aug 25, 2012

    I’d like to read these books.