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Kindle Fire Giveaway: My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels




Series: My Heart Belongs
Genre: Adult, Christian, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Barbour
Publication date: July 1

Journey now to Mackinac Island where… A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds. Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. 

Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel. While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story. But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?




ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of a dozen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper.” Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at




What Inspired my Story

I lived on Mackinac Island, working at a restaurant there. I loved it! It’s a magical place and I’ve gone back many times since then! I was just there, today, in fact. Also, I have a dear friend, Rosemary Wellington, whose family is from the island and during a visit to the island with her, I got inspired to think about a story set there. Her cousin is mayor of the island and owns the Windermere Hotel. My husband and I stayed there a few years back to research the story and the beautiful hotel did inspire me to use it as a prototype for “Winds of Mackinac” in the novel.
​Also, while working on the core premise for this story, I was praying about the struggle I was having.  I call this book my “Problem Child Manuscript.” But God is good and faithful – while at church after praying, although my pastor (and also a write) Larry was stuck at an airport, trying to return from Haiti but Seth, our college student-age pastor, gave the sermon for Larry. And it was an amazing message inspired by Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper! And that really reinforced what I was already trying to do but was struggling with.  You see, our identity has to stem from what it is in Christ. He calls us to a mission. And He gifts us to enable us and provides when we cannot do. Our King calls us His children. Wow! That makes us princes and princesses of the King.
One of the things I’ve you enjoyed most about writing this book has been getting to hang out in Mackinac Island story world even when I wasn’t there! I had major surgery one year and couldn’t go – but I still got to “visit” by writing about it! We’re here right now and it’s so beautiful in the summer.  The island, itself, is an inspiration for many more stories to come!
***NOTE:  The top two pictures are the Grand Hotel.  And the bottom three are the Windemere Hotel.










Grand Prize Giveaway – Kindle Fire + Mackinac Gift Pack Set: postcards from Mackinac Island, bookmarks, hand-made earrings, winner’s choice of a signed paperback of this novel (or an upcoming release or other book if you already have read My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island), and a Mackinac Island mug. a Rafflecopter giveaway

10 thoughts on “Kindle Fire Giveaway: My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels

  • Michele Hayes says:

    Mackinack Island sounds like a great place to visit.

  • Trixi says:

    I love that yellow house, it’s beautiful! I remember one time as a teen staying in a B&B with my mom and some friends in a house like this. My favorite part was the sprawling wrap-around porch. I think the hosts also made it cozy & homey with comfortable chairs, tables and a porch swing or two. We’d sit out there sipping on tea or a cold sweet drink just enjoying ourselves 🙂

    Living in the Oregon coast, we see many historic houses! My husband and I have also stayed in a few B&B’s just as beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pictures Carrie, and thanks for participating in the Mackinac Island book tour, Paulette!

  • Debbie Mitchell says:

    Wonderful book! Another winner for Carrie!

  • Rita Wray says:

    The book sounds great.

  • deanne01 says:

    With all the wonderful pictures Carrie has shared of Mackinac Island and the descriptions she has give I am ready to visit.

  • Mindy Bel says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I would really like to read the book!

  • When I was in the military I was stationed at the Air Force Academy. It was amazing to live in such a beautiful place. However, I think you have me beat by living on the island. I haven’t been there myself, but a friend to a vacation there and she raved about it. Did you ride a bike everywhere?


  • Nancy M says:

    Excellent book by Carrie! Love these photos of Mackinac Island!

  • Beverly Duell-Moore says:

    Sounds like a great book! Excited to read it soon!

  • Rachael Clemons says:

    I love Mackinac Island! I was lucky enough to visit a few years back and fell in love with the houses and the fudge there.

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