The Island of Doves (Paperback)

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Kelly O'Connor McNees has done it again. Island of Doves
is filled with a sense of nostalgia that is perfect for a lazy summer
afternoon in Northern Michigan, especially if the reader is familiar
with Mackinac Island. Chances are, that if you came into the store
asking for a recommendation within the last month, I immediately went to
this book and gave you a spiel on how I read Island of Doves
in one sitting. I also probably told you that you absolutely must read
it if you're at all familiar with the history of Mackinac Island or if
you were looking for a good book to transport you from the modern day
hustle and bustle back to yesteryear. McNees introduces not one but TWO
very strong female characters, Suzanne and Magdelaine, who could not be
more different.Suzanne Frazer has only one person in her life: her
husband Edward. Edward is an extremely controlling and abusive man who
does not allow Suzanne her own life and always keeps her at arm's
length. It is with the help of a Catholic nun that Suzanne plots her
escape that lands her on Mackinac Island taking shelter with Magdelaine,
a fur trapper with her own haunting history. Once on the island,
Suzanne becomes known as 'Ms.Dove' and for once in her life, she is
allowed to find herself- something that is easier said than done. The
best part of McNees' story was, that although they did not know it at
the time, Suzanne and Magdelaine needed each other in order to find out
who they truly are and let go of their pasts.Island of Doves is a perfect story about 'caged birds' and what it takes to become who you truly are and set yourself free.

— Kirstyn


Vivid and enthralling, Island of the Doves tells the story of two women in early nineteenth century America—one typical of her time, one extraordinary for it—who transform each other’s lives.

Susannah Fraser lives in one of Buffalo’s finest mansions, but her husband has made it a monstrous prison. When a mysterious woman offers to help her escape, Susannah boards a steamboat for Mackinac Island. But after being a dutiful daughter and obedient wife, it is only as she flees that she realizes how unprepared she is for freedom.

An exceptional woman of early America, Magdelaine Fonteneau has overcome convention to live a bold and adventurous life, achieving great wealth and power as a fur trader. But Magdelaine has also seen great tragedy and lost all that was dear to her, and she is no longer sure her hardened heart is capable of love.

Now, Magdelaine seeks redemption by offering safe harbor to Susannah. But as their friendship grows into something miraculous, it changes each woman in unexpected ways. Each needs to learn to love again, and only together can they realize a future bright with the promise of new life…

About the Author

Kelly O'Connor McNees is an editor and the critically acclaimed author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott and In Need of a Good Wife. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

Praise For…

 Praise for the novels of Kelly O’Connor McNees

“Unforgettable.”—Kristina Riggle, author of Keepsake
“Charming.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Simply gorgeous.”—Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

Product Details
ISBN: 9780425264584
ISBN-10: 0425264580
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 384
Language: English


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