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ISLAND OF THE DOVES

{Christian Historical Fiction/Romance(Nineteenth-Century America)}

KELLY O’CONNOR MCNEES

ISLAND OF DOVES

 

Kelly O’Connor McNees

 

Berkley Trade Paperback Original

 

April 1, 2014

 

 

 

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…

 

 Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425264580
ISBN-13: 978-0425264584

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About the author:

Kelly O’Connor McNees is the author of two novels, “The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott” and “In Need of a Good Wife.” Born and raised in Michigan, Kelly found that books made good friends. Mary Lennox, Winnie Foster, Kit Tyler, Will Stanton, and a dozen other characters were as real to her as any of the kids on her block, and she decided that the best way to keep them around and provide them with some company was to become a writer herself. Kelly received her first rejection letter in tenth grade, from the fiction editor at “Seventeen,” and has been writing her way back ever since. In the meantime, she has worked as a teacher and editor, and lives with her husband and daughter in Chicago.

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MY THOUGHTS:

THE ISLAND OF DOVES by Kelly O’Connor McNees is an interesting Inspirational Historical Fiction/Romance set in 1816-1835 Buffalo and Mackinac Island. Follow these extraordinary women,Susannah,Magdelaine, Therese, Esmee, Josette, and Noelle, on a journey of faith, healing, forgiveness,grief and love.

Susannah Fraser, is a courageous woman desperate for freedom from her abusive husband, Edward.

THE ISLAND OF DOVES is the tale of extraordinary women with secrets, seeking redemption, healing, freedom, friendship, forgiveness and the ability to open their hearts to love again.

Susannah’s tale, is of an abusive husband, she is desperate to leave, alive, but she has tried before, which, resulted in bad consequences, so when the opportunity arises again, can she risk everything for herself and those who help her escape the clutches of an husband who is abusive, and greedy?

Magdelaine Forneneau and her sisters, Therese and Josette is set on a course no one wanted, one will die from an abusive boyfriend, the one will disappear, and the other, is left to pick up the pieces and continue her life after this great tragedy and hardens  her heart. Will she ever be capable of giving love again?

Esmee and Noelle have their own stories to tell.

A heart wrenching tale of love, healing,hope, grief and forgiveness. With vivid descriptions, engaging characters, and a storyline that is dear to so many,  Violence against Women. While, “THE ISLAND OF THE DOVES is fictional, three of the characters were inspired in some way, by real historical characters.”

ISLAND OF THE DOVES, is an charming, unforgettable, tale of the promise of a new life, second chances, and the power of love. Do pick up this title, you will not be disappointed.  An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review.

RATING: 4

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REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the publisher)

Thanks to Kayleigh, at Penguin Group (USA)/Berkley/NAL, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a print copy of ISLAND OF THE DOVES by Kelly O’Conner McNees.

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Giveaway will run from April 18 until April 25, 2014!

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Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
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