About the Book: As the Gilded Age comes to a close, Elena Bissette's once-wealthy family has nearly lost its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, where they will spend one last summer in the hope of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. But Elena is repulsed by the idea of marrying for money.
Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls, Elena spends most evenings escaping back into Mackinac's rugged forest. There she meets Chase, a handsome laborer who shares her love for the night sky. The two begin to meet in secret at an abandoned lighthouse, where they work together 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.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book - the vivid scenery, the romance of the Gilded Age, the mystery of a time long past, the cons of the Gilded Age fully exposed, the realistic characters and the intriguing storyline.
At first I thought that the reaction of the main characters (when the plot twist was revealed) was unrealistic, as they both blamed the other for the same fault they had committed, and then I realized how realistic that actually was. We are often so quick to find our own faults in the behaviour of someone else, while excusing it in ourselves.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and I'm glad the mystery in the diary was revealed at the end.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.