What I’m Reading: “The Island of Doves” (and giveaway)

Congratulations Amber! You won the giveaway!

I have been reading such great books lately! After finishing Gone Girl, I dove into The Island of Doves by Kelly O’Connor McNees. These two books couldn’t be more different. And I loved it!

Island of the Doves tells the story of two women in 1835 America who are both similar and different, yet transform each other’s lives. Here’s the “official” summary of the book.

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. 

I have to say that even though the story takes place in 1835, it almost reads like it could be modern day. I had not read any of Kelly O’Connor McNees’ other books before, so wasn’t sure what to expect. But I love the historical context of the book and the two women’s stories are fascinating. And considering I read this book after Gone Girl, it definitely kept my interest and was really an enjoyable read.

GIVEAWAY: I have one copy of The Island of Doves to give to one lucky reader. To be entered to win, leave a comment telling me what you’re currently reading. The giveaway closes Friday, May 2 at 5 pm Pacific time. 


Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of  The Island of Doves to review for this blog post.  All opinions are my own and I only endorse books that I am proud to recommend to others.

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