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Whenever I read anything about Mackinac Island and The Grand Hotel, I always wind up thinking of the movie Somewhere in Time when I do so. This book was no exception to that, but it also was a bit on the boring side.
This book gives us a very interesting glimpse into the time frame shortly after the hotel’s opening. However, for me the book was marred by all of the deceptions that the main characters were so bent on weaving. Maude didn’t attempt to get to the bottom of her father’s stubbornness regarding selling the inn, she just went and did something that she didn’t really understand the ramifications of, in order to get what she wanted. That seemed very selfish to me!
Then we have Ben, who uses his uncle’s name to go undercover, then has to scramble when his uncle’s actions make news headlines. He didn’t seem the type to know what he wanted or where he was going in life, he was all reactionary because of what had happened to him and his family when he was a child.
I did like seeing the time period, and learning about how the islanders viewed the guests that came to the island, so that did work in its favor, but overall this was a disappointing read for me.
2 stars out of 5