ISLAND OF THE DOVES by Kelly O'Connor McNees
Publisher Berkley/Viking, 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…