Monday, 24 February 2014

Review: The Island of Doves by Kelly O'Connor McNees

Vivid and enthralling, Island of the Doves tells the story of a courageous woman who is desperate for freedom and of those who will risk everything to help her…

Susannah Fraser lives in one of Buffalo’s finest mansions, but her monstrous husband makes the home a terrible prison. When a local nun offers to help her escape, Susannah boards a steamship headed for Mackinac Island and a chance at freedom.

Magdelaine Fonteneau has seen her share of tragedy—a husband murdered before her eyes, two sisters lost—and she sees offering Susannah refuge in her island home as atonement for her many regrets. This act of kindness changes Susannah in ways she never could have imagined as she finds solace in the company of others who carry their own secrets and scars. Only together can they untangle their pasts—and find a future bright with the promise of new life.

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2014 by Berkley Trade
Terri's Thoughts:
I received a copy of this ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This was a haunting story of two women who are trying to cope with the cards dealt to them.  One trying to find a new life and one who did not know she was in need of healing and how when brought together they teach each other how to heal.

Susannah's journey was particularly interesting as you see how she learns to grow and find independence through each page and to put her past behind her.  As the reader you are cheering for her to succeed.  While not as obvious, Magdelaine's journey is similar however she is learning how to accept love and learn that it will not break her.

If you like a story about strong women and learning to forgive the past then this is a good read to pick up.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

About the Author

Kelly O Connor McNees is a former middle school English teacher and editorial assistant. Raised in Michigan, McNees currently lives in Chicago with her husband. For further information about the book and the author, visit"



  1. I've been to Mackinac Island several times and will definitely have to read this book :)

  2. Can't wait to read this one as I really enjoyed her previous two novels, especially "In Need of a Good Wife." That one is amazing!

  3. I wasn't familiar with her work before now. I will have to check her other books out!