Longing for love, can she escape the shadows that follow her to Dark Island?
1910, Thousand Islands, New York. Others may consider The Towers castle on Dark Island an enchanting summer retreat, but to Devyn McKenna, it’s a prison. Yet as she works as a maid for Frederick Bourne, former president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, her life blossoms under the kindness of his family and fascinating entrepreneurs such as J.P. Morgan, Thomas Lipton, and Captain Vanderbilt. But more than anything, the growing friendship of Mr. Bourne’s valet, Brice McBride, begins to pry away the painful layers that conceal Devyn’s heart.
Brice is drawn to the mysterious Devyn even though he’s certain she’s hiding a secret, one far more dangerous than the clues they find in The Towers that hint of a treasure on the island. When Devyn is accused of stealing Bourne’s investment in Vanderbilt’s New York City subway expansion, he might not be able to protect her.
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I loved the romance, the mystery, and the wonderfully historic setting! Devyn and Brice’s story warmed my heart. What a great combination of history and fiction. I hope I get to visit the Thousand Islands one day!
Susan Mathis creates relatable fictional characters and masterfully sets them in a real place (Dark Island in the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, NY), living in a real home (The Towers, now Singer Castle) with a real family (that of Frederick and Emma Bourne), at a real time (1910). Mathis weaves in carefully researched events and cultural details of the era and the area to give breath and believability to persons and plot where all things work out together for good. Devyn’s Dilemma is a tale you will be blessed to read.
Devyn’s Dilemma is yet another wonderful work of inspirational river fiction by Susan Mathis Having studied the Bourne family for several years while working on our two Singer Castle books, we were delightfully surprised to see how Susan portrayed this loving and godly family in Devyn’s Dilemma. I think the Bournes themselves would love this book! It is a great read for anyone who enjoys inspirational romance.—Patty Mondore, Co-author, Singer Castle and Singer Castle Revisited, and co-producer, Dark Island’s Castle of Mysteries DVD.
If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey and would love to read a similar story set in North America, then you’ll want to check out Devyn’s Dilemma, by Susan Mathis. Young Devyn faces her darkest fears, both emotionally and physically, when she takes summer employment on Dark Island. Reading this tale took me on a journey into one of the beautiful castle-like homes of the Thousand Islands and helped me see and experience what life there would have been like in the Gilded Age.
Devyn's Dilemma is more downstairs, which is always more fun. Romantic and satisfying.
Ms. Mathis does a great job of character development making the people we read feel real. Her historical accuracy is spot on, Devyn's Dilemma is a delightful experience written by Susan G. Mathis. Her beautiful style and love for the rich heritage of the Thousand Islands shines through enticing the reader moving to a satisfying ending. —Angela Breidenbach, president of the Christian Authors Network