Cara Putman – Romantic Destination – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Contemporary author, Cara Putman shares the romantic setting for her latest release, A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island. Every time you comment on this post, your name goes in the drawing for a copy. Deadline: April 7th, 11:59 pm, central time. Here’s Cara:

Mackinac Island: The perfect romantic escape

The website for Mackinac Island, Michigan, contains this fun question: “Is romance in your soul?” 

On this small island nestled in Lake Huron in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you can step back in time and tap into a slower pace that allows your inner romantic to escape. 

It doesn’t take many moments on the ferry that transports you to the island to recognize that Mackinac is special. If you arrive from the St. Ignace’s port, one of the first places you’ll see as you approach is the Grand Hotel. This year the stately hotel is celebrating its 125th anniversary. If you’ve never been, it’s an experience. After 6:30 you must be dressed for the evening…even if you’re on the verandah. If you don’t want that level of elegance and expense, then be sure to check out the numerous B&Bs. We’ve stayed at Haans 1830 Inn and loved the experience. A B&B can be more intimate and private and can afford more space than the Grand, but there is an air of romance and elegance that pervades the Grand from the red geraniums and sunny awnings to the incredible dinner menu. 

But there’s so much more than wonderful places to stay. Mackinac Island transports visitors back to a time that is slower-paced. Travel is by horse drawn carriage (what’s more romantic!), bike (a bike for two sounds pretty romantic to me) or by foot (stroll quaint streets? Sign me up!). While each of these has charm and appeal, the reality that peace permeates your time on the island because something key is missing. The noise of cars and the requirement to rush around. 

In my mind Mackinac is a perfect place to escape for a long weekend or second honeymoon. It’s fun with children, but would be even better alone with the love of your life. 

About Cara: Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a teacher at her church as well as lecturer at Purdue. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and romance to life.
An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Mason University School of Law, Cara left small town Nebraska and headed to Washington, D.C., to launch her career in public policy.  

Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey. Learn more at: http://www.caraputman.comhttp://blog.caraputman.com, and

About the book: Attorney Alanna Stone vowed long ago to avoid Mackinac Island. Although it may seem the perfect place to heal, for Alanna it holds too many memories of a painful past. 

But an exhausting high profile case and an urgent plea from her parents have brought Alanna home. Moving into the house next to Jonathan Covington doesn’t help her. Jonathan may have been her first love, but he was also her first lesson in betrayal. Now Alanna must protect her privacy and her heart. Then Secrets and a murder intersect, and she’s thrust into controversy again as tragedy turns public opinion against her and potentially her family. 

For years, Jonathan has stubbornly resisted the urging of his family and friends to date, believing he’s already found the perfect woman. With Alanna’s return, he begins to wonder if he’s waited too long for someone who isn’t the right one after all.

17 Responses to “Cara Putman – Romantic Destination – Part 1 of 1”

  • Melanie says:

    I’ve wanted to visit Mackinac Island since I read about it in a horse magazine when I was about eight or so. Sounds like an amazing place!

  • angela says:

    would love to win.

  • shelia hall says:

    I would love to visit Mackinac island!Sounds so peaceful! Love your books too! Would love to win this one!

  • I’d love to read about this island! 🙂

  • kathleen Prescott says:

    Would like to win the book. Even though I lived in Wisconsin, I’ve never been to Mackinac Island. The pictures make it look very romantic.

  • JoAnn Durgin says:

    Great interview! I fell off a bike when I was on Mackinac Island when I was a kid. Kept pedaling faster because I didn’t know how easy it was to stop the bike! It was a wild ride, and I finally ran up against a curb and tumbled off the silly thing. I was about six, but haven’t been back. Other than that, my memories were of a beautiful place (and really good fudge, too). I smiled when I heard about Cara’s book and I’d love to win it! I’m sure it’s absolutely terrific.

  • Cara Putman, every book I’ve read of yours has been fantastic! Thank you so much for using the talent God gave you to bless others. A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island sounds like a great read. Thank you and Shannon Vannatter for giving us the opportunity to win such a wonderful book!

  • Cara Putman says:

    Mackinac is a magical place. We love spending long weekends up there. JoAnn, your story made me smile and think of one of my first days on skis…

  • Mary Jo says:

    We visited Mackinac Island a few years ago, and it is a great place for a romantic novel. I had actually been encouraged to visit there after reading another romantic novel set on the Island. Cara, since you’re such a fantastic author, I’m sure it’s a good read!

  • Jennfer says:

    I’ve always have wanted to go there and I still do! Someday maybe.

  • Never been to Macinac, but anywhere near the seashore is restoring to me. Would love to win the book. Thanks for having Cara on your blog.

  • Cara Putman says:

    Jo, you’re right there is something restoring about the sound of the seashore. So soothing. Jennfer, if you can get there, you’d love a few days on the island. Mary Jo, thanks for your kind words. I’m smiling 🙂

  • I’ve never been to Mackinac Island but would certainly love to visit by way of Cara’s book. Thanks for the opportunity to participate. Blessings.


  • sounds like a great book! would love to be entered. 🙂

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  • My hubby and I stayed at the Grand for three nights about 4 years ago–we got the special 3 nights for the price of two! It really wasn’t too expensive that way with our meals included. Loved it and Mackinac and would love to go back again. Reading this story would be the next best thing, so please enter me in the drawing! thanks!

  • Nancee says:

    As a lifelong resident of Michigan I’ve been to Mackinac Island numerous times, and love it there. I’d be so happy to win a copy of Cara’s new book.

  • I have a winner. Congrats to Patricia Rhymes. She won the copy of Cara’s book. I appreciate Cara for being here and everyone who stopped by.

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