2014 Release: The Island of Doves by Kelly O'Connor McNees

Having really enjoyed The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees, I am very much looking forward to this next release from her!

Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Berkley Trade
Paperback; 368p
ISBN-10: 0425264580

Vivid and enthralling, The Island of 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…

About the Author

Kelly O'Connor McNees is the author of two novels, "The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott" and "In Need of a Good Wife." Born and raised in Michigan, Kelly found that books made good friends. Mary Lennox, Winnie Foster, Kit Tyler, Will Stanton, and a dozen other characters were as real to her as any of the kids on her block, and she decided that the best way to keep them around and provide them with some company was to become a writer herself. Kelly received her first rejection letter in tenth grade, from the fiction editor at "Seventeen," and has been writing her way back ever since. In the meantime, she has worked as a teacher and editor, and lives with her husband and daughter in Chicago. 


  1. I do love the plot as described here and will definitely be looking out for this one come next April! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for alerting me to this one! I love the cover and the premise sounds really good.

  3. This one sounds like it's going to be amazing, thanks for posting this Amy!


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