Daniel and Jane Porter of Clayton purchased Round Island in 1878 for $9,000. They built the Round Island Hotel, but it wasn’t too successful. They leased it, renovated it, added wings that included a bowling and billiards wing, and renamed it the Hotel Frontenac.
Calumet Island’s Charles G Emery had a big plan when the Round Island Company assumed control of it in 1898. He contracted a huge remodel with the intent of making the New Frontenac a world class hotel, and the best hotel in the Thousand Islands. He added a brick kitchen and firewall to prevent a kitchen fire to spread, a new wing with a ball room and dining room, and a separate building, called The Annex.
The New Frontenac hotel was said to have the best fire protection. On the top story of the building, there were great iron tanks holding 23,000 gallons of water. Throughout the buildings were firehoses as well as many hand fire extinguishers. Unfortunately, the Frontenac Hotel burned to the ground in 1911.
Rachel Kelly serves the most elite patrons at the famed New Frontenac Hotel on Round Island. She has wondered about her old beau, Mitch, for nearly two years, ever since he toyed with her affections while on Calumet Island, then left for the high seas and taken her heart with him. Now he’s back, opening the wound she thought was healed.
Mitch O’Keefe returns to claim his bride but finds it more difficult than he thought. Returning to work at the very place he hated, he becomes captain of a New Frontenac Hotel touring yacht, just to be near Rachel. But his attempts to win her back are thwarted, especially when a wealthy patron seeks her attention. Who will Rachel choose?
Susan G Mathis is an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands in upstate NY. Susan has been published more than twenty-five times in full-length novels, novellas, and non-fiction books. She has nine in her fiction line including Peyton’s Promise. Find out more at www.SusanGMathis.com.