I have always loved learning about our history but tend to avoid the cold, hard facts of nonfiction. For that reason I have always gravitated toward historical fiction because most authors tend to do their research and then weave a captivating story about mostly fictional characters around those same cold, hard facts. “Captured by Love” was a prime example of a historical story so well told that I felt a part of it.
“Captured by Love” caught my interest from the very first page. Hedlund’s characters were so well-rounded that it was quite easy to either love or hate many of them. I was unfamiliar with Michigan history and found the story to be intriguing. Serious topics such as the hardships and deprivation of both the island residents and the British army, the Americans’ struggle for freedom, and Angelique’s cruel treatment by her guardian were tempered by the friendly and sometimes humorous banter between Angelique and Pierre.
A beautiful story of sacrificial love and renewed faith, “Captured by Love” is a book that lovers of historical fiction are sure to love.
This book was provided for review by
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Michigan Territory, 1814
A voyageur and a young woman swept up in a time of upheaval and danger discover firsthand the high price of freedom.
The British Army has taken control of Michilimackinac Island and its fort, forcing the Americans to swear an oath of loyalty to the crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a fur trader who returns after being away from the island for years, only to find the family farm a shambles and those he cares about starving and at the mercy of British invaders.
Torn between the adventurous life of fur trading and guilt over neglecting his defenseless mother, Pierre is drawn deeper into the fight against the British–and into a relationship with Angelique MacKenzie, a childhood friend who’s grown into a beautiful woman. She now finds herself trapped by the circumstances of war and poverty, and the cruelty of her guardian, Ebenezer Whiley.
As tensions mount and the violence rages on, Pierre and Angelique must decide where their loyalties rest and how much they’ll risk for love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of The Doctor’s Lady and The Preacher’s Bride. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at JodyHedlund.com.