Jul 22, 2014

Book Review: Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

Back Cover: 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.

My Review: Reading Hedlund's fiction is like stepping right into the past. As a Michigan born girl, I enjoy Hedlund's novels due to their connection with my home state. The premise of Captured by Love drew my attention. Like many of my fellow Michiganders, I have been to Mackinac Island many times. I've visited the fort on the hill and peered into the Black Hole. I loved the way this novel brought the history of the island to life. After reading this book, I want to visit the island again and relive this tale. I am very interested in reading Jody's next series about the Michigan light houses.

My Rating:

My Recommendation: I recommend this book to fans of Jody Hedlund and readers of historical fiction.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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