Captured By Love - Book Review

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 Thoughts
I first discovered Jody Hedlund when I was given a copy of her book 
The Preacher's Bride as a gift.
I instantly fell in love with the way she could weave together a beautiful story
and capture my attention with her courageous characters
so I was thrilled to read another book written by her.
Captured by Love met my expectations and did not disappoint.
I do have one "critical" thing to say, but I will get to that in a moment.
The story of Angelique and Pierre is so heart-warming and endearing 
that you cannot help but smile throughout the entire book.

Pierre left his family in a rage and said some hurtful things to the people he loved 
the day before he left the island which left them confused and in pain.
During the years Pierre is gone he finds Jesus Christ and accepts Him as his Savior
and now Pierre is ready to live for the Lord and start fresh with his family
so he returns to the island where his home was to ask for forgiveness,
but once he arrives he is sad to see much has changed during his absence.

Angelique is a very strong, courageous woman who instantly wins over your heart.
She is treated terribly and abused by her stepfather, but manages to keep her focus upon God,
seeking His strength and comfort.
When Pierre left the island, Angelique was just a young girl,
but now after five years have passed she has grown into a lovely young lady
and Pierre is in awe of the woman she has become.
Pierre left the island thinking of Angelique as a sister, 
but now there is not one sisterly thought towards her, 
just thoughts of a man falling in love. . .
Angelique has always admired and looked up to Pierre, but after he left she was heart-broken 
and was comforted by someone else very special to her. 
And now that Pierre has returned 
she is not free to give her love to the man she has always cared for.

Captured by Love is an enjoyable read 
and keeps you on your toes throughout the pages.
My one "critical" comment is. . .
I found many times the story revolved too much around the physical attraction
between Pierre and Angelique and there were moments when their time together
got a little "too heated."

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Jody Hedlund is the author of Rebellious Heart, Unending Devotion, The Doctor's Lady 
and The Preacher's Bride,winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence 
and a finalist for the 2011 Carol Award in First Novel. 
She received her BA from Taylor University and her MA from the University of Wisconsin, 
both in social work. 
Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan
with her husband and five busy children. 
She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the book review. It has been a good day for reading here. It has rained steadily all day.
Have a blessed Sunday.

Vee said...

Stephanie, I appreciated your criticism of this book. I don't enjoy "too heated" either. On the other hand, I have long had a complaint about some books in the genre that do not carry relationship through the book. Everything goes along in a more or less pleasing fashion UNTIL the gal (or the guy) is won for Christ. It is very disappointing reading for me. In fact, I have been writing about this very idea for a post I am doing Monday or Tuesday. Thanks for the review!

Sola Scriptura said...

It's refreshing to read your insightful book reviews. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, my friend.

Debbie Harris said...

What an excellent book review, Stephanie. I appreciate your honesty in your review. You always give a great review!
The cover of the book is beautiful.

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