Jody Hedlund has woven a tale of love and loyalty in Captured by Love that will capture your heart. Set during the War of 1812, Michilimackinac Island [modern-day Mackinac Island in northern Michigan] has come under the control of the British Army. The American patriots have been forced to flee the island, and it’s been a long, hard winter for those left behind. When voyager Pierre Durant returns to the island after “running away” five years before, he’s surprised at the changes he finds – not least of all, his childhood friend, Angelique, is now a beautiful woman who is engaged to his younger brother.
From the Publisher:
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.
I absolutely LOVE Michigan history, and Jody Hedlund has become one of my favorite authors due to her way of telling a spell-binding story while introducing me to new historical fact about my favorite state!
Captured by Love was full of realistic tension that had me turning pages as fast as I could. I was torn as to how I wanted to see the story end – the real issues of love and loyalty had me torn, just as they did the characters in the story.
From realistic and relatable characters to a plot with unexpected but believable twists and turns, Captured by Love is a can’t-put-down book that will challenge your faith and capture your heart.
I give Captured by Love five stars!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Captured by Love from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.