Title: Captured by Love
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from the author via www.bookfun.org
This fictional historical story is set in 1814 on what we now call Mackinac Island during the British and Indian War. Fur trading was at its height with the demand for animal pelts high in Europe, especially England. Pierre Durant is a young fur trader who has followed in his father’s footsteps against his father’s wishes. His father wanted Pierre to go to school in Detroit, but Pierre has longed to be in the wilderness and free. His father was trying to protect Pierre from the lifestyle that accompanies the fur trade of drinking and carousing. His father wanted him to learn from his mistakes and lead a Godly life. Pierre leaves home without saying goodbye to anyone, including his young friend Angelique to be gone for five years never sending word of his whereabouts. He returns to the island, finding many things have changed in his absence, including Angelique. Can he do what is best for her and what God wants of him? Can he play both sides of the war against each other and survive?
Angelique MacKenzie has been best friends with Pierre and his brother Jean all her growing up years. With her father dying years ago, after her mother’s death, her care has been given to a guardian. Her guardian treats her cruelly and mistreats her. She longs for the freedom she had when she was younger, but keeps herself submissive so as not to end up acting like her philandering mother and rebellious sister. She had her heart broken when Pierre left five years ago with no word, even though she was only thirteen. Now, she is betrothed to Pierre’s brother, Jean, who is away fighting with the Americans against the British, who occupy Mackinac Island. With Pierre’s return, she is faced with some difficult decisions. Can she rely on God to be her rock and foundation or will she continue to rely on herself?
This is a nice romance set during a war. The constant fight to stave off starvation during the long winter, the cruelty of Angelique’s guarding, the spying of Pierre and much more all come together to create an entertaining love story that readers will be sure to like. I liked Angelique’s selfless, sacrificial love and Miriam’s steady and continuous response of prayer in good times and bad. I also liked seeing Pierre’s character mature and grow into more of the man God desired him to be.
My rating is 4 stars.