Captured by LoveJody Hedlund
It is 1814 and the British have taken hold of Mackinac Island and its fort, forcing American residents to swear an oath of loyalty to the British crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a voyageur--a fur trader who left his family home to find freedom and adven... Read More
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Torn between the life he's grown used to and guilt over leaving his brother and mother, he's drawn back into the loyalist fight against the British--and into a relationship with Angelique MacKenzie, a beautiful local girl who's been befriended by the daughter of the British commander. As tensions mount and the threat of violence increases, both Angelique and Pierre must decide where their loyalties rest, how far they will go to find freedom, and how much they will risk to find love.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jun 3, 2014
- UPC: 9780764210495
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 368
- Publish Date: Jul 1, 2014
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764210491
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- Outstanding historical romance by Carole on 10/6/14
After reading three of Jody Hedlund's novels, I can say without reservation that she ranks among my favorites when it comes to historical romance. In Captured by Love, Jody's expressive narrative, rich characterization, rugged setting, and spellbinding romance captured my emotions from the first page and didn't even let go after the last page was turned.
For lack of a better term, something that I'll call "the dynamics of three" stood out to me in this story. First of all, Captured by Love is set in British-held Michigan Territory/Mackinac Island during the year of 1814, a very interesting period of America's history and not that familiar to me. Jody certainly made it come alive! It was a time of conflict that involved Americans, British, and Indians - and it was fascinating to see how they played off each other. The rich historical detail that Jody brought in was never boring. And secondly, there was the three-way relationship between Pierre, Angelique, and Jean that gave new meaning to the theme of star-crossed romance.
Pierre and Angelique are such strong, vibrant characters that I couldn't help but be drawn to them immediately. Pierre is a voyageur of French-American descent and wild at heart, forever dreaming of adventure. And in following those dreams, he focused on doing exactly what he wanted without consideration of others. Angelique loves the island wilderness and is quite proficient at securing food for Jean and Pierre's mother, Miriam - but it is her caring nature and selflessness to which readers will be drawn.
Appealing secondary characters of Miriam and Jean contribute greatly to the story, and I especially loved the friendship between Red Fox and Pierre. Jody also excels at creating romantic tension, and the romance between Angelique and Pierre definitely sizzles. Romance fans will not be disappointed!
In his new life of commitment to God, Pierre discovers that God's will doesn't always fit with his desires. One of the predominant themes that spoke to me is that of honor, of trying to do the right thing - and that's not always comfortable, for how easily do we try to find ways to compromise in life? There's another spiritual message that Angelique learned, and it's one of which I constantly need to be reminded - that God is the only sure foundation in my life. The words to this beloved hymn easily sprang to mind: "On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand."
The ending is very satisfying, but I would love to see Jean get his story sometime. Captured by Love is a beautifully entertaining story, one which I highly recommend to all readers.
Thank you to Jody Hedlund and Bethany House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- More than just a romance by SavingsInSeconds.com on 9/27/14
This book has a Legends of the Fall feel to it. We have the brothers who fight for one woman. There's also the battle between the Indians and the white men. While I read, I felt such sadness for those who suffered without food and proper clothing in the cold winters of Michigan. Apparently the British blockaded their supplies, buying the food and other goods so in their war with the Americans. This part of history was lost to me, and it was fascinating to read the story woven by Hedlund. The whole military thing was rather boring to me, but the rest of the story was really interesting! There's so much more going on behind the scenes than a romance in this book. Bravery, sacrifice, and loyalty are all messages that ring true with Captured by Love. I received this book to review. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.
- Highly Recommended Drama by Jeanie on 9/8/14
Until now I have missed out on Jody Hedlund’s books, and I wish I hadn’t! Captured by Love is the third novel in her Michigan Brides Collection, set on the breathtakingly described backdrop of Michilimackinac Island in 1814. Being a southern Michigander by birth, and curious about the history of the area, this was a must-read for me (the rest of the series is now on my “must” list).
The British and American armies are still battling, this time for the rule of the Island. The living conditions of those under the control of the British, however, leave much to be desired. Food is scarce, and many live in poverty that we could not begin to imagine were it not for the descriptions of the author.
Angelique MacKenzie is an orphan under the “guardianship” of her stepfather, Ebenezer Whiley, even though now an adult. She is more of a servant to him and his current, very pregnant young wife, Betty. Angelique has been promised in marriage to Jean Durant, who paid the exorbitant bride price to her stepfather. Whiley threatens that if Jean doesn’t return soon from fighting for the Americans, he will sell her off to the highest bidder. Angelique has been helping keep food on the table of Jean’s mother, Miriam, sometimes giving her own food to this woman who has been like a mother to her. Angelique doesn’t practice faith, in spite of knowing how diligently her fiancé’s mother prays for everyone, and believes that her Lord answers those prayers.
Pierre Durant, brother of Angelique’s fiancé and one of her best childhood friends, returns to Michilimackinac. He is torn between the life he loves as a voyageur and caring for his mother, as well as very curious about his brother’s fiancé and his old friend now that she is an adult. Through his travels as one who collects and sells furs, he came to believe in Jesus as his Lord and Savior, yet there are some areas of his life that are … not quite surrendered, as there are with all of us. His challenges, however, could prove deadly for him and anyone around him.
The plot is very well planned and executed. There are battles on many fronts – the war with the British, Pierre’s desire for Angelique to love him instead of his brother, the struggle in the hearts of Angelique and Pierre as the Holy Spirit continues to nudge them in their separate faith journeys.
This is an amazing story of faith and change. The characters are fully defined, yet some are pliable enough to grow and change with the needs of their lives. I like Angelique; her priority of helping others in spite of her own poverty is commendable. Her struggle with faith in the Lord and her responses to Pierre regarding his activities show a woman who wants to do the right thing, and has not shut the door on the possibility of believing in God.
I highly recommend Captured by Love to anyone who appreciates Christian drama, including from the historical period of the early 1800’s. I hesitate to call it a “romance” as it is so much more – it is a demonstration of how our mighty God woos our hearts to Himself while using the circumstances around us. Jody Hedlund’s faith and her talent for showing how the Lord works in our hearts should not be missed, nor should her ability to write dramatic fiction that includes the wild beauty of nature in various historical periods.
I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- Historical Fiction of Mackinac Island by Becky on 8/10/14
The subject alone of this book drew me in, although it didn't hurt that I had already read another of Hedlund's unrelated books. Having not read the first two in this series, I would now like to go read them, but the story lacked nothing for my ignorance.
During the War of 1812, the islanders are starving as the British have regained control of the important fort, Michilimackinac, and also of the lucrative fur trade and essential waterway connections. Angelique MacKenzie is cared for by an abusive stepfather and jealous young stepmother. Angelique is in love with one young exiled renegade, Pierre Durant. However, she has decided long-missing Pierre is a rolling stone of a voyageur, and she is engaged to his more steady, gentle brother, Jean, instead.
Jean leaves the island to fight for the Americans, as Pierre returns to spy on the British. As Angelique has been caring for Miriam, the mother of Pierre and Jean, Pierre and Angelique find themselves renewing their old comaraderie and much more. Angelique is in desperate need of protection from her self-righteous step-father and Pierre is there to rescue her until...(you'll have to read the book!)
Many wonderful truths to be pondered here. Even though Pierre has been changed by Christ, still God is working on him showing him he "put too much stock in his own abilities." Angelique deals with the question of repeating the sins of her family, and eventually has to choose to trust God as her rock or lean or her own understanding.
Great research on the part of the author. I feel better prepared for our trip to the Island this week! Hedlund disguised the facts of the fort (and the Black Hole)and battles as a memorable story that will stick with the reader!
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
- A Novel to Capture Hearts by RamblingReader on 8/6/14
When I pick up a Jody Hedlund novel, I know that she is going to take me on a trip through history. The pages of "Captured by Love" immerse me in Mackinac Island around 1814. Hedlund gives us a broad scope of life on the island through the lives of her characters. The Michilimackinac Island that Hedlund portrays is nothing like the resort area that we picture today; it is a remote island of hardships, starvation, and fighting between the British and Americans. This love story melds with a history lesson that is beautifully portrayed with contrasting shades of darkness and light.
"Captured by Love" begins with a confrontation that sets the tone of tension that envelopes the island throughout the story. The struggles become personal when details about Angelique's life are revealed. As a young woman living with a strict stepfather and a suspicious stepmother, Angelique is imprisoned on the island that she adores. Her stepfather, Ebneezer, is definitely one of the sources of darkness in the novel. His treatment is nothing short of cruel, which adds a degree of heaviness to the plot. Angelique's strained relationship with her stepfather is contrasted with her close connection to the Durant family, especially Miriam and Pierre. Hedlund's characterization of Angelique is impeccable, and she quickly becomes a character that captures my interest and emotions. When the dashing Pierre enters Angelique's life, a more vibrant side of her is revealed. Though both of their pasts and presents are riddled with conflict, their interactions add some refreshing fun and romance to the surrounding strife.
The path to love is not straight and easy, however, as a love triangle forms between Pierre, Angelique, and Pierre's brother, Jean. Pierre evokes mixed feelings in me as he pursues Angelique. He is charming and complimentary, but often shows a degree of conceit as well. His disregard for the relationship between Jean and Angelique is bothersome as well. Pierre's view of their commitment highlights Angelique's desire to live a moral and godly life, and makes me appreciate her character even more. Despite his flaws, Pierre is undeniably a good character, and one of the few gentlemen introduced in the plot. Hedlund uses Pierre's faults to teach a lesson about faith, honor, and sacrifice. Many of those lessons are taught during the conclusion of "Captured by Love," which is filled with peril and excitement. The emotional journey continues until the very end, and the last pages bring romance to capture our hearts.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Additional Customer Reviews
- Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund by Tina on 8/6/14
Captured by Love: Michigan Brides Collection, book 3*****by Jody Hedlund
It is 1814 in the Michigan Territory and Angelique MacKenzie's life is full of hardships, pain, heartache and near starvation. Her step-father/guardian, Ebeneezer, keeps a constant watch on her to make sure she remains pure and sinless. He punishes her harshly for any perceived inappropriate behavior and threatens to sell her as a wife to the highest bidder as he had done her sister if she does not obey him.
The British army has taken control of Angelique's beloved Michilimackinac Island and it's fort. Anyone not willing to sign an oath of allegiance to the British and not the Americans must leave the island. Because of the war, the British within the fort are near starvation and the community as well. Can they survive the winter with the scant amount of food they have?
Miriam Durante is a dear friend of Angelique and nearly blind. She lives alone on her farm since her son Jean was forced to leave the island when he refused to sign the oath. Her son Pierre, a fur trader, has been gone for 5 long years. If it were not for the small amount of food Angelique brings Miriam when she can sneak out of her home and the love and care Angelique gives Miriam, she would have died long ago.
Angelique is engaged to Jean and they plan to marry once the Americans retake the island and Jean can return home. However, his brother Pierre suddenly returns and the feelings Angelique has hidden in her heart spring forth even stronger. How can she marry Jean when she is in love with Pierre, but how can she break her commitment to Jean?
Pierre has returned to find things at home worse than he even imagined. His mother has lost her sight, nearly starved—but for Angelique—and the farm is in need of much repair. He learns that Jean and Angelique plan to marry but his heart wants her for himself. He could easily woo her away from Jean, but how can he do that knowing she loves the island and he has no plans to remain? Could he deceive his brother that way? What of the mission he is on? He can't endanger his mother or Angelique. If his true mission is found out, his life would be in grave danger.
Captured by Love is a well written story about real-to-life characters who suffer great hardships, near starvation, romance, war, adventure, danger, unexpected twists and turns, faith—trust in God in all things in their lives (those who believe), forgiveness, and love....all set within historical events. I was captured from the first pages to the last.
~~I received a copy of this book from Book Fun Network and the publisher for my review~~
- Captivating! by Nancee on 7/8/14
In the year 1814 Michilimackinac Island was under British control, a strategic location for the fur trading industry. Pierre Durant was a voyageur returning to the island after several years of hunting and fur trading. Upon his return he discovered his mother alone, his family farm in ruins, island residents starving, and his younger brother gone, enlisted in the American army. His childhood friend, Angelique MacKenzie suffered the ravages of poverty and was at the mercy of a cruel guardian. Upon discovering Angelique had grown into a beautiful woman Pierre was quickly attracted to her, but Angelique had committed herself to marrying his younger brother upon his return to the island.
Jody Hedlund portrays the island in rich detail, delineating the rugged beauty of the landscape with artistry and charm, from the rock formations and cliffs to the sandy shores, and the glistening beauty of the lake beyond. Her research and documentation of the history and terrain of the island is accurate and precise. This narrative of romance and conflicting emotions, devotion to another versus surrender to love is defined by realism and a depth of emotion that awakens the senses. The strength of appeal and attraction between characters is depicted with intensity, sensitivity and tenderness, leaving the reader filled with emotion. The dangers that lie in wait on the island are described with factualism and accuracy.
"Captured by Love" is rich in history and authenticity, creating a credible and captivating story of survival, love and compromise. This book surpassed my expectations. I've enjoyed Jody's other books, and each creation has captured my attention throughout the book, to the very last page. There is mystery and intrigue, along with a truthfulness that grounds the underlying layers to an exhilarating and believable conclusion. I will be reading this book again in the future!
After the conclusion of the book Jody has written a brief history of Michilimackinac Island which details the background and location for "Captured by Love." More recently referred to as Mackinac Island, it is one of Michigan's most beautiful vacation spots, visited by people from all over the world.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author through Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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