Author: Jody Hedlund
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Bethany House Publishers’ website description of Captured By Love:
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.
Wow. Jody Hedlund hits it out of the park with her latest release, Captured by Love. First off, this book reminded me so much of Laura Frantz’s writing. I rave about Laura to my friends (and possibly on blogs?) so that should give you an idea of how much I enjoyed this book. Second, I want to give a huge “THANK YOU!” to Jody Hedlund for this free copy of the book that I won in a drawing on the blog Chat With Vera. Thank you also Vera!
Captured by Love takes place on what we know now as Mackinac Island. I’ve never been there, but have heard some about it, so it was a treat to visit the island through this book. I loved the setting, how Jody took me to a new, exciting place for the War of 1812, and the huge part that history played in this novel. It all felt so authentic! So authentic, in fact, that this book swallowed my for four whole days. To be fair, I will say that I worked two of those days, so I didn’t have as much time as I wanted with this story, though I thought about the characters when I was away from the story.
What Angelique and Pierre endure in this story is so heartbreaking and beautiful by turns. Both are scarred by past family experiences, both are caught up in the drama of the war, and both are drawn to the other.
Angelique and Pierre are passionate in their love for each other in this book, but struggle with guilt over past obligations that still weigh heavy on their present. I confess, I fell in love with Pierre, same as Angelique. So Jody, you did your job well. 😉
The spiritual message in this book was also so good. Pierre has to fight his natural selfishness and self-reliance. It is only when he must rely on God’s strength do we finally see him succeeding. Angelique too must trust God, though in a different way. She must learn to claim Him as her rock, rather than Pierre or Miriam or even the island where she grew up.
About the Author
Biography from Bethany House Publishers’ website: Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of The Doctor’s Lady and The Preacher’s Bride. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at JodyHedlund.com