Eeek! I’m behind on my book reviews, so here’s the latest and I’ll be writing another one real soon. Then I can get to reading my new Beverly Lewis book!! Love!!
Today’s review is of “Captured by Love” by Jody Hedlund, and, as usual, I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.”
I was very intrigued by this area and a struggle I hadn’t heard about before. Years ago, I read about the Arcadia (now Nova Scotia) struggles between the French and British and this is another one of those struggles, but more focused on fur trader families and their village being taken over by the British soldiers. I loved the story line and characters. And I loved the way the two main characters care so much about the man’s mother and take care of her so well. What I didn’t like was the way the romance is a bit racier than I would want from a “Christian” novel. I know most people wouldn’t consider it racy, and I’m glad I’m married at least, because I think things were just a bit too descriptive. If Christ was physically sitting next to me, I wouldn’t feel comfortable reading it aloud to Him. That’s a good barometer for me.
I loved the story line, but wouldn’t recommend it for that reason.
My next review is going to be better…promise!!