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9.02.2014

Captured by Love ~ Review

Captured by Love
By Jody Hedlund

Angelique MacKenzie has been promised to Jean Durant, but when the British took Michilimackinac Island he was among those expelled for loyalties with the Americans.  Since the expulsion of the men the remaining residents of Michilimackinac have been suffering because their farms haven't been worked properly.  And the British are more than willing to take what little there is.

But spring has finally come and with it the promise that things could get better.  And in her heart Angelique hopes that her childhood friend Pierre Durant will return.  But Pierre left in anger years ago to pursue his desire for adventure as a fur trader. But the time has come for Pierre to return home, but home is not how he remembers it.  Can he give up the life he's been living and care for the mother he left behind?  Or will the call of adventure draw him back?

Angelique is torn between her promise to Jean and her heart's yearning for Pierre.  But she is determined to be a woman of honor.  And meanwhile the two men who hold her heart stand on opposite sides of the conflict, or do they?
  
Captured by Love is a look at the War of 1812 that is often overlooked in the history books.  The war isn't the main focus of the book, but rather a background setting that unfolds around the story.  If you like historical romances you just may want to turn the pages of Captured by Love.

I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

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.