Monday, January 29, 2018

Review: Captured By Love by Jody Hedlund

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.

My rating:
5 stars
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My thoughts:

Captured by Love was amazing. I don't know why it took me over three years to complete this series, but at least I finally did.

This was one of those books where you felt transported back to the time and place of the story. Whenever I picked up my Kindle and read, it was easy to get captivated again by Angelique and her life. I felt so sad for all that she dealt with -- including the unjust punishments from her step-father (he was so cruel!).

The romance was good. I was rooting for Pierre and felt like he was her perfect match, but at the same time I couldn't help feeling bad for Jean and not wanting him to get hurt. The author does a good job at getting the reader engaged with the story and I loved that.

All in all, Captured by Love was a great conclusion to the Michigan Brides series. I do not think you need to read the series in order.

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