Captured By Love, Michigan Brides Collection Series #1   -     By: Jody Hedlund
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Bethany House / 2014 / Paperback

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It's 1814, and the British are forcing Americans living on Mackinac Island to swear an oath of loyalty to England. As fur trader Pierre Durant joins the fight against the invaders, he's drawn to Angelique, friend of the British commander's daughter. Will the couple decide where their allegiances lie---and how much they'll risk for love?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764210491
ISBN-13: 9780764210495
Availability: In Stock
Series: Michigan Brides Collection

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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.

Author Bio

Jody Hedlund is the author of Rebellious Heart, Unending Devotion, The Doctor's Lady and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence and a finalist for the 2011 Carol Award in First Novel. She received her BA from Taylor University and her MA from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com.

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  1. girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Captured by love captured my attention
    August 30, 2014
    girlsmama
    Edgewood, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Captured by love, Jody Hedlunds latest offering was once again a well done, and seemless historical fiction novel that I have come to expect from her writing. I thought that this particular novel did a wonderful job with the historical element and the British occupation of Michilimackinac Island (what we know as Mackinac Isnalnd) in 1814. All of the true to life landmarks and situations that she wove into the story are explained in the back of the book and her authors notes at the end are always my favorite part as I realize the artistry that Jody uses to bring her historical fiction a ring of truth. As a historical fiction reader, I truly enjoy that.

    But onto the characters- the lovely Angelique with a hard past, an unfaithful mother whose decisions and choices always make her question if she is just like her mother? Her cruel step father fosters these doubts as he makes sure she is clothed in such a way that no one pays her much mind plain and everything buttoned up. She lives in constant fear that he will sell her off in marriage to the highest bidder as he had done with her sister. However, Angelique has given her pledge of marriage to a kind friend since childhood Jean, who has since left the Island to go and fight for the Americans. Theres just one problem, she has never really loved Jean in a romantic way, that was more reserved for his older brother Pierre who is a bit more of a rogue. Pierre is that bad boy turning good type of character who has been out on the fur trading circuit and lived a bit large. He is that cheeky sort and he is delightfully confident in himself , still falls a bit over his own pride, but a very loveable character overall. Having left the Island long ago to pursue his Fur trading, he is returning to check in on his mother and runs into Angelique. When he left her, she was a young girl, but returning home shows him that she was become a most beautiful grown up woman. Angelique attracts him not just for her beauty and red curls, but the fact that she has been taking care of his mother, who in his absence has gone blind and made things around his childhood farm difficult to keep up with.

    There are many difficulties for Angelique and Pierre- Angeliques pledge and duty to Jean, her love for staying on the Island and Pierres love for fur trading which would take him far away from Angelique and the Island. Many hurdles to jump over for this couple, make the story unique and interesting. They both in their own way learn to lay down their wants and desires and seek out Gods plan for their future. It was such an interesting contrast as one had to lay down selfishness and the other trying to do things out of duty- a fun story for sure. And as mentioned above- the historical aspect was interesting and played into the story seamlessly. This one is full of romance for sure so for those in for a great historical Christian fiction romance, I think you will really love it.

    4 stars

    This book was given to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a great historical fiction novel
    August 30, 2014
    Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A well written historical fiction novel that includes actual historical facts and real life characters. The story takes place on Michilimackinac Island, Michigan Territory in 1814. The British army is in control of the island and if the people living there do not sign an oath of allegiance that they are on the side of the British and not the Americans they were forced to leave the island. It has been a harsh winter and the British supply ships have been unable to reach the island. People are starving, cold and weary. The soldiers are taking desperate measures to survive.

    Angelique MacKenzie's guardian is Ebenezer Whiley who forces her to dress plain so she does not follow in her mothers footsteps. He is very abusive towards Angelique using harsh punishment and threatens to marry her off to the highest bidder if she does not obey him. She longs to be free of his control and cruelty. Angelique is selfless and giving. She gives up some of her own food to keep her nearly blind and future mother-in-law from starving. She is engaged to her son Jean but cares for the older son Pierre. Peter Durant is a fur trader and left the island several years ago because he would not sign the oath of allegiance. After being absent for so long he returns partly out of guilt and duty to his mother. He cares for Angelique his childhood friend but knows he must put his feelings aside as she to wed his brother.

    Will Angelique and Pierre give into their passion for each other? Will she marry Jean? Will the Americans or the British win control of the island? There is so much in this story but written so well you do not get lost in it. This is an amazing and captivating story that I did not want to put down until the end. Humor, hardships, starvation, harsh conditions and struggles. Love and romance. Faith and trust in God. A fast paced action story. It has it all and more. A great read especially for those who love historical fiction,

    I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
  3. vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A passionate love
    August 24, 2014
    vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Captured by Love is a passionate love story by Angelique and Pierre. They are forced to deal with how to handle a strong physical attraction to each other when all circumstances dont seem optimistic for them to have a chance to spend a life together. Angelique is already promised to Pierres brother. And Pierre has a fur trading business that keeps him away from home much of the time.

    Angelic lives on Mackinac Island which has been taken over by the British. With all the negative circumstances in her life, she should by all rights be angry, bitter and focused on self-preservation. And yet she is an incredible young lady. She returns hatred and prejudice with love. And she seems totally oblivious to the unfairness of how she is treated. She remains focused not on herself but rather on taking care of Pierres mother during the years when he is away from home.

    Pierre returns to the island and finds out that Angelic has transformed from the child friend he remembers to this beautiful young lady. But he also finds the family home in disarray and his mother living in really bad circumstances. Now he must decide which is more important, the fur trading he loves or staying around to care for his mother. And how will he deal with his love for his brothers intended?

    Captured by Love is filled with a lot of historical facts that are quite interesting . However, I would say the romance plot of the story is much stronger than the historical aspect. So Captured by Love would be a better attraction to those who seek out a good romance or historical romance genre. Some of the moral dilemmas in this story had me a little tense. But Jody Hedlund has a great writing style and for those who seek a good romance, Captured by Love might have a great appeal. Just following the storyline of Angelic was inspirational.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Sqwiggles
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You will get lost in the story.
    August 18, 2014
    Sqwiggles
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    This is the third book I have read by Jody Hedlund. I enjoyed the other books, but they didn't stand out for me. I was expecting the same from this one. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I never wanted to put the book down. I loved the main characters. Pierre really stood out in the story. I loved how wild and with nature he was, but at the same time he was kind and sweet. He was the perfect male character for the story. You could almost feel the passion and chemistry between Pierre and Angelique. This is something that is hard to find in books. I would completely get lost in the story and I needed to know what would happen next. They both fell in love, but circumstances made it difficult for them to be together. I was rooting for them the whole time and I could feel their love, happiness, and despair. You will get lost in the story and fall in love with the characters. This book is definitely one of my new favorites.

    I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
  5. Cheryl
    Prospect,KY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captured by Love
    August 18, 2014
    Cheryl
    Prospect,KY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The war of 1812 has affected all of North America, including Michilimackinac Island. Men have followed the call to fight, food is scarce, and soldiers are everywhere. Attempting to avoid the same fate as her sister, Angelique MacKenzie is determined to fade into the background and avoid her cruel step-father and his young new wife until the war is over and her fiance returns. What she doesn't expect is her childhood friend, Pierre Durant, to return to the island after years of absence. Neither of them are children anymore. Could there be more to their relationship than what was there? Can Angelique keep her promise or will she follow her heart?

    I loved the characters from the beginning. Angelique has been beaten down from so many directions but she is strong and serves without looking back, often times going hungry in order to feed someone she loves, the British leaving little for the colonists to eat. She is playful and yet stubborn, wanting to feel safe and secure and thinks that she has found the perfect way to have that but often God's ways are different than ours. Pierre is a new man, having given his life to Christ. However, like most of us, he deals with the guilt of his past and turning everything over to God.

    I loved the setting of the book. I have read little of the time period or of Mackinac Island. Jody Hedlund has a way of making me feel like I lived through the war and walked on the island. I have read only one other book by Jody but will be seeking out others in a church or public library. I highly recommend it. I see no indication on the book that is is part of a series but if it is this volume easily stands on its own.

    I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
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