Captured By Love, Michigan Brides Collection Series #1   -     By: Jody Hedlund
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Captured By Love, Michigan Brides Collection Series #1

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. Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a captivating inspirational historical romance.
    March 13, 2015
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Angelique is an incredible main character. She is so well developed and presented that it was very easy to feel a connection to her. Many times throughout the story my heart ached for the way she was treated as well as for the situations he was put in by others. Very early on it was apparent that her hearts desire was to do the right thing and to treat others with kindness. She is surrounded by a lot of additional character that are very important to the story. The development of these people is just as well thought out. Their characters and personalities are also clearly described.

    Angelique, Pierre, and Miriam have faith in God that is clearly presented. Both Angelique and Pierre are on a journey in this story where they learn more about God and trusting Him. It was wonderful to go on this journey with them.

    Jody Hedlund has a wonderful talent for description. It was very easy to form a mental picture of the surroundings and action taking place. It held my attention the whole way through the book.

    I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion. I highly recommend this book.
  2. Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enthralling
    February 22, 2015
    Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Well-told tale set firmly on an authentic historical stage with a three-dimensional cast of characters. Captured by Love has quite a page-turning pace--I read it in two days. I found this to be a very well-balanced historical romance with powerful messages of faith, forgiveness, and faithfulness. I'll be reading more from Jody Hedlund!

    ~Jocelyn Green, author of Spy of Richmond
  3. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful
    January 18, 2015
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wonderful as always. I had a hard time putting it down. One of first books in a long time that takes place in Michigan and during the war of 1812. Would be great to have more books based during this time. I look forward to more of Judy's books. I received this book through bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
  4. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Book!
    January 14, 2015
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Captured by Love is a well written historical fiction as all Jody Hedlund's are. Angelique's guardian is very abusive towards her and threatens to marry her off to the highest bidder if she doesn't obey him. She is engaged to Jean but cares for his older brother Pierre. She takes care of her future mother-in-law who is elderly and blind. They are all very poor. It is a captivating story full of hardship, love, starvation,struggles, romance, and faith in God.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  5. New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good, but not her best
    October 15, 2014
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Angelique Mackenzie lives on remote Michilimacinac Island, Michigan Territory, in 1814. The island is occupied by the British, and all the loyal American men have left, including her fianc, Jean Durant, but not her cruel step-father. With Spring comes the return of Jeans handsome and adventurous older brother, Pierre who Angelique had feelings for even as a young girl.

    I dont know what I think about Captured by Love. The writing was good, the research was excellent and I got a real feeling of time and place, but something didnt work for me.

    I didnt like the love triangle. Its not that Im against the concept of a love triangle as a plot device, but this felt too contrived (especially as one character kept returning as if from the dead). Perhaps it was because I didnt like the choice Angelique had to make: honour, or love (and I couldnt help but think that it was never a choice she should have had to make).

    I didnt like Ebenezer. There was nothing redeeming about his character. It could be said that at least he financially supported his step-daughter, but Im sure he more than recouped that with the brideprice he extracted. And none of the other characters felt real. It was as though they all existed merely to propel Angeliques story along.

    The Christian elements were a strange combination of not enough and too much. Not enough, because I never got the impression Angelique had any great (or even small) faith in God. Too much, because the climax depended on her supposed spiritual revelation. I wanted to love Captured by Love, and while I was totally engrossed by the historical setting and the war between the British and the Americans, I was less engrossed by the actual plot and characters.

    Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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