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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding historical romance
    October 6, 2014
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    After reading three of Jody Hedlund's novels, I can say without reservation that she ranks among my favorites when it comes to historical romance. In Captured by Love, Jody's expressive narrative, rich characterization, rugged setting, and spellbinding romance captured my emotions from the first page and didn't even let go after the last page was turned.

    For lack of a better term, something that I'll call "the dynamics of three" stood out to me in this story. First of all, Captured by Love is set in British-held Michigan Territory/Mackinac Island during the year of 1814, a very interesting period of America's history and not that familiar to me. Jody certainly made it come alive! It was a time of conflict that involved Americans, British, and Indians - and it was fascinating to see how they played off each other. The rich historical detail that Jody brought in was never boring. And secondly, there was the three-way relationship between Pierre, Angelique, and Jean that gave new meaning to the theme of star-crossed romance.

    Pierre and Angelique are such strong, vibrant characters that I couldn't help but be drawn to them immediately. Pierre is a voyageur of French-American descent and wild at heart, forever dreaming of adventure. And in following those dreams, he focused on doing exactly what he wanted without consideration of others. Angelique loves the island wilderness and is quite proficient at securing food for Jean and Pierre's mother, Miriam - but it is her caring nature and selflessness to which readers will be drawn.

    Appealing secondary characters of Miriam and Jean contribute greatly to the story, and I especially loved the friendship between Red Fox and Pierre. Jody also excels at creating romantic tension, and the romance between Angelique and Pierre definitely sizzles. Romance fans will not be disappointed!

    In his new life of commitment to God, Pierre discovers that God's will doesn't always fit with his desires. One of the predominant themes that spoke to me is that of honor, of trying to do the right thing - and that's not always comfortable, for how easily do we try to find ways to compromise in life? There's another spiritual message that Angelique learned, and it's one of which I constantly need to be reminded - that God is the only sure foundation in my life. The words to this beloved hymn easily sprang to mind: "On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand."

    The ending is very satisfying, but I would love to see Jean get his story sometime. Captured by Love is a beautifully entertaining story, one which I highly recommend to all readers.

    Thank you to Jody Hedlund and Bethany House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Captured by love
    September 20, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This fictional historical story is set in 1814 on what we now call Mackinac Island during the British and Indian War. Fur trading was at its height with the demand for animal pelts high in Europe, especially England. Pierre Durant is a young fur trader who has followed in his fathers footsteps against his fathers wishes. His father wanted Pierre to go to school in Detroit, but Pierre has longed to be in the wilderness and free. His father was trying to protect Pierre from the lifestyle that accompanies the fur trade of drinking and carousing. His father wanted him to learn from his mistakes and lead a Godly life. Pierre leaves home without saying goodbye to anyone, including his young friend Angelique to be gone for five years never sending word of his whereabouts. He returns to the island, finding many things have changed in his absence, including Angelique. Can he do what is best for her and what God wants of him? Can he play both sides of the war against each other and survive?

    Angelique MacKenzie has been best friends with Pierre and his brother Jean all her growing up years. With her father dying years ago, after her mothers death, her care has been given to a guardian. Her guardian treats her cruelly and mistreats her. She longs for the freedom she had when she was younger, but keeps herself submissive so as not to end up acting like her philandering mother and rebellious sister. She had her heart broken when Pierre left five years ago with no word, even though she was only thirteen. Now, she is betrothed to Pierres brother, Jean, who is away fighting with the Americans against the British, who occupy Mackinac Island. With Pierres return, she is faced with some difficult decisions. Can she rely on God to be her rock and foundation or will she continue to rely on herself?

    This is a nice romance set during a war. The constant fight to stave off starvation during the long winter, the cruelty of Angeliques guarding, the spying of Pierre and much more all come together to create an entertaining love story that readers will be sure to like. I liked Angeliques selfless, sacrificial love and Miriams steady and continuous response of prayer in good times and bad. I also liked seeing Pierres character mature and grow into more of the man God desired him to be.
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