Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund - Review

If you’ve been a follower of my blog you know that I’ve reviewed several of Jody Hedlund’s novels. Historical romance isn’t a genre I normally seek out unless the writing is very good. 

Hedlund’s novels are excellent.  

As a writer I love to study her turn of a sentence, her ability to set the reader in a scene, and most importantly her breathtaking love scenes that are clean and oh so romantic. Yes, they are that good.

In her latest release, Captured by Love, Hedlund has again created vivid fictional characters and placed them in a historical setting that is packed with facts of true events. 

The story takes place in the 1800s on Michilimackinac Island better known by most of the world as Mackinac Island which is in northern Michigan. Michilimackinac was a pivotal location and very important to the fur trade industry, which made it prime land wanted by both England and the United States. 

When the War of 1812 broke out, the Americans had controlled the island for nearly 15 years. At the beginning of the war, the American captain lost charge of the fort after the British invaded. Hedlund has laced her novel with actual events of that time and has done it through strong characters.

Angelique MacKenzie is a protagonist who has struggled all her life. Being raised by her step-father—who is a mean, horrible man—she has learned to go without. What really makes Angelique memorable is her compassion. Even though she’s nearly starving, she manages to take food to a blind woman, Miriam Durante. Poor Miriam has had to fend for herself with one son exiled for his loyalty to the Americans and one son gone because he is a fur trader. Miriam would have starved if it weren’t for Angelique providing what food she could. 

See, already you like Angelique and are empathetic toward Miriam. But the story gets even better. 

Enter Pierre Durante, Miriam's fur trading son. He has it all: rakish good looks, a bit of wanderlust in his veins, and a love for Angelique that he tries to ignore—since she’s supposedly engaged to his elder brother—but can’t. Pierre comes back to the island to trade his furs and finds his mother living in deplorable conditions. Right away he dives in to make things better. And he’s touched that Angelique has watched over his mother the best she could in her circumstances. 

Does Pierre stay on the island to take care of his mother and also to claim Angelique’s heart? 

Does Angelique fall for Pierre when she’s promised to marry his brother? 

Does the brother arrive and upset Pierre’s plans? 

Do the Americans attack and reclaim the fort? 

Or do the British maintain their hold on the land and the people? 

Some of the answers to these questions might surprise you, but learn for yourself and read this wonderful book. 

You can purchase the novel on Amazon or major book stores near you. And you might want to ask your local library if they carry her books. They really should. If they don't request that they do.



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