|Captured by Love|
Captured by Love
by Jody Hedlund
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2014)
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****
‘Captured by Love’ indulges the reader with the fascinating geographical location of Michilimackinac (Mackinac) Island of Michigan, and the engaging history that forms a bygone era when the British military controlled the American island during the Revolutionary war. During the occupation, the food resources were dangerously scarce for all, leaving the Islanders half-starved and the British soldiers faring even worse..
The dashing and humorously egotistical Pierre Durant, who was the head man of a fur brigade, arrives back home to Michilimackinac Island after being away for several years. Returning with a heavy burden of guilt, partly from being away so long from his mother, Pierre feels even worse upon discovering her undernourished, with a severe disability, and her farm in shambles. He helps where he can but is still torn between leaving her again, and the draw of the vast, beautiful wilderness and his adventurous life as a fur-trader. Meeting up with his childhood friend Angelique, who has grown into a beautiful woman whilst still retaining her youthful spirit, also makes Pierre’s decision whether to stay or leave, more conflicting… especially after his feelings for her begin to grow into something much more powerful. Complicating things however, is the fact that she is betrothed to his brother!
The tension and impact of the war soon escalate, and violence increases on the island. Angelique is at the mercy of her merciless step-father, and Pierre himself is in grave danger as the British discover his true loyalties. Can there be any resolutions to the divisions and dangers that separate them all so vastly?
There was plenty to admire and savor in ‘Captured by Love’. The story-line shifts with twists and turns, saturating the plot in intrigue and anticipation while leaving you with no idea how it will end. There are heart-in-throat moments and occasions that cause your emotions to swirl. The romance leaves you breathless and smiling. And the entertaining, playful bantering between the two fabulous main characters is immensely amusing. Spiritually, I came away with two character-building messages: To humble oneself and allow God to help, instead of trusting in only our own abilities. And secondly, to remember that no matter what comes our way, God is our unchanging, solid, rock!
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