22 July 2014

Noela Nancarrow reviews CAPTURED BY LOVE by Jody Hedlund

Captured by Love
Captured by Love
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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Available from Amazon, CBD, Barnes & Noble, BAM, and other bookstores!

GIVEAWAY: We have a copy of Captured by Love for one person who leaves a comment! Your choice of format. Non US residents - ebook only.

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57 comments:

  1. The cover of the book is just beautiful.
    And it sounds so interesting.
    I would love too read this book.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com
    Noela

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    1. DANIE, I would love you to read this book too because I know you'd absolutely love it!! :-)

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  2. I first discovered Jody Hedlund's writing when I came across The Preacher's Bride on amazon. I just loved it.

    Thanks for the review, Noela. This book sounds interesting. The inspirational message of allowing God to help and taking control is an important aspect in our walk with Him.

    Blessings
    Janella

    arieljo12 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. I know what you mean JANELLA as I've been a huge fan of Jody Hedlund's writing since I first picked up one of her books also. And as with all her others, this one is no exception in it's excellence! Jody ticks all the boxes including always having an important spiritual message. All the best with your entry and God bless!

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  3. As a child, I lived near Mackinac Island. My uncle helped worked on the bridge. Would love to read another one of Jody Hedlund's books.

    kepro01@aol.com

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    1. KAREN, given your history I think you'd find this book even more of a treasure than it already is! I hope you get to read it soon!

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  4. Thank you for the review. This sounds like a great book. I like reading about this time in history.

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    1. Thanks SUSAN and you're spot on about it being a great book! :-) Hope you get to read it soon Susan, I think you'd love the history in this one!

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  5. Jody has written some great books, I'm sure this will be no different. Would love to win a copy!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I so agree PATTY, I love all of Jody's books and this one is just as awesome!! :-) All the best with your entry!

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  6. I REMEMBER THE SUMMERS OUR FAMILY WOULD DRIVE UP TO MACKINAC ISLAND, AS THEY DEOVE ACROSS THE BRIDGE WAS, THE VIEW WAS MAJESTIC, WATER EVERYWHERE, CAMPING WAS FUN BUT, THE MWMORY THAT STAYED WITH ME WAS THE CROSSING OF THE BRIDGE. I LOOK FORWARD TO READING JODY'S NOVEL.

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    1. It sounds like an amazing place - both in history and at present times!! Hope you get to read Captured by Love soon, JUANITA!!

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  7. This book is beautiful on the outside and I know it is on the inside too. I would love to hold this amazing book in my hands. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. MELANIE, I so hope you will be blessed to soon hold this beautiful book in your hands as well!! All the best!

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  8. Great review! I loved "The Doctor's Lady", and I'm looking forward to Jody's newest. She blends the right amount of action with romance. :-)

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thank you so much GWENDOLYN, and I do believe you perfectly summarized Jody's writing with your last sentence! :-) Blessings!

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  9. This does sound like such a great read. Lovely cover too.

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    1. It sure is MARY, and I hope you get to read it soon!! Gorgeous cover, isn't it!!

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  10. Wow how tangled that sounds.
    Would love to read it
    God bless you for writing it
    Chris G

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    1. Haha thanks CHRIS, Jody sure knows how to write an amazing and original story with enough unexpected twists in it to keep you wondering what will happen next! God bless!

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  11. What a wonderful review, Noela! I love Jody Hedlund's books and this sounds like another great read!

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    1. I'm a huge fan like you DIANA, and this one, like all her others, is not to be missed!! :-)

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  12. lovely cover and it seems like a lovely story within the cover. Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. It certainly is RHONDA!! Thanks for coming by to read about Jody's book!

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  13. I have loved all of Jody ' s books and cannot wait to read this one.

    Brittany (rolltide_04@yahoo.com)

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    1. Well hopefully you will get a chance to read this one sooner than later!! :-) Enjoy when you do!

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  14. Great review NOELA...it's sounds very intriguing. I think I need to find time to read it! :-)

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    1. Lol, I know just how hard that is, but if you can find time somewhere, it really is an amazing read!! :)

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  15. Sounds like a delightful read. I have been looking at her books lately after so many people said they were excellent.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes SUSAN, they truly are excellent reads!! Definitely check them out, I think you'll become an instant fan! ;) Bless you!

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  16. Sounds like a sure win for a good good read.. and I pass them on ! debi guise bluhydrangea@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh DEBI, bless you for being so giving with your books! Books are the one thing I find hardest to let go, especially my favorites! This one will be a blessing to you and anyone who reads it!! :-)

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  17. Enjoyed the review.
    Beautiful book cover.
    Really enjoyed her book: The Doctor's Lady and this one sounds very interesting.
    Blessings,Tina
    tfrice@comast.net

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    1. Blessings to you TINA! Glad you enjoyed the review and I know you will LOVE the book!!

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  19. I love this cover and would, of course, love to win the book! Jody Hedlund has some great books.
    Clp1777 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. She sure has COURTNEY, and this one is no exception! All the best with your entry!!

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  20. Trying again to leave a response...I am persistent. I immediately fell in love with the cover and the title and the romance sounds so enjoyable. Would so love to win this book. Thanks for the contest! Mary Lou K
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Bless you for your persistence MARY LOU, and as you can see it paid off! ;) I hope you win or at least get to read this book soon Mary Lou, I get the feeling you're going to absolutely love it!!

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  21. Would love to have a print copy of Captured by Love. My French/Belgium husband of 30 years is wonderful ~ still opens car doors for me always. He told me years ago, "If you want a gentleman, you will need to let me be one." Our girls would say, "Mom would sit there forever." Just setting the stage for their eyes and hearts to find "someone like Dad." Blessings! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Thanks for sharing that KATHLEEN, it made me smile! I have two wonderful men in my life that love to do that too - my son and husband. I think most women would actually love to be treated like that, but sometimes are so focused on being equal or better that they lose out on the blessing!
      All the best with your entry!

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  22. I have enjoyed Jody's writing since even before she published her first novel. I've read all of them to date, and am now looking forward to reading this new one as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Thanks for your review, and whetting my appetite even more.

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    1. You're welcome CAROL, so lovely to have you come by OWG! As a huge Jody fan myself, I sure hope you get to read it soon for the blessing that it is!

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  23. I'd love to win a print copy of Jody's newest book!!! I have all her others on my shelf already :)

    heather(at)paulandheatherhart.com

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    1. Ahh a woman after my own heart! These are definitely book-shelf keepers aren't they?! :-) You're in with a chance HEATHER, so all the best!

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  24. We lived in Toledo for years. For vacation, we would go up to the Upper Peninsula and camp. That area is so gorgeous. I would love to read a book from that setting! Also, my mother's maiden name is Durant. I found your review intriguing and now want to read the book (as I am a Jody Hedlund fan)!
    aults5(at)hotmail (dot)com

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    1. Sounds like such a stunning area MICHELLE, I think I'll have to add it to my dream itinerary if I ever get over to the US!! That's cool your last name is Durant... You are going to LOVE Pierre Durant, and probably wish he were a relative! ;) Thanks for your comment, and all the best with your entry!

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  25. Very nice review! Knowing that you came away with firm messages from the novel makes me want to read it that much more. I love when Christian fiction does that. Ü
    The cover of this book is breathtaking. Love, love, love it.

    Cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much CINDI, and yes, that's just one of the things I love about Jody's books... there's always a very strong (but not overdone) spiritual message to inspire and encourage! I agree also - gorgeous cover! :-) God bless!!

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  26. I LOVE good playful banter between the main characters! Thanks for your review and recommendation!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Same here HEIDI!! :-) And you're very welcome! I hope you get to read this fabulous story soon because it sounds like you are going to just love this one!!! All the best!

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  27. Beautiful review, Noela!!

    SO much to love about "Captured by Love" - Mackinac Island (loved my beautiful tour of the island, including the forts), war (I love books based on war), a romantic triangle (who doesn't love romance?), suspense, twists-and-turns (I love surprises in books although they can be bad for the heart at times - LOL), and the wonderful spiritual lessons!! The cover is beautiful and I think pretty Angelique appears to be looking upward to the heavens as if imploring God's help or thanking Him for His blessings!!

    I would love to read "Captured by Love" - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!! Hugs!!

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  28. I'm glad you liked the book! I hope I get a chance to read it. :) It seems everyone loves Jody Hedlund, and I haven't had a chance to read her, yet.

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  29. The War of 1812 is definitely neglected in literature - knowing Hedlund's writing, I'm betting it's a fascinating take on the subject!

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  30. this looks and sounds like a wonderful book!! would love to read it! Thanks, Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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  31. Hello my OWG girls. Thanks Noela. And glad GOD still has it with Carlton and Teresa's problems. Glad all is going ok at this time and you have many prayers going up for you sweet children of GOd. Good review Noela. I could sure use this book to go with my other Jody books.Think they are getting lonely. Please put my name in for the give-away. god Bless you all. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  32. I've been looking forward to reading this book! Jody always comes through with a riveting storyline and excellent research.

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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