Sunday, July 6, 2014

Book Review- Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

Captured by Love
By:  Jody Hedlund
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date:  July 1, 2014

Michigan Territory 1814 Michilimackinac (Mackinac) Island was occupied by the British who forced the Americans to swear an oath to the crown in order to keep their land.  Angelique Labelle is not only at the mercy of the British soldiers, but also her abusive step-father who is determined to keep her from repeating the mistakes her mother made and starvation due to the American Blockade of the Island.  She befriends Peter Durant’s mother by smuggling food to her during the long hard winter.  Peter left the island many years ago to be a fur trader and his brother Jean left because he could not swear allegiance to the crown.  Upon Peter’s return home he finds the farm in shambles and his mother blind and near starvation.  Peter is a changed man from when he first left home and is determined to prove so to this mother and Angelique, but he is also a spy for the United States and the British.  Angelique is betrothed to Jean, but her love has always been for Peter.  When Jean returns home Angelique is faced with keeping her promise to marry him or breaking her promise to marry her true love, Peter….Will she accept God’s will in her decision?  That question will be answered as you turn the pages of this wonderful book.

The characters of this book captured my heart right from the first page.  Angelique faced hardships beyond her years with grace, dignity and love.  She shows again and again how she must depend on God to be the rock of her life, while struggling to make the right decisions and uphold her promises.  As you turn the pages you will be caught up in the drama of her life and find yourself being her champion. 

This is a beautifully written book about love, grace and following God’s will.  There is just enough mystery to keep you turning the pages and enough history to make it real. 
I have always been an American History buff and live close to one of the Great Lakes so being familiar with the area helped to make this a must-read for me, although I will admit you don’t have to be a history buff or live in the area to read this book.  It is uplifting and inspiring.  This will be a book that I will read again and again. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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