It is 1814 and the British have taken hold of Mackinac Island and its fort, forcing American residents to swear an oath of loyalty to the British crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a voyageur–a fur trader who left his family home to find freedom and adventure. He’s been gone five years and when he returns, his family’s farm is at the mercy of the British invaders.
Torn between the life he’s grown used to and guilt over leaving his brother and mother, he’s drawn back into the loyalist fight against the British–and into a relationship with Angelique Mackenzie, a beautiful local girl who’s been befriended by the daughter of the British commander. As tensions mount and the threat of violence increases, both Angelique and Pierre must decide where their loyalties rest, how far they will go to find freedom, and how much they will risk to find love.
Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund is a great story and I really enjoyed it for the most part. I’ll start with what I did like about the book.
Angelique is a great character. She’s strong even though she has had a hard life and still has a tough life living with her horrible step-father. She does what she knows is right even though the consequences will be dire for her. Pierre, too, is an interesting character. He’s a bit arrogant at times, but he really wants to be a better person now that he is moving back towards his faith. Jean is the character I felt was the most lacking. He was integral to the story but I just didn’t feel like I knew enough about him.
I really liked the story. It was interesting and took on a few twists and turns I didn’t expect. It was an interesting time period in history and I enjoyed the historical tidbits woven into the story.
The part of the book I had trouble with was the ending! It was far too rushed for me and, honestly, way too predictable. BUT, the good parts of the book far outweighed the parts I didn’t like and I recommend the book.
*THIS BOOK WAS SENT TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW*