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Review: Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

 Jody Hedlund quickly became a favorite author of mine. It might be because I am biased though. A number of her novels take place in Michigan, and since I call Michigan home, I always feel some sort of connection. Perhaps because she can mention small towns or landmarks or reference events not familiar to those visiting the state, and I know what it is she is referencing. In the end, I feel like the story is more real with those connections, and since Michigan is a state with a rich and perhaps lesser known history (beyond it’s logging history), it is always a joy to pick up one of her books to read.

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From the Back Cover:

Michigan Territory, 1814

A voyageur and a young woman swept up in a time of upheaval and danger
discover firsthand the high price of freedom.

The British Army has taken control of Michilimackinac Island and its fort, forcing the Americans to swear an oath of loyalty to the crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a fur trader who returns after being away from the island for years, only to find the family farm a shambles and those he cares about starving and at the mercy of British invaders.

Torn between the adventurous life of fur trading and guilt over neglecting his defenseless mother, Pierre is drawn deeper into the fight against the British–and into a relationship with Angelique MacKenzie, a childhood friend who’s grown into a beautiful woman. She now finds herself trapped by the circumstances of war and poverty, and the cruelty of her guardian, Ebenezer Whiley.

As tensions mount and the violence rages on, Pierre and Angelique must decide where their loyalties rest and how much they’ll risk for love.

Captured by Love is a captivating read. Jody Hedlund captures the rich history of Michilimackinac Island (known today more commonly as Mackinac Island) and intertwines it with a tension filled love story.

Both characters have things from their past that they are trying to overcome, especially in light of their faith in God. All of the characters, especially Angelique and Pierre, come across as very authentic. Both struggle and have flaws like you and I do. Characters such as these make for a richer story, and in my opinion, more heartfelt because it makes them relatable.

As for the storyline, the book is a tough one to put down. Many times, I had no idea what was coming next in the story. The threads of what each character is facing is flawlessly intertwined with the history of the island.

It has been years (unfortunately!) since I have visited Mackinac Island. But this book let me visit it again. The scenery Jody Hedlund describes matches with my own memories and captures the Great Lakes area beautifully. I have never visited the fort on the island, but after reading this book, I think it will be a definite stop on my next trip there.

For more about the author and this book, please visit the following links:

**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

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