In the year 1814 Michilimackinac Island was under British control, a strategic location for the fur trading industry. Pierre Durant was a voyageur returning to the island after several years of hunting and fur trading. Upon his return he discovered his mother alone, his family farm in ruins, island residents starving, and his younger brother gone, enlisted in the American army. His childhood friend, Angelique MacKenzie suffered the ravages of poverty and was at the mercy of a cruel guardian. Upon discovering Angelique had grown into a beautiful woman Pierre was quickly attracted to her, but Angelique had committed herself to marrying his younger brother upon his return to the island.
Jody Hedlund portrays the island in rich detail, delineating the rugged beauty of the landscape with artistry and charm, from the rock formations and cliffs to the sandy shores, and the glistening beauty of the lake beyond. Her research and documentation of the history and terrain of the island is accurate and precise. This narrative of romance and conflicting emotions, devotion to another versus surrender to love is defined by realism and a depth of emotion that awakens the senses. The strength of appeal and attraction between characters is depicted with intensity, sensitivity and tenderness, leaving the reader filled with emotion. The dangers that lie in wait on the island are described with factualism and accuracy.
"Captured by Love" is rich in history and authenticity, creating a credible and captivating story of survival, love and compromise. This book surpassed my expectations. I've enjoyed Jody's other books, and each creation has captured my attention throughout the book, to the very last page. There is mystery and intrigue, along with a truthfulness that grounds the underlying layers to an exhilarating and believable conclusion. I will be reading this book again in the future!
After the conclusion of the book Jody has written a brief history of Michilimackinac Island which details the background and location for "Captured by Love." More recently referred to as Mackinac Island, it is one of Michigan's most beautiful vacation spots, visited by people from all over the world.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author through Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.