Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

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Title: Captured by Love

Author: Jody Hedlund

Series: Michigan Brides #3

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult

**2.5 stars**

Captured by Love is the third book to the MICHIGAN BRIDES series, coming after Unending Devotion and A Noble Groom. The latter two mentioned, I enjoyed, but Captured by Love just wasn't really my thing, I guess.

It tells the story of Angelique Mackenzie, who lives with her cruel stepfather, and under the scandalous shadow of her deceased mother. She's sneaking food to a starving friend, even while under the thumb of the British, who have taken over the Mackinac Island during the War of 1812. Engaged to an American soldier, she longs for him to return and marry her before her stepfather thrusts her at the highest bidder.
     Pierre is a voyageur, thriving in the business his father tried so hard to keep him from. Having left his family abruptly five years ago, a changed Pierre finally decides it’s time to go home and ask for forgiveness. But his stepping onto the Michigan island again, brings a wealth of secrets, deception, and danger.

It was interesting, I'll say that. But ... I don't know; I guess there were just some things that I didn't quite agree with. —Some of the morals of the story, they were kind of tricky. Also, I'm finding more and more that I prefer the sweet, gentle romances, that are so obviously put together by God, over love stories, such as the one in Captured by Love, which seem to put so much stock in the physical. These books that have domineering romances that are just all about the physical side, rather than the emotional and spiritual side ... they're just not near as satisfying or beautiful to me.

You may feel differently. Captured by Love is kind of the typical Christian historical romance that most people very much enjoy. —It has the forbidden love, relationship drama, exciting action, deep lessons, and intriguing storyline. But for me, I'd rather read something else. Captured by Love just wasn’t quite my thing.

I received a free copy of Captured by Love from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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