I recently won a giveaway for Jody Hedlund's newest book, Captured by Love. I was so excited about it but my mush brain had totally forgotten about it until the book arrived in the mail. Then, I was so excited about it all over again! Maybe losing my mind will be fun after all... :)
This novel was set in 1814, near the end of the War of 1812. Mackinac Island was occupied by the British and the Americans have been forced to swear an oath of loyalty to Britain. Pierre Durant, a fur trader, returns to find his family farm in disrepair and his mother nearly blind, only surviving due to the aid of his childhood friend, Angelique Labelle. As the time for battle nears, Pierre and Angelique must make difficult decisions and fight for survival.
The history in this novel was very interesting. I honestly learned very little about the War of 1812 in my high school history classes. I have always thought of it as "The British wanted a rematch and lost. The End." This definitely put a new perspective on things and it was very informative.
The characters in this novel were fun and likable. They showed growth and depth throughout the novel. The romance aspect was very well done. The first kiss scene was very, very well written. Wow!
The plot had many twists and turns. I was not sure how it was going to end and there were some real surprises!
I was not compensated in any way for this review- I am just happy to share my enthusiasm for such a great read! I would definitely recommend this book!