Jody Hedlund has a gift for torturing her readers. (That’s a compliment!) Her characters, especially in her most recent book, Captured by Love, experience one predicament piled upon another upon another, so that her readers just have to keep reading to learn if everyone will survive! Hedlund’s stories are intense.
Hedlund also has a gift for bringing unusual historical settings to life. The combination makes her novels a treat. This was especially true of Captured by Love, set on Michilimackinac Island (now just Mackinac) in Michigan in 1814 near the War of 1812. Angelique MacKenzie is struggling to survive, living at the mercy of an abusive stepfather and through hardships cause by the war. Engaged to a childhood friend banished from the island for his American loyalties, she hopes he will return in time to rescue her.
His brother, Pierre, has just returned. A successful and adventurous fur trader, he is dismayed to discover the conditions his mother has had to live in all alone and nearly blind. Longing to get back to the life he loves, he wrestles with his conscience over what is right to do.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to fans of historical Christian fiction. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this honest review.