I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’ll read anything Jody Hedlund writes. She could write about rocks and I bet it would be an award winner. Cloud formations? In!
You can’t go wrong with a book penned by her. Thus, let’s not be too shocked that I loved her latest, Captured by Love.
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.
What can I say? It’s fabulous.
Hedlund has the ability to draw you so quickly into the story, where you’re hooked after a few pages and you’re thinking about the story the whole time you’re not reading it. Usually I have to finish her books in one sitting, but I had to spread Captured by Love out over two days and having to do that nonsense known as “a job” really got in the way of my Michigan friends!
Once you’ve meet Angelique and Pierre (and all the other characters of course!), you’ll understand exactly what I mean! These two remind me of so many things, whether it’s sacrificing to do what’s right, staying committed and fighting for what you love. They’re people I would know in real life. But sadly, they are indeed fictional. Whatevs.
Reason #578 I love Jody’s books? She takes historical eras and pieces of history that might not be known by the masses and makes it come alive. As in I NEED to visit Mackinac Island stat! While the main characters are fiction in this tale, many of the events and other characters are not and it was so interesting reading about them. I’m so so soooooo looking forward to Jody’s next release because I know it’ll be just as fabulous as this one!
Also, Jody is kicking off a blog tour starting July 7th for this release, where you’ll learn all kinds of fun info about the book and other awesome details. There will also be a chance to win a signed copy of Captured by Love at each stop. Woot! You can find all the details here and I’m excited to kick off the tour! So be sure to stop by on Monday!
Please tell me you’ve read at least one of Jody’s book! If you have, what’s your favorite? If not, I hope you get the chance to soon!
(Thank you to the author, Jody Hedlund, for the copy in exchange for my honest opinion!)