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Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

Historical Books 11

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Four Silver Stars

Captured by LoveCaptured by Love by Jody Hedlund

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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What I liked most about Captured by Love is the way it shows how life situations can’t all be painted over, black and white, with one brush of neat and tidy solutions. Times of war and matters of the heart do try us, as they try Angelique and Pierre, who have to decide what they’re truly committed to in the midst of complex circumstances. I was intrigued as I read, eager to find out how they would handle the complexity of it all to come to resolution.

The clever banter and the ease Angelique and Pierre have with each other as people are the most compelling aspects of their relationship, in my view, and their history with each other makes the progression of their relationship believable. Now, when Angelique inwardly questions if “their passion and love [can] survive” all they’ll have to face, it’s appropriate that “passion and love” would come in that order in her reflection, since Angelique and Pierre seem to give passion precedence over love. While their feelings are understandable and their interaction is interesting, I could never get quite comfortable with their romance, due to the question of honor and honesty on both their parts. Angelique herself says that “love without honor is worthless,” and I found myself wondering if these two would have enough honor and integrity to build anything lasting on, as passion could turn out to be insufficient.

There is a sense of danger throughout the novel and even a front seat for the reader at a vital point in the war, when the conflict reaches the grounds of Michilimackinac Island. Overall, it’s a satisfying read.


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