Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Captured by Love

GIVEAWAY

HEDLUND, JODY
CAPTURED BY LOVE

It is 1814 and the British have taken hold of Mackinac Island and its fort, forcing American residents to swear an oath of loyalty to the British crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a voyageur--a fur trader who left his family home to find freedom and adventure. He's been gone five years and when he returns, his family's farm is at the mercy of the British invaders.
Torn between the life he's grown used to and guilt over leaving his brother and mother, he's drawn back into the loyalist fight against the British--and into a relationship with Angelique Mackenzie, a beautiful local girl who's been befriended by the daughter of the British commander. As tensions mount and the threat of violence increases, both Angelique and Pierre must decide where their loyalties rest, how far they will go to find freedom, and how much they will risk to find love.

My Review:

Oh my stars, I don't know where to begin. Absolutely amazing writing. It's in the minutest of details from dialogue to characterization to action-paced adventure. The pages are steeped in history so vivid I could smell the gun powder, feel Angelique's gnawing hunger, hear the battle sounds. I felt like a time traveller!

And the romance! Oh la la you'll need your fainting couch and smelling salts for this read. You can't expect any less when it comes to such vibrant, opinionated, passionate characters as Pierre and Angelique. Tension crackles off the page every time they are together. Angelique reliving her girlhood crush until it becomes something much deeper and more meaningful. Pierre -- the consummate flirt and the best reformed rake I've met within the pages of a book. He really grapples with Angelique's transformation from girl to woman in his absence from the island. And there are so many obstacles in the way of a happily ever after.

And if the romance doesn't bring enough tension to the story the gritty reality of war certainly will. Hedlund explores a fascinating piece of North American history. Fur traders, voyageurs, Indian alliances, British and Americans at war. An epic tale that left me breathless. You. Must. Read. This. Book! Yes...you!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Captured by Love please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 27  2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

39 comments:

  1. I love reforned rakes! In books, actually, as I have never met any of them in real life (but I truly believe that with God´s help one is able to change himself/herself). I would love to read this one!

    Thank you, Kav, for this opportunity.

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    1. Wait...if the rake is reformed you wouldn't necessarily know he'd been a rake so maybe you have met one in real life! But not one as swoonworthy as Pierre. Just sayin'. Good luck Janka!

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    2. You might be right on that, Kav!

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  2. Kav, I totally agree....absolutely amazing writing! This lady is a great author! Don't enter me; have read it and loved it!
    Thanks for the review!
    Blessings~~

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    1. She's fantastic, isn't she, Jackie. And she starts a new series in the fall...something about lighthouses. Woot. Can't wait!

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  3. I have read so many good things about this book. With a beautiful cover and wonderful contents, you can't go wrong with this book. Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's fantatic, Melanie. Good luck!

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  4. I love Jody's books and I'm looking forward to getting this one to read.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. She's an amazing storyteller, isn't she, Wendy? Good luck!

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  5. Oh, I've been looking forward to reading this book. Love well-researched historicals with swoon-worthy, clean romance. Jody always does a great job with this.

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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    1. It's a fascinating read on both accounts. I think you'll love it. Good luck, Sylvia.

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  6. All of the books I've read by her I rated 5 stars, so she's on my "I have to read it" list :) Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. She's on my 'have to read list' too, Heidi. And another one coming out in couple of months. Yay! Good luck!

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  7. Thank you for the great giveaway! I absolutely adore every one of Jody's books. Your review makes me even more anxious to read this one.
    bekaboobear(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. She's a popular author for a very good reason. Good luck, Rebekah!

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  8. Can't wait to read this one... I love all of Jody's books, and this looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win. =)

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Elyssa. Good luck!

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  9. Captured by Love has been on my wish list... I want it even more now!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Push it to the top of your wish list, Merry. Good luck!

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  10. I really enjoy Jody's books. This one sounds great too! Thanks for the giveaway. : )

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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  11. I've enjoyed the books I've read by Jody! I love how she bases them on true stories, but creates a totally unique plot.
    Please enter me!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You bring up a good point, Nicole. She's actually blended in some real historical figures into this novel too. Good luck!

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  12. I love reading historicals and this sounds like a great book.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. It absolutely is, Maryann. Good luck!

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  13. Jody's books always have the best mix of action and romance. I can't wait to read this new one!

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You are so right, Gwen. She has that balance down to perfection. Good luck!

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  14. Captured by Love ~ would like to win this one from Jody Hedlund! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net Thank you for your review!

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    1. You're welcome, Kathleen. Good luck!

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  15. I love to read jody's books. I would be thrilled to win this one.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  16. I always enjoy books set in Mackinac Island. We have vacationed there and it is beautiful.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Oh, you're so lucky!!!! That's my dream vacation!!!!! After reading a few books set there. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  17. I've read all of Jody's books and would love to read this one as well. Awesome giveaway!

    Diane
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. She knows how to weave a story, doesn't she? Good luck, Diane.

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  18. I would LOVE to win this novel! Jody has become one of my favorite authors based off your review it definitely sounds like Jody didn't disappoint with this one! Thank you for the giveaway!
    sylvesternator at yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh, Laura, she definitely didn't disappoint!!!! It's a fantastic read. Good luck!

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  19. I love it when an author chooses an uncommon time period/place - I'm excited to hear more about the War of 1812, which is definitely glossed over in favor of other wars. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    rachaeldalquist(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes -- and the history of this particular region and the importance it played in that war is really fascinating. Good luck, Rachael.

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