“Captured by Love” Didn’t Quite Captivate Me

captured-by-love-662x1024Michilimackinac Island has been taken by the British Army during the War of 1912 forcing residents to submit to British occupation or run away to join the American forces. The remaining citizens are left behind to survive the conflict as best they can. Angelique MacKenzie is no stranger to deprivation and violence at the hands of her cruel step-father. She longs for the end of the war to bring back her fiancé and childhood friend but instead she finds herself face to face with his older brother who is a fur trader with a bad case of wanderlust. Pierre hardly recognizes the young child he used to know when he sees the beautiful young woman. As they negotiate the dangerous situation they’ve been placed in, one thing becomes apparent. Although Angelique has promised herself to Pierre’s brother…her heart may have other ideas.
While the history of Michilimackinac Island during the war of 1812 is fascinating (the war was over for months before they were able to be notified) and the idea of survival under the thumb of an occupying force is always interesting, “Captured by Love” didn’t really grab me the way I hoped it would. It was about a three on my reading scale which places it squarely in the, “It’s not the worst but I wouldn’t rush right out and buy it.” I do give it points, however, for decent dialogue and a few nice plot twists. This book is suitable for readers in middle school and up.
This book was provided to me by the publisher for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!

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