Title: The Captive Heart
Author: Michelle Griep
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
My rating is 5 stars.
Samuel Heath is a widowed colonist in America, raising a young child. He decides he needs a wife to raise his child, so he buys one. What he purchases is an English woman, a former governess in England, who knows nothing about frontier life. He weds her anyway to provide a mother for his daughter. He is a trapper and scout with a storied past. He served King George in the battle against France, but now he has a choice to make about where his loyalty now lies. He depends on the Lord’s guidance in his life now after years of drinking and carousing.
Eleanor Morgan is forced to flee England after her employer, a duke, makes improper advances toward her and she rejects him. He will make sure she works nowhere in England. Her only choice is to flee the country and offer herself as an indentured servant. After a horrendous voyage under terrible conditions, she arrives in America only to find that her new employer never shows up to claim her. Someone else purchases her services as a governess, but when she meets her new employer she is shocked to discover that he expects a wife as well as a mother for his young daughter. Her new life is more difficult that she could imagine and her faith will be put to use in this harsh, but beautiful land.
The rich descriptions of the scenery and the skills necessary to survive added a deeper element to my enjoyment of the story. Those two things helped me to feel I was really a part of the story. I could feel the emotion of Samuel as he struggled with his loyalties just as our nation was struggling for independence in the 1770s. I could definitely appreciate the emotional struggle Eleanor went through, giving up everything she had known her entire life to move to a foreign country where everything was unfamiliar. There is a deeper theme that runs throughout the story that readers will discover on their journey through this wonderful story of romance, faith, anger, guilt, shame and so much more.
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