SUMMARY: 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.
REVIEW: Jody Hedlund's latest novel follows in step with all of her others. From the first page to the end of the book, I had a difficult time putting it down until I was finished because it was so good. I admired Angelique's determination as she struggles to survive the food shortage due to the harsh northern Michigan winter and the British absconding any surplus the villagers had, while helping Pierre's blind mother and avoiding punishment by her very strict step-father. Given multiple opportunities to forget them, I like how commitments that had been made previously to people no longer in the picture, by both Angelique and her step-father Ebenezer, were honored.
This was an excellent story about love, commitment and doing what is right, even though it may be difficult. Check out this book and any others written by this fantastic author.
This book was provided by Bethany House for review without compensation.
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of Rebellious Heart, A Noble Groom, and The Preacher's Bride, which won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award and the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers. Jody loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at JodyHedlund.com.