The Captive Heart - eBook
The Captive Heart - eBook  -     By: Michelle Griep
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781634097857
ISBN-13: 9781634097857

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  1. alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Acceptable
    April 27, 2017
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for The Captive Heart.
    Set in colonial America, A Captive Heart tells the story of frontiersman Samuel Heath and Englishwoman Eleanor Morgan.

    Eleanor has been accused of a crime by her English aristocratic employer, her only hope is to flee to America. But when she arrives on American soil, she finds that her money and papers have been stolen and her only choices are to become an indentured servant or marry a complete stranger.

    Samuel desperately needs a wife. Living as an outcast and deep in the backwoods country he realizes that he cannot continue to try to raise his 3 year old daughter alone.

    Independently Samuel and Eleanor were pretty good character, and I truly enjoyed reading about them and their backstories. However I had a very hard time picturing them as a couple. Maybe it was because for a good portion of the book, they were apart. How can you get to know someone if you very seldom spend time with them?

    The one character that stole the show was Elizabeth or Biz as she preferred to be called. She captured my imagination from the very beginning and she was the one character that showed the most growth.

    The story fascinated me for the first part of the book, but it seemed that once Eleanor reached America, the plot seemed to drag along in many places. This made it very easy for me to put the book down and read something else before coming back to it. It took me several weeks to get through a book that should have taken me just a few days.

    As far as Christianity in this book, Samuel professed believing in God, but I didnt see much of his faith in action. Eleanor seemed to rely on God more on a day to day basis. I was disappointed that I didnt see prayer except when it seemed to be a last resort and there was nothing about Jesus or salvation.

    Overall, it was a decent book and I would like to read more from this author.

    I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  2. sally89
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    O.K.
    April 18, 2017
    sally89
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Captive Heart.
    I only read about 40 pages of the book and then quit. The book seemed to be a Harlequin book with a few references to God thrown in to make it "Christian."

    The beginning of the book was interesting. But, after coming to America, it seemed that the primary attraction between Elle and Samuel was physical. While I think that is important in a marriage, it cannot be the only attraction. Otherwise, the marriage isn't going to last.

    I gave up on the book and did not finish it.
  3. csaj62
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Captive Heart
    March 14, 2017
    csaj62
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for The Captive Heart.
    Love this book, it keeps your interest to the very end. Leaves you wanting to read it again!!
  4. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delicious to the very last word
    March 13, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Captive Heart.
    Smelling salts - check

    Fainting couch - check

    Extra stuffing for the cushions on the fainting couch - check

    water bottle to keep hydrated - check

    chocolate (to soothe ravaged nerves) - check

    Just a few recommendations for your not-looking-up-until-I-reach-the-end reading kit. You'll want to be well stocked before you embark on this incredible journey. Samuel and Eleanor's story held me captive and turned my heart to mush.

    There's something so emotionally appealing about a marriage of convenience story. This hero and heroine come from very different worlds but are thrown together in tumultuous times just before the American revolution. I have to stop saying this isn't a favourite time period of mine because I keep reading novels that blow me away with their rich historical details and heart-wrenching romance. The Captive Heart is exactly that kind of book.

    Eleanor is victimized in a world that favours men. Samuel has fallen victim to his past. Two broken people find the strength to carve a place for themselves in a restless frontier. It isn't easy and Samuel and Eleanor spend a lot of time battling each other in a desperate bid to guard their wounded hearts. But there are times when they band together against an outside foe. Page-turning madness full of gripping action and aching tenderness.

    And, oh, be still my heart, Papa Samuel is the stuff curled toes are made of! Devoted, besotted, protective. A doting father to sweet, impish little Grace. He would do anything for his little girl -- including marrying a stranger to ensure her future. A mesmerizing, heart-in-throat story ensues. Delicious to the very last word.
  5. English Lady
    UK,
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Don't enjoy this period
    March 1, 2017
    English Lady
    UK,
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Good story with plenty of adventure, some Romantic clichs here and there, but not the usual 'fluffy' fare that one sees in this genre. The 'Fish out of water' plotline with Eleanor dropped into the wildlands of Carolina was well handled.

    The only thing I will say is, had I known a little more about the political background of his story I probably would not have requested it. It was well done, and added a lot, but as a matter of personal taste, I steer clear of anything set during the American Revolution because of the racism and rabid anti-English bias which often pervades such stories. It will just annoy me, and I would rather not be aggravated in a book I want to read for pleasure. Honestly, if all Brits were supposed to be as straight laced, spoiled and soft as Eleanor one wonders how they ever managed to colonize the Americas in the first place.

    Sadly, this book also followed the stereotype mentioned above. Basically, every member of the British armed forces, and the institutions of the army and navy as a whole were vilified as evil, brutal, corrupt bloodthirsty oppressors. No nuance, or admission that there are bad eggs in every basket, but most soldiers and sailors were just ordinary people. Nope, everyone who wears a Red Coat must be the Devil Incarnate, or a minion thereof.

    ...and of course, whilst Samuel has a natural air of authority, which entitles him to respect, and is a positive aspect of his character, all British aristocrats are characterized as arrogant, stuffy or lecherous.

    So, I fear that, whilst this story was enjoyable, its only served to re-enforce my distaste for stories set in this period.

    I requested a PDF of this title from Netgalley with the intention of reading and reviewing. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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