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The Captive Heart, by Michelle Griep
Escaping a cruel employer, English governess Eleanor Morgan must settle for the only reputable option available to her in the colonies---marriage to a stranger. Meanwhile, woodsman Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor who's determined to find a mother for his daughter. But no upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer. Will Eleanor be the exception?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)|
On the run from a brute of an aristocratic employer, Eleanor Morgan escapes from England to America, the land of the free, for the opportunity to serve an upstanding Charles Town family. But freedom is hard to come by as an indentured servant, and downright impossible when shes forced to agree to an even harsher contractmarriage to a man shes never met.
Backwoodsman Samuel Heath doesnt care what others think of himbut his young daughters upbringing matters very much. The life of a trapper in the Carolina backcountry is no life for a small girl, but neither is abandoning his child to another family. He decides its time to marry again, but that proves to be an impossible task. Who wants to wed a murderer?
Both Samuel and Eleanor are survivors, facing down the threat of war, betrayal, and divided loyalties that could cost them everything, but this time they must face their biggest challenge ever . . .Love.
-Julie Klassen, bestselling author
-Elizabeth Ludwig, author of Tide and Tempest
-MaryLu Tyndall, author of the award-winning Legacy of the King's Pirates
-Laura Frantz, author of The Mistress of Tall Acre
Margaret Brownley, author of Left at the Altar
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5AcceptableApril 27, 2017alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2Set 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.
sally893 Stars Out Of 5O.K.April 18, 2017sally89Quality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I 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.
csaj625 Stars Out Of 5The Captive HeartMarch 14, 2017csaj62Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Love this book, it keeps your interest to the very end. Leaves you wanting to read it again!!
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Delicious to the very last wordMarch 13, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Smelling 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.
English LadyUK,Age: 25-34Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Don't enjoy this periodMarch 1, 2017English LadyUK,Age: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Good 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.