Title: The Captive Heart
Author: Michelle Griep
Release Date: October 1 2016
The wild American wilderness is no place for an elegant English governess
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 she’s forced to agree to an even harsher contract—marriage to a man she’s never met.
Backwoodsman Samuel Heath doesn’t care what others think of him—but his young daughter’s 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 it’s 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.
One thing I appreciate about Michelle Griep’s books is the strong backing of faith you find in them. It’s rich in historical content, but her characters are as real as you and me. Broken and drained, searching for peace and redemption and then finally joy that comes from knowing your sins are forgiven, that God loves you just as you are despite what you think you might have done to be undeserving.
Eleanor and Samuel dealt with this in many ways. In Eleanor’s case, having a father who dealt a blow to her self esteem making her feel she wasn’t good enough and then having to run from an employer because she rejected his advances, definitely didn’t bode well for her.
In Samuel’s case, love had to be the driving force that pulled him out of his self pity. Pushing him to realise he deserved every good thing that he was given.
The most important message from this all was “God has forgiven you of your sins and loves you just as you are.”
And yes the romance definitely was lacking. It was a delight to see them grow from individuals who couldn’t stand each other to lovers who wanted the best for each other. And then there’s Grace, a bright spot in the midst of all this.
A truly delightful read. I recommend this book to lovers of history and arranged marriages.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.
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