Review of The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep

Leah Courtney
Michelle Griep was a new to me author, but I quickly found myself engrossed in The Captive Heart.

From the book's description:

Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a brute of an employer. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.

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There were several things that I particularly enjoyed about The Captive Heart, and I'll be on the lookout for more from the author.

  • The character development was excellent. The story is told in third person, but it alternates between the view of Eleanor and Samuel, so I felt as if I got to know both of the main characters well. They were developed through reading about their thoughts and inner feelings as well as by the action that happened throughout the story.
  • The historical time period and historical events that were unfolding is another thing that really drew me to the this story. Set in the 1700s in the American colonies, the story focused on the colonists and their devotion to either the English soldiers or the new groups of rebels springing up. It also included a story line that illustrated how the division between England and the settlers affected the American Indian tribes. There is enough of a story that the tale could be continued in further novels. (I hope!)
  • The romance that develops between Eleanor and Samuel is very well-written. It's a sweet romance that is a continual struggle of attraction and annoyance between the two.
I can definitely recommend The Captive Heart. It was one of those stories that I was sorry to see while at the same time wanting it to work out and loose ends to be resolved. I give it five stars. You can find the book on Amazon here and read an excerpt from the Kindle version below.

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