The Captive Heart
Written by: Michelle Griep
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Month, Year: October, 2016
A brief summary from Michelle Griep:
The wild American wilderness is no place for an elegant English governess.
On the run from a cruel British aristocratic employer, Eleanor Morgan escapes 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.
I wasn’t in the mood for historical fiction. What I really wanted to read was something meaningful, action-packed, held a dash of romance, and so incredibly modern that it fit within this century. Instead, I feel like Michelle Griep handed me a golden platter with 3 of those requirements and basically said: Here. This is better than contemporary. Let your mind wander to the past and be present in a time when primitive and treacherous conditions outfitted the peoples in the new colonies of America. This is what you need to read.
And while I read, I was like: Why did I ever think I wanted to read contemporary right now?! This is AMAZINGGGGGG!
Fleeing from an untoward, impending scandal, Englishwoman Eleanor Morgan boards a ship for the American colonies in hopes for a better future. But when the ship finally docks, the new family she’s to work for never shows up, and to her terror, the ship’s captain sells her off to the highest bidder for a profit. Eleanor finds herself whisked away to the backcountry of South Carolina, where the woods are thick with mystery, animals run wild, and the men are even more rugged than the land. Is it even possible for a proper English lady to get acclimated to the Americas, or her new husband?
Trapper Samuel Heath wants a wife hardened and unfazed by the wilderness of the colonies. A wife that will overlook his scars and ignore the rumors that he murdered his first wife. Instead he finds himself hitched with a fancy Englishwoman who wants to cook a proper breakfast, live in town, and cowers at the slightest noise. What did he get himself into?! If it wasn’t for his darling daughter, Samuel would have never taken a wife again. But tracking and trapping take a lot out of a man, much less a child, so a wife he gained. When trouble arises, Samuel takes on a tracking job to save a nation. Can he trust an Englishwoman to survive alone? Can he trust that his daughter will remain safe in Eleanor’s care?
The Captive Heart will leave readers spellbound in this spirited tale of survival. Toss in a Native American nation under attack by the military, rumors of war, a town on the hunt, and a man going insane and you’ve got yourself an extremely action-packed novel! I highly recommend grabbing a copy of The Captive Heart for yourself! This book is a fantastic read!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Michelle Griep and Shiloh Run Press in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.