Historical Fiction, Review

The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep

The Captive Heart by Michelle GriepOn the run from a brute of an aristocratic employer, Eleanor Morgan escapes 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 marry 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.

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My Thoughts

This riveting story captivated me from the start and I couldn’t put it down until I had read every last word. Honestly, I didn’t even put the book down when I did finish reading… that vibrant cover begged to be admired while the story soaked into my reader heart!

Eleanor Morgan has quite the white-knuckle adventure when she’s forced to leave her position as the governess of an upper-class family in England to eventually become the reluctant convenient bride of a colonial backwoodsman! I’m reeling from the culture shock here yet Eleanor remains tenacious and compassionate despite her circumstances. She’s a hard worker and dedicated to those she cares for.

Samuel Heath is one of my favorite characters of all time! He is wonderfully complex and he has that quiet brooding quality that I adore. Samuel is a man’s man with a colorful background and painful past. He spends a lot of time between a rock and a hard place. Samuel’s most endearing characteristics are his devotion to his daughter and his willingness to put himself in harm’s way in order to protect others.

A colonial small town, the mountainous backwoods, and the Cherokee cultures are all depicted in this volatile period before the Revolutionary War. The story is fabulous, I love it! Welcome to my favorites list, Michelle Griep!

I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.


From the Author

Michelle GriepI hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction.

I chose the latter. Way cheaper. 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 a teenager.

Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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Why am I compelled to admit all my quirky, weird behaviors to y’all? Well, I’m hoping you can relate, or understand, or at least keep reading and then tell me I’m off my rocker in the comments. It’s what friends do.

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