The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Date: October 2016
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Olmedo
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A
Fearing her vile employer, governess Eleanor Morgan escapes to the colonies. But upon arrival, the family she is meant to work for fails to pick her up. Penniless and alone, Eleanor has no choice but to marry a man she has never met.
Rough and untamed, Samuel Heath knows the land like no one else. He provides for himself and his daughter as a trapper and tracker. However, Grace needs more than he can offer. She needs a mother, but no woman of virtue would marry a murderer. So Samuel hires the elderly Mr. Beebright to bring a mother for Grace from a newly arrived ship.
Samuel and Eleanor arrangement starts off on rocky footing, their vastly differing backgrounds clashing. Nonetheless, needing each other, they strike a truce of sorts, and as they come to know and understand the person they’ve married feelings emerge.
Proper collides with wild in Michelle Griep’s The Captive Heart. A marriage of convenience, a young child in desperate need of a mother, and a rugged land, the story vaguely reminded me of Love Comes Softly, though for the most part, the similarities ended there delivering a tale all its own.
Despite the protagonists’ shaky first encounter, Samuel’s selfless and protective nature quickly endears him to the reader. Like Eleanor, one quickly learns to see past his rough-around-the-edges personality to the soul beneath. I loved discovering his backstory. The combination of Samuel and the stunning setting Griep brought to life, I was half tempted to chuck modern-day, town living for a simple cabin in the middle of the woods — minus the bears and the repugnant creep that had it out for the Samuel and Eleanor of course!
The Captive Heart is the first book to make me teary-eyed and sniffly in a while. I won’t say why because I wouldn’t want to spoil anything, just prepare to have your heart broken. Griep created compelling and intriguing characters that kept me flipping pages eager to find out what would happen next.
I would recommend this story to historical fiction fans and readers looking for a romance heaped with danger and sprinkled with faith.