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Monday, October 10, 2016

Review: The Captive Heart

I'm so excited to offer my review of The Captive Heart, the brand-new colonial novel from Michelle Griep, whose interview I posted last month.

From the back cover:

The American wilderness is no place for an elegant English governess.

On the run from a brute of an aristrocratic 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.

My thoughts:

Michelle’s new release, The Captive Heart, is a tasty mix of romance, adventure, and pre-Revolutionary history. I’m a longtime fan of her work, but she’s at the top of her game in this one, and not just because she set it in what was my long-time home state in the midst of one of my favorite time periods. Meticulously researched, richly textured, and sizzling romance that leaps off the page ... this one won’t soon be forgotten!

(And considering that as of the night before this post date, she already had 112 Amazon reviews for a total of 4.8 out of 5 stars, I'd say many others agree!!)

About Michelle:  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.

The Captive Heart is Michelle's first colonial, but her impressive list of titles includes medieval and Viking-age time travel, gothic Regency, and even contemporary. Check her out at michellegriep.com!

14 comments:

  1. Shannon, great review, sounds intriguing!
    Congratulations Michelle Gripe!

    I love historical and Carolina. I have this on my very long TBR list.
    Blessings, Tina

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  2. Thanks so much! You should move this one to the top, methinks. :D

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    1. Good idea, have to get it first.
      Blessings, Tina

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    2. Change that to, I just bought it!
      Blessings,Tina

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    3. Awesome!!! I think you won't be disappointed!

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  3. Thanks for hosting me here at Colonial Quills! You girls are awesome! Yes, Shannon, you can quote me on that.

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    1. Thanks for letting me come along on this crazy ride, chickadee!!

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  4. Congratulations Michelle! I keep hearing great things about this one and hope to read it myself soon!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to comment, Debra! Admittedly not every story will appeal to every reader, but I think you'll like it!

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  5. All I can say is Wow! Love the title.

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