Angelique and Pierre are childhood friends who encounter one another again during 1814 on Mackinaw Island in Michigan. Under British control, the villagers must kowtow to the authority of the British command. Angelique also suffers punishment at the hands of her step-father, a rather nasty man. Engaged to Pierre’s brother, Jean, Angelique falls in love with Pierre but struggles mightily to do right by Jean. (Jean is away fighting for the Americans in the war.) Pierre, a fur trader and voyageur, poses as a British sympathizer but he is really a spy for the Americans. His duplicity causes him danger and his wanderer’s heart makes it hard for him to accept island life as his future. Angelique and Pierre are strong characters, even through Angelique’s surely humbling “lessons” with Lavinia, the colonel’s daughter. The two main characters are interesting and you are rooting for them from the start. Life, though, has a way of twisting and turning.
I’ve been a fan of Jody Hedlund’s books and greatly enjoyed this one. It is in my top two of her books. Thank you, Jody, for entrusting me with a copy for review. Keep on writing!