Eleanor is a governess who has to leave her place of employ rather quickly because her employer tried to attack her. At the advice of her employer's wife, she indentures herself on a ship bound for the Colonies with the promise of redemption on the other side of the pond. When she reaches shore, her redeemer is not there to pay for her passage. She is sold to a man, Samuel Heath, who needs a mother for his two-year-old daughter and he wants to marry her. She makes a bargain with Mr. Heath that the marriage will be in name only, but after a time, neither of them want it to stay that way.
Michelle Griep has made The Captive Heart a rather intriguing read. There are many surprising elements in the book that make it hard to cheat on reading it. (I do like to read the ending and guess the rest of the plot. I did read the ending, but I couldn't guess the plot. Michelle, you got one over on me.)
With the other minor characters who only add to the charm of the plot, this book really grabs the reader and doesn't let go until the final page, and still the reader doesn't want the story to end. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a home in the wilderness.
My thanks to Shiloh Run Press for allowing me to read and review this book.