Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Captive Heart


Title: THE CAPTIVE HEART
Author: Dale Cramer
Publisher: Bethany House
January 2012
ISBN:  978-1-4104-4759-3
Genre: Historical Amish

Caleb Bender’s family is still struggling to adjust to life in the Mexican wilderness. More Amish families have joined them, and babies are being born, but the bandits are still a threat, especially after a powerful man dies. Suddenly the most dangerous bandit in Mexico is threatening the Amish, stealing from them and injuring them.

When diphtheria strikes the Amish community, two members of the Bender family are taken ill. Desperate for help, Rachel and her brother Aaron travel to town to a doctor to see if he can save the lives of their sister Ada and their nephew Amos. But tragedy strikes and everything changes. The Bender’s hired hand, Domingo rides out to hopefully save them. Miriam Bender will have an impossible decision to make. Will anything be alright again?

THE CAPTIVE HEART is the second book in the The Daughters of Caleb Bender series. Readers will have to read the first book in the series Paradise Valley first to be brought up to speed in the story. This series is inspired by real life events, by a real Amish community in Mexico.

I have to say this book was a tear-jerker. And it kept me up all night since I had to know what happened. This book—series, so far—takes you to the edge of your emotions. Characters you care for, and characters you love to hate. A griping storyline.  Five stars, but read it with a box of tissues nearby. $6.00. 350 pages. 

3 comments:

Juanita Cook said...

I do believe I am going to have to get this series.It sounds so very ,very good. And that's it's inspired by a true story makes it even more interesting to to me.

Garry Lee Fryman said...

Thank you for the review. As a rule I don't enjoy historical fiction quite as much, but am sure this is one I'll read. Blessings, Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@yahoo.com

Suzanna said...

I absolutely love this series and can not wait to get the 3rd installment. I agree with you, a real tear jerker, and keeps you on the seat of your pants. Too hard to put down.