It's Monday! What better way to get over the Monday doldrums than to read a book review by me! :p
I had a very busy weekend, so I didn't get to read like I wanted to. However, once I picked this book up, I had to finish it! I was up WAYYYY to late last night! Captive Trail is the second book in the Texas Trails: A Morgan Family Series and I just loved it! So, let me tell you about it:
Overview: Taabe Waipu has run away from her Comanche village and is fleeing south
in Texas on a horse she stole from a dowry left outside her family's
teepee. The horse has an accident and she is left on foot, injured and
exhausted. She staggers onto a road near Fort Chadbourne and collapses.
On one of the first runs through Texas, Butterfield Overland Mail
Company driver Ned Bright carries two Ursuline nuns returning to their
mission station. They come across Taabe who is nearly dead from
exposure and dehydration and take her to the mission.
With some detective work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu's identity. He plans
to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas.
Through Taabe and Ned we learn the true meaning of healing and
restoration amid seemingly powerless situations.
My Review: This book was captivating. I've never read a book on this subject and I think the author did a wonderful job of capturing the emotions and depth of the issues the characters had to face! Taabe Waipu remembers the live she was taken from. She remembers that her place is not with the Comanche people with whom she resides, but she doesn't remember anything else. I loved her character. I felt like I was watching her struggle to remember the old way of life. I felt her joy and frustration at learning "white man ways" again. Susan Page Davis did an excellent job on Taabe's character. Ned Bright was a simple man. I liked him because he wasn't trying to be tough or macho. He was just a normal guy who falls in love with a girl. He was certainly protective and "manly," but I think he more closely represents real life men.
The story was fantastic. Again, I've never read a story with this subject before and as also stated previously, Susan Page Davis did a fantastic job of capturing the depth of emotions and issues these characters had to face. While the story was predictable (in that I knew Taabe and Ned would be together), it was very enjoyable. There were facets of the story that I absolutely loved, like Ned's devotion and dedication to Taabe and her best interests. The interaction with the Comanche at the end kept me rooted to my seat with my eyes reading and furiously scanning the pages!
The message of the book was to trust in God to take care of you and all your needs. I wished this theme was communicated more clearly in the book, but that's what I got out of the story. Overall, I absolutely loved this book and would definitely read it again!
**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**
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