The Captive Heart by Dale Cramer is the 2nd installment of his series “The Daughter of Caleb Bender.” This story continues in Mexico close to the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, in an area knows as Paradise Valley. There Caleb Bender an Amish man brought his large family to establish a new colony where they would not face religious hardships or so he thought, they did face trials and setbacks.
His family consisted of his wife Martha; his daughter Ada; his daughter Mary and husband Ezra with their 4 children; his daughter Lizzie and husband Andy and 4 children; a son Aaron; Amos was Aaron’s twin but he is deceased; a daughter Emma and husband Levi and child; a daughter Miriam; a son Harvey; and three daughters, Rachel, Leah and Barbara.
The Amish people had to be very careful watching for Mexican bandits, El Pantera who was well known and his renegade was the worse. Domingo, a hired hand of Caleb’s who was very attracted to Miriam knew how to handle the bandits. El Pantera was one of Pancho Villa’s men and the Amish were safe as long as Pancho was alive, even though they had been threatened my him and his mob.
Unfortunately Pancho Villa was murdered and utter chaos set in. While Aaron, Ada, Little Amos, Rachel and Jake were headed back to Paradise Valley they crossed paths with El Pantera and his outlaws.
You will want to read the book to find out what happens to the Bender family. Will they ever escape El Pantera’s grasp? Will Meriam and Domingo ever work out their differences? Will life in Paradise Valley ever be peaceful? Grab a copy of this book to read you will not be disappointed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It totally kept my interest and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.
I received this book free from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
You can read an excerpt of the book here.
until next time... nel
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