The Captive Heart

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The Epic Story of an Amish Community in Peril

Ravaged by disease, preyed upon by ruthless bandits, the Bender family's second year in Mexico has taken a grievous turn. Faced with impossible choices, the expatriate Amish discover, more than ever before, what it means to live by faith and not by sight.

But it's Miriam who must make the hardest choice as her heart takes her on a new and dangerous course. Domingo. "He is gentle," his sister said, ...

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Captive Heart, The (The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book #2)

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Overview

The Epic Story of an Amish Community in Peril

Ravaged by disease, preyed upon by ruthless bandits, the Bender family's second year in Mexico has taken a grievous turn. Faced with impossible choices, the expatriate Amish discover, more than ever before, what it means to live by faith and not by sight.

But it's Miriam who must make the hardest choice as her heart takes her on a new and dangerous course. Domingo. "He is gentle," his sister said, "until someone he loves is threatened." Is Miriam that someone?

"Cualnezqui," he often calls her--the Nahuatl word for Beautiful one. The chiseled native has proven himself a man of principle, grace and power, yet is he the pearl of great price for whom Miriam would sacrifice everything, or is he merely a friend? Tormented by conflicting emotions, she's haunted by vivid dreams: Dressed in the coarse cotton pants and shirt of a peasant, she stands on the precipice of a sun-washed ridge searching desperately for Domingo. Domingo the fierce. Domingo the protector.

Domingo the forbidden.

Inspired by Actual Events!

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This sequel to Paradise Valley revisits the Bender family, now building an Amish settlement in Mexico after emigrating from Ohio. Things are not as easy for Caleb and his family as he had hoped. The country is still caught in the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution. When Caleb's daughter Rachel is kidnapped by a bandit, the community must remain true to their pacifist nature despite their anger and the danger they face in trying to rescue her. VERDICT Drawing on the true-life experiences of his grandfather, Cramer (Levi's Will) does not flinch from depicting the harsh reality of settlement life. Grittier than most Amish novels, this will attract readers who like Lauraine Snelling's Western series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410447593
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/6/2012
  • Series: The Daughters of Caleb Bender Series
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 651
  • Sales rank: 1,050,251
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Cramer is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels Paradise Valley and Levi's Will. Dale lives in Georgia with his wife and two sons.
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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Since finishing the first book in Dale Cramer’s The Daught

    Since finishing the first book in Dale Cramer’s The Daughters of Caleb Bender series I could not wait for the next installment. When I received my free copy of The Captive Heart, I could not wait to begin reading it. From the first page I was hooked. Dale Cramer does an amazing job of capturing the readers attention. It is very well written and easy to follow.

    This book follows two of Caleb Bender’s daughters, Miriam and Rachel, as they try to survive their new life in Mexico. The girls are put into extremly tough circumstances. As the colony grows in number, a wave of sickness sweeps through. Rachel and her brother take their mentally handicapped sister and one of their nephews to find a doctor. On the trip back they are held up and Rachel is kidnapped. Jake, Rachel’s love, decides to go rescue her. So he and Domingo set out to find her. After finding her and escaping they start back on the trip home. Domingo sends them ahead and stays to fight off the outlaws that are coming after them.

    When they arrive home without Domingo, Miriam goes to see his sister, who is a friend of hers. They set out to find him and bring him home. Miriam realizes that she feels more for him than friendship and gratitude for saving her sister. They find him alive but seriously hurt. As they bring him back home she realizes that she has to choose. There is no way that she can have both. Does she choose the man she loves or her family?

    This is another great book from Dale Cramer. I can not wait for the third book to come out!!! Thank you Bethany House for my copy!


    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

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    Wonderful Story

    We join this story after the Caleb Bender family have been in Paradise Valley in Mexico for a year. Arriving in 1922, this story begins in 1923 with the arrival of a couple more families, who are there to help set up the new Amish colony in Mexico. The land is fertile, the Lord has blessed the efforts of Caleb's family and all their work is rewarded with good crops, and the beginnings of a lovely farm.

    However the country of Mexico is in turmoil, bandits roam the country taking what they want.Where they were once safe because of their location, and the Senor who lives in their valley they are no longer safe. The death of Pancho Villa, has caused the fear the bandits had of robbing their valley. However it is one bandit, El Pantera, who causes them the most trouble. He has made it clear he wants to take Rachel, to sell into slavery. Her bright red hair will bring him much money.

    Miriam, one of Caleb's daughter however is who this story centers around. Her struggle with facing the fact that she is in love with Domingo, the native worker on their farm. She realizes however that he is not saved, and is a warrior at heart, and would never be Amish, and she knows that will cause great pain to her family. She has to come to terms with what her heart wants and what she knows she should do.

    This story is fast paced, and is very interesting. The interaction between the families arriving and joining their community is interesting. It seems there are many romances in the air. This story will prove to be a splendid read for all fans of Amish books. It is inspired by actual events and the history is very interesting. I look forward to the next installment of this story. I am very interested to see what and how the Bender family move forward in the story.

    This book was provided by Bethany House for review purposes. No payment was received for this review. 344 pages US $14.99 4 stars

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Wonderful, Wholesome Book!

    Great story continues about an Amish family's struggle to carve out a life in a new country. The story keeps you totally interested as you get involved in their lives. Realistic writing without adding anything considered graphic or inappropriate. I can hardly wait for the next book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    A Stunning, One-of-a-kind Saga

    The Captive Heart continues the story begun in Paradise Valley (2011), in which Amishman Caleb Bender and his family move from Ohio to Mexico in the 1920s to avoid religious persecution. But the trouble they and other settlers face in the fertile yet rugged new land prove to be a far greater challenge. In the turbulent aftermath of the Mexican Revolution, the cultural climate is unstable. Increasing trouble with roaming bandits makes Caleb doubt not only the success of his beloved family in this new land, but his wisdom in bringing them here.

    Fresh descriptions paint a vibrant, beautiful setting against the rugged Mexican landscape. In each book, the girls¿ unique stories are artfully woven together with the overarching story of Caleb Bender, the father whose desire to honor and trust ¿Gott¿ leads him on a journey that shakes his faith and tests his quiet, noble strength. A pacifist by faith, he faces the unthinkable: threats against the lives of those he loves. How will he respond? How many must be harmed, even lost before it ends? Must he rethink what he has always believed about the value of a man¿s life versus a man¿s soul?

    I loved meeting the characters in Paradise Valley and knowing them better in this second of the three book series. Miriam takes the lead with her forbidden yet growing love for Domingo, the half-breed Mexican native who works for Caleb. A man of strength and wisdom, Domingo says there are many ¿fences¿ that forbid a relationship with Miriam, the one he calls ¿Cualnezqui¿ or Beautiful One.

    Domingo is great character whose honesty, strength and nobility I found intriguing. His desire to understand this Christian ¿religion¿ was borne of the troubling fact that it ¿makes no sense.¿ The simple truth of the gospel is displayed in the characters, not so much by their unusual ways, but by the consistent grace evident in their lives. The daughters each possess a unique, distinct voice, displaying their own strength of faith and quiet beauty. One daughter voices simply yet powerfully what it means to be a child of God. I appreciated her simple message that it is not about how we practice our faith or what disciplines it takes to conquer our sinful nature, but that it is a matter of constant surrender to God.

    Knowing Cramer has both family history and intimate ties to the Amish community makes the stories and characters that much more fascinating. This series is based on actual events that occurred in his family in the 1920s, making this story especially intriguing. Cramer does a fabulous job weaving a story filled with distinct characters with goals, fears and triumphs we can all relate to. Despite differences of era, culture, and religious traditions, the characters in this series depict universal joys and pains that resonate with everyone.

    You don¿t have to be a fan of Amish fiction to be captivated by Cramer¿s Amish works. My husband saw me reading The Captive Heart and asked, ¿Is there any action in that book?¿ To which I replied, ¿Yes!¿ I¿ve decided this series creates a new genre: Amish Action.

    The joys, fears, and sufferings in The Captive Heart are deeply emotive. The romantic threads of Miriam and Rachel as well as the threats and dangers kept me reading non-stop. This story is a rewarding blend of romance, mystery and gripping action. It¿s a blend I can imagine seeing on the big screen. I eagerly look forward to the third book in the series and am already sad this beautiful saga must come to

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    A great read!

    I really enjoyed this book (series of books). If you enjoy amish christian books, you'll enjoy this. Different than most, these books are set in Mexico in the 1920's. Their struggles make you appreciate the struggles of the early 1900's. The family endures alot yet they stsy strong in family, faith and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    The captive heart

    Book Two in the Daughter's of Caleb Bender. Better than book one , Paradise Valley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Awesome Read

    I love this story. Can't wait for #3.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Worth the money

    I couldn't put these books down. They are a awesome read. All books 1-3.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Cclanceyssis

    How do you get a free copy?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Very good story. Could not put it down. I always like to read about the Amish

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    Janie R. Freeman rated a book 5 of 5 stars The Captive Heart by

    Janie R. Freeman rated a book 5 of 5 stars
    The Captive Heart by Dale Cramer
    The Captive Heart (Daughters of Caleb Bender, #2)
    by Dale Cramer
    read in September, 2013

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    My rating:
    1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars[ 5 of 5 stars ]

    This was an awesome story, partially based on true events. It was fast-paced, and very intense at times, that I had a hard time putting down the book! This is the 2nd book of the this series, and I am looking forward to reading the next book! Thanks...more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Lend me the book please

    Hi. I dont have any money but i love to read these types of books. Can someone please lend me the last two books of this series please. Thanks and God bless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Great book. Highly recommended for anyone who loves historical fiction.

    I enjoyed this book (and series) very much. Would be interested to know if there will be more in the series beyond book #3.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    I love stories about the Amish and this was great. A different setting from the usual, but still very interesting. The series was well worth time spent reading it.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Good book

    Enjoyed this book. But the first book was better

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

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    A fast paced Amish story The second year in Mexico isn't going

    A fast paced Amish story

    The second year in Mexico isn't going so good for the Bender family or the other Amish that have moved to Paradise Valley. El Pantera and his bandits are more of a threat since Pancho Villa is no longer alive. Even with the newest Amish arriving there is still no Bishop, no leader for them to make necessary decisions.




    Miriam is getting older and finds herself falling in love with Domingo, which gives her no future since he is Mexican not Amish. Because of her age she agrees to marry Micah Shrock. When diptheria hits their community, Aaron Bender takes his sisters to the nearest doctor seeking treatment. Another doctor is sent for to treat the community to save as many lives as possible. On their way home they are attacked by El Pantera and his bandits. Two of them get away, one is kidnapped and one is killed.




    This is a pretty fast paced storyline for an Amish story and keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you find your family and friends dying from disease and being kidnapped and killed do you think you would stay or return to your home country? You'll have to read the book to see what the Benders and other Amish decide to do. Myself, I don't think I would want to stay there.




    I found this book better than the first and am looking forward to the third one, which I'm already over half done with. So don't cheat and wait for my review to see what they decide to do, read these first two books before you read that last review, PLEASE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Loved it

    I really enjoyed this book, I was sorry to have it end.looking forward to reading other Dale Cramer books.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    Another Winner from Dale Cramer

    Wow, Dale Cramer gives a different twist on Amish fiction in this series. In this second book of the series, more Ohio Amish join Caleb and his family at the newly Amish community in Mexico. As the Amish ways are, they all helped each other out in building houses and barns, and fields to plant food and ways of making money.

    The one thing that is different for me with Amish fiction is the dangers this community of Amish people faced because of the new area they were in. They had to deal with bandits that didn’t think twice about pulling a gun on any of them. And this was especially difficult because of the Amish ways of not fighting back. Mexican friend Domingo, who had been helping Caleb since being in Mexico was a tremendous help since he knows the people of the area and their ways, but these Amish still faces difficulty, hurt, heartbreak and loss.

    I highly recommend this book for Amish fiction lovers, as well as those liking Christian fiction, or just a good ole read. You will not be disappointed in this book, or this series by Dale Cramer

    A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House for me to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only, and my honest opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    I can't wait for the next book in this series!!!!!!!

    I can't wait for the next book in this series!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    The Captive Heart Holds You Captive!

    In the spring of 1922, Caleb Bender brought his family to Paradise Valley to start a new Amish Colony. He moved his family because of religious persecution in Ohio. Now in their second year in Mexico they welcome more and more families from Ohio to Paradise Valley. The Colony has tripled. Life is very hard in Paradise Valley. Bandits are still a threat and when they strike they are ruthless. During an outbreak of Diphtheria and the loss of lives, at least one of the families of the Colony has decided to leave Paradise Valley and return to Ohio. Caleb’s family is put to the test. There will be many heart breaking incidences that will cause Caleb sleepless nights. Did he do the right thing by bringing his family to Paradise Valley? Will his family survive all that has happened? This book was a real page turner for me. I was literally on the edge of my seat while reading this book. I couldn’t stand not knowing what would happen next and picked up this book as often as possible tuning everything and everybody out. When I wasn’t reading this book I was thinking about the characters in the book and worrying what would become of them. What would happen to the Bender family that I grew so fond of? This book will pull at your very heart strings and will take you through a gamut of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I worried, I fretted, I got angry…real angry, I also praised God. I thank the Author Dale Cramer for always showing God’s presence throughout this book. I can’t wait for book three to be published! I wish to thank Bethany House for sending me The Captive Heart to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

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