The Captive Heart

The Captive Heart

by Dale Cramer


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More Danger, Adventure, Romance in Dale Cramer's Next Installment!

Bandit troubles intensify as Caleb Bender's family tries to settle into their new life in 1920s Paradise Valley. When El Pantera kidnaps Rachel and leaves her brother, Aaron, for dead, Jake Weaver and the Mexican native Domingo pursue the bandit leader to his mountain stronghold in a hopeless rescue attempt. Jake and Domingo manage to escape with Rachel, with the bandits hot on their trail. In a desperate attempt to avoid recapture, Domingo puts himself squarely in harm's way, giving Jake and Rachel time to get away. This is not the quiet life Caleb Bender envisioned when he led his family out of Ohio. What is a father to make of his daughter's obvious affection for a man outside the fold? And how will a pacifist Amishman like Caleb respond to the events that threaten his family and their way of life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764208393
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Daughters of Caleb Bender Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 842,272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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The Captive Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
_Amber_ More than 1 year ago
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!
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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
CamilleEide More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another great read in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series gives us non Amish not only a look into their customs but also shares some of their history. I have truly enjoyed the first two books and am looking forward to book three. Word of warning though, you might have a few tissues handy. No it's not a depressing storyline, its just that the aurhor doesn't shy away from real life events. Great clean reading!
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I enjoyed this entire series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Book Two in the Daughter's of Caleb Bender. Better than book one , Paradise Valley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story. Can't wait for #3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put these books down. They are a awesome read. All books 1-3.
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How do you get a free copy?
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Very good story. Could not put it down. I always like to read about the Amish
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
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 Read 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 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book (and series) very much. Would be interested to know if there will be more in the series beyond book #3.
Marilyn65 More than 1 year ago
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.
netteAQ More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. But the first book was better
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wfnren More than 1 year ago
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!