Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

The Captive Heart by Dale Cramer

on June 12, 2012


About the Book from Bethany House:


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.


My Opinion:


If you are looking for a book to renew your enjoyment of Amish fiction, then look no further than Dale Cramer’s, The Captive Heart.  Filled with unexpected twists and turns this will have you flipping the pages long into the night, like it did me – I couldn’t go bed until I finished this book!  While it does have romance in it, this isn’t the kind that makes you want to gag or throw the book out, it’s a romance that seems real more than faked or pushed and it doesn’t involve a lot of kissing or hand holding, etc between two unmarried people.


I think knowing that the book is based on true events, makes it even that more exciting.  The Amish aren’t known for branching out – although they do it more today in search of land – or for evangelizing but this books takes them out of ‘Amish country’ that we and they are familiar with and puts them smack dab in Mexico which is facing it’s own tumultuous future.  Domingo and Miriam both want to put family and God first but don’t know how to do that without betraying one or the other but eventually realize how it could work if given the time.  This is an exceptional book and I can’t wait to read another book in the Caleb Bender series to see where this new Amish community ends up.


**Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.


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