09 March 2015

Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis

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 a woman who is nearly dead from exposure and dehydration and take her to the mission. With some detective work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu is Billie Morgan. He plans to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas, and the two end up defending the mission station.

Through Taabe (Billie) and Ned we learn the true meaning of healing and restoration amid seemingly powerless situations.

Following Darlene Franklin’s Lone Star Trail, Susan Page Davis’ Captive Trail continues the Texas Trails series with Billie Morgan’s story. Billie returns to her family after years in Comanche captivity and faces many challenges in relearning the ways of her old lifestyle. In many ways, this novel reminded me of Lori Benton’s Burning Sky and tells an equally captivating and heartfelt tale. With adventure, romance and self-discovery, Captive Trail is highly entertaining - I really enjoyed it and now look forward to reading the third book in the series, Long Trail Home. Fans of the series and historical fiction in general will want to be sure to pick up Captive Trail - it’s a great, page-turning read.

Thanks to Moody Publishers, I received a copy of Captive Trail and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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