Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Book Review - The Captive Heart by Dale Cramer

Publisher's blurb:
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.

My review: My review may have been different had I read the first book in this series. Then again, it may not have been. This story was very slow going at times and even at the end of the book, I didn't feel a resolution had been found, they was no real closure to the story. I assume this will happen in the next book. I think the mark of a great writer of books in a series is when any of the books can be read alone and fully understood by the reader. A brief summary to catch them up is all that is required. I think this book missed that mark a bit. If I had read the the first and sub-sequent book, I may recommend this book, but not on its' own.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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