The Captive Heart By Dale Cramer—Book Review

After surviving their first year in Mexico, the Benders welcome old friends from their previous Amish community in the US. New courtships spring up along with the new farms, and Rachel and Jake’s grows.

Miriam, one of Caleb Bender’s daughters, cannot move past her feelings for their Mexican hand, Domingo. In spite of her strong emotions, she forces herself to accept the courtship of another.

Amid the continual dangers posed by bandits and sickness, Miriam battles her own desires until she’s forced to make ultimate decisions about her life.

This is the second book in Dale Cramer’s series, the Daughters of Caleb Bender.


I’m not in to Amish fiction. I mainly started this series because of the era and setting. The character of Domingo intrigued me, and since he was to be a main part of book 2, I decided to get it. I wasn’t disappointed once I got past the first few chapters that had a bit too much of an information dump retelling the events of the first book. But beyond that, the book was well written with characters as real as the setting.

I have mixed feelings about the ending, and of course, since it’s a series, everything wasn’t resolved. But this is a great book, and series, for those who enjoy historical Amish fiction.


For Him,

Sarah Elisabeth

P.S. Bethany House provided my review copy


Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer is an award-winning inspirational author, speaker and Choctaw storyteller of traditional and fictional tales based on the lives of her people. Get a free e-copy of her first book, "Touch My Tears: Tales from the Trail of Tears": Free e-book

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