Today I’m reviewing CAPTIVE TRAIL, by Susan Page Davis, book 2 in the Texas Trails series published by Moody Publishers. As the book opens, a white woman who knows herself only by her Indian name, Taabe Waipu, has escaped from her Comanche villages on a horse taken from those an Indian brave has brought as part of her bride price. After she falls from her horse, she is found along a trail by stagecoach driver Ned Bright, who is hauling a coach full on nuns who plan to start a new convent school along the Butterfield route in north central Texas. She remembers no English or anything of her previous life, not even her “white” name. Nursed back to health by the caring nuns, she grows to care for Ned Bright, and he for her, as he visits and attempts to solve the question of her identity. Not everyone wishes her well, for the Comanche who wanted to wed her wants her back and will go to any length to make that happen. And Ned wonders if reuniting the woman he is coming to love will mean he will lose her to her family in the end–if he does not lose her to the Comanches again.
This the best story of a Indian captive returning to her white world that I have ever read. Susan Page Davis has done her research and portrays the Comanches, as well as the settlers of the time, very convincingly. The hero and heroine become people whose developing romance you want to root for, and even secondary characters are given a thorough and detailed portrayal. Brava, Ms. Davis!
This book was provided free for review by Moody Publishers.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery