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Captive Trail (The Texas Trail Series) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Page Davis
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Book Description

The Captive Trail is second in a six-book series about four
generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent
Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896.  Although a series, each book can
be read on its own.

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.

some detective work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu identity. 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 and Ned we learn the true meaning of healing
and restoration amid seemingly powerless situations.

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From the Author

This book won the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award and was named a finalist in both the WILLA Literary Awards and the Carol Awards. Researching to write Captive Trail took me through some excruciating times in Texas history, and I hope you enjoy Taabe's journey.

From the Back Cover

A girl has become a woman while in captivity

A stagecoach driver longs to take her home

to the home she barely remembers.

Taabe Waipu flees her Comanche village.  Somewhere in southern Texas her real family lives in the white world. For years she's struggled to keep the memories from fading.

Butterfield Overland Mail Company driver Ned Bright finds a woman, exhausted and injured, lying in the road. He takes her to a mission run by Ursuline nuns.

With hard work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu's identity. He plans to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas.

Doubt meets hope, and fear gives way to faith in the Morgan family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 832 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802405843
  • Publisher: River North; New Edition edition (August 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NFG4Y8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Series! August 30, 2011
Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis ISBN-978-0-8024-0584-5

The second book in the Texas Trail - Morgan Family Series continues in the excellence of the first book. In Lone Star Trail we know that Billie Morgan and her horse were gone, Comanche's. They continued searching for her but assumed she may be dead. She was nine years old at the time.

Taabe Waipu is escaping the Comanche camp. She had an opening for escape and took it. She would not marry Peca and be tied down to the Numinu for the rest of her life. Pia had been her sister since she was taken all those years ago and she loved her and the baby but Chano, Pia's husband, thought she should marry Peca, a warrior who enjoyed raiding. Taabe took one of the fastest horses from the six Peca had left at their home as a way of asking for marriage and left with all the speed she could. Several days later the horse fell into a hole and Taabe was thrown off. She awoke in pain and the horse was gone.

Ned Bright and his partner, Patrillo Garza who went by Tree, live on a ranch with run a stagecoach from it. Tree is a widower with four rambunctious sons and Quinta, the nine year old daughter, was already a wild cat and a spoiled one at that. Tree is now the station agent at the Bright-Garza Station and Ned was the driver of the stagecoach from their ranch to Fort Chadbourne, delivering mail and any paying customers. It was his first day. Their passengers were not ones who would pay though, two Sister's going to open a girls school.

When Ned and Brownie, the shotgun rider, seen a body in the road they were concerned it was a trap. When Sister Natalie jumps out of the coach and heads for it Ned makes quick work of getting there first. It is a woman. The Sister's insist she stay at the Mission house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captive Trail October 24, 2011
By S
Captive Trail is the tail of Taabe (Ta bay) Waipu, a captive of the Comanche Indians. She was taken when she was about nine years old and the life with her white family is now a distant memory, but as the tribe pressures her to marry a man she doesn't love, Taabe, makes a daring escape. However, her horse trips and falls, leaving Taabe in the prairie alone, fearing for her life.

Ned, the stage coach driver, with a stage full of nuns on their way to a new mission in Texas, comes across Taabe. She is bruised and unconscious from the fall. Ned takes her and the nuns to the mission where she can be nursed back to health.

Taabe has been a captive for so long she has forgotten English, making it hard for her to explain her situation, but through many lessons by the nuns and the patience and understanding that Ned offers Taabe learns of her true identity.

As Ned searches for Taabe's family the Comanche are hot on the trail, determined to bring Taabe back to the tribe.

What unfolds is a gripping tale of strength, courage and love. I read this book in two days. I couldn't put it down! Susan Page Davis is a master story teller who puts a lot of thought and research into her books!

This is one book in a series of six, written by three very talented authors.

It left me wanting more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read! March 13, 2013
The Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis is the second book in the Texas Trails series. I have read other books in this series and this is my favorite by far.

The story starts out with a young nameless girl who has just been captured by Comanche. They call her Taabe and this is her new life. Fast forward years later, she is now a young woman on the run to find her white family. She is found injured by the hero of the story, Ned, and is taken care of by nuns at the mission. Taabe grows immensly during this story and I love all of the details, the characters, and the Indian history. I could not put this book down and the ending is excellent. While the other books about the Morgans have not been my favorite, this one is fantastic. Highly reccomend!

"I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Captive Trail August 28, 2012
I think I have mentioned I have a habit of picking up books because I'm attracted to the covers. This is yet another example. The contrasting blues and oranges are eye catching but there is something about the girl's face, half hidden behind her hair that grabbed my attention.

Captive Trail offers a unique look at one of the many dangers faced by frontier families for it was common practice among the Texas tribes to take captives. Some were tortured and/or ransomed but many were assimilated into the tribes as slaves or family members. The experience is illustrated in the Texas Trail series through the story of Taabe aka Billie Morgan. Picking up eleven years after the events of Lone Star Trail, Taabe/Billie has lived more than half her life among the Comanche. Faced with an unwanted marriage, Taabe/Billie makes a desperate bid for freedom and the past she barely remembers.

I have to hand it to Davis. Like the previous novel, Lone Star Trail, the author had to struggle with a multilingual cast. Instead of flooding the text with bits of Comanche, Davis focused on the frustration the characters felt at their inability to communicate. As a reader, I really appreciated her handling of the issue. It was easy to read but at the same time, it offered a very personal perspective on the characters.

I was also impressed by Davis' handling of the more controversial events of Taabe/Billie's time with the Comanche. I don't want to give anything away so I wont go into detail but it is a very realistic possibility in the life a captive. A applaud the author's decision to include it.

Captive Trail is a heartwarming edition to the Morgan Family saga and a charming follow-up to Lone Star Trail. Recommended to fans of the Spirit of Appalachia series by Gilbert Morris and Aaron McCarver.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Highly recommend it.
Published 16 days ago by Kathy Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost and Found
Taabe Waipu knows she is not a Comanche Indian. She knows she was captured at a very young age. However she cannot remember who she was, or where her family lived. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RuthStiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-Warming Historical Tale
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

"Captive Trail" is the second book in the "Texas Trails"... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elise Loyola Mance
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to shabby!
The continuation of "Texas Trails: A Morgan Family Series," follows Billie Morgan, aka Taabe Waipu, as she escapes from her Comanche captors twelves years after being... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Madam Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
"Captive Trail", by Susan Page Davis, is the second book in the "Texas Trails" series and takes place in mid 1800's Texas. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Years Later
Taabe Waipu has escaped the Comanche village that has held her captive for 12 years. She is alone, tired, and injured, but she will stop at nothing to return to the life she once... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MrsDBurkhardt
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable story
Captive Trail is the second book in Texas Trails A Morgan Family Series. Even though this is a book in a series, it is also a book that can stand alone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Texas Trails series!
This book was captivating. I've never read a book on this subject and I think the author did a wonderful job of capturing the emotions and depth of the issues the characters had... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shannah
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating!
The second book in The Texas Trail Series finds Jud Morgan full of hope at having found his younger sister who disappeared with the Comanche 12 years before. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Manda Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 of Texas Trail Series a great read too!
The Captive Trail is Book #2 of a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Young_in_TX
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Susan Page Davis writes romantic suspense, historical romance, and mystery. She is a Maine native now living in Kentucky, and a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won several awards including the Carol Award for her novel The Prisoners Wife; the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award for The Prisoner's Wife and The Lumberjack's Lady (Maine Brides series); and the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for her novel Captive Trail (Texas Trails series). Visit her website at

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