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Captive Trail (The Texas Trail Series) Paperback – September 1, 2011

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Book 2 of 6 in the Texas Trail Series

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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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Texas Trail Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802405843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802405845
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Taabe Waipu is a survivor. She survived Indian captivity as a child and now it seems that she has barely survived escape from the dreaded Comanches with whom she lived for many years. Severely injured when her horse falls, Taabe is discovered along a stagecoach route by driver Ned Bright. Ned carefully oversees Taabe's recovery at a mission school inhabited by Ursuline nuns and manages to forge a tender friendship with the young woman.

Just what is the beautiful "sun-woman's" story and can Ned miraculously find a way to reunite Taabe with her original family? Does he even want to? Will the determined warrior following Taabe give her up without a fight? This captivating story is yet another example of Susan Page Davis's ability to weave a satisfying western tale..
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Captive Trail is the second book in the Morgan Family Series and focuses on the character Billie Morgan that was briefly mentioned in the first book, Lone Star Trail, as she was a victim of a kidnapping by Comanche Indians and though her family desperately tried to find her, they were unsuccessful.

This story begins with the escape of Taabe Waipu (Billie Morgan's Comanche name) and expands on the trials that she faces in assimilating back to society. There are several characters that help her including a group of nuns that are starting a school for girls where she is given refuge and begins to put her life back together. The writing was well done and I liked the development of the characters but I did find some of the scenarios a bit farfetched.

I found it very interesting that there are two completely different authors for each of the books in this series. This helped give you a different tone of writing from a new characters perspective but you were still kept on the original story line, I thought it was a really original idea and it works very well. However, Captive Trail is lighter on a Christian message and though there are many references to God and Jesus, the message is in passing.

I was given this book by Moody Publishing for my honest opinion.
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I accidentally read this book out of sequence, and read it first. Quitet frankly I am not sure if I would have read the rest of this series if I hadn't. I truly enjoyed this particular book but when I have read other mixed author series they seemed to seamlessly interwrite the books. These seemed much more separated ... except for having the last name Morgan and occassionally (in the other books) references to the Morgan horses, there were very few references between the books of characters which is something I personally always enjoy in series.

This book I truly enjoyed where it started out Ned finding Billie (Taabe Waipu) almost dead after escaping from being held captive for many years from the Indians. He was also accompanied by a number of Nuns that were going to be setting up a school They took her in an harbored her, I liked how kind they were, taught her to live once again in the "white" world, taught her about God ... and overall kindness at the risk of their own lives. It is a bit different than many other books and I think tha was part of the intrigue ... even different from other captive books, and I felt definitely worth reading.

I think this book takes one back to those times of how unsafe one had to feel, how vulnerable you were to the Indians ... it had to be frightening ... I know I thought alot about it afterwards ... and I hae read so many books in my lifetime, just something about this book kind of haunted me for a number of days... however, I have to admit I have order number 4, and will most likely preorder #5 & 6 ... have to see this darn storyline to the end now ...
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