Friday, December 9, 2011

"Captive Trail" by Susan Page Davis: Book Review

Captive Trail is the second book I have been privileged to read in the Texas Trails series of books focusing on the Morgan family in the mid-1800's.

I found that the author, Susan Page Davis, brings to the story the sad plight of captives of the Comanche Indians who were, as children, stolen and assimilated into the life of the tribe either as family members or slaves.  They were often sold or traded as slaves to other tribes

The heroine of the story is Taabe Waipu, which is her Indian name.  She does not remember her life back before her captivity but she knows she wants to get back to her real people somehow.  She  escapes the Comanche by fleeing under cover of night on a horse left by a Comanche warrior who desires to make her his wife.  In her escape, she is injured and is later found by Ned Bright, a driver for the stage line.  Ned carries her to a Catholic mission run by a few nuns who nurse her back to health.

I enjoyed the characters in this story and felt that Ms. Davis has developed each of them into believable persons.

The first book in this series that I read and reviewed can be found here:

Susan Page Davis has published more than 30 novels in the historical romance, suspense, mystery, and romance genres. She is past winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Contest and of the Inspirational Readers' Choice Contest.

A copy of Captive Trail was provided to me free of charge by Moody Publishers in exchange for a review.  I was not required to give a positive review.

Published by: Moody Publishers   ISBN: 0802405843  ISBN-13:  9780802405845


  1. Vera, thank you for featuring my book. Researching for Captive Trail was challenging, heartbreaking, and at the same time satisfying. It gave me great admiration for the Texas pioneers.

  2. You are quite welcome, Susan. I hope to be able to read and review more of your books in the future. Captive Trail was an interesting read and I found it heartbreaking, as you said, about the captives plight. Of course, I am sure it was much more heartbreaking than you portrayed in your book. Hard times, indeed.


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