Friday, March 2, 2012

Book Review: Captive Heart by Michele Paige Holmes (Whitney Finalist)

Title: Captive Heart
Author: Michele Paige Holmes
Enjoyment Rating: 7/10
Referral: Whitney Finalist
Source: Library Copy
Books I've read this year: 33

Emmalyne is running away from her stuffy Boston upbringing and her even stuffier fiance, headed west on a train to take her first teaching job, when robbers board the train and force several women off, presumably to turn them into prostitutes for the brothels of the upper plains states. However, once Emmalyne is off the train, her captor, Thayne, turns out to have a lot more honor than she initially gave him credit for. The book recounts their journey back to his home in the Black Hills, and, yes, how they fell in love on that journey, despite all odds.

Other than the fact that Thayne is infuriatingly close-lipped about his motives and his past, and Emmalyne is more accident-prone than anyone in real life, the book was a fun adventure. I can't help but compare it with Borrowed Light, since both feature city-girl heroines who fall in love with a rugged country man with a past, and while I enjoyed Borrowed Light more, I do give Holmes props for careful research and an ability to really create a sense of place in Captive Heart.

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