Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis
Years ago, a young girl was captured by Indians. Now, Taabe Waipu is a young woman. Ned Bright, a stagecoach driver, finds her injured along the side of the road after she runs away from her village. He takes her to the Catholic mission so the nuns can care for her. Taabe desperately wants to find the family she no longer remembers, but it is so hard to adjust to American life, especially since she has forgotten English.
Ned and the Nuns do all they can to help Taabe, but the wonder if she will ever find her family. When Taabe tells them that an Indian man wants to marry her and is chasing after her, things get complicated. Will Taabe be safe in the mission? Will she ever find out who she really is?
**Book 2 in Texas Trails**
Note: I read this book first, without reading book 1 and it was not confusing at all.
I loved this book. Historical fiction is not usually my first choice, but the description of the story caught my attention. I did not realise that it was the second book in the series until after I was finished reading it, but the story was completely comprehensible, so I just assumed it was number one.
There was little violence. Taabe fell off her horse and was bruised and injured. She says that the Indians beat her when she spoke English, but were otherwise kind to her. A raiding party of Indians come to the mission and try to take Taabe back. In the fight, one man is killed.
There are only one or two kisses, and a mention of Taabe being married and having a son, who died. An Indian man is chasing Taabe because he wants her to be his wife.
Overall, this was a great read and definitely clean. I would recommend it to everyone, and I'm sure young children from fourth grade and up could read it with their parents.