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Emmalyne Madsen sends a desperate plea heavenward as a band of lawless men makes their way up the aisle of the railcar. When one hauls her roughly from the seat, threatening and cursing, Emmalyne fears her adventure out West has just turned into a nightmare.

Thayne Kendrich has an urgent need for a school teacher, and he's not above doing whatever it takes to get one-includ
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Hardcover, 255 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Covenant Communications
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Kathryn
Apr 30, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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Adrienne
Oct 11, 2011 Adrienne rated it it was ok
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Julie
Jun 09, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
I was excited to read Captive Heart by Michele Holmes because the backliner intrigued me and the first chapter didn’t disappoint. The book starts off with a train robbery and young women being kidnapped from the train. One young lady tries hard not to be noticed and when she is, and is being forced from the train, she fights for her life. And such begins a quirky, fun, and very emotional journey for our main characters.

The thing I liked best about this book is that it would seem to be a predicta
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Jenni C
Dec 10, 2013 Jenni C rated it liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
Before I dive into a review, I must warn that this book (clean and Christian) deals with a couple of serious / dramatic topics / events involving women and children.

Pros: This book's main character of Thayne was spot on. I ADMIRED the main heroine and found myself laughing and proud of the woman she was. Good plot. I read the book in two days, unable to put it down.

Cons: The first half of the book is different than the second. I do not want to give too much information away, but the first half
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Linnae
Emmalyne is on her way to the Territories to be a school teacher--and also to escape a loveless engagement, but that is neither here nor there. Until she is captured by an outlaw, desperate for a...schoolteacher? Say what? Slowly these two fight their way toward civilization, each undergoing some harrowing, painful experiences. Eventually, they fall in love (wait--that wasn't a spoiler, was it?), but it seems there are way too many obstacles for marriage to even be a possibility. Not the least o ...more
Annalisa
Oct 04, 2011 Annalisa rated it really liked it
Saw this book in the Seagull book catalog and thought it would be an interesting read. I always enjoy a good period piece. This was clean romance literature with a spiritual tone as well.

Seagull Description:
Emmalyne Madsen sends a desperate plea heavenward as a band of lawless men makes their way up the aisle of the railcar. When one hauls her roughly from the seat, threatening and cursing, Emmalyne fears her adventure out West has just turned into a nightmare.

Thayne Kendrich has an urgent need
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Jane
May 04, 2011 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: whitney-2011
A few things bugged me about this book. First, the first 100 pages or so are driven by the old "this confusion/tension would all be cleared up by a simple conversation but we've got no time for that now! We've got to travel for days across this desert landscape but we've got to opportunity to clarify a few things".

Secondly, the first 100 pages or so ring very misogynistic to me- everytime the heroine tries to assert herself or act independently, she screws things up and ends up almost killing h
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Michelle Llewellyn
Jun 01, 2011 Michelle Llewellyn rated it liked it
As a fan of Counting Stars who found All the Stars in Heaven to be a weak sequel I was pleased to pick up this third installment of Michele's writing and find it to be a well written story with interesting characters and conflicts. I enjoyed the romance and adventure between Emma and Thayne whose mysterious family situation kept my interest but I agree with another reviewer who pointed out Thayne's character is not very believable especially when circumstances between his wife and son are revea ...more
Rachel
Dec 14, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
I got this book at a book club Christmas book exchange. It was actually a good book. It is a romance book, but it is a clean romance book. It is set in 1878, and Emmalyne Madsen is headed out west to be a teacher when her train is attacked by outlaws. She is kidnapped, but fights back, only to be pushed out of the train by the woman sitting beside her. Thayne Kendrich is the outlaw who chooses her, but is he really an outlaw? Well, to spoil it for you, you find out he really isn't. He is looking ...more
Emmalynn Herbstritt
Apr 18, 2014 Emmalynn Herbstritt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
BEST BOOK EVER!!! The one thing that I like a lot is how the main character's name is Emmalyne, which is close to my name. I love the story line. A lone teacher is abducted by an outlaw. They travel through the prairie, the whole time slowly falling in love. They travel to an Indian tribe to get the outlaws child whom she is supposed to teach. She learns that Thayne, the outlaw, is not really an outlaw when they arrive at his farm. She teaches his son Joshua, still continuing to fall in love wit ...more
Heather
Jun 23, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
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Andrea
Mar 02, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I wasn't drawn to this book by the cover, and I honestly had no idea what it was about. I just read it because it's a Whitney Award Finalist. But, I am happy to say that it was really good! It tells about a single Bostonian woman heading West to become a school teacher (and to avoid a marriage her father wants for her). Her train is stopped by robbers, and she is picked to go with them. She fights hard to avoid being taken, but ends up being pushed from the train. Her abductor isn't who she thou ...more
Cheryal
May 21, 2011 Cheryal rated it really liked it
I plowed throught his book. I really loved it. NOT because it was such great literature, but because it all the components of the perfect book for me. It was romance, took place in 1870's, he was a farmer of Scottish decent who had empathy for the Lakota tribe and thier treatment by the government, she was a very headstrong, opinionated school teacher who was afraid of nothing, there was sarcastic banter, and hard to control passion, set in the black hills of Dakota. Does it get any better? Afte ...more
Susan
Aug 24, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds-novels
I really enjoyed this romance novel set in the late 1800's.

A young lady, Emmalyne, runs away from home and an awful fiancee to teach school in Colorado. On her way, the train she is riding in is held up by bandits who kidnap quite a few young ladies. She is one of them, but the man who kidnaps her is different. All he wants is someone to teach his son. However, the real bandits are after them. They get into some very scary situations and some funny ones--being thrown down a well and shot, being
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Kelly
Oct 25, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
Michele Paige Holmes has an interesting story, she has some good characters, I enjoyed her writing style. I just really struggled with a big WHY? Why would you think that it would be a good idea join a band of robbers, board a train and kidnap a woman in hopes to bring her home to teach your son? WHY? Why would you think that God would lead you to the right person. Why could you not just advertise, and bring a teacher to your home the normal and legal way? Other than that major fundamental chall ...more
Jenn
Jul 16, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok
Although I like other books by this author, in this one I felt like the romance was strained, the story line took too long for a reveal, and the end did not tie up as beautifully as I would have liked. It felt like the story line meandered without a shot of new information for a long time and then all at once in the end everything was shown in a manner that felt more like checking things off a list than really coming to a heart pounding climax. Sadly, even the resolution left much to be desired. ...more
Hilary Roberts
Oct 01, 2011 Hilary Roberts rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I was disappointed in this book. It was with the whole "we love each other but can't have each other" idea. I loved that in Twilight. In this book, however, it seemed way to forced and bugged me. The last few chapters of this book finally got a little exciting, but even that all resolved itself too easily. This book also involves a little boy who is hurt. In the end you find out what happened and why -- I hated that! Although this book was okay, there's too many good books to spend time reading ...more
Mandi Ellsworth
I really liked the premise of this story. An outlaw boards a train headed West and picks a school teacher to take home to his son who needs special care. The school teacher is feisty and doesn't want to go with him. Over the weeks it takes them to make it home, they decide on a truce, of sorts, and then things change between them.

This was a fun book. One really good kiss. I didn't understand the need for the final conflict to take place and it didn't add much to the rest of the story for me. Bu
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Melissa
May 05, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-romances
This was a fun fast passed romance with a little history thrown in. I was surprised I liked it so much. The premise is a little wild- guy steels girl from train to be a teacher... OK. He could have just hired one. But it all worked out for my fun and enjoyment so whatever. The writing was ok and the story put together well witch was a nice surprise. There were a couple of glitches but overall it was a sweet romance, that kept me reading. Anyone who likes a good clean romance will like this one. ...more
Kris Irvin
Jun 06, 2011 Kris Irvin rated it liked it
I don't want to bash this book. I should, because it wasn't very intelligent. But I knew what it was when I picked it up (ha ha.) The first 50 pages almost killed me off. Everything that could go wrong did, and the characters were so annoyingly Mary-Sue/male equivalent. But after Thayne and Emma leave the town, it got better. Not amazingly better, but at least I enjoyed the rest of the book. And the drama of it all was fun, I admit. I'd read it again if I was looking for some light, clean chick- ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I liked it. I think the first half was better then the second half. Once Emma and Thayne get to their destination I thought they lost some of their chemistry. I also though Thaynes motives for becoming an "outlaw" were weak. If he is as rich as he claims why couldn't he just hire a teacher. I'm sure he would have been able to find someone through more traditional means, but his way did create an interesting setting. Overall, I enjoyed the story but wished some of the excitmenr from the beginning ...more
Heather
Feb 06, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
This story has some good characters, I enjoyed her writing style. I just really struggled with a big WHY? Why would you think that it would be a good idea join a band of robbers, board a train and kidnap a woman in hopes to bring her home to teach your son? WHY? Why would you think that God would lead you to the right person. Why could you not just advertise, and bring a teacher to your home the normal and legal way? Other than that major fundamental challenge for me to wrap my mind around, I di ...more
Kimber
Sep 23, 2013 Kimber rated it really liked it
This is more of a three and a half star. It's a good, clean read about the "wild west" in the Black Hills of Dakota. There's outlaws, train abductions, horse riding, gun shooting, brawls at a barn raising, Indians, mentions of the Civil War and blacks becoming free, farming, rattlesnakes, gold mining, and of course falling in love with someone he/she hadn't planned on. I enjoyed the writing style and the story. It was fairly predictable, but still a fun read.
Katie W
Mar 07, 2011 Katie W rated it really liked it
Emmalyne Madsen was on a train headed west to start a new teaching job in Colorado when it was hijacked near the Black Hills by outlaws. Thayne Kenrich decided to grab her and she put up a fight, but ended up with him. He was not what she thought he was....or was he?

I enjoyed the story, having been to the Black Hills before. It's a beautiful setting for a developing love story. A Clean, cute, fast-paced, and very enjoyable historical romance.
Tiffany
Dec 06, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
This was a fun book that I enjoyed. I certainly enjoyed the first half more than the second half though. The first half was 4 stars, second half was just okay for me. The excitement and the whole story line with capturing a schoolteacher from a train was really fun and fascinating. I could really feel the chemistry in the first half, but everything stalled out for me after they reached the homestead...
Gayle
Sep 08, 2011 Gayle rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I really enjoyed this Western historical romance. The only thing that kept bugging me was trying to reconcile the hero's character with his actions at the beginning of the story (which I will admit made for an exciting start, however!) -- it just seems that he had the means to hire a teacher through traditional means rather than attempt to abduct one off a train. But I loved watching their relationship grow and there were some exciting twists to the story.
Mekayla
May 06, 2015 Mekayla rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The author did a good job of keeping me curious and wanting answers. Thayne is a very captivating character and he constantly left me wondering what his past held, what his goals were, and curious of his methods. I loved that Emma was a fighter from the beginning but that she always had a good heart.

- 2nd time through - Loved it!! Such a great book! I'm sure I'll read it again in the future.
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Carol
Apr 16, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
How fun to read a clean romance novel. I don't think those words usually go together. Sort of like a spy or mystery novel without bad language. Congratulation Michele on a job well done. Every once in a while it's fun to pick up a book that is pure enjoyment. You're not in it to learn a thing - just entertain me! I really enjoyed my few days "out west" and definitely enjoyed the romance! To my LDS friends in EG, it's available to borrow.
Heather
Sep 20, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Good romance. Characters who first hate each other end up falling in love. I love these books and it's set in the old west. However, I gave it 4 stars just because I didn't like how tidy everything ended up. Too convenient...and the whole book I kept thinking, "Why didn't he just place an add for a teacher." instead of the methods he used. That bothered me, but it wouldn't be the great story it is had he done that, so I choose to let it not bug me. :)
Cathleen
More of a 4 1/2 rating. Best romance I've read lately. ( I guess I really like the western stories.) I think it could have been a longer novel expanding on the ending more and giving more detail. I do wish that the author could have kept the intensity of their attraction going in the second half as well. But great story--I loved it.
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Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children's literature.

She is the author of nine published romance novels, which include books in
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