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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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Paperback, 255 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Covenant Communications
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Adrienne
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Kathryn
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Melissa
May 05, 2011 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
Ann Marie
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
There were too many plot holes for me in this book. It wasn't awful but I just didn't buy a lot of things. It did work out okay in the end but there were some really sad things in it.
Krista
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the overall story. I loved that it was clean. I would have liked a bit more romance though. I thought there were some cute parts and I would have liked a bit more of that. I also felt like the ending was a little abrupt. Reminded me of a Hallmark movie and I would have liked a bit more in the end. Reading about a wedding would have been nice and I wish there had been more about Joshua at the end. Overall I did enjoy the story though.
Jessica
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I wasn't expecting a ton out of this, just a light summer read. I ended up being quite engrossed and read it in one sitting well into the night. Great dialogue, action, and character development set this apart from the plethora of historical romance novels.
Leslie
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Emmalyne ran away from an engagement she did not want to become a teacher in the West. Along the way a gang of robbers came aboard the train and captured several young girls, including Emmalyne. Her adventure from here is interesting in what she imagined to what was really going on.
Ali~may
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars! I really, really enjoyed this book from the very beginning. The only reason I didn't give it 5, is because the ending felt a little too rushed, I would have liked more closure at the end. But I loved the story
Becca
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
A fun, entertaining, and sassy story.
Rebecca
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of conflicts, but an easy quick read.
Sandy
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall a good read. I struggle to understand why Thayne didn't tell her up front why he needed her help. Other than to draw out the story.
Sarah Grass
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun western. 3.5
Julie
Jun 09, 2011 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rated it it was amazing
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Andrea
Mar 02, 2012 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 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 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 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 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 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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Kris Irvin
Jun 06, 2011 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
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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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