This book "Captured" my interest at the prologue! I had placed it on my "looks readable" list eons ago, before it ever found a coveted spot on my annual book list. I did not know what I was missing.
The Captured: is the true story of a handful of children who were abducted by Indians in the 1860's & 1870's. What leads the author to write this book is he discovers that his many-great uncle was abducted and later returned to his family. The story and legacy was lost through the years and the author sets out to learn more. Beginning his research by looking for information on his uncle, he uncovers the stories of others who undergo the same traumatic experience and live to tell about it in memoirs or stories handed down through generations.
The Captured, is written in a fact filled historical tone, but a story is weaved within the fact, that makes you feel like you are there. Quotes, interviews with family, and pictures add great detail to this book that kept me reading and reliving one of histories wildest times.
Give this book list choice a read. I gained a new appreciation for how the west was won!
*Captured is an adult non-fiction read *
Here are two fictional companion reads, one for children and one for adults if this subject interests you.
* For children ages 10 and up, I recommend a title that we thoroughly enjoyed- Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison.
Based on the actual account of 12 year old Mary Jemison who was captured from Pennsylvania in 1758. A wonderful story that sheds light on the Indian way of life and will entertain and teach children and adults. This title fits in nicely if you follow Charlotte Mason and her concept of living books.
* For the fictional romance fan, I recommend: The Second Kiss. This is an older book originally published in 1963 under the title Nakoa's Woman.
This title has it all, romance, suspense, drama, violence but is still full of historical detail. This book held me spell bound!
There you have it, three amazing but different books that will keep you reading way past your bedtime. Enjoy!