Captured Heart

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5 out of 5 stars
By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 08-23-17

Christian romance on the Oregon trail 😉

This well written story captures the adventure of the Oregon trail, family hardships, and Christian values. It is such a heartfelt journey that not only shows the physical struggles but emotional and spiritual challenges along the way. For all who enjoy Christian western romances I highly recommend this book.

Narration was well done. She has a good western style voice that added to the books enjoyment.


I received a copy of the audiobook and I'm voluntarily leaving this review. I am grateful to the author for the opportunity. 😊

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5 out of 5 stars
By HeatherY on 07-15-17

A Trek on The Oregon Trail

Amanda and her family are traveling with a wagon train to California when her family is struck down by cholera. Left all alone, Amanda blames God for not answering her prayers. She joins another wagon party to continue to California, but the odd family puzzles her. The brash mother, dandy son, and ill daughter are an odd combination.

When the son, Charles, begins to pursue Amanda, she's tempted to accept him. But her friend Luke warns her not to trust Charles, and she starts to think that things are not all they seem. But before she can decide who to trust, she's kidnapped in the middle of the night.

I've always enjoyed stories about the Oregon Trail, I can't imagine the strength it took to pack up everything and take such a journey. Barbara Goss conveyed all the risks and challenges, and also told a compelling story with interesting characters. I waffled between admiring Amanda as a strong brave woman, to wanting to hug the poor motherless girl. Even though the story was told from Amanda's point of view, Luke was fleshed out so well I felt like I'd read chapters from his as well.

Jan Ross was a good narrator, with an easy pace and speaking voice. She performed different voices for each character. I received a copy of the audiobook and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. This was a clean standalone novel with a Christian message.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Zena on 07-14-17

Lovely story

Sometimes a story comes to its end and the two most dreaded words are "The End". This is what I felt on hearing them but thankfully there are other stories still to be read by this imaginative and talented writer, Barbara Goss.
This book/audiobook tells of the love growing between Luke and Amanda, the test of her religious beliefs after losing her parents and siblings to cholera, the meeting of Luke's brothers and then being welcomed by the rest of his loving family after a small adventure on her wagon travels to Philadelphia and all this makes it an enjoyable and refreshing story.
I also enjoyed the narration by Jan Ross.
An audiobook version was provided by the author at no cost and this is my honest and unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marcine on 06-28-17

Recommended for historical romance readers

Would you listen to Captured Heart again? Why?

Yes. I read it straight though because it was so good and I wanted to see how it ended. If I read it again, I'd slow down and enjoy the 'trip'.

What did you like best about this story?

The fast pace of the narrative

Have you listened to any of Jan Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no. This if the first book I've listened to that was narrated by her

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not really

Any additional comments?

I would read other books by this author and narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara Rutgers on 08-28-17

Finding purpose in pain

Sometimes we go through hard times and wonder why we are having to deal with this. Captured Heart answers that question and shows that God is still in control in the tough times.

Amanda has to deal with the loss of her entire family while heading west with a wagon train. There are two men who are willing to help and it takes some time to see the true colors of both men and learn why they are really interested in helping her. But there is more at stake than just Amanda's future. Perhaps the pain Amanda has suffered will result in saving the lives of many girls traveling on the wagon train.

My initial opinion of Amanda based on the narrating was that she was maybe 13-15. But as the story went on I can to realize that she had to be a bit older than my initial judgement. Other than the main character sounding a bit on the young side, the voices done by the narrator were appropriate and believable and she brought the story to life well.

An audiobook version was provided by the author at no cost and this is my honest and unbiased review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Betababe on 08-15-17

Wagontrain

Author Barbara Goss does not hesitate to take on strong subjects and this tale proves no exception as villains and prayer and redemption vie in a wagontrain heading for San Francisco. There is a full panoply of characters representing most aspects of the wild west, including Indians and cowboys and settlers and city folk and--well, don't want to offer spoilers but there is a rich cast coping with a wide variety of circumstances, starting with cholera. I listened to the excellent narration [AUDIO] of Jan Ross who gave our heroine a decidedly midwest inflection and beautifully captured a number of other accents and voices which added greatly to the dramatization.

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