ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After high school he became an electrician, a job that took him to places as diverse as power plants, stadia, airports, high-rise office buildings and a hard-rock mining operation.
Twenty-five years of experiences in the trades provided him with the wealth of characters, stories and insights that populate his novels.
When he married his childhood friend, Pam, in 1975 he had no way of knowing they would not have children until fifteen years later.
In his early forties, when Dale left his job to become a stay-at-home dad, he suddenly found himself with time on his hands, so he pursued a lifelong dream and taught himself to write.
Using an online writer’s forum as a training ground, he wrote his first short stories in 1996. As his writing skills improved he turned to novels, publishing his first book, Sutter’s Cross, in 2003.
Since then, Dale has published four more novels and garnered a measure of critical acclaim with two Christy Awards, a listing among Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2004 and numerous other Best lists. Dale and his wife Pam live in Georgia with their two sons.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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Sometimes Amish stories get a bit predictable, not this one. This story takes you far away from from Amish country USA straight to Mexico, Amish in Mexico?....that's right, and the Bender family does not have it easy, with bandits, abductions and misplaced love. This story is inspired by actual events which makes it even better. The first book in this series is Paradise Valley, and you certainly do not need to read book #1 to make sense of The Captive Heart, although Paradise Valley was an excellent book as well!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA