• Captured Heart

  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Jan Ross
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Christian romance: Two men vie for Amanda. One wanted the beautiful, fiery Amanda for his bride...the other for wealth and pleasure. Would her innocent trust be her undoing? Which one will capture her heart?

Traveling to California on a wagon train, Amanda's family dies of cholera. She had prayed that they would live. Amanda is mad at God for letting them die. Eventually, she learns God did listen to her prayers, in a very extraordinary way. Amanda faces many perils on the trail including being captured by Indians and an evil adversary. Once Amanda realizes her true love, she can't find the words to tell him until it's a matter of life or death, or too late.

©2015 Barbara Goss (P)2017 Barbara Goss

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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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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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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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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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Delightful and Romantic

It's hard to say who captured whose heart but in the end it doesn't really matter. This is one of Ms. Goss' best that I've listened to so far. It was one I could not put down. There was inspiration as Amanda learned to trust God once again after she thought He had deserted her and Luke gently prodded her back. It showed how people sometimes get priorities all wrong and how sometimes circumstances and love can open their eyes. This was such a good book--highly recommend it.

The narration was wonderful!

This was a fun story to listen to. There was a new approach to the romance of a mail order bride which was refreshing. It had enough adventure to keep the story from moving too slow and a mystery that was not solved until near the end, but with just enough clues to keep the reader from figuring out too soon what had happened. This was a delightful listen.

The narration was great!

I requested this audio book from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good Read

Captured Heart was a good read by Barbara Goss. While traveling to California on a wagon train, Amanda's family die from Cholera. Amanda finds herself mad at God for letting them die. Amanda finds herself realizing her true love and it's now a matter of life and death. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by Barbara Goss.

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Intrigue and romance

I enjoyed this story very much. The characters were well developed and the storyline was quite interesting. There was plenty of suspense and a slow developing romance. The only thing I did not like was that the story seemed to end abruptly.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

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Captured Heart

This was a good book to listen to and it was narraited good. I enjoyed it from the beginning. If my review was any help will you please click the helpful link. Thank you

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Good clean western series, as all of the series by the author are, to enjoy. The narration by Jan added to the story and enjoyment.given audio for my voluntary review

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This Captured My Heart!!!

Every time I think I have read/listen to the best Barbara Goss story another one comes along! On a wagon train with her family headed to California to get to her aunt, Amanda finds out how hard life can get. Her entire family dies of cholera and she is spared. Heavy with her grief but determined to get to her aunt, she ends up being asked to join in with the wagon train in front of her and help care for a sick young girl in their wagon. Charles is the handsome smooth talking man that says he is rich and has a fabulous hotel in San Francisco and she begins to be charmed. But Luke is a young man that keeps and eye on her and is determined to warn her away from Charles. My heart just became engaged with Jan Ross, the narrator who was excellent. She brought Barbara's story alive and I listened every second I had. Now on to my next BG audible!