by Christine Lindsay
Publication Date: Feb. 14, 2013
Prisoners to their own broken dreams...
After a daring rescue goes awry, Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana flee to the tropical south of India…and headlong into their respective pasts.
Laine takes a nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover that her former fiancé is the owner…but fun-loving Laine refuses to let Adam crush her heart like he had years ago.
Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts freedom will ever be hers again, much less the forbidden love that had begun to flower.
Amid cyclones, epidemics, and clashing faiths, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?
Captured By Moonlight captured me right from the beginning with the kidnapping of a young temple prostitute about to give birth. This is the effort the two heroines of the story. Eshana works at a mission dedicated to helping widows and orphans. Laine is a nurse. They kidnap the young woman (actually, a 14 year old child) as she is living in deplorable conditions, is there against her will, and needs medical attention.
Lindsay's novel continued to hold my attention throughout its well-written pages with words that created visually vibrant images in my mind as I read. The characters have depth. I wanted to shake some sense into Adam as he struggled with his sense of duty and responsibility. I applauded Eshana as she worked through her struggle of faith, keeping the Lord first and foremost in her life, trusting God to work out the details for His purpose.
Inspired by the real-life Pandita Ramabai, founder of the Mukti Mission in India, this novel has as its backdrop the Hindu social issues of child-brides and ostracization of widows and what the Christian missions did in the 1920's. The historical aspect of this novel is made more real as it includes a number of references to actual historical figures and events. It is an illuminating dip into another culture and time.
I thought that this book, although it did not win any awards as the previous book in the series "Shadowed in Silk", was even better than its predecessor. It does well as a stand-alone novel, but readers who enjoy this book will want to read the first book of the series as well as the third "Veiled at Midnight" which is due to be released in February 2014.
This book fully deserves 5 stars!