Set in 1745, fifteen-year-old Miriam Willard is on top of the world. At a party, (the only one she’s ever been to) Phineas Whitney, a tall young man, takes a special interest in Miriam. Daydreaming about her future, she goes to bed only to wake up to Indian shrieks and whoops! Miriam and her family have been captured by Indians! Will she see Phineas again? More importantly, will she even make it out alive and free?
I took this book out because I had read Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond and enjoyed it. Calico Captive was nice as well, although I still think I like The Witch of Blackbird Pond better. Sometimes Miriam’s attitude was a little annoying, but I guess if I was captured by Indians I would be a little annoying and whiny, too! There was a passing mention of trusting God, which was good, but it never struck me as Miriam really having a relationship with Him. As a believer in God, I do look for an underlying theme of reliance on Him especially in books that are historical fiction. There are some books that almost have this underlying feeling of Christian things, but they don’t mention Jesus, like Anne of Green Gables! That kind of thing has started to be a tiny pet peeve of mine, but I need to remember that at least it mentioned God.
*Spoiler Alert* I thought that Miriam might have been forced to marry the Indian boy, but I was also glad when she didn’t marry Pierre. He appeared like he would always have a wild crazy side, something that made him seem...edgy. That would’ve been constantly lurking just around the corner. Oh, I wish the story had gone on to when she met and married Phineas, but that might just be the romantic in me. ;) Anyways, from the historical account I KNOW they get married. *End Spoiler Alert* Overall, the ending was still agreeable, and it’s a definite good read.