Captive Dreams

Captive Dreams
Series: Cornhusker Dreams, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Barbour
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN: 9781616267339
Any dreams Anna has for her future are held captive by the responsibilities the war and life have thrust upon her. In her heart, she knows she can’t do everything demanded of her, but whom can she trust to carry the burden with her?
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A heartwarming WWII historical from award-winning author Cara Putman:

Anna Goodman’s mother is dead, her father has given up on life, and her brother is missing in action in World War II. Anna’s dreams for the future are held captive by the responsibilities the war and life have thrust upon her. She’s desperate to hold the farm together while working at a war factory in nearby Kearney. She can’t do it alone. She must interact daily with Specialist Sid Chance, the cocky know-it-all who oversees the German prisoners who work on her family farm—prisoners that are a constant reminder of her father’s harrowing experience in World War I.

As Sid gets to know the determined Anna, he must balance her mistrust against his desire to help farmers. With so many able-bodied men deployed around the world, the prisoners’ labor is essential to save local farms from ruin. He must also battle against prejudice from men like Anna’s father, who can’t stand their presence or the memories they force him to relive. Sid wants to protect Anna, if she’d only let him. Anna’s as skittish as a colt, but he’s determined to win her heart.

When the farm’s future is at risk, Anna must decide whether she can trust Sid with her heart…and her future.

Author’s Notes for Captive Dreams

I had no idea that Prisoner of War Camps dotted the interstate across Nebraska. It was a piece of our history that was new to me when I started looking for a third World War Two setting. However, once I started exploring, their placement in Nebraska made so much sense. After the Dustbowl years of the 1930s, farming was finally recovering — just in time to become the breadbasket for a world at war. The only problem was the young men were in the army fighting the war. And many of the other local residents were now involved in war industries that dotted Nebraska. Seeking an innovative solution, politicians and locals worked together to get the POW camps placed in their areas. The POWs worked the farms during the day and were paid for their labor. Quite a contrast to the treatment of POWs that we are used to hearing about.

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About the Author
Cara Putman

Cara C. Putman, the award-winning author of 24 books, started college at 16, graduated college at 20, and completed her law degree at 27. FIRST for Women magazine called Shadowed by Grace “captivating” and a “novel with ‘the works.’” Cara is active at her church and a lecturer on business and employment law to graduate students at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Putman also practices law and is a second-generation homeschooling mom. Putman is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at Krannert. She serves on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization she has served in various roles since 2007. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana. You can connect with her online at:


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