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Paradise Valley

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

K

I am not Amish but this was a very heart felt story and it keeps your eyes plastered on the screen til' the book is over. I wish the other books were free. Ages 15+.

posted by 10545332 on February 10, 2012

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Boring!

Generally speaking, I stay away from Amish fiction, on the premise that authors like to build this community up as some-kind of misunderstood utopian, Christian society. Yet, I grew up with the Amish and Mennonites and they're flawed human beings like the rest of us--ev...
Generally speaking, I stay away from Amish fiction, on the premise that authors like to build this community up as some-kind of misunderstood utopian, Christian society. Yet, I grew up with the Amish and Mennonites and they're flawed human beings like the rest of us--even if you like their lifestyle. They deal with the harsh realities of sin and death, such as drug and alcohol abuse, premarital sex (which Cramer touches on in this book), child and spousal abuse, etc. Anyhow, I have enjoyed Dale Cramer's other fiction so I'd thought that I give his Amish fiction a try. Yikes, I couldn't get past the 12th chapter! It was boring--too innocent. I wondered as I read through the pages if Cramer struggled thinking like his 15-year old female protagonist b/c his female characters sounded too perfect and two-dimensional. This might be a great book for outsiders who think the Amish are perfect--but for a regular gal like me, it was nothing short of boring. And, even though, Cramer touched on parental rights and government encroachment--which are very real issues for Anabaptists' sects--he simplified it too much where the characters tamped down their anger and quickly picked up roots to move to Mexico. I know that this was based on facts and maybe that's my Englishness getting in the way of their culture, but I find hardly settling to read that Caleb Bender's one pregnant daughter rushed into marriage out of season without raising eyebrows and that the 15-year old was just too saccharin sweet to be believable.

posted by Wendyreads on June 10, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    This is a sopid book

    Dont read it


    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    GREAT BOOK

    I recommend this book a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    not impressed

    not impressed

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