Paradise Valley (The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book #1)

Paradise Valley (The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book #1)

by Dale Cramer
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was raised in Amish community. This story although fiction, was interesting and very well told
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am new to this author, and really enjoyed this book. I have read book 2, and can't wait for book 3 to find out what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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+.
270 More than 1 year ago
I've always been fascinated with the Amish. This was based on factual happenings back in the '30's when some Amish had to relocate to Mexico in order to practice their religious beliefs. I love to read historical novels.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Caleb Bender was in jail. Not only was Caleb in jail, so were four other Amish fathers. It was 1921 and Ohio officials were trying to force the Amish communities to send their children to public schools. And arresting these five fathers was sending a strong message to the Amish. Caleb Bender is determined that something has to change. His wife is already in bad health, in fact the doctor has said she needs a dry climate, so when Caleb sees a ad for land for sale in Mexico, he knows that Gott is leading him. Moving his entire family to Mexico, Caleb is taking a huge step. The unknown is scary, and after arriving in Mexico and realizing that there was real danger from bandits, Caleb is unsure if the other Amish families will come to Mexico. This book was again unlike any Amish book I have read, I am loving how the authors are reaching beyond the traditional Amish story and making the new Amish series more exciting and interesting! Great book with a theme of grace and mercy, you will not want to miss this story. Even more I love that this story is factual, based on the author's grandfather's life. 359 pages US $14.99 4 stars This book was provided by Bethany House for review purposes, no payment was received for this review.
LeAnneH More than 1 year ago
My husband was strongly influenced by the Anabaptists in his teen years. My father was raised Quaker. Nevertheless, I have avoided the popular Amish trend in Christian fiction as a nostalgic desire to return to a simpler time and avoid dealing with modern reality. Dale Cramer's Paradise Valley is not that. A 1921 Ohio law required Amish families to send their children to public schools where they must cut their hair and dress in "Englisher" clothing--a plan which would effectively wipe out the Amish community in a generation. The arguments in this part of the book sounded disturbingly like modern discussions of home schooling vs. `godless humanistic classrooms'. Caleb Bender's response to government pressure was to lead a group moving their families to Paradise Valley in Mexico. Dale Cramer's great grandfather was the patriarch of a similar community, and although few records survive of that experiment, he obviously identifies strongly with their faith, ideals and struggles. Yet Cramer wrestles with real issues in a post-9/11 world. Can violence be realistically resisted with non-violence? Post-revolution Mexico is rife with decommissioned soldiers turned bandits. The old world where Spanish blood ruled, and Mexico's original inhabitants were despised has been turned on its head. The Amish win friends by treating all their neighbors with respect and integrity, but their non-violence makes them vulnerable. And can they sustain it when those they love are threatened? The story is not primarily romance although there are romantic plots lines--several, in fact, since Caleb Bender has several daughters. Some are satisfied in this first installment of The Daughters of Caleb Bender series; some are left in question. But your heart will be drawn to each of these strong young women.
MomoftwoDM More than 1 year ago
It was a really new - unexpected twist- to the normal Amish stories. Couldn't put it down, and the next one was great too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are not enough stars to give this book its proper rating.I cant wait wait to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this before, a few years back.... but I loved it then...and still do after reading it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Great story line
cm43 More than 1 year ago
Good story, relaxing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed learning about the trials of the Amish. I don't like history, but I love historical novels. I also appreciate the Christian perspective. I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series.
ndreaderCB More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting to read and gave me insight into the Amish way of life. I would read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the writing style. Will read the next book in this series. Enjoyed the detail in their every-day life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very different than most books that I read, and I enjoyed it very much. Though it is a work of fiction, it is based on real events. It is a bit predictable. I will be reading more by this author. The story was a welcome vacation from my usual choice of reading material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't think I would enjoy an Amish story, but the characters grabbed hold of my heartstrings. Found myself rooting for them and for true love.
vmd More than 1 year ago
Ordered a copy to send to a missionary friend in the area discussed in the book.
baldknobroyalty More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Especially that it was based on historical facts and that those facts were correctly identified. I'll definitely read this authors works again.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed this book...I didn't feel like it ended abruptly, I thought the characters were well-developed and full of life, loved the faith and deep sense of honor.  Looking forward to the next book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it-wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like stories about the Amish you will enjoy this book. It was easy, fast moving and very well written.
cwgeorge More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good family story becomes even more interesting when you learn it's based ona true story of Amish migration from Ohio to Mexico.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story of an Amish family fighting for their God given rights and starting over in a strange land. The author really captures you with the story of love, tragedy and adventure. This book would be enjoyed by people of all ages. Well written. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good reading cant wait for next book.