Though Mountains Fall, Daughters of Caleb Bender Series #3 -eBook
Deeply Moving Historical!
In Though Mountains Fall, Dale Cramer has crafted a heartrending, intriguing story that takes the reader to the beautiful Amish valley of northeast Mexico -- lush and verdant, a veritable paradise -- but under the guise of peace and safety lie fear of bandits, evil soldiers, and dangerous hurricanes.
Caleb Bender is proud of Paradise Valley, as he and his family had been the first to move to Mexico and create an Amish colony there. Life has not been without its trials, though, as Caleb has lost two of his sons to death. When his daughter, Miriam, falls in love with a handsome, Mexican native and is put under the ban, Caleb feels as though he has lost yet another child. When evil soldiers come in to help defend the villagers and the Amish against bandits, his family and friends' lives are put in extreme danger. Caleb begins to question whether it was God's will for him to move to Mexico at all and begins to feel like a failure. Can he forgive himself, his daughter, Miriam, and find his faith in God again? Will the Benders be able stay in Paradise Valley in spite of the violence and bloodshed?
Dale Cramer combines history and the Amish in this three part trilogy (The Daughters of Caleb Bender), and does a spectacular job! I would highly recommend the whole series, but this one can easily be read as a stand alone. With plenty of adventure and romance, this deeply moving, exciting series conclusion is one not to be missed! I'm impressed with the realistic characters, storyline, and the author's impeccable research! I had a very difficult time putting this down and I highly recommend it!
July 27, 2013
A Good Story!!
Caleb Bender is determined that God has led their small Amish community to Paradise Valley Mexico but it seems that everywhere they turn they are faced with more loss and heartache.
When bandits begin to threaten their community they plead with the haciendado to send for soldiers to protect their families. However they soon learn that a uniform does not change the hearts of evil men.
Facing persecution, the death of two sons, and the shunning of his daughter Miriam, Caleb believes that he has failed not only his family but God as well.
This book honestly surprised me. I wasn't expecting such an emotional ending after a rather slow start.
I learned so much from Caleb's daughter Emma! Lessons of forgiveness, doing whats right even when most people think your wrong, and love that reaches beyond the laws and traditions of men.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
March 26, 2013
A must read, please read 1 & 2 in the series first
There is much turmoil as time progresses for the Bender family and other Amish families that are living in Mexico. The bandits have chosen a time to attack the Amish and just as the last of them are entering the safety of Hacienda El Prado the federales finally show up to protect them also. Once the bandits are captured and/or killed everyone returns home. A Bishop finally arrives so people can be baptized and married, things are looking up.
After some time they find that the federales are just as bad, if not worse, than having bandits in the area. Now there is nothing they can do but give up their horses, food, hay, etc for little or no money or it will be taken from them anyway. Men get drunk, women are raped and men are beat up, all of this is after the fedearales arrive, things aren't going as well as they should be with the Bishop among them and officers of the law to protect them.
What will they do? They have lost family members in this land and if they return to America they'll never be able to visit their graves again. No one is buying land in Mexico, so the will all return broke if they decide to go. If you had to choose to leave loved ones behind and a beautiful land that has produced well for you or stay and feel like you were getting robbed by the government what would you do?
I felt that this book held my attention even more than the first two in the series and since I read before going to sleep, I found myself dreaming about things that were happening in this chapter of the Bender family's life. I definitely recommend this series, it's not your run of the mill Amish storyline.
Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
March 25, 2013
Though Mountains Fall
This is not a typical Amish story. The Amish men werenÃ¢ÂÂt out in the fields whistling as they worked while the women were inside having a quilting bee. Life was hard and dangerous in Mexico. The Amish in Paradise Valley lived in fear of bandits that would destroy anyone and anything to get what they wanted. Mexican soldiers called federales came to Paradise Valley and rid the area of the bandits. Sadly, the only difference between the bandits and the federales was that they didnÃ¢ÂÂt kill to get what they want.
This story is full of love, hate, heartache, pain, death, action, romance, and so much more. CalebÃ¢ÂÂs daughters Miriam, Rachel, and EmmaÃ¢ÂÂs lives took turns in directions that were not fully expected. The Amish settlers in Paradise Valley quickly discovered that there were GodÃ¢ÂÂs laws and there were manÃ¢ÂÂs laws. Though Mountains Fall is about a community of believers, as a group and individuals, discovering where God was leading them while they were holding steadfast to His ways.
This wonderfully told story starts with the first book in The Daughters Of Caleb Bender series, Paradise Valley, and continues in The Captive Heart. In the first book, Caleb Bender and his family go to Paradise Valley, Mexico so they can school their children as they choose. I havenÃ¢ÂÂt read Paradise Valley yet, but I plan on reading it soon. Having not read the first book had no effect on my understanding all that occurred in this action-filled story. I would highly recommend reading it. I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt wait to read Though Mountains Fall to learn more of what happened to Caleb, his family, and the Amish settlement. I was not disappointed. I would recommend reading all the books in this series, not just Though Mountains Fall.
I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto and Bethany House for my honest review.
March 25, 2013