Dale Cramer's third book in the series Daughters of Caleb Bender, Though Mountains Fall, is another one of my favorites. Amish fiction mixed with historical fiction_ can it get any better??? After reading the first two in the series, I could not wait for the third book. Mr. Cramer is one of my new favorite authors. Having read mostly women authors in the past, I did not know if he could touch me_ He does.
This book has some surprises and some sad parts also. It is interesting to see how Caleb's struggles with the land, bandits, the "Mexican army" and his family while maintaining his faith. I also like the way members of his family handle everything that come at them. A bishop travels to Mexico to look at living there_ does he stay? Couples can get married, but does Caleb's daughter Miriam get married? Does Caleb find the freedom and peace he was looking for in Mexico? Does living in Mexico allow him to separate himself and his family from the world he was trying to escape from?? Will he give up on his dream? Has he failed in his endeavors or has God just lead him the whole way?? You will have to read this book and find out for yourself_
As I said in my very first post about this series, if you've given up on Amish Fiction, these books just might change your mind. This book was intense and had themes and situations you normally do not see in Amish fiction.
In this book, we meet up again with the Bender family and their neighbors who are still making a valiant effort to establish an Amish settlement in Mexico.
Amish folks? In Mexico?
You'll have to read the first book to find out how it all begins, but the story is based on actual events in history that I wasn't aware of until reading book one, Paradise Valley.
In Though Mountains Fall, things have escalated and the settlement is forced to try and find help from the Mexican government, in order to protect themselves. The "help" they receive isn't exactly what they had in mind, and they have to rely on their families and faith to see them through difficult times. I really enjoyed the way the author developed the characters and the unique situations they faced. The end of the book left me wondering if there will be another in this series, and if so, I'd be anxious to read that one as well.
I was very surprised to see that Though Mountains Fall by Dale Cramer, Book 3 in the Daughters of Calab Bender series was set in Mexico. I have not read the two previous books in the series, but after reading this one will be reading those as well. This title can easily stand on its own though. The other two book in the series are, Paradise Valley - The Daughters of Caleb Bender - Book 1 and The Captive Heart - The Daughters of Caleb Bender - Book 2. The characters in Though Mountains Fall were well developed and even though I at times wished the Amish community would fight to protect themselves, I understood that is not the Amish way. I enjoyed learning more about the Amish culture in the 1925 time period. This book is based on an actual Amish settlement in Mexico during that time.
This book is full of adventure and would be a great read for male readers out there also. This was the
first book by Dale I have read and I did not realize at first that it was a male author. I usually don't
read fiction books by men, but Dale has changed my mind on that score. I recommend reading the full series. Hats off to you Dale, this one is a winner.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
I have impatiently awaited this third book of The Daughters of Caleb Bender series, Though Mountains Fall, and I was not disappointed. True to form, author Dale Cramer continues an engaging and entertaining story-line while at the same time challenging the reader to consider issues like separating ones' self from the world, or what it means to live according to the letter of the law but not the spirit of it. Grace, unconditional love, and understanding God's will are the all-important themes of this book, and though most readers are probably not Amish, many of us very likely struggle with knowing how to have a relationship with someone we love who chooses a path that we can't approve of or understand. This is why I like Dale Cramer's Amish fiction so much- he makes it relevant and thought-provoking. I will concede that on one level I was disappointed with this book; the emotional intensity of the characters in the previous two books was lacking in this one. Though Mountains Fall was definitely more subdued and the relationships between the characters somehow felt a little flat. But, since I found myself in tears by the conclusion, it seems wrong for me to say that the book lacked poignancy_it was just a different tone. If you have read the previous two books in this series you will love this one too, even if it's not quite what you might be expecting (i.e., its not exactly happily ever after). If you haven't read Paradise Valley and The Captive Heart, do read those first. This series is definitely well worth it!
I received a complimentary copy of 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.