If you like Amish Christian Fiction you will enjoy this book! You will actually enjoy the whole series this book is a part of. You do not have to read the others in the series but I would recommend reading them as you will enjoy the story more.
I gave this book 5/5. I loved how this book was written. There was so much to the characters personalities and the storyline was enjoyable. I liked the interaction and conversations. It was a quick read for me. I could not put it down until I read how the story for these great characters was completed. This book is a great Amish fiction book with a meaningful storyline and likeable characters.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Finally. After two years, Though Mountains Fall, the long-awaited conclusion to Dale Cramer's unique Amish trilogy, is here. Having reached its bittersweet final pages, it is hard to imagine that any reader who has been with the series since the first book will be disappointed.
Seasoned Dale Cramer readers will not be surprised to discover a spectrum of colorful, complex, multidimensional characters. Deeply human and impossible not to care about, they struggle to balance their Amish convictions with the harsh demands of life in the turbulent Mexico of the 1920s as well as with the demands of their own hearts and of God.
Leading his characters through one life-and-death encounter after another, Cramer somehow manages to find room for romance, too. It's a rare man who can write the slow unfolding of intensely romantic relationships in a way that can touch a woman's heart, engage a man's spirit, and never stray beyond the bounds of propriety. You have to wonder if, somewhere, Jane Austen is taking notes.
Thoroughly researched history brings rich textures to this fictionalized treatment of Cramer's Amish ancestors' emigration from Ohio to Mexico in search of religious freedom. From Paradise Valley through The Captive Heart to the culmination of Though Mountains Fall, the main story arc never falters, while the lesser storylines and minor characters blend seamlessly into the whole, presenting a panoramic view of humanity in the grip of grace. It is impossible to come away untouched, unchallenged, unchanged.
If you are thinking of picking up this book as your first introduction to Dale Cramer's Amish trilogy, let me caution you to think twice. Though Mountains Fall is the thoughtful conclusion to a sweeping historical saga (and, yes, some truly fine romance) that can only be fully appreciated in its entirety. In truth, these are not three storiesâ€”they are one story, divided into three books. Do yourself a favor: Be patient. Start with Book 1, and savor your way through Book 2 to the final page of Book 3. Because, I promise you, you won't want to miss a single word.
A dark and foreboding cloud, bringing death, despair and strife, looms over this novel. Only at the end, does the cloud shift to let the sunshine, and forgiveness, through.
This is the first novel I have read, written by Dale Cramer. Though Mountains Fall, is the third book in The Daughters of Caleb Bender Series. This is totally out of character for me, but I did not read the first two books in the series and jumped in at the third book when I was presented with the opportunity to read it. There is a character introduction page explaining the relationships at the beginning of the book and Dale Cramer gives back story to the characters throughout the book, so I didn't feel confused even though I had not read the books previous. However, I did not feel connected to any of the characters in this book, although I wanted to. Perhaps if I had read the others first I would have known them better and felt more compassion for them as they faced conflict after conflict.
This is the first piece of Amish fiction that I have read that was set in Mexico. It was a mixture of the Amish meets the Wild West, complete with bandits, underhanded federales and an all out war! I didn't love this book, but I didn't dislike it either. The book was pleasant enough to read, I didn't need to force myself to finish it. However, for me personally, I would have enjoyed it more if I had felt personally connected to the characters, and I wanted to see more good things happen for the Bender family and the other Amish in Mexico.
Thank you Bethany House for the advance copy to read and review, in exchange for my honest opinion.