Friday, January 28, 2011

Paradise Valley

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Written by Dale Cramer
Published at Bethany House

About the book

Inspired by Actual Events!

"I would do a great many things for you." Even at sixteen, Jake's handsome features hold the calm certainty and patient confidence of a man, and Rachel Bender knows--Jake Weaver is the one.

Rachel will grow into a strong young woman with powerful gifts—but in a faraway country, without her Jake. In 1921, Ohio's new law forces Caleb Bender's family to seek sanctuary in the wilds of Mexico where the government will not interfere with their Amish way of life, or take their children from them. Nor will it protect them from the bandits terrorizing the countryside.

In an unfamiliar land where no one speaks their language or knows their ways, the Benders establish a homestead in exile. Sisters Emma, Rachel, and Miriam find strengths unimagined, gifts unexpected, and yearning beyond their deepest dreams. Even steadfast Caleb is compelled to wrestle with the demands of faith, only to discover that love has its own demands.

Paradise Valley—a tale of love, danger, and redeeming faith.

Who is Dale Cramer?

Dale Cramer is a husband, father, jack-of-all-trades, and author of the highly acclaimed novels Sutter's Cross and Bad Ground as well as several published works of short fiction. He and his wife and two sons make their home in northern Georgia.

My Thoughts

This is my second book from the author Dale Cramer and I must honestly say that I enjoyed this book as much if not more than the previous one.

Imagine having to uproot your family from a family area where it has been part of the life of a couple of generations before so that you can stand up to your belief regarding school.    This is what the whole story is all about and more.    The main characters will experience the unknown and broken dreams to face a new life in Mexico.   This new life is not an easy one but everyone are chipping in and face together the problems they are experiencing whether it is bandits or births and a difficult pregnancy.  

This book won’t be the only one in the series I am certain of this.   Based on a true story, I am quite certain that the author will expand more on his own family history and not let the reader down in the future.   Because honestly, I want to know what will happen to Jake and Rachel, Miriam and Domingo, as well as the rest of the family.   How can the Amish will affect the lives of the people living close by – even the bandits.  

I love reading historical fiction.  It makes the story so much more credible, more real.   And to have a true story of Amish moving to Mexico is quite interesting.   In a way, I could see how much work it was for the families who decided to move out west back in the days.  

If you like Amish fiction, you won’t be disappointed with Paradise Valley since it is based on real events that happened in the history of Dale Cramer family.

Paradise Valley is available at your favourite bookstore, even

Disclaimer:   Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.  I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way.  All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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