Amish pacifism is sorely tested in the Paradise Valley settlement in the 1920s. When an army of bandits descends on them, the Amish are saved by the last-minute arrival of government troops. But they soon learn that soldiers can be as cruel as the bandits themselves. Then a bishop travels to Mexico, and Caleb's daughters are finally able to marry, though the ban still looms for Miriam even as her beloved Domingo decides he must go off to fight in the coming war. As Caleb's frail hope of peace and freedom in Mexico slips away, he is left to ponder the question: In times of trouble, on whom should we rely?
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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.