“I would do a great many things for you." Even at 16, 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.
©2011 Dale Cramer (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
West Sunbury, Pa.
I enjoy Amish stories, and this is one of the better. All I can say is listen and you will agree with me. Paradise Valley is the first book, and The Captive Heart continues the story. Hopefully, there will be a third book. Make sure you listen to both of these books.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Fleeing religious persecution . . . YES, in America . . . the Bender family decides to leave their home in Ohio, moving thousands of miles to Paradise Valley, Mexico . . . the new Ohio compulsory education and child labor law passed in 1921, has recently caused the jailing of several of the Amish father's . . . many of the Amish children have been sent to the orphan's home, rid of their "plain" clothing, the boys hair cut short like the Englishers . . . forced to send their children to the local school or remain in jail, the men sign an agreement and pay fines, and are released, and their children are returned to their families . . . but Caleb Bender longs to make a fresh start and serve God with his family, free from government interference. So begins the journey and the start of a new life in Mexico . . . Beautifully written and narrated, Paradise Valley is a portrait of God's love and grace from a very different perspective . . . fresh and new . . . cleansing, breathtaking descriptions of the Mexican landscape, heartrending personal trials and triumphs in a family of closely woven relationships . . . and a melding of cultures in a way that blesses and fulfills the soul . . . can't wait to read/listen to more of this author . . .
I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)
the narrator was perfect!
The move into Mexico; very brave family that took drastic measures to protect their values.
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