Friday, January 21, 2011

Paradise Valley: Book Review

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.

About The Author:

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.

You can read a sample chapter of Paradise Valley here.

My Review:

What a fantastic new book from Dale Cramer. After reading Levi's Will by Cramer last year (see my review of it here), I was hooked on his writing style and could not wait to read more from him.  I am a huge fan of Amish Fiction and over the last few years have read books from Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, among other. One thing I noticed is that all of the Amish Fiction authors I have read have been female - until now. It was a great experience to read this genre from a male perspective. I really enjoyed it.

Paradise Valley is the first book of "The Daughters Of Caleb Bender" Series by Cramer and it is very well written. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn at the end of the book that much of the novel is based on real-life experiences from the early 1920's and involved the authors own Grand and Great-Grandparents. What a pleasant thing to learn. It is clear that the author did a lot of research about the Amish in this time period, both historically and culturally. Doing so made the book come alive and I felt like I was living out each word. Each character was very well developed and I love that each character had a different issue to deal with, either with a romance, new marriage, new babies, war, following our belief''s and so much more. I look forward to reading more of the Bender Family as the series continues!

If you enjoy Amish Fiction I highly recommend Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer. I give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer is available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

****I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

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