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Paradise Valley (The Daughters of Caleb Bender)

3 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Dale Cramer

An Amish settlement in Ohio has run afoul of a law requiring their children to attend public school. Caleb Bender and his neighbors are arrested for neglect, with the state ordering the children be placed in an institution. Among them are Caleb's teenage … see full wiki

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Author: Dale Cramer
Publisher: Bethany House
3 reviews about Paradise Valley (The Daughters of Caleb...
review by . January 12, 2011
A few years ago, I read a book called Levi's Willby Dale Cramer. I think at the time, I was really enjoying Beverly Lewis's Amish books and I expected something along those lines. What I got was an entirely unexpected read about a man who left his Amish family and the struggles all tied up in that. It was a book that didn't romanticize the Amish life at all, neither did it condemn it. It also gave me a lot to think about in terms of living a Pacifist lifestyle in one little section …
review by . January 05, 2011
   I’m not a fan of Amish fiction. I know it’s all the rage in Christian Fiction right now, but, enough already.      That said. I do like Dale Cramer which is the reason I agreed to read and review Paradise Valley. Fortunately, the Amish details share space with plenty of 1920 era Mexican details and these add a whole new layer to an interesting story. Plenty of drama -- bandits, forbidden love, snakes, arrests and children taken from loving parents are …
review by . January 25, 2011
Amish Story - True Historical Events
 I have loved Levi’s Will, a gripping novel written in a Amish males point of view, so when I heard Dale Cramer was doing a prequel to it, I jumped at the chance to receive a review copy. Dale used real events as a backdrop for his new story that caught my interest and made me realize how much America has changed over the years in our education department. In 1921, five Amish fathers were arrested for neglect of their children. The Bing Act of 1920 stated all children in Holmes County, …
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