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?
Penning his final book in the Daughters of Caleb Bender series, Dale Cramer continues to impress with his captivating prose, historical insight and character development. Though Mountains Fall is a satisfying and poignant conclusion to the struggles and sacrifices made by Caleb Bender and his family in their desire to establish a Amish community in Mexico at the turn of the century. Dale continues to unfold the stories of Jacob and Rachel, Miriam and Domingo, Caleb and all the other characters readers have grown so attached to in this series. Plumbing human emotion, theological tensions, and cultural dilemmas with consummate ease, Dale draws readers into vividly drawn scenes of action, adventure, and romance. Do yourself a favour and be sure to read all three books in this captivating series, but steer clear if you are only looking for sugary sweet cookie cutter Amish tales. Authenticity and grit mark Dale’s writing and I can’t wait to read his future stories.
With thanks to Bethany for my review copy