by Dale Cramer
From the book: "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.
From me: The description of Paradise Valley really does not do it justice. This is the most unique Amish novel I have ever read and I loved it! I tore up the pages and even after I finished, all I found myself thinking about for a couple days afterward was what was going on with Rachel, Jack and the Benders in Mexico. Dale writes amazingly well and it was great to read a novel based on the Amish, but a different Amish than your typical fiction. I cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out!!
Thanks to Bethany House for offering me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!