Friday, April 15, 2011


Historical Fiction
Bethany House
a division of Baker Publishing

5 stars

A must read for anyone who likes Amish novels, Historical Fiction, or just a book that you don't want to put down. Dale Cramer has done a wonderful job of weaving a real incident that happened in the 1920s, into a story that is very intriguing.   I would never have known this book was written by a man, had I not read his notes after I finished reading the whole book.

In 1922 Ohio, when Caleb Bender and 4 others in his Amish community were arrested for not sending their younger children to the public schools, he started thinking about what he could do to get his family and friends out of this mess in which they'd found themselves involved.
Seeing a flyer about fertile land in the mountains of Mexico, he starts investigating, and soon decides that he will go, with his family, to check things out, and if it turns out to be land they can farm, the rest will follow over the next year or so.
This is the story of that move, and the year they are there alone, learning to farm this new land, and to communicate in the new language of the people they've chosen to live among
Family of Caleb and Martha Bender:
 Barbara, 11,
Leah, 13
 Rachel, 16, had to leave behind the boy she loves, Jake Weaver,
 hoping he'll follow in the next year.
Mariam, the 18 year old, fears that she won't find a husband already, and what are her chances in the wilds south of the border.
Emma, newlywed, and her husband, Levi, are looking forward to the move, to help hide their secret.
Aaron, 21, unmarried.
Lizzie, 23, remains behind with her husband and 3 children.
Mary, 24, and Husband Ezra, with their 2 sons.
Ada, 27, unmarried, and mentally challenged.

I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  I am not required to write a positive review.

1 comment:

Patty Patterson said...

My mother loves reading books like this, so I will have to get it for her. Thanks for the review. I don't like buying two star books when five star books are just about the same price - yet, I don't know which are which without reading them. And - I read picture books. Because when I read there is a grand child on my lap telling me what I need to be reading! And I wouldn't have it any other way.