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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 daughter, Rachel, and the boy she has her eye on, Jake Weaver. Romance blooms between the two when Rachel helps Jake escape the children's home. Searching for a place to relocate his family where no such laws apply, Caleb learns there's inexpensive land for sale in Mexico, a place called Paradise Valley. Despite rumors of instability in the wake of the Mexican revolution, the Amish community decides this is their answer. And since it was Caleb's idea, he and his family will be the pioneers. They will send for the others once he's established a foothold and assessed the situation. Caleb's daughters are thrown into turmoil. Rachel doesn't want to leave Jake. Her sister, Emma, who has been courting Levi Mullet, fears her dreams of marriage will be dashed. Miriam has never had a beau and is acutely aware there will be no prospects in Mexico. Once there, they meet Domingo, a young man and guide who takes a liking to Miriam, something her father would never approve. While Paradise Valley is everything they'd hoped it would be, it isn't long before the bandits start giving them trouble, threatening to upset the fledgling Amish settlement, even putting their lives in danger. Thankfully no one has been harmed so far, anyway.

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Paradise Valley
October 4th, 2014
A very good story that has you wanting to keep reading so you can find out how Dale Cramer makes the situations the Caleb Bender family and friends encounter able to overcome them by #1 Trusting in God. and #2 Depending on their new friend Domingo. I'm anxious to read the next 2 books in The Daughters of Caleb Bender series
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Bookworm
December 4th, 2013
Found the Spanish wording frustrating, because I know none of that language, but was happy when the saying was translated after. Enjoyed the storyline, but now need to know what happens in the next book!
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Paradise Valley
November 1st, 2013
I enjoyed the book. Know nothing about the Amish, but the author did a great job keeping your interest. Charming storyline.
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Paradise Valley
July 19th, 2013
Asome book about the amish
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Not my cup of tea...
May 2nd, 2013
Slow. It dragged on. I loved the parts about starting fresh, but there was no completion. I was left wondering how things would work out. Not enough of a draw to make me want to read any other books by this author.
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Paradise Valley
April 1st, 2013
This book helped my spiritual life
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