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Though Mountains Fall

(Daughters of Caleb Bender #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,105 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Unique Amish Historical from a Bestselling, Award-Winning Author

Amish pacifism is sorely tested in the Paradise Valley settlement in the 1920s. 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'
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Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Marcy
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-reviewed
I LOVE Dale Cramer's writing. Though I am mad about part of the ending to this book, I will not tell why I am mad and give away the ending, I still loved it. The characters are true to life, the descriptions make you feel like you are right there, and the trials they face are real ones that anyone else put in that same time and place would face in real life. I have NEVER read a book by Dale Cramer that I did not love. I recommend all of his books and if I could, I would give this book 10 stars o ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This third book of the "Daughters of Caleb Bender" series finds Dale Cramer at his absolute best. "Though Mountains Fall" is deeply moving, and sees the return of Caleb and his daughters Rachel, Miriam, and Emma in a thoroughly absorbing read that was every bit as good as the first two books in the series. I absolutely loved returning to the world of these Amish characters who are struggling to survive in a violent, uncertain Mexican valley. The characters are complex and unique, and explore lif ...more
Judy
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Series I Won't Soon Forget!

This conclusion to the series, The Daughters Of Caleb Bender, will stay with me for awhile. I feel like I need to just sit and let it all sink in. This book is a real page turner and was so full of emotion right down to the last page.

If you are looking for a feel good book where everything is predictable and blah...this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for a book that will take you through every emotion of your being...this is for you. I laughed, I cried, I
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Lynda
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
Dale Cramer knows how to weave a story. And how to bring a satisfactory as well as engaging end to a series.

After I read the first book in the series i researched the Amish in Mexico which is the location basis for these books.

Enjoy a great book and learn some history at the same time.
Joleen
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third book in Daughter's of Caleb Bender series

In 2012 I read Paradise Valley (the first in the series). Two years later I read Levi's Will, which was based on the author's father and grandfather; Will being Mr. Cramer's father and Levi being his grandfather. Will was born in the colony that the Amish had established in Mexico in the 1920s (books one and two). But in this book, while Will was still small, the colony uprooted and returned to Ohio due to terrible circumstances and an ungodly polit
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Marilyn
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This historical Amish fiction is heartbreaking in regards to what the characters endured under the Mexican government, knowing that the fictional story was inspired by actual events.

The Caleb Bender family had endured hardship, grief, loss and so much more since they had settled in Mexico. Caleb moved his family to escape issues that were relevant in America during the early 1920’s. He believed it was God’s leading for his family, but was questioning himself when more adversity arose. This book
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Teri Pre
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
What a remarkable trilogy. It looks at the Amish faith from a different perspective. How do you hold on to it when bandits steal you horses, your crops, your daughter, and your son's life? What do you do when you fail at something you thought was directed by God? Excellent!
Laura
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: THOUGH MOUNTAINS FALL
Author: Dale Cramer
Publisher: Bethany House
January 2013
ISBN: 978-0764208409
Genre: Historical/Amish

Unique Amish Historical from a Bestselling, Award-Winning Author

Amish pacifism is sorely tested in the Paradise Valley settlement in the 1920s. 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
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Janet Sketchley
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Caleb Bender has done what he believed God wanted: transplanted his family to Paradise Valley, Mexico, to establish an Amish community free from governmental interference. Other families have followed him, and after three years, the population is over 100, including many children.

They've survived illness and bandits, and their farms are thriving, but they live in the shadow of violence. And unless they can convince a Bishop to join them, Caleb knows the community will fold.

Caleb's own world is f
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Donna
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I applaud Dale Cramer writing from a woman's point of view. He did an astounding job. His attention to detail makes this historical fiction pull you in to yesteryear and a culture of community that experiences upheaval and rebirth as this Amish family moves from Ohio to Mexico. They not only face the change of language and culture but a lawlessness that clashes with their values as bandits run through the land unchecked following the revolution. And amid all this, is the Bender family, too compl ...more
Karen
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mom
I absolutely loved the ending! I really enjoyed reading this series from Dale Cramer. Now I would like to get Levi's Will from the library.
Anna
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the ending to this book/series, although there were a lot of sad, difficult moments in getting to the end. That's the thing with writing fictionalized history - you have to fit the story to actual historical events and you can't change the outcome; you just have to work with the story within the parameters of what is known. Since this is the story of the author's ancestors and their trek to Mexico looking for religious freedom, he couldn't make the story turn out any way but one: the way ...more
Laura Carter
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The conclusion to the series. This is an Amish book but it isn’t the typical storyline.

My takeaways from this book: the Amish learned that a life of passivism is an assured way to die unless you live in a society where the majority is not pacifists.

I don’t understand why Bender insisted on judgment for the men that hurt the girl, but then was horrified and mad about the punishment. What was he expecting? A good talking to?

Overall I enjoyed the series and I think Cramer was able to show the po
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Lora Burch
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd one

This book is the 3rd and final book The Daughters of Caleb Bender series. I'm sad the series has ended for me. After reading all three books, I have become very attached to the Bender family and would love to read more about them. I guess I'll just have to find more books by Cramer and get to know more of his well developed characters. My favorite part of this book was learning about the Amish who traveled to Mexico and all they lived through. Even though the book is fictional, it is
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Kate
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Is not love greater than the law?"
I think that quote from Maam sums up this series, and this book in particular, quite well. Emma, Rachel, and Miriam, as well as their Dat, Caleb, each needed to understand that loving someone needs to be more important than any law. After all, Jesus said that the first commandment was to love the Lord your God, and the second to love your neighbour as yourself.
A fitting, though perhaps melancholy, end to the Daughters of Caleb Bender series.
Carolyn V
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This author is new to me, and his first series. The 3 book series- the 'daughters of Caleb Bender' was full of detail, emotional, full of suspense, romance, and piqued my interest. This book is an amish read; in a totally unusual setting, with many frustrations along their journey and new lives..
Kathryn Peterson
This book was hard to put down. I was totally caught up in it till I finished it. I can guarantee that you won't be able to put it down like me until you finished.

After reading all three stories I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. This author was someone will I will seek out again.
Lelia Y Morgan
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amish love story, last of 3 in the series

The entire series captivated me! I was so into the story, my emotions got the better of me, several times. The series is well written, and well edited. If you appreciate Amish stories, this author has produced a gem
Mindy
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Message of love and forgiveness

I loved this book and series. The story is gripping but this book is so much more than a good story. The message of love, faith, family and forgiveness will touch you and change you.
Kristin
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I had never read anything by this author but I do love historical fiction and Amish fiction so I thought I would give this book a try. Though I had not read the first two books; I was not at all lost and was able to follow along perfectly as a standalone novel. This book was well written but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It has nothing to do with the author or the writing and more to do with the fact that I just didn’t find the setting to be all that interesting. Perhaps I shou ...more
Pat
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
These were historical fiction, but there was too much violence for my liking.
Robyn Spencer
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Stephanie
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Third one was the best of three I think. The only interesting difference in this Amish novel is that they migrate to Mexico and back. I had no idea there were Amish that in the 1920s!
Nici Rhodes
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very easy read, and a gripping story. Felt a tad anti climactic to me.
Rose Marie Ray
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just as excellent as the other two in the series. This one had an unexpected ending to it. I really liked this series.
Jalynn Patterson
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Inspired by Actual Events!

"I want you to promise you will always be my sister."

There were tears in Miriam’s eyes as their foreheads touched and Rachel whispered, "No matter what. Always."

Now in its fourth year, the Amish settlement in Mexico is thriving. But as new settlers arrive, sons and daughters marry, babies are born, and crops grow thick, a storm looms on the horizon. And Caleb Bender knows--perhaps better than anyone--that the worst of storms don't come from the western sk
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Wendy
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is much turmoil as time progresses for the Bender family and other Amish families that are living in Mexico. The bandits have chosen a time to attack the Amish and just as the last of them are entering the safety of Hacienda El Prado the federales finally show up to protect them also. Once the bandits are captured and/or killed everyone returns home. A Bishop finally arrives so people can be baptized and married, things are looking up.

After some time they find that the federales are just a
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Judy
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been a life-long reader and as unbelievable as it is to a lot of people, I easily fit from 8-10 books into my reading schedule each week. To think that I never knew about Dale Cramer's "The Daughters of Caleb Bender" until last week causes me to have some regrets. I will read this series of books over and over throughout the coming years.

This third book in the series spends a lot of time developing the romance between Miriam and Domingo. Although Domingo doesn't have a lot to recommend hi
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Liz melia
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is very gritty, there is hurt, fighting, violence..the valley has traded bandits for federals, the bandits came back for blood on Miriam and Domingo's wedding day, lucky the amish managed to get behind the walls of the hacienda to safety, the bandits would have burned, raped and killed the amish families if the federals hadn't turned up when the my did the bandits might have succeeded.

The federals turn out to be as bad as the bandits for taking stock and livestock, but no more bandits
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Amanda
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It is 1920 in Paradise Valley, an Amish community in Mexico. This book continues the story of Caleb Bender and his family. It concludes the Daughter’s of Caleb series which fills in the story from the Paradise Valley series. Caleb left Ohio to avoid the school law that required all children to attend government school. In Paradise Valley the land is good enough to grow crops to survive but the bandits coming into the community make it difficult to live peacefully. In Though Mountains Fall, Caleb ...more
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About Dale

Dale Cramer was the second of four children born to a runaway Amishman turned soldier and a south Georgia sharecropper’s daughter. His formative years were divided between far-flung military bases, but he inherited his mother’s sense of place—

"I remember knee-deep snow in the Maryland woods, chasing horned toads in El Paso, playing soccer in Mainz, and the way German shopkeepers and hau
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Other books in the series

Daughters of Caleb Bender (3 books)
  • Paradise Valley (Daughters of Caleb Bender, #1)
  • The Captive Heart (Daughters of Caleb Bender, #2)

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