Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Bethany House #Review: Though Mountains Fall (3 in The Daughters of Caleb Bender) by Dale Cramer

on July 17, 2013

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 skies.

They come on horseback.

When their very existence is threatened, the Amish turn to the Mexican government for help, only to discover that the rulers of men are fickle and security is an illusion. Tried by fire and riven by war, Caleb and Domingo come to understand that the kingdom of God is not to be found in land or buildings or gold or armies, but in the hearts of peaceful men trying to feed their families.

Watching helplessly as daughters Rachel, Miriam, and Emma are drawn inexorably toward their separate destinies, Caleb is forced to confront the most important decision of his life.


You can purchase the book at Bethany House’s website.


My Opinion *may contain spoilers*:


Wow, wow, wow!  I don’t want this series to end, I totally need a book 4, 5, and 10 – seriously – I was crying through out this book.  I had the pleasure of reading Paradise Valley (Book 1) and The Captive Heart (Book 2) and as much as I enjoyed both of those they didn’t affect me the way Though Mountains Fall did.  This is the fourth year of the Amish settlement in Mexico and Miriam and Domingo finally announce that they are preparing to marry – even though Miriam will be banned.  However, that isn’t the worst of things to come, as the settlement must deal with bandits and renegade soldiers who are just as bad as the bandits.


As I said I cried through out this book – I could feel Miriam’s mother’s anguish over ‘losing’ a daughter, the suffering of a young girl and boy at the hands of evil men and the subsequent moving of the entire settlement.  I’d love to read more of Levi’s life, of Domingo’s and Miriam’s as they begin a family and the rest of the Bender Mexican Amish in a another book, while this book summed things up from the other two it also raised more questions and I have to admit Dale Cramer’s writing makes it seem as if you’re there in the midst of their life – his writing is real and having read the entire series I wasn’t ready to let Though Mountains Fall end.



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