Monday, April 18, 2011

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

by Dale Cramer

I always love a book that not only entertains me, but teaches me something. Whether it's a lesson in history or an occupation I knew little about, I am fascinated with learning about new things. This book didn't disappoint. Before I picked up this book, I had no idea that the Amish had ever settled in Mexico. And if I had known that, I definitely wouldn't have known why they would ever decide to settle there. In 1921, Ohio passed a law that required all children to attend public school 5 days a week. The Amish, wanting to shelter their communities from the influence of the world, school their own children. When it became a requirement to go against this belief, many of the Amish were at a loss as to what they should do.

This book is a fictional account of their settlement in Mexico. It is centered around the lives of the first Amish family, the Benders, to settle in Paradise Valley, Mexico. I enjoyed reading about the Amish and Mexican culture, and the every day trials of the family, including misconceptions about both cultures, and random bandit raids.

This book is the first in a three-part series, and I am very much looking forward to reading the next.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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