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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (815 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Dale Cramer Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Daughters of Caleb Bender Series Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781461804802
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Multiple Christy Award winner Dale Cramer launches a compelling trilogy with Paradise Valley. When Amish fathers are imprisoned in 1920s Ohio for failing to send their children to public school, their kids are snatched from the family, herded into group homes, and trained in “WDly ways.” Such outrages prompt Caleb Bender to move his family to Paradise Valley, Mexico. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Cramer’s ability … sets this Amish novel apart from the rest …”—Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/18/2014

    " This book kind of snuck up on me. It was given to me at a book exchange and I'd started it twice but then set it down to linger. Finally read more than the first 5 chapters and then didn't put it down until I finished at 1 a.m.! I really enjoyed it. I'm sure there will be another continuing volume and I look forward to it. I also think I would have been very happy as an Amish girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/17/2014

    " From the moment I picked up this book I was sucked into and couldn't put it down until it was finished. This was my first time reading an Amish written romance and I have to say I can't wait until I can read the rest of the books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/15/2014

    " A wonderful book... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jarosik18 | 2/1/2014

    " This is an interesting premise. In 1920s, An Amish community from Ohio who has been forced to send their children to public school protests, then moves to Mexico to live, work, and farm. They learn Spanish,mix with the locals, and are harassed by dangerous bandits. The most surprising part of the book is that is based on true events! Can't wait to read book #2 to see what their outcome is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clockstein Lockstein | 1/30/2014

    " Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer is the first book in the Daughters of Caleb Bender series. When Caleb Bender and four other Amish men are arrested in 1922 Ohio for failing to send their children to school, he decides that he needs to do something to keep his children safe from the Enlgisch influence. After seeing a flyer for land for sale in Mexico, he uproots his entire family as an advance crew to see if the land is truly farmable and the area safe for the rest of the community to move to as well. He brings along with him married daughter Mary and her husband, newly married daughter Emma and husband Levi, as well as teenage sons Harvey and Aaron, teenage daughters Miriam and Rachel, and younger daughters, Leah and Barbara. Rachel is heartbroken at having to leave, just when she has discovered that neighbor and lifelong friend Jake Weaver is the one for her. Based on the true story of the author's great-grandparents, Cramer effortlessly brings to life the unusual story about a family starting all over again in a new land filled with bandits and fear. Dale Cramer is in a rare level of authors for me: I anxiously await each of his books. It doesn't matter what he's writing: profound allegory? Amish drama? sweet family story? Doesn't matter. His writing is always spot-on to the genre, wonderfully literary and smart, complex multi-layered plots, and characters that are fully-fleshed. With such a large cast of characters in this book, not all of the characters are as fully realized here, but the story is compelling and readers will find themselves waiting anxiously (just as I do) for the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Evans | 1/19/2014

    " I like historical fiction and I like amish fiction....so I really thought I would love this, since I have loved other Cramer books....but no! It was not so. It was just okay for me. I guess my expectations were a little high for this book and I ended up a little disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Avery | 1/5/2014

    " Written by a Georgia author and descendant of the man who lead a group of Amish to Mexico in the 20's to escape the federal government forcing the Amish children to attend school with the non-Amish children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Bertram | 12/6/2013

    " The characters were too dry and did not hold my intrest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/28/2013

    " After reading The Shunning, I was happy to find another book on the Amish. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karie | 11/17/2013

    " This story was historically based, according to the author's note at the end, though the characters were fictional. I enjoyed it, and I think I might see if there are any sequels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Logan | 10/30/2013

    " I absolutely love Dale's writing. This book will touch your heart. I highly recommend his work! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Reale | 10/26/2013

    " Way more interesting than I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Smith | 5/18/2013

    " Who knew the Amish went to Mexico? Not me. I've read quite a few Amish books lately, but this one stands out by far. I was disappointed that I'll have to wait a bit to get my hands on the next one in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire* | 3/17/2013

    " amish historical fiction set in mexico and written by a guy? hmm. more adventure than the average, that's for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/21/2013

    " Loved this book & can't wait to read the next in the series. It was an entertaining historical fiction book about a group of Amish people moving to Mexico so they can continue to raise their children the way they feel is best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cris-Annette | 2/10/2013

    " If you like the "Old West" and stories of the Amish, then this is the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheron | 6/11/2012

    " Not your typical "Amish" Christian novel. Historical fiction about a group who left Ohio for Mexico in the 1920s because of persecution. Not preachy. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 3/3/2012

    " Not a bad book. A little short on action and detail, but entertaining enough. It would be a good young adult book since it's pretty PG. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debby Erickson | 11/8/2011

    " Very good book. I wish it would have continued on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 10/30/2011

    " Who knew the Amish went to Mexico? Not me. I've read quite a few Amish books lately, but this one stands out by far. I was disappointed that I'll have to wait a bit to get my hands on the next one in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 10/13/2011

    " i love amish fiction, and this did not disappoint! i could not put it down and loved every minute of it. this is my first book by dale cramer and i plan to read more! looking forward to the next tale!
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 7/20/2011

    " Really enjoyed this very different tale of an Amish family that moved to Mexio to escape some unacceptance of their faith.

    A gentle romance but with lots of movement in the story as the family starts over again in a very different land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jettiep | 7/18/2011

    " I was surprised to find that a man had written this book, and I'm anxiously awaiting the 2nd in the series. It is so well written, I really didn't want it to end.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 6/18/2011

    " Excellent book- I can't wait for the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 6/16/2011

    " Much more descriptive than the previous Amish novels that I've read. I like this author and will more of his books. "

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About the Narrator

Robin Miles, also known as Violet Grey, is an accent specialist and award-winning narrator of over two hundred audiobooks. She was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics for The Pirate’s Daughter and 2008 Best Voice in Biography & History for Brother, I’m Dying.