I love this week's Civil war block. It was very easy - just up my alley!
I saw on someone's blog that you can volunteer to review books, so I decided to sign up to do it. Right before we left on our last trip, I received 2 emails from Bethany House Publishers asking me to select a book from each list, which I did. When we returned, I received both books and just finished reading
Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for reviewing it, but that hasn't affected my opinion. At first, I assumed the book had been written by a woman, and at one point, I wanted to see something about the author. That's when I looked at the back and found out that Dale was a man! I appreciated the page at the front where he lists the family members of Caleb and Martha Bender. Not many books list characters, but I love it when they do. The story grabbed me right away when Caleb Bender and other Amish fathers were arrested for not sending their children to public school. As Caleb became aware of property available in Mexico and decided to move there, I wondered if this story was based on historical fact, and was amazed to find out that it was. The trials and tribulations experienced by the family weave a story that is hard to put down. I have always been fascinated by the Amish people and enjoy reading about what their lives are like (past or present). It's a story about faith, love, family and work. There is hope for the future, too, as this is the first of a series about the daughters of Caleb Bender. I will definitely be watching for the next book to come out and also want to read the other books that Dale Cramer has written.