THOUGH MOUNTAINS FALL
This is the third book in Cramer’s Daughters of Caleb Bender series, and it is best to read them in order, even though a family tree is included. Though descriptive, it is a bit hard to stay fully engaged throughout. Cramer’s series is quite different from the typical Amish story, but some themes are universal: coping with loss, following one’s heart and seeking God to guide us.
Caleb Bender and his family have been in Mexico for years and the settlement has grown. Domingo Zapara has helped protect them from bandits and is like a son to Caleb. However, El Pantera and his men are heading their way, seeking revenge. Caleb learns that Mexican ways and laws are quite different than in the United States. He is devastated when his daughter marries Domingo and incurs the bann. Caleb is forced to question whether or not Gott is hearing his prayers and Caleb becomes bitter. When the threat becomes imminent, Caleb must make some important life-changing decisions. (BETHANY HOUSE, Jan, 352 pp., $14.99)