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I enjoy Amish stories, and this is one of the better. All I can say is listen and you will agree with me. Paradise Valley is the first book, and The Captive Heart continues the story. Hopefully, there will be a third book. Make sure you listen to both of these books.
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Fleeing religious persecution . . . YES, in America . . . the Bender family decides to leave their home in Ohio, moving thousands of miles to Paradise Valley, Mexico . . . the new Ohio compulsory education and child labor law passed in 1921, has recently caused the jailing of several of the Amish father's . . . many of the Amish children have been sent to the orphan's home, rid of their "plain" clothing, the boys hair cut short like the Englishers . . . forced to send their children to the local school or remain in jail, the men sign an agreement and pay fines, and are released, and their children are returned to their families . . . but Caleb Bender longs to make a fresh start and serve God with his family, free from government interference. So begins the journey and the start of a new life in Mexico . . . Beautifully written and narrated, Paradise Valley is a portrait of God's love and grace from a very different perspective . . . fresh and new . . . cleansing, breathtaking descriptions of the Mexican landscape, heartrending personal trials and triumphs in a family of closely woven relationships . . . and a melding of cultures in a way that blesses and fulfills the soul . . . can't wait to read/listen to more of this author . . .
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