Though Mountains Fall

Posted by Dale Cramer on November 27, 2012

For those of you eagerly awaiting the last installment of The Daughters of Caleb Bender trilogy, the time has finally come.  Though Mountains Fall, the end of the story about the Amish colony in Mexico in the 1920s, is about to be released.  We’re kicking it off in Ohio Amish country with a week-long tour, starting Saturday, December 1st at the Gospel Bookstore in Berlin.  I can’t wait to get back up there and see everybody— my aunts Bill-Mary and Enos-Mary, Jake-Susie, Uncle Eli and Aunt Katie, and about a million Amish cousins.   Most mornings I have breakfast at Boyd & Wurthman’s with Eli Hostetler (aka “Small”, who runs the bookstore in Berlin), and John Schmid, a local singer-songwriter who, to my knowledge, is the only man ever to write songs in Deitsh.  Having grown up around my family and worked with them most of his life, John knows more about my kinfolks than I do.  Good people all, and I look forward to seeing them again.

I’m really quite proud of how the series turned out, this being my first attempt at series fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional female point of view.  It’s a good strong story with a lot of truth in it, and a lot to think about.  If you haven’t read the first two books in the series (Paradise Valley, The Captive Heart) I strongly recommend it, because this isn’t your usual series fiction.  Rather than three separate stories about the same people, The Daughters of Caleb Bender is one big round three-part historical saga based on a very real chapter in my ancestors’ lives.  If you like the trilogy you might want to read Levi’s Will.  It’s about the same family a generation later, and I have a feeling the Daughters of Caleb Bender will have a profound affect on how you view Levi.

If you happen to live anywhere near these places in Ohio, please come see me.  I love talking books with readers.  Here’s the signing tour schedule:

Saturday, December 1

9am- Noon

Gospel Book Store

Berlin, Ohio

1:30- 3 pm

Gospel Shop

Sugarcreek, Ohio

Monday, December 3


Bookery Parable Christian Bookstore

Mansfield, Ohio

Wednesday, December 5


Good News Bookstore

Coshocton, Ohio


Fredericksburg Community Library

Fredericksburg, Ohio

Thursday, December 6

11:30- 1pm

Faith Christian Bookstore

Fairborn, Ohio

3:30- 5:30pm

Bread of Life

Greenville, Ohio

Friday, December 7

10am- Noon

Praises Family Books and Gifts

Chillicothe, Ohio

3- 5pm

Praises Family Books and Gifts

Lancaster, Ohio

Sunday, December 9

1- 4pm


Jonesboro Rd, McDonough, GA

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33 Comment(s)

  1. And everyone should read them because they are a great read. I am so glad you are coming to Mansfield!! See You!

    Carol Reed

    Nov 28, 2012 | Reply
  2. @Carol Reed:
    Looking forward to it, Carol. Bring friends. We’ll make a party of it.

    Dale Cramer
    Dale Cramer

    Nov 28, 2012 | Reply
  3. just in time for Christmas! :)

    hope ya have a good visit.


    Nov 30, 2012 | Reply
  4. Does this mean the book is on sale now instead of Jan 13? Can’t wait to get it.


    Dec 9, 2012 | Reply
  5. Bobbie, I know the book is already shipping from CBD but it may not be in stores for another week or two. It will definitely be sooner than Jan 13.

    Dale Cramer
    Dale Cramer

    Dec 10, 2012 | Reply
  6. Did any of your family stay in Mexico; ie. like any of your relatives after whom you portrayed Miriam? Wonderful story! Are you going to be near N.C or eastern TN anytime in 2013? My girls and I love your book and have all 3 Daughters of CB and Levi’s Will..We would love to meet and talk; reading these books leave us with lots of questions.

    Thanks for sharing with us this part of your history!
    Beth W


    Jan 3, 2013 | Reply
  7. Beth, as far as I know none of my relatives actually stayed in Mexico. Though the geography and history are accurate, and I used most of the stories that were handed down to me, much of what happens to the characters is fiction. I don’t currently have any plans to be in eastern TN or NC anytime soon, but if the opportunity comes up I’ll be sure and post it on the website. Thanks for reading!

    Dale Cramer
    Dale Cramer

    Jan 3, 2013 | Reply
  8. I just finished Though Mountains Fall and I wanted to tell you that this is the best series I have read by far, in a long while! I really wish you wouldn’t end at 3 books… I know that the story is picked up again in Will’s teenage years in Levi’s Will, but I crave to know how the rest of the family fared and the years in between.

    Your characters are so well written, I feel as though I know them personally and many a tear ended up on those pages.

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next,


    Jan 4, 2013 | Reply
  9. Just got done reading this book . It was fantastic!! ! At 9 P.M in the evening I was reading it and said one more chapter well this continued till wee hours in the morning 1:30 A.M till I got it all read just couldn’t put it down had to see how it was going to end. Thank You for a great series .

    Brenda L W.

    Jan 4, 2013 | Reply
  10. Sorry about keeping you up, Brenda, but it means I did my job. I’m glad you enjoyed the series. Levi’s Will, if you haven’t read it, picks up some of the same people a generation later. It’s all based on family history. Thanks for reading.

    Dale Cramer
    Dale Cramer

    Jan 4, 2013 | Reply
  11. Erica, I’m glad you enjoyed the series. The thing is, the story was about the Mexico colony, so when the colony is over the story comes to an end. I can see where some of the threads could be picked up and other stories written, so maybe one of these days…
    Thanks for reading, and please tell your friends. I depend on recommendations of readers to help build an audience.

    Dale Cramer
    Dale Cramer

    Jan 4, 2013 | Reply
  12. Absolutely Loved your books I waited until book 3 came out before I started book 2. That’s because I would not be able to put them down. And like I thought I had them both read in 2 days. This story would make a wonderful mini series on Lifetime. I hope you will continue to write about the Benders just for a little while so we can find out what will happen to the rest of them.
    Thank You for writing such a great series it is one of the best ones that I have read in awhile trust me I read a lot of Amish fiction books. Love them wholesome romance no smut.

    Michelle Anderson

    Jan 5, 2013 | Reply
  13. Just finished “Though Mountains Fall”. All your books have been great. I really like the way you have captured the emotions of all the characters. It makes you feel like you know them. I am looking forward to the time when the daughters of Cabel Bender become at least 3 movies. I tell lots of people about your books. Proud to say that we have known Dale and Pam since they were teenagers. Hope another book is in the works.
    Hello to Ms. Pam.

    Roger Brewer

    Jan 12, 2013 | Reply
  14. @Roger Brewer: Good to hear from you, Roger. I too think the Bender story would make a good movie, but you never know what movie people will do. Say hey to Jenny for me.

    Dale Cramer
    Dale Cramer

    Jan 12, 2013 | Reply
  15. read your book last night, AWeSome!

    there was a part in your book, that sent a chill though me.


    Jan 19, 2013 | Reply
  16. Love your books can’t wait to get to the bookstore to get your latest book!!!

    Christine Kelchen

    Jan 20, 2013 | Reply
  17. I can’t wait to get my eyes in this book!!! I couldn’t put Paradise Valley and The Captive Heart down (read them in 4 days between working and being a mommy). Great books!!! I even bought the 2 for my daughter for Christmas.

    Angela Jones

    Jan 24, 2013 | Reply
  18. I too wish for more of this family and I will re-read Levi’s Will now that I know the story. These characters are too good for just 3 books. Please keep going.

    Jeanette :Young

    Apr 23, 2013 | Reply
  19. I have just finished reading the Caleb bender series and I enjoyed it. I generally avoid romance novels but I knew I had to read these because you wrote them and I loved all your other books!! The fact that they are based on history makes it all the more interesting. I like how you are not afraid to afraid to deal with real life problems and issues in such an honest way. Please keep writing!


    May 2, 2013 | Reply
  20. First time reading your books. I’m a big Amish fiction reader. Currently on 3rd book of Daughters of Caleb Benders series . Can’t wait see how it ends. Awesome books and can wait to read more of your books. God Bless

    Danielle Andre

    May 17, 2013 | Reply
  21. Hi,
    Just finished reading the daughters of Caleb Bender. Please write us another book based on what happens to Miriam and Domingo. Also what becomes of Levi after his wife Emma died? Does the book Levi’s will answer that, this is a bit cheeky but if it does not then please write us another book to fill in the gaps…. LOL


    Aug 11, 2013 | Reply
  22. I too would love to see another series from this one about the family members. Miriam and Domingo – or any of them for that matter! I read these before finding Levi’s will, so have just started that. Thank you for these books!


    Aug 21, 2013 | Reply
  23. I just finished “Though Mountains Fall” and I’m so sad the stories are over. I have been reading Book 3 on my lunch break at work and found myself crying and crying….and then wondering what to do with my face when I needed to go back to work!!! I would love to see another series about Miriam and Domingo…..Your books are some of the best! Thank you!


    Oct 3, 2013 | Reply
  24. MOSE..MOSE!!!!! How can such a profound statement…”He will be a peacemaker” just be left out there? Yes, I’d love to know what happened to Levi….but Mose was a promise.. well sorta. Abosolutly loved all three books!! Just finished book 3, 1am lol. Thank you,Dale!


    Oct 5, 2013 | Reply
  25. Well, Naomi, you probably should read Levi’s Will. Mose is a peacemaker in that book, though it’s very subtle. There is the possibility I’ll write more about this family in the future. Recently, I just haven’t had the time.

    Dale Cramer
    Dale Cramer

    Oct 5, 2013 | Reply
  26. Dear Dale,

    I just finished “Though Mountains Fall,” the third of the Daughters of Caleb Bender series. I have to say, not only is it the best Amish fiction series I have read, but the best series I have read, period. Incorporating the history only made jt better. You did such a great job (being a man) telling from a woman’s point of view! Thank you so much for this series. Now I must read “Levi’s Will.” If you sre rver in or around Louisville, KY, please give a holler! :) . Thanks, Tina

    Tina Kegley

    Oct 31, 2013 | Reply
  27. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Levi’s Will and the Daughters series. I live near Fredericksburg, Ohio and have some Amish friends, so I couldn’t help but wonder if any of them had roots in the Mexican settlement. Just this week I noticed in the local obituary the death of Mary Shetler, who was born in Saltillo, Mexico! Her parents were Harvey and Susie (Chupp) Miller. She married Henry J Byler, was widowed, then married Enos Shetler. I am assuming Mary is the aunt you referred to above (Enos-Mary) and her daughter Katie the cousin you thanked for help with your books?
    Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your aunt. I met her years ago when her daughters Susie and Mary babysat for us. My husband and I went to the viewing last evening and saw the girls for the first time in many years, along with Katie, Jemima, Miriam, Reuben, Enos, Johnny and others. Was Mary one of the characters in your books? I assume she would have been Levi’s daughter, but can’t remember if you included her. I feel as if I need to reread the books now that I may know one of the characters!
    Thank you for any info you might give me regarding this.


    Nov 17, 2013 | Reply
  28. Marcia,
    Yes, you’re exactly right, my aunt Mary was born in Paradise Valley. I’m positive she was not born in Saltillo, but at home on the farm as described in the book. She would be Clara in Levi’s Will. She raised my half-sister. If you knew Miriam you probably knew Fannie as well; they were inseperable. Fannie was my half-sister. You should have said hello at the viewing. I was there. The funeral yesterday was really nice. Mary was a wonderful, loving person. She’ll be missed.

    Dale Cramer
    Dale Cramer

    Nov 19, 2013 | Reply
  29. I just finished Captive Heart and will be looking for Though Mountain Fall in an audio format I can read. I hope you continue with the Amish series!


    Jan 1, 2014 | Reply
  30. Oh My…..idk where to start!!! I happened to stumble upon “Paradise Valley” by chance and absolutely loved it and craved more!!! I was absorbed in “The Captive Heart” and wept throughout “Though Mountains Fall”….a true whirlwind of emotions embedded in nail-biting/heart-wrenching circumstances. I rediscovered my love for reading through your series of Amish Fiction-a very unlikely subject matter for me :0) but your books are real page turners and undoubtedly grasp not only the readers attention but also their inner emotions. I found myself connecting with all of the characters and constantly found myself anxiously awaiting the next “scandal”. I beg you for more!!! I must know what comes of Miriam,Domingo and their Baby??? Will he go back to war??? Will Kyra and Raul marry???


    Jan 31, 2014 | Reply
  31. ….By The Way…..This would make a great Movie!!! Or Mini-Series!!!


    Jan 31, 2014 | Reply
  32. I’m glad you connected with the story, Vanessa. I too think it would make a good movie, but so far Spielberg hasn’t returned my calls.

    Dale Cramer
    Dale Cramer

    Jan 31, 2014 | Reply
  33. Dale!! Please tell more of this story!! I loved all three also read Levi’s Will but read it before I read the others, so now I must go back and re-read it. You are an amazing story teller. Oh, how I was shocked how this ended. Please, please, please, more


    Dec 1, 2014 | Reply

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