About the Book:
Mary Ellis follows her captivating Widow’s Hope with a new story from the heart of Holmes County, Ohio. In Never Far From Home, fifteen–year–old Emma Miller finishes school, starts her own wool business, and is longing for someone to court. When the object of her affection is a handsome English sheep farmer, with a fast truck and modern methods, her deacon father, Simon, knows he has more than the farm alliance to worry about.
Emma isn’t the only one with longings in Holmes County. Her aunt Hannah wants a baby and her uncle Seth hopes he’ll reap financial rewards when he takes a risk with his harvest. But are these the dreams God has for this Amish family? With engaging interactions and thoughtful characters, Ellis weaves a story about waiting for God’s timing and discovering that the dreams planted close to home can grow a lasting harvest of hope and love.
About the Author:
Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish Community, Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, meet Amish families, and enjoy a simple way of life.
Wow! Mary Ellis did it again. She brought to us another OUTSTANDING Amish book! This is book 2 in The Miller Family series (you can see my review of book 1, A Widow’s Hope, here.), and might I say that this one is, if possible, better than the first?!
The characters, both old and new, really captured my heart. My heart went out to Emma in all she longed to do. She is a teenager, and I know how being a teenager can be! You just can’t wait to do what YOU want to do instead of waiting on what is right! But Ellis did a powerfully good job of weaving between the lines, the importance of waiting on GOD’S will instead of relying on your own.
From page one I was drawn in and literally read this book from beginning to end in one sitting. That’s the power of Eillis’ writing. While she writes a lot like Wanda Brunstetter, Ellis’ books are more on the lighter side of things. She incorporates wit and love and God all into one setting, making Never Far From Home a must read, in my opinion!
This is a book that I give 5 stars to, and will recommend it to all my Amish loving friends! I can’t wait to see what happens in the conclusion to this series: The Way to A Man’s Heart, set to release July 2010. I’m sure it will be as good (if not better!) than Never Far From Home and A Widow’s Hope.
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