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A Widow's Hope (The Miller Family Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Ellis
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Book Description

A bright new voice shares a tender love story set in the rolling green fields of Ohio Amish country.

After the death of her husband, Hannah Brown is determined to make a new life with her sister’s family. But when she sells her farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and moves with her sheep to Ohio, the wool unexpectedly starts to fly. Her deacon brother–in–law finds just about everything about Hannah vexing. When his widower brother shows interest in the young and beautiful widow, the deacon turns to prayer for guidance.

Hannah thought she could never love again, until she meets the strong, gentle farmer. Unfortunately, Seth Miller’s only interest is in Hannah’s sheep. He is content in his bachelor state and slow to recognize his daughter’s need for a new mother. Yet God offers Seth the perfect solution to their problems if he could only open his heart again...and love.

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From Publishers Weekly

The popularity of Christian novels set in the Amish culture knows no bounds, so Ellis's tale should be a sure-fire hit for eager readers. Hannah Brown, childless and widowed after six years of marriage, seeks and needs a change. She sells her farm to her brother, puts her sheep on a truck and heads from Pennsylvania to Ohio to live with her beloved sister. Hannah's transition, however, is anything but smooth. Her brother-in-law, Simon, doesn't seem to like her, her sheep cause trouble, and her equilibrium is shattered thanks to handsome widower Seth Miller and his daughter, Phoebe. This is a gentle tale of renewed hope that puts readers in the middle of Amish life, and genre fans will certainly love it. Ellis offers a bit of originality in that Hannah owns a herd of sheep, but the book as a whole is more of the same in the huge, warm kitchen of Amish fiction. (Mar. 1)
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"This is a gentle tale of renewed hope that puts readers in the middle of Amish life, and genre fans will certainly love it."
--Publishers Weekly

"The story, though gentle, is powerful and inspirational with belief in God and the teachings of the Bible...This book is exceptionally well written and its informative text enhances the storyline."
--The Gazette

"I have read every book of Amish fiction I could find. I am a huge fan of the genre. This is by far the best Amish fiction I have read."
--Stephanie Rollins for

"It is with quite a splash that Mary Ellis has plunged into the pool of Amish fiction. Her style and plot are fresh and engaging which will no doubt quickly earn her a loyal following amongst readers, like myself, who love to escape into the simple Amish way of life."

"If you enjoy reading books about the Amish this one you will love. The author is talented..."
--The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 925 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736927328
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9XMCG
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I have read every book of Amish fiction I could find. I am a huge fan of the genre. This is by far the best Amish fiction I have read.
Hannah is a young widow. Seth is a young widower. Both are more than a little stubborn. Though Hannah moves in with her sister and her husband, the Deacon, will she soften around the edges enough to allow love to happen? Not if the Deacon has anything to do with it. He never has liked the audacious woman. He definitely does not want his brother, Seth, to fall in love with her. Just when the seeds of love are planted, she decides to move back home with her brother. Will she follow her head or her heart? Will Seth finally admit his feelings for her? Can the Deacon accept her for who she is--a tomboy and business woman with a big heart who can't cook well?
There is depth to the plot and characters. Though, you feel you know where the plot is going, there is always a dash of doubt. Will the story line take a turn? I empathized with the characters--except for Simon. I wanted to read this straight through. Unfortunately, life got in the way. I read that this is going to be turned into a series! Do not pass up this masterfully written book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful for More April 18, 2009
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While I've read many an excellent Amish book, this one is refreshingly different with adventures and information involving caring for sheep. In addition, a broad range of human emotions and situations that transcend cultures and even a health condition add realism to the story line. Mary Ellis is a skilled writer maintaining suspense and interest through the entire novel. I look forward to the next book in the series. Most inspiring is the way the Holy Spirit softens hearts to respond in Christ-like ways to the characters' human failings and foibles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing new amish fiction writer! April 21, 2009
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A Widow's Hope is a very entertaining story of Amish life, loss, love, and family. I enjoyed every page, and hated to reach the end of the book. Mrs. Ellis is a talented writer, and hopefully there will be many more books on the Miller family, as I will be buying them as soon as they are released!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Widow's Hope April 2, 2009
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This was a geeat book about an Amish Family. It was so real to me. A very easy book to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How do you solve a problem like... June 14, 2010
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I have read numerous Amish fiction books and found this one to be slightly different and particularly enjoyable. The story centers around the young widow Hannah as she trying to figure out the rest of her life, two years into her widowhood. She is refreshingly independent and devoted to her Amish identity in equal determination. I appreciated her struggles with her brother-in-law Simon, her sister, the district leadership and with herself. She reminded me so much of the character of Maria from the 'Sound of Music' in that even with the purest of motives she found herself constantly misunderstood and at odds with so many other characters in the book. The author did a good job of developing Hannah realistically. The character development and descriptive settings pulled me into the story and caused certain scenes to leap from the pages (er...from the screen actually as I read this on my Ipad). When Hannah was boot deep in mud out in the pasture, I was right there with her.
The author put a lot of effort in developing Simon which is a good thing because he would have never been likable otherwise. The sweet, suffering, sister Julia never really impacted me and I was left wondering who she could have been. Even though Julia was a main character, others who were less prominent were far more interesting especially the niece Beth.
Now as to the 4 star rating; Seth was a missed opportunity by the author. He, as the protagonist, was underwritten and should have been so much more as the perfect counterpoint to Hannah. This couple could have been and should have been dueling partners rather than 'ships that clashed in the night'. There was such promise for circumstantial conflict as well as deliberate, passionate resolution and the book didn't live up to their potential.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and gentle October 24, 2009
Life is difficult for a young widow like Hannah Brown. Although she lives near her parents and a dear brother she is lonely for her husband Adam, and lonely for the child they never had together. She focuses on their farm and her beloved herd of sheep but she faces hard choices. As a member of a Pennsylvania Amish community she feels she can not be an independent farmer, but must fill a more appropriate and expected role. She sells the farm to her brother and takes herself and her sheep to her sister Julia's farm home in Ohio. With four young children and debilitating arthritis, Julia needs her help and that is what a widowed sister does.

Hannah finds life hard in Ohio. Her brother-in-law is less than welcoming to her and downright hostile to her sheep. The work is onerous, the days are long, and friends are few, but Hannah perseveres and thrives.

This charmingly told gentle tale explores life in a contemporary Amish community. The families adhere to the old Plain traditions both in their relationships ("the man is the head of the house, and that is that"), as well as in the way the work is done. Most travel is by horse-drawn conveyances, although Hannah makes the long journey from Pennsylvania to Ohio by bus. There is no power in the houses but the modern world still plays a role in some areas. There is refrigeration if it is propane powered, and when Hannah and her niece begin to sell shawls woven from the hand-spun sheep's wool in an English (non Amish) knitting shop there is talk is of web-based marketing.

I do not usually read stories like this and set out on this book with some hesitation. Now I wonder why. It is a well-written story with the expected happy ending.
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I can't get enough of similar books. First time I have read Mary Ellis. Recommending to all. Tears and laughter.
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I like most Amish stories
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Very Good Book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book very much and feel others would
I enjoyed reading this book very much and feel others would. It is different from other books I have read.
Published 6 months ago by June Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read. I had a hard time putting this ...
A wonderful read. I had a hard time putting this one down. I really appreciate the fact that Mrs. Ellis wrote of one character suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda Faulkner
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Published 7 months ago by pam burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable Book
I enjoyed this story line very much. I would have had a hard time living with Simon the brother-in-law and keeping my mouth shut but he turned to be ok. Read more
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More About the Author

Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community and recently completed several historical romances set during the Civil War. The Last Heiress is her latest release. She is currently working on a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, for Harvest House Publishers. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Her debut book was nominated for a 2010 Carol Award. Living in Harmony, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction while Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award.
She can be found on the web at:!/pages/Mary-Ellis/126995058236

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