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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.

Editorial Reviews

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,556 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 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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring entertaining fast read book September 3, 2009
Book was entertaining and I learned about the Amish world. It was a beautiful romance and escape from our difficult world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable Book June 13, 2014
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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. Very easy to be transported into their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness found. May 27, 2014
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when Hannah got out of her own way she found happiness. Seth and Hannah found each other. they were both lonely without their respective spouses. phone also needed a mother.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste the time May 18, 2014
By Lil Peg
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These books in this genre are now just feeding off the people who will read them because they are of a different culture they are curious about. They are spending no thought or care. This writer could write in 2 books, what you know is going to happen in the 2 chapter of the first book. This writer, as most of this genre are writing books on a 8th grade level and dragging stories out in 3 or 4 books I have stopped buying. Why buy and pay $40-$50 in total when they could say in 2, at most. You know the whole story by the 3 or 4 chapter. These are no longer interesting or books with any depth and they all just write the same stories. You don't have to know the author because you could put one author's name on any one blindfolded.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 15 days 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 16 days ago by Linda Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 19 days ago by Beverley Sangster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
couldn't put it down
Published 1 month ago by pam burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
This book was a very well written Amish story. A clean romance, I would recommend it for anyone from teens on up.
Published 4 months ago by Cynthia R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is a great read and easy to follow story line. I highly recommend it for almost everyone above middle school.
Published 4 months ago by Sarah H. Vile
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
Published 5 months ago by Margie k conaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Another well written Amish book. I'm ready to read book #2. Enjoyed the references of the Ohio Amish towns. We visit Holmes County a lot and I knew where all these towns are.
Published 6 months ago by Diana Lynne McCarty
5.0 out of 5 stars Miller Family Series
I love everything Amish. This was a wonderful series. I buy a lot of books Mary Ellis has written.Thanks for the free book and offer others in the serries that are affordable
Published 7 months ago by Lacy Stickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I liked the story line as well as the characters.Held my interest.
I found this whole series to be quite enjoyable.
Published 7 months ago by JRR
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More About the Author

Mary Ellis grew up close to the Amish where she loved their peaceful agrarian lifestyle and strong sense of Christian community. She and her husband now live by the largest population of Old Order in the country where they take weekend trips to research her books. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate--a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. Living in Harmony, book one of her last series won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. Book two, Love Comes to Paradise, won the 2013 Lime Award. Her debut Christian book, A Widow's Hope, was a finalist for the 2010 ACFW Carol Awards. She is currently working on a three-book historical romance series set during the Civil War. The Quaker and the Rebel released in January, 2014. She can be found on the web at:

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