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."
"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."
"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 ReviewYourBook.com
"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
"I felt the story was superb. I fell in love with Hannah's story from the first page. You feel for her situation, lost love, and no real hope of having a child of her own. It was a very pleasant page-turner. It was one of those stories you can't put down, and don't want to end. You feel a great loss when it's over and want to return to it. Mary's writing flows so well and I enjoyed learning all the words that the Amish use in everyday life. I enjoyed A Widow's Hope very much and anxiously await Mary's next book."
"From start to finish, A Widow's Hope definitely holds the reader's interest. Mary Ellis provides us an insight into, not only the beliefs and traditions of the Amish population, but she also gives us a glimpse into the feelings and emotions of the Amish. How well-written! Thanks, Mary, for sharing the Miller family with us."