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A Widow's Hope (The Miller Family Series Book 1) by [Ellis, Mary]
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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 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."
--TitleTrakk.com


"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."
--Marie Lawrie


"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."
--Margaret King

Product Details

  • File Size: 925 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736927328
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9XMCG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Debra Gaynor on May 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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MY THOUGHTS:

What a wonderful story!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this great story — not what I expected — much more sassy! That’s the way I would describe Hannah Brown. Is she stubborn, willful, independent – or just trying to make her way the best she can…

Hannah moves from Pennsylvania to Ohio, to help her sister, but ends up alienating her brother-in-law — and his brother. After a visit from the elders of the church, things don’t look too good for her.

Wow! I feel like I already know Hannah and Seth, Julia and Simon, all the children, and the others in the community. Mary Ellis is an excellent storyteller; her characters are so vivid, I can’t wait to meet them… wait a minute, they’re not really real… hmm.

All right, so I get a bit carried away — but you probably will, too. I sat beside Seth and Hannah at the auction, I tasted and smelled the onions and grilled peppers on their sandwiches, and my mouth watered at the thought of tasting the chunks of dark chocolate in the ice cream!

So is everything going to work out? I’m not telling… you’ll have to read A Widow’s Hope to find out… but there are lots of surprises along the way.

In the meantime, I’ve just picked up Never Far From Home off the bookshelf – and it’s time to lose myself in Holmes County, Ohio…
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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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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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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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THIS WAS A GREAT READ COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. SO GLAD I FOUND IT ON AMAZON. HANNAH IS A WIDOW AND IS STUBBORN AND LOVES SHEEP HER BROTHER-IN-LAW IS NOT PLEASE WHEN SHE MOVES IN WITH HIM AND HER SISTER THE ACTIONS OF HANNAH MAKES HIM MAD . IT HAS FUNNY PARTS AND SAD PARTS BUT THIS IS A GREAT READ FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES AMISH CHRISTIAN FICTION BOOKS GREAT JOB MRS. ELLIS
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I just finished this fine book -my first by Mary Ellis. It was a bit different than the "run of the mill" ,predictable Amish stories I have been reading, although what WAS predictable was the happy ending. Otherwise, it had a spunky female protagonist, a "mean deacon" who it was easy to come to like, and a different twist on the theme of Hannah's life, in that she was not only previously married and thus more experienced than the usual maidens you read in these books,but also had a business of her own. I think that made her MORE interesting to read about.
What I do not know is if I will buy the other two Miller Family books. I see from reading here that they are about Emma and Leah, the two neices of Hannah. I am not sure how interested I am in reading about them. I am not sure why; I'm just not. Ms.Ellis did a good job setting up Emma as the main character for Book Two , in the last chapter of Widow's Hope. But it's not selling me on buying book two, at least -- not yet.
Overall though, I liked Ms.Ellis' work and would compare the quality and depth of writing to similar to that of Beverly Lewis.
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