Happy summer! My favorite time of the year is here. Long days, starry nights, plenty of sunshine and blue skies! Since I’m a freeze-baby, you won’t hear me complaining about the heat or the humidity. I put on my wide-brimmed hat and flip-flops, slather on the sunblock, and pull a lawn chair into the shade. I love walking my dog in the local park, picking blackberries from the neighbor’s patch, and dipping my toe into cool water. Creek, lake, pond or ocean—anything wet is fine with me! Evenings are the time to roast corn on the cob, slice tomatoes, and throw some burgers on the grill. It’s summertime…and the living is easy.
This summer I’m hard at work on A Plain Man, a sequel to my best-selling Sarah’s Christmas Miracle, and The Quaker and the Rebel, first in my Civil War Heroines series. Both will release in 2014 from Harvest House Publishers. Coming later this summer is Book 3 of the New Beginnings series, A Little Bit of Charm. In this series, I follow three sisters who leave Lancaster County and start new lives in smaller, more remote settlements. I’ve been studying the exodus of Amish from PA and OH to areas where they can afford to buy land. First in the series, Living in Harmony, was set in ultra-conservative, upstate Maine. Living in Harmony won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. Second in the series, Love Comes to Paradise, set in Missouri, has been nominated for the 2013 Lime Award.
For A Little Bit of Charm, I traveled to Glascow and Liberty, Kentucky to research the Old Order Mennonites of Barren, Hart, Metcalf, and Casey Counties. Linda Hitchcock, a long-time area resident who’s familiar with many local Plain families, pointed me in the right direction. I also had my best friend’s granddaughters along as my assistants. Although most people were friendly, having three teenagers opened plenty of doors. Who could resist sweet little girls? A Little Bit of Charm was a joy to write! First, I love organic farming; secondly, the horseracing world has always fascinated me; and finally, I adore horses. A Little Bit of Charm allowed me to pair horses with my favorite culture—the Amish. Please check out the photos taken during my research trip. At the heart of my story is Rachel King, who searches for love in Blue Grass country and discovers more about herself than she bargained for.
I hope you’ll look for A Little Bit of Charm, arriving in stores in late August. Also coming in late November is An Amish Miracle—three novellas from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I had the honor of writing, “Always in My Heart” for the collection that features Beth Wiseman and Ruth Reid. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for my newsletter which I send out twice a year. To celebrate the newest book, I’m giving away 10 free copies of A Little Bit of Charm on September 15th to newsletter subscribers. I wish all my cherished readers a lovely summer and colorful fall. Sip a cold glass of lemonade and settle into your favorite hammock…hopefully with a book!
A Dream Come True…
A Loss Like No Other…
Is the Price of Happiness Worth the Cost?
Rachel King, still recovering from the death of her parents, watches both of her older sisters find happiness in homes of their own with husbands who adore them. She yearns for her own new beginning.
Her cousin Sarah lives near a Thoroughbred stable in Kentucky, and the opportunity to work around beautiful horses has always been Rachel’s dream. She leaves Lancaster County to find a home with Sarah and her husband, Isaac, wondering about God’s plan for her life. When a job at Twelve Elms Stables opens up unexpectedly, it seems as though He has answered Rachel’s heartfelt prayers.
Then she meets Jake Brady, one of the owners of Twelve Elms, and her life becomes complicated. He’s attractive and charming, and his interest in her is flattering. But he’s also English as well as her boss. And is his trust in God as central to his life as it should be?
When Amish men she meets at church and singings start pursuing her, Rachel has important decisions to make. What does a young woman do when her heart puts her faith in jeopardy?
- Retail Price: 13.99
- Release Date: September 1, 2013
- Page Count: 320
- Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
- ISBN: 978-0-7369-3868-6
Read a Chapter One of A Little Bit of Charm
More Books by Mary Ellis
The New Beginnings Series
The Wayne County Series
The Miller Family Series
| An Amish Miracle
|Quaker and the Rebel
|A Plain Man