Never Far From Home
Never Far From Home
Mary Ellis follows her captivating Widow’s Hope with a new story from the heart of Holmes County, Ohio. In Never Far From Home, fifteen–year–old Emma Miller finishes school, starts her own wool business, and is longing for someone to court. When the object of her affection is a handsome English sheep farmer, with a fast truck and modern methods, her deacon father, Simon, knows he has more than the farm alliance to worry about.
Emma isn’t the only one with longings in Holmes County. Her aunt Hannah wants a baby and her uncle Seth hopes he’ll reap financial rewards when he takes a risk with his harvest. But are these the dreams God has for this Amish family? With engaging interactions and thoughtful characters, Ellis weaves a story about waiting for God’s timing and discovering that the dreams planted close to home can grow a lasting harvest of hope and love.
- Retail Price: 13.99
- Release Date: January 2010
- Page Count: 300
- Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
- Binding: Trade
- ISBN: 978-0-7369-2733-8
Did you ever date someone that your parents’ didn’t approve of? If so, maybe you’ll sympathize with Emma who falls in love with another sheep farmer—only this one wears Levis and drives a fast truck. Her Uncle Seth has been blinded by an easy path to riches to solve the district’s money woes—another common pitfall for us Englischers. Life may not be predictable for the Miller family, but with faith, all things are possible.
My wait for the second book in the series of the Miller Family is over. I couldn’t wait to begin the story and couldn’t put the book down until it was finished. I have always admired the Amish way of life and have had short peeks into their way of life when my family shops within the Amish community near Pulaski County, Kentucky. While reading the book, Never Far From Home, I felt like I was part of the family and wanted Emma to triumph victorious with her family and her soul mate. I am more than sixty years old, and I found myself very interested in the Amish courting customs and the idea of a ‘running around time’ afforded the young people before their baptisms. Mary Ellis is quite the expert on the Amish way of life. It makes one wonder, ‘Did she grow up Amish?’
It is rare to find a book with the ‘it’ factor, but Never Far From Home has it! I couldn’t put the book down until it was finished. Mary Ellis has a unique way of allowing the reader to connect with the characters in the story. Even those who are not familiar with the Amish way of life would thoroughly enjoy this book. Thanks so much, Mary, for sharing your insight and writing talent with us! Finishing the book left me wanting more, so I can hardly wait for the next book!
I was so entranced by the Miller family that I read the book within 2 days. The story that Mary Ellis weaves of this Amish family is spellbinding. The struggles, fears, and determination of the characters are to be admired. So often we judge those that are different by our own standards. Ms. Ellis enlightens us as to how much we have in common regardless of our chosen paths. I look forward to reading the next installment.
We have a Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country and have several Amish girls who help us with different aspects of our business. We now all have read the book and the remarks are very positive. On an ever increasing scale, the young Amish here are coming into contact with ‘Englishers.’ The story that Mary has chosen to write about is very true to what happens here on a regular basis. Mary has a really good feel for the Amish Community.
We highly endorse her latest book. I’m sure it will be a hit not only for the English, but also here with the Amish Community as well.
Mary Ellis continues her imaginative and refreshing style in the genre of Amish fiction, with book two in The Miller Family Series, Never Far From Home. As with the first book, Mary is creative with her plot whilst maintaining a realistic representation of the Amish lifestyle