Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Living In Harmony: New Beginnings Series By Mary Ellis

I received this e-book from Harvest House Publishers through NetGalley.com for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this e-book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Living in Harmony is the first book in bestselling author Mary Ellis’s New Beginnings series. It’s about fresh starts and love…and how faith in God and His perfect plan for our lives provides us with the peace and joy we desire.
Amy King—young, engaged, and Amish—faces difficult challenges in her life when she suddenly loses both of her parents in a house fire. Her fiance, John Detweiler, persuades her and her sister Nora to leave Lancaster County and make a new beginning with him in Harmony, Maine, where he has relatives who can help the women in their time of need.
John’s brother Thomas and sister-in-law Sally readily open their home to the three newcomers. Wise beyond his years, Thomas, a minister in the district, refuses to marry Amy and John upon their arrival, suggesting instead a period of adjustment and counseling. During this time Amy discovers an aunt who was shunned. She wishes to reconnect with her, but this puts a strain on her relationship with John.
Can John and Amy find a way to live in happily in Harmony before making a lifetime commitment to one another?

My Thoughts:

Living in Harmony is the first novel by Mary Ellis I have had the privilege to read.  Living in Harmony is the first book in a new series called New Beginnings.  As a huge fan of Amish Fiction I could not pass up the opportunity to read this novel.  Living in Harmony is a wonderful book that takes you from Lancaster County to a very small Amish community in Harmony, Maine.  Mary Ellis writes with authority about the Amish and their different lifestyles, Lancaster County, and Harmony, Maine.  The characters in this novel are great and very real. The characters aren't perfect and have messy lives. Mary Ellis shows her readers that the Amish deal with the same things we do and their lives are not perfect.  I found it very hard to put this book down. It grabbed my attention from the start.  I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys Christian Amish Fiction! You will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

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