Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mary Ellis's An Amish Family Reunion

Mary Ellis grew up close to an Amish settlement where she loved their peaceful agrarian lifestyle and strong sense of Christian community. She and her husband now live by the largest population of Amish in the country where they take weekend trips to research her books. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate—a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. All three in her Miller Family series made the Christian bestseller lists. A Widow’s Hope was a finalist in the 2010 ACFW Carol Awards and Award of Merit for the Holt Medallion. Her current release is An Amish Family Reunion, book four of the Miller Family series.

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The back cover blurb for An Amish Family Reunion:

During a rumschpringe visit to Niagara Falls, Phoebe Miller meets Eli Riehl, a young man who charms her—and everyone else—with his exceptional storytelling ability. When Phoebe sketches scenes to illustrate one of his tales, Eli encourages her incredible talent, and together they embark on a lofty and unlikely business venture for two young Amish people—writing and illustrating a children’s book.

Eli’s kindness and appeal extend beyond his knack for words to reach inside Phoebe’s heart. But he is an only son with five sisters, and when his father suffers a heart attack, Eli gives up his writing to assume responsibility on the farm. Though willing to abandon his dream of becoming an author, he won’t give up his beloved Phoebe.

Can their love for a good story develop into something that lasts forever, or will Phoebe’s deep-seated fear of desertion stand in their way?

Book Excerpt: 

   “Who are you?” asked Mary, trying unsuccessfully to shield her face from the spray.
   “Eli Riehl, a friend of Phoebe’s.” He seemed unconcerned his head was already soaking wet. Although he wore the raincoat, his hood flapped down his back. The droplets of water on his suntanned cheeks made him look only more handsome.
   She feared she’d taken on the appearance of a drowned rat. A friend of Phoebe’s? It was a bit of an overstatement, but somehow having him close made her feel secure.
   “I’m Mary and I can’t swim,” declared Miss Mast.
   “With me here that won’t be a problem.” He smiled at Mary; then turned his attention on Phoebe. “What do you think of the cruise so far?”
   They were approaching the farthest reach of their voyage—the base of Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Phoebe turned her face up to his, catching the spray and hearing the roar of three thousand tons of water falling every second. The stalwartly Maid-of-the-Mist pitched in the roll of waves, throwing Phoebe against Eli’s chest. “I love it, Eli! I’ve never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life!” She shouted over the din, as excitement swelled her heart to near bursting. The crowd behind them jostled closer to get a better view.
   “My sentiments exactly,” he agreed, but waited two or seconds before focusing on the mountain of cascading water. For several minutes, the ship’s captain fought against the strong current to remain where they were in the watery vortex. “Look there,” demanded Eli close to her ear.
   Her gaze followed his index finger to a rainbow, tall as a skyscraper, appearing in the mist as though heaven itself had opened a portal. “Oh, my. This keeps getting better and better!” Phoebe didn’t care that cold water ran down her chin and dripped inside the coat. It didn’t matter that her shoes and socks were wet, or that her scalp itched from the humidity and her soggy kapp. She had never enjoyed herself so much as this moment.


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Mary Ellis is giving away a copy of An Amish Family Reunion. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy


Judy said...

I love Mary's Amish fiction books! I am a fan of hers and have read everyone of them! I can't wait to read "An Amish Family Reunion". Winning a copy would be wonderful!


Patsy said...

I love Mary's writing. She is such a talented writer. Looking forward to reading "An Amish Family Reunion"


cjajsmommy said...

I haven't read the previous books in this series. Does this one stand alone or do I need to read the others first? I'd like to enter the giveaway.

djragno (at) hotmail [dot] com

Marianne said...

Thank yo Sharon and Mary for this great giveaway, and opportunity to win! My mom (and of course myself, because i am a readaholic) loves anything Amish. This sounds awesome



Marianne said...

Thank yo Sharon and Mary for this great giveaway, and opportunity to win! My mom (and of course myself, because i am a readaholic) loves anything Amish. This sounds awesome



leeswa said...

Would love to read this! I love your Amish fiction, Mary!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Mary Ellis said...

Hi cjajsmommy, officially, this is book 4 of the Miller Family series, but you don't have to read the others for it to make sense. plenty of people have written to me to say it "stands alone" just fine. thanks for posting on Barn Door Book Loft!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. My name is Angela Chesnut.
My email address is

Garilyn S said...

Just finished reading my first Mary Ellis book and can't wait to read another! Thanks for the chance to win.
blessed.mama4 at

Anonymous said...

I love Mary Ellis and her books. This one sounds like a great read !!

Donna J. Krueger

wfnren said...

I love Mary's books and I really want this one.


Anonymous said...

I would so love to win one of these books! Your books sound so interesting. I'm anxious to read them.
Maxie Anderson ( )

HomePlace Gatherings said...

I just moved to Amish country and would love to win this!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Elyssa said...

Mary's books are great! I haven't read any in the Miller Family series yet, but I'm looking forward to reading them!


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

ann said...

I so love Amish readings of any kind. I do hope I could win this one. Thanks for the chance.
amhengst at verizon dot net

Nancee said...

Mary, I love your books, and I'm sure this will be no exception. I'd love to win a copy.

eyeballlucy said...

I would love to win a copy of Mary Ellis' new book..'An Amish Family Reunion'...I have been a big fan of Mary's for a long

Lane Hill House said...

I would like to read An Amish Family Reunion! Thank you for this opportunity to be in a drawing for this book.

Mary Ellis said...

I'm tickled pink to hear readers are discovering Amish fiction for the first time. You're in for a step back from the hub-bub of daily life--a chance to relax and remember what's truly important in life--our faith and our families.
blessings on you all.

Wendy said...

Sounds like a wonderful read.
Thank you for the chance.
Bless you and yours.

Shaun Renee said...

I would love to win. It would be a great addition to my library.

Anonymous said...

Have read a few of your books and enjoyed them all
Sue Whitmarsh

Anonymous said...

Honestly, haven't read any Mary Ellis yet. Hoping to start now!!



Lynne said...

I can't wait to read this book! Would love to have the book to add to my Mary Ellis collection!

Lynne Young

Anonymous said...

This is an amazing site. Have put it on my favorite list. I want to post an entry to the drawing for the "An Amish Reunion by Mary Ellis. I am a real fan of Amish books. Would love to read this one.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, can't wait to read this one! Thanks so much for having the contest! Dawn ~~~~

Anonymous said...

Love Mary's books!!
Mona Mason

Patti said...

Mary, I love your books! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a good book. I would enjoy reading it! I love Amish books!
Peggy G.

Southern Gal said...

Would love to win this book.

Pam Burke

Amy R.S. said...

Have not read anything by the author yet. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Jo said...

This book sounds great and a must read. I haven't read any of Mary's books yet and am looking forward to reading this one. Thank you for the opportunity.


Anne Payne said...

I've not read any of Mary's books so this looks like a good one to start with :)

Carol N Wong said...

I am late in doing my e-mails. I would really love to win this book.


HomePlace Gatherings said...

Thanks for offering this. I'd love to win!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Please include me in your giveaway! I have enjoyed all the books and am sure this one will be terrific too!

Karen Schulz
aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

Teela said...

I love Amish Fiction and would love to read Mary's An Amish Family Reunion. Blessings~

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