26 February 2010

Glass Road PR Blog Tour Never Far from Home by Mary Ellis

Never Far from Home

Never Far from Home

ISBN: 978-0-7369-2733-8

Series: The Miller Family Series
Release Date: January 01, 2010

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.

Ellis, Mary
Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish Community, Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, meet Amish families, and enjoy a simple way of life.
See our interview with Mary Ellis
Please visit www.maryeellis.wordpress.com
A Word from the Author
“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.”
Mary Ellis, author of Never Far from Home
“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.”
—Eileen Pech

“Mary is an artist, she paints pictures with words and her words have so much meaning. I truly enjoy her books and trust she will continue the Amish love story.

“I do highly recommend Never Far from Home. It’s a great love story. Keep writing Mary.”
Blanche Robb
Editorial Reviews
“Ellis has painstakingly woven authentic Amish beliefs, culture, and way of life into a well-written storyline filled with interesting plots and subplots…Recommend to adults and teens, even ones who don’t generally read Amish novels.”
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“Is there anything better than an Amish book?

“Mary Ellis grew up in and still lives in Amish country. Her first-hand knowledge of that lifestyle is evident in her writing.”

Never Far from Home is book two in Ms. Ellis' The Miller Family Series and it was as good as the first. This is a great Amish fiction and I enjoyed it immensely.  There was a surprise turn at the end that keeps you hopping. I can't wait to read more from this author!”
Reader Reviews
“I couldn't stop reading once I started the book. Another wonderful story from Mary Ellis. I can’t wait for the other stories in the series to release.”
—Marianne Roberts

“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?’”
—Donna Taylor

“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!”
—Margaret King

(Jenny here) My book is still on the way seems it may have gone to South Africa instead of South Australia but not sure. Will post a review when I receive it. As I said before I only request books I am interested in and this book looked good. I also choose it cos it looked like a good book to be touring on my birthday.

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