A Widow's Hope (Miller Family Series #1)

A Widow's Hope (Miller Family Series #1)

by Mary Ellis

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Overview

A bright new voice shares a tender love story set in the rolling green fields of Ohio Amish country.
After the death of her husband, Hannah Brown is determined to make a new life with her sister's family. But when she sells her farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and moves with her sheep to Ohio, the wool unexpectedly starts to fly. Her deacon brother-in-law finds just about everything about Hannah vexing. When his widower brother shows interest in the young and beautiful widow, the deacon turns to prayer for guidance.
Hannah thought she could never love again, until she meets the strong, gentle farmer. Unfortunately, Seth Miller's only interest is in Hannah's sheep. He is content in his bachelor state and slow to recognize his daughter's need for a new mother. Yet God offers Seth the perfect solution to their problems if he could only open his heart again...and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736927321
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Series: Miller Family Series , #1
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 793,890
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, and Living in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

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A Widow's Hope (Miller Family Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story of hope and love found in the Amish county. Such a simple and wonderful story and life. The scripture references are wonderful. Love these books.
ReviewYourBook.com More than 1 year ago
I have read every book of Amish fiction I could find. I am a huge fan of the genre. This is by far the best Amish fiction I have read. Hannah is a young widow. Seth is a young widower. Both are more than a little stubborn. Though Hannah moves in with her sister and her husband, the Deacon, will she soften around the edges enough to allow love to happen? Not if the Deacon has anything to do with it. He never has liked the audacious woman. He definitely does not want his brother, Seth, to fall in love with her. Just when the seeds of love are planted, she decides to move back home with her brother. Will she follow her head or her heart? Will Seth finally admit his feelings for her? Can the Deacon accept her for who she is-a tomboy and business woman with a big heart who can't cook well? There is depth to the plot and characters. Though, you feel you know where the plot is going, there is always a dash of doubt. Will the story line take a turn? I empathized with the characters-except for Simon. I wanted to read this straight through. Unfortunately, life got in the way. I read that this is going to be turned into a series! Do not pass up this masterfully written book!
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It seems that a lot of Amish fiction books I read begin with the death of someone's husband. This book is no exception. Hannah Brown's husband has died and Hannah moves to Ohio to live with her sister and brother-in-law. Hannah loves her sheep and has them trucked to Ohio, with explicit instructions not to deliver them on a Sunday. Unfortunately, the truck with the sheep arrives on a Sunday. The Amish are forbidden to do labor on Sunday's and, as much as Hannah wants to unload her sheep and check on how they weathered the trip, her brother-in-law is adamant that the truck leave and return on Monday. Hannah, still grieving over the loss of her husband, is not made to feel welcome by her brother-in-law. Her trunks are stored under the porch and he refuse to give her space to set up her loom. He brother-in-law hates the sheep and the mess they make of his field, and when his brother, Seth falls in love with Hannah and his own daughter wants to start raising sheep and buy a loom of her own...well...the wool begins to fly.This is a great book. I couldn't put it down. Mary Ellis captures the Amish lifestyle and keeps the reader turning pages from start to finish.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful Amish story to add to the many, many, many Amish novels that I have read. This is book 1 in Mary Ellis' Amish series, The Miller Family series, and I am so glad that I had the chance to review this tender story of love, forgiveness, family and heartache. When I think of the Amish, I automatically think of the easy life they have, but in reality, they have struggles too. Many of the same struggles that we Englishers often have, and one of them being the death of a husband or a wife. In A Widow's Hope, that is exactly what Hannah is dealing with: the death of her husband, and the hope to love again. When another Amish widower enters the picture, it is a story that will make you laugh, cry and settle right in with all the wonderful characters. I give this book a 5 star rating and high recommendations. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing book 2 in this series, Never Far From Home. If you like Amish and you love God, grab a copy of this book by a wonderfully talented author and experience a lightening of the heart through this simple easy read of Amish life.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Hannah Brown and her sheep caused quite a stir at her new home. Widowed young, Hannah moved from Ohio to Lancaster to live with her sister Julia and her family. A deacon in his district, Simon seemed to always find fault with his sister-in-law. She was too independent. She read the whole bible and quoted scripture not approved by the Bishop. She did men’s work. The list went on and on. He didn’t like the sheep either. To make matters worse, Julia decided that Hannah and Simon’s widowed brother Seth would make a good match. Seth was raising his little girl and needed a wife. Little Phoebe hadn’t spoken a word in the three years since her mother died. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the on again, off again friendship between Hannah and Seth, how Simon came to appreciate the sheep, and Simon and Hannah mending their relationship. Was Julia successful at her matchmaking? Did Phoebe ever talk again? Read this well written story by Mary Ellis. You’ll enjoy it as much as I did!
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66read More than 1 year ago
This was the first one of her books I had read and she gave me a whole new look at a widow in the Amish community, one who chose to do things on her own. Must read.
read74me More than 1 year ago
This is a very good Amish love story. I had trouble putting the book down. There are 2 other books in this series. All 3 books are good books.
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cavedwlrnt More than 1 year ago
Mary Ellis writes characters with depth, making them seem so real. Since purchasing this book, I have read every book in this series and all of the books in her second series. Bonus Amish recipes at the back of the books, along with discussion questions, great for a book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love Amish books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No grafic violence and sex potty mouth to offend the reader please remember that this sweet tale is a romance and like all happy ever after romance is not realistic. For a true and exciting read The Budget a weekly national newspaper where scribes from local Amish and Mennonite meetings and "churches" report what is happening at church school with frolics relief missions receipes to feed fsmilies of twelve. And an apoeal for "cards" to pay for hospital bills for a community with out public aid or S.S. or hospitalization insurance. A reak world. M.A.
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