With the consumer demand for "bonnet fiction" raging, novelist Mary Ellis and Harvest House release NEVER FAR FROM HOME. To craft this story of one woman's quest for love, another for life, and a man's gamble with the laws of nature, Ellis didn't stray far from her home in the Amish country of southern Ohio. During her research, she visited Homes County and spoke with local farmers and townsfolk.
"I came home from one long weekend with a handmade Swartzentruber quilt and a trunk filled with homemade peanut butter, bulk seasonings, three kinds of cheese, and jars of pickled everything-under-the-sun," Ellis said.
Her visits with the Amish didn't just net fantastic foodstuffs, though. Farmers and shepherds freely shared with Ellis the details of their way of life, which she then incorporated into NEVER FAR FROM HOME. The result is an engaging, touching story about dreams planted close to home and the adventure of discovering god's will for a life.
Mary Ellis grew up near the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga county, where her parents often too her to farmers' markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live withing the largest population of Amish in the United States--a four-county area in southern Ohio. They frequently engage in weekend getaways to purchase farm produce, stay with Amish families in bed and breakfast establishments, attend country auctions, and enjoy the simpler way of life. Never Far From Home is her second bonnet fiction title. A Widow's Hope was her first. Tow more Amish fictions titles well be released this year from Harvest House. Learn more at www.maryeellis.wordpress.com. There is a link to read a chapter of this book at Mary's website.
Since I just received this book about a week ago my review will have to come at a later date. Sorry.
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." -C.S. Lewis