Two weeks ago, I told you about a book I was waiting to receive for review. Today, I'm sharing my thoughts on it. If you're a fan of Amish fiction, you'll be happy to know that in addition to Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall, Wanda Brunstetter, and Beth Wiseman, there are other authors who will satisfy your craving for a bonnet fix, Mary Ellis included.
Never Far From Home by Mary Ellis
Emma Miller is restless. She’s torn between the life she’s always known and the life she’s never experienced. Growing up Amish, Emma hasn’t had much contact with the outside world until she begins selling her handmade goods and spun wool to a local shop. When she meets a handsome young Englisher, she’s face with a decision between following her restless heart and honoring her parents and the Amish tradition.
In Never Far From Home, Mary Ellis tells Emma’s touching story of love and faith. I enjoyed the book and Mary Ellis is a talented author. Those who love Amish fiction are going to love this book; however, those who are looking for something that sets this series apart from other Amish fiction aren’t going to find it. It’s the classic story of an Amish girl struggling between keeping her faith and getting baptized and leaving home to face shunning. How Emma Miller works out her dilemma is slightly different from some other stories, but it’s a little too convenient if you ask me. I won’t be a spoiler and give away the details. However it’s still the same Amish fiction plot.
I was a little surprised by some of the modern conveniences that these Amish folks have. A little explanation would have helped since the Amish in my area don’t have refrigerators in their kitchens; outside in a little shed, yes, but inside no.
I know there are heaps of readers out there who can’t get enough bonnet fiction, so I know this book will be wildly popular in those circles. I’d give the author 5 stars for writing skills and 3 stars for originality.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Mary Ellis’ publicist for review purposes.