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Posted February 19, 2014
This is a romance I think you'll enjoy. I'd give it a solid four
This is a romance I think you'll enjoy. I'd give it a solid four and a half thumbs up.
Rachel King has concocted a crazy plan, one that could get her in trouble with her Amish and Mennonite family. Plain folks don't hold with Amish girls wearing blue jeans and T-shirts.
She hasn't been baptised yet, and technically that means she is allowed a bit of leeway, but still... Still, she wants so much to work with those horses in Kentucky. If only she can get work on a ranch. And she can. And the boss is very nice looking. But she's Amish, and she will remain Amish. All she can feel for him is friendship. And that's final.
Jake thinks this new tour leader is pretty attractive too, and it's enough to pull his attention away from his prized colt--or rather his family's prized colt, the one with Derby potential. The one his parents reluctantly agreed to hire that expensive professional trainer for, so he needs to keep his priorities straight. But it's so very difficult when he's finding this girl so very attractive.
Maybe if he convinces her he's religious she'll be a little more interested in him. He'll take her to his family's church. That should do it.
It almost works, but after a lot of thinking, Rachel tells him she can't see him any more, other than professionally.
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Posted November 3, 2013
Another wonderful Amish novel from Mary Ellis. I enjoyed the fir
Another wonderful Amish novel from Mary Ellis. I enjoyed the first two books in this series and loved this one too. Mary Ellis offers her readers true-to-life characters in a fascinating multi-layered story. Great read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2013
Another excellent Amish novel from Mary Ellis. Rachel King follo
Another excellent Amish novel from Mary Ellis. Rachel King follows her dreams of being on her own after her parents die and her two older sisters marry. Rachel loves horses and goes to Kentucky to live with her married cousin. She soon works at a thoroughbred stable where she finds Jake Brady attractive. She learns he is not Amish. She still attends Amish services and singings and Amish young men pursue her. Will she leave her Amish ways for the enjoyment of Jake and the thoroughbred horses she adores?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2013
I loved this story. Mary Ellis is my favorite storyteller and no
I loved this story. Mary Ellis is my favorite storyteller and now I can see why. She does the research so that her characters are embedded in real places. I know this because I live in Somerset, KY and often visit the Amish communities of Casey County. Her books are impossible to put down and read easily. You will not be disappointed and she just may become your favorite author, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2013
A Little Bit of Charm is the third book in The New Beginnings se
A Little Bit of Charm is the third book in The New Beginnings series. It is not necessary to have read books one and two to understand this novel. It actually has very little to do with those books except a few references to events in the past.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
While I found the story charming, it was also a bit slow for me. The conflict was mostly internal, when it occurred. I didn't connect with Jake or Rachel--despite my love for all things horses--which made it hard for me to "get into" their story. Throughout the story, I kept wondering at the believability of the characters' actions and reactions.
All in all I enjoyed the book and look forward to Beth's story, which I assume will be the fourth and final book in this series.
***I received this book from the publisher/author for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Posted September 9, 2013
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite New beginnings a
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' FavoriteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
New beginnings are often hard to predict, but after the death of her parents in a house fire, change is all that twenty-year-old Rachel King can think about. It's hard to leave her younger sister Beth and grandparents behind in PA, but she decides to head to Kentucky to live with her aunt Sarah in the hopes of fulfilling her dream of working with horses. When she lands a job giving tours at Twelve Elms Stables she couldn't be happier, and soon finds herself in a friendship with Jake Brady, the owner's son. Soon though, that friendship turns into something more.
There are so many things taking place in A Little Bit of Charm by Mary Ellis that made it an interesting read. I found the story of Rachel compelling. The fact that she is Amish and decides to go live with her aunt Sarah, who is an Old Order Mennonite, made this story a bit different. It was interesting to see the differences in the beliefs, but also the similarities. Another unique aspect of this story was that it takes place in Kentucky, not the typical "Amish" setting. I found the story line around race horses and the stables, along with the general workings of the farm, provided an added layer to the overall story and really brought Twelve Elms Stables to life! Jake Brady wasn't the typical male lead for an Amish romance either, because he was English. I was a bit surprised at the relationship that developed between him and Rachel, and that kept me reading to find out what would happen.
While A Little Bit of Charm is the third book in The New Beginnings Series, it can be read as a stand-alone work. Fans of "Amish" fiction may be a bit disappointed because this book focuses on a Mennonite community, although the main character, Rachel, is Amish. Ms. Ellis writes a compelling story that allows us to feel the characters' struggles as they wrestle with choices to be made. An added bonus with this story are the recipes that the author includes.
Posted September 4, 2013
I had the privilege of reading A Little Bit of Charm, book #3 in
I had the privilege of reading A Little Bit of Charm, book #3 in The New Beginning Series by Ms. Mary Ellis. Wow - I have so thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Amy and Nora, from book #1 and #2, and this book about Rachel’s journey was just as spectacular. I love how Ms. Ellis has created such unique personalities for each and every one of the sisters, as though they were a real family down the street where I live.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When I started reading this book, I was amazed how once again God did it. The theme of God being the great provider and looking to Him for wisdom was exactly what I needed at this particular time in my life. One of the struggles experienced in the book was mirrored in my personal life and it was such comfort to hear words of encouragement being spoken to fictional characters that applied to my own life. Just as God comes through in fiction, He comes through in real life as well. When we trust and obey, God works all things out for His good. It may not always look the way we think it will, but it definitely is the best solution.
Ms. Ellis’ writes characters and communities I wish I belonged too. They aren’t perfect, but in their imperfections, they are entertaining, encouraging, hopeful, and enjoyable. I love how she reminds the reader we are all loved by God equally, whether living as Englishers or choosing to be set apart as Mennonite or Amish. She gave a great portrayal of all three different congregations working, fellowshipping, and mingling together peacefully while still maintaining their separate lifestyles. That gives hope for a world in which people can be accepting of each other while we worship the same God.
I sure hope there is a Book #4 regarding Beth, the last King sister, as well as to continue the journeys of Amy and John, Nora and Lewis, and now Rachel and her husband. I wasn’t ready for the story to be over and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I hope I have one more book to continue on with a family I have definitely grown to love. I have so enjoyed getting to know this family and their love for each other and most importantly, their love for God.
Posted August 22, 2013
A different kind of Amish story. Rachel loves horses and leaves
A different kind of Amish story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Rachel loves horses and leaves her home in Lancaster County in her desire to work with Thoroughbreds. She finds a job she loves in Charm, Kentucky. Equally enticing is her boss, Jake Brady, and he likes her. She shouldn’t encourage him. After all, he’s and Englisher and she’s happy being Amish. Surely being friends is okay, and maybe a kiss or two. She visits the Baptist church with Jake and is entranced. Baptist, Amish, they’re both Christian. Why should it matter which church one attends?
Jake wants nothing more than to have a Kentucky Derby winner, and he risks his family’s financial security to train Eager to Please. He doesn’t have patience for his dad’s faith, but he’ll attend church if it means spending time with and impressing Rachel. Time spent in Florida among other racehorse owners shows him he doesn’t want to be like them. He’s already become greedy and full of himself, and now thoroughly ashamed.
Take-away thought: the Amish lifestyle makes it easier to stay on a righteous path. Those in the modern world find it harder to stay focused on God.
Posted August 21, 2013
Mary Ellis has another Great book. Once you start this book you
Mary Ellis has another Great book. Once you start this book you will not be able to put it down until the very last page then you will wantWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
it to go on and on. Even if you did not read the first two books you will be able to follow the story. It is Fantastic. If I could give it more than
5 stars I would. This book shows you that there is Power in Prayer and that God is always there for you.
You will fall in love with all of the characters and wish you were there. I loved Rachel and Jake. Rachel sounds so pretty inside and out.
and you will love Jake. I recommend this to everyone who loves a Great Christian book and the Chicken recipe at the end is wonderful