An Amish Family Reunion

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During a rumschpringe visit to Niagara Falls, Phoebe Miller meets Eli Riehl, a young man who charms her--and everyone else--with his exceptional storytelling ability. When Phoebe sketches scenes to illustrate one of his tales, Eli encourages her incredible talent, and together they embark on a lofty and unlikely business venture for two young Amish people--writing and illustrating a children's book.

Eli's kindness and appeal extend beyond his knack for words to reach inside ...

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Overview

During a rumschpringe visit to Niagara Falls, Phoebe Miller meets Eli Riehl, a young man who charms her--and everyone else--with his exceptional storytelling ability. When Phoebe sketches scenes to illustrate one of his tales, Eli encourages her incredible talent, and together they embark on a lofty and unlikely business venture for two young Amish people--writing and illustrating a children's book.

Eli's kindness and appeal extend beyond his knack for words to reach inside Phoebe's heart. But he is an only son with five sisters, and when his father suffers a heart attack, Eli gives up his writing to assume responsibility on the farm. Though willing to abandon his dream of becoming an author, he won't give up his beloved Phoebe.

Can their love for a good story develop into something that lasts forever, or will Phoebe's deep-seated fear of desertion stand in their way?

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During a rumspringa trip to Niagara Falls, Phoebe Miller meets Eli, a young man with a talent for writing stories. Eli is impressed with Phoebe's artistic ability, and the two decide to publish a children's book. Their project is put on hold when Eli's father suffers a heart attack and Eli must take over the family farm. VERDICT Ellis revisits her Miller family series (A Widow's Hope; Never Far from Home; The Way to a Man's Heart) with this character-driven, quaint romance. Amish fiction fans can never get too much of the Plain People, and they will be pleased with Ellis's latest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736944878
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 398,007
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Excellent writing

    As an accomplished author, Mary Ellis knows the ins and outs of writing a really good book. An Amish Family Reunion exemplifies this well.

    Phoebe Miller is an artist at heart, and shy. She refuses to attend the singings, and such that are normal for Amish youth.With one exception. She manages to talk her father into a trip to Niagara Falls. On this trip, she meets Eli Riehl, a young Amish man who spins an exceptional story. Together they plan a business venture to produce a book with Eli's story and Phoebe's illustrations.

    Somewhere along the way, Eli and Phoebe grow to love one another. But when tragedy strikes on the Riehl farm, Eli has to give up his dream and care for the family's farm. He's not willing, however, to give up on Phoebe. As shy as she, he takes a step beyond his comfort zone and pursues her at every opportunity.

    This book is preceded by several others: A Widow's Hope, Never Far From Home, and The Way to a Man's Heart. It is not necessary, however, to have read these in order to enjoy An Amish Family Reunion.

    I enjoyed this novel a great deal, as I had the others that I have read by Ms. Ellis. I look forward to more books from her in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    This was the first book I read in this series. I have already ordered the book A widow's Hope about her Father & Mother-In-Law. I loved the tender characters.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Family is woven all through out this story. A Mother missing he

    Family is woven all through out this story. A Mother missing her grown children. A Family reunion to bring them all together. Each person different but bound together by the thread of belonging to a family.
    Phobe loves to draw which most Amish find odd. She sescapes often to draw pictures of nature. She begs to go on a trip to Niagara Fall with the young people.
    There she meets Eli who loves to tell stories. They decide to write a children's book together. They meet every Wednesday at Library to work on it. Before they get it published tragedy happens in Eli's home. It looks like it could destroy Phobe and Eli's dream. Does it? I'll let you find out.
    I had to chuckle over several of the scenes. So many memories of my own childhood and no, I'm not Amish.
    A very good read. You will be sorry it ended.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

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    Phoebe is the quietest member of the whole Miller family and is

    Phoebe is the quietest member of the whole Miller family and is content to spend her time drawing. She carries her tablet and pencils with her everywhere. Phoebe lost her mother at a young age then her father married Hannah Miller, she truly loves her mother and Hannah loves her.

    Henry, her cousin, tells her about a two day bus tour to Niagara Falls and encourages Phoebe to go since she hasn't joined the church yet. Phoebe's father refuses to allow her to go even though it will be all Amish kids from two different districts. Hannah finally convinces him to let Phoebe go.

    Eli Rhiel, a young man from the other district, notices her as they are getting on the bus and tries to flirt with her. She ignores him, but he sits right across from her and ends up in her seat on the girls side of the bus. On these tours the guys are supposed to sit on one side and the girls on the other, when the chaperone sees them in the same seat she thinks nothing of it because of who they are.

    Eli can tell a story better than anyone she knows, the chaperone knows this too, so she calls on him to tell a funny story about Niagara Falls and when he's done he returns to his seat, not hers, so she gets her pad and pencils out and draws pictures to go with the story he told. When Eli sees the illustrations, he can hardly believe his eyes. Phoebe can't believe how much Eli knows about Niagara Falls and wonders if he's taken this trip before.

    Phoebe hates leaving, she has had a great time and found a new friend. She has talked to Eli more than she's probably talked to anyone in her whole life. The two start meeting on Wednesday afternoons at the library and Eli asks Phoebe to be his partner in writing children's books, he will write the stories and she will do the illustrating.

    You will have to read the book to see if this relationship works out, if it leads to more than a working relationship, and if it does, is there something to break one and/or both of the relationships up. There are more family stories for you to follow along with too and you will get drawn into each one.

    I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone. Mary does a great job of telling the story of the Miller Family.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

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    Ties That Bind

    Since I was born and bred in the Anabaptist community I didn’t read this book to learn about people and cultures that are different than me. So why do I read Mary Ellis’s books?

    It’s because she is a gifted story teller and the stories seem true to life.

    I like a book with a multi-thread plot so I enjoyed following Julia Miller and her worries about her married children. We never really want to let them go. We want to keep giving them advice. And sometimes they don’t appreciate it. So I wanted to see how everything worked out in the different family relationships.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    FANTASTIC A MUST READ

    "AN AMISH FAMILY REUNION" is absolutely wonderful, once you start this book you will be hooked until the very last page and then you will not want it to end, even if you have not read the whole Miller series you will be able to follow this book everyone of the characters are great, but you will definitely love Phoebe and Eli, they are so made for each other, Mary is so talented and I am so happy that she shares her talent with us, as you read her books you can just visualize what the characters look like, she just describe them so well, it is like you are right there with them. If you enjoy a good Christian book you will love all of Mary Ellis's books and I also love all of the BIble quotes, she just makes you feel and know that anything is possible with The Lord at your side

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Well done!

    Well done! Mary Ellis portrays An Amish Family Reunion with skill, humor, and affection. Most of us have been to a large family gathering--they're sweet, and they bring together an interesting combination of people. Ellis weaves this story of the Millers around and through such a reunion. There's a common ground here for the reader, though the setting is uniquely Amish. It's a sweet story of families, kinship and the love we share for one another. Required reading for anyone attending a family reunion.

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