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Ella's Wish

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by Jerry S. Eicher
 

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Ella Yoder has moved into her dream house. In the stillness of the great house, Ella ponders her options. How is she to survive on her own? How will she ever forget Aden? What is to become of her?

Two would-be suitors soon make their intentions known, but Ella is unsure of her own feelings. As she agrees to take care of Preacher Stutzman's three motherless girls,

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Ella Yoder has moved into her dream house. In the stillness of the great house, Ella ponders her options. How is she to survive on her own? How will she ever forget Aden? What is to become of her?

Two would-be suitors soon make their intentions known, but Ella is unsure of her own feelings. As she agrees to take care of Preacher Stutzman's three motherless girls, Ella's heart is touched by their love for her. Could their affection be the answer to Ella's quest? Can God speak through the love of a child?

Readers of Amish fiction will fall in love themselves with Ella Yoder and hope with her that she finds the love and happiness she seeks.

About this series: Readers of Amish fiction will delight in this second book in a series about young Ella Yoder as she copes with the loss of her true love. Author Jerry Eicher's sales now top more than 100,000.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Another great Amish book and as always Jerry has wrote a great one."
Edna Tollison, MyFavoriteThings2.blogspot.com

"Ella's Wish is a well written book. I greatly enjoyed this book."
Katie Troyer

"Ella's Wish was a delight to read. I highly recommend it to all readers of Amish fiction, as well as to those who have not tried it before. The characters are well developed and you become part of their lives as they meet their challenges and deal with their problems. This would be an excellent book for reading groups, with the many rather controversial subjects in the story. The discussion questions are excellent."
Karla Hanns

Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Living in a brand new house does not seem to lessen Ella's sadness over the loss of Aden, her betrothed. Two suitors pursue Ella, but her heart still belongs to Aden. Her family continues to promote the bishop. Danny, Aden's brother declares his love for her, but she would feel disloyal to her friend, Arlene, who loves Danny. Ella's problems seem to multiply when her brother, Eli is seen visiting with an "Englisha" girl. Aden left money to build a new house for the two of them and she appreciates how blessed she is to live in a new house. But how will she get by with no money coming in? The entire Amish community believe that Ella is promised to the Bishop Ivan and do not hesitate to express their opinion as to Ella's choice of a husband. Bishop Miller helps out with Eli, so that convinces Ella's family to assume that she will marry him. Ella gets a strong dose of what life will be like married to the Bishop. Ivan has lost his wife, Lois, and needs someone to take care of his three young daughters. His guilt at loving Lois so much that God took her makes him consider marrying the Widow Weaver. But even his horse knows to turn around before he gets to her house. Ella wonders why the world is so complicated. Ivan preaches such thunderous sermons, but he seems nervous and shy with his motherless daughters. Ella's Wish, part of the "Little Valley" series, is a tender, loving romance set in an Amish community. The locale creates problems that wouldn't occur in the world outside their society. Some readers may be put off by so much fire and brimstone preaching, lengthy scripture quotations, and prayers. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736928052
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Series:
Little Valley Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
227,192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

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Ella's Wish 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
Ella Yoder lost her true love Aden, but he had set aside money for their home so his parents went ahead with the building of the house, and in this story Ella has moved into her new home. She needs a way to support herself and decides to rent part of the house out to an Amish couple who is getting married. She is also approached by Preacher Stutzman to take care of his three young daughters and she quickly agrees. She also decides to turn her basement into a quilt shop, and soon has plenty of business, enough that she should be able to support herself. She feels as if she will never be able to love again, but there are a few suitors who are interested. The bishop starts coming to call, he is convinced that she is the one for him, and Ella's parents think he would be perfect for her, but Ella isn't so sure. The one thing she knows is that she wont do anything while the Stutzman girls need her. Preacher Stutzman is struggling with what to do about a mother for his girls. Everyone is pushing him toward a local widow, but his heart is leading him in a different direction. Will Ella ever be ready for another relationship? I love this series! Ella is such an easy character to like. It is easy to see that her heart hasn't healed from the loss of her beloved Aden, but still she is a strong independent young lady that does what she needs to do, and that is what makes her story so different, it is the independence that she has. It was interesting to get a glimpse of Preacher Stutzman, while he is preaching a sermon, where he is tough, but then to see another side of him tending to his children. The secondary story between Eli and the Englisher Pam is still unresolved and I am totally wondering how it will work out. While this is the second book in the Little Valley Series it can easily be read as a stand alone work, although its such a great series that you really should read both. Their is never a down time in this story, the author held my attention until the final page, actually long after the final page because I became so involved in Ella's story that I so wanted to know how it would work out for her, but because its a series I will have to wait until September when the final book titled "Ella Finds Love Again" is released. "A Wedding Quilt For Ella", and "Ella's Wish" are two amish fiction reads that I would highly recommend. I for one will be anxiously awaiting the final book in this fantastic series! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Ella's house is now finished and she has moved into it. But what will she do to provide a living for herself? This is not a normal position for a young Amish woman, because generally they live with their families, or move from their parents after marriage to live with their husband. But Ella is not the normal young Amish woman. After the death of her beloved Aden, she is not sure she will ever love again, although there are plenty of opportunities being presented to her, she is unable to move forward in this part of her life. Preacher Stutzman offers her a job taking care of his three young daughters after the sudden death of his wife, this along with renting out the first floor of her home to a newlywed couple will help provide her living. Adding in a small quilt shop in her basement, should be enough to provide for her. What Ella has not bargained for is the deep feelings she is developing for Preacher Stutzman's little girls. Nor did she bargain for the young Bishop who is pursuing her. She knew he was interested, but he is taking liberties, trying to keep her from taking care of the little girls. This will not do at all, she has to put her foot down. A great story, with a twist from the normal Amish story. An independent young Amish woman with definite thoughts of how things are supposed to be or not be. I love Ella, she is so real to me, I would love to have her as a friend. This book is a continuation of the story of Ella, from the first book A Wedding Quilt for Ella. This book does stand alone, but there are references to the previous story, so having read it does help understand everything in this book. Discussion questions included. 274 pages US $11.99 4 stars This book was provided for review purposes only by Harvest House Publishers, no payment was received for this review.
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KT52 More than 1 year ago
"Ella's Wish" is a well written book. Having been born and raised Amish, I read Amish novels with a critical eye. My number one thing is to see how Amish the story is. I soon lost interest in seeing how Amish the story is, as I got wrapped up with the main characters' lives. Ella, as she faced life of a single woman after being almost married to Aden. Her parents, Daett and Mamm, who assumed they knew Ella's heart and desires without listening to what she had to say, of what she wanted to say. Of Ronda who was aware and sensitive of what was happening in each heart without being told, without words. Of the young single Bishop who was seeking a wife, who was never challenged and never questioned his perspective and authority on any given subject. His word was law. And then came the young Deacon who preached fiery sermons of hell fire and brimstone, who by appearance was someone you kept your distance. Yet hidden under his sermons was a tender and timid heart and not quite so sure of himself. He was the father of three little girls and who lost his wife for some reason or another. Anyway both the Bishop and Deacon wanted Ella for a wife.
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mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
Another great Amish book and as always Jerry has wrote a great one. I read the first one in this series and so glad to get this one. Jerry has a way about his writing that always leaves you hanging at the end of the book wishing for another page or two. As Ella Yoder moves into her new home alone, and decides to rent out part of it and to a quilt shop in the basement. She has to make a living as she is single and has left her dad's house. She then starts to take care of Preacher Stutzman's three little daughters as his wife had died. Ella has lost her betrothed Aden and now has too many of the young men wanting to take her out. She does not feel as if she is ready for another boyfriend or if she ever will be. She loves the little girls and they are so easy to take care of, she can quilt while they are there. She uses her wedding quilt as an example and one the first day she opened her quilt shop she got an order for her first quilt. She was quite happy, as she will have the income from that and she rents out the first floor of her house to a young married couple and get paid to care for the little girls. But will she ever pick another young man to fall in love with and can she ever forget Aden. Come on Jerry get those words down on paper I need to know. Thanks to Harvest House Publisher and the author for sending me this book to review.
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