Ellie's Redemption

Ellie's Redemption

by Molly Jebber

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The comforting aroma of fresh baked-and-buttered bread. The hearty spice of cinnamon-oatmeal bars and hot coffee. In 1912 Ohio, The Amish Charm Bakery is the sweet sustaining center of a faith-abiding town built on peace, forgiveness—and ever-surprising love . . .
Ellie Graber couldn't be happier working at Amish Charm—and making good on a precious chance to reunite with her Amish community. Grief over her mother’s death made her rebel and try the Englischer world, but now she’s home to start again. And quiet, thoughtful Joel Wenger is one of the few willing to understand her as their unexpected friendship develops into something much more . . .
But no matter how hard Ellie tries, Joel’s mother resolutely refuses to approve of her—much less accept her as a potential daughter-in-law. And as painful misunderstandings and a beautiful rival for Joel’s affections threaten to separate the couple for good, can they bridge the gap between distrust and faith to secure a lifetime of love?
Praise for Molly Jebber’s Keepsake Pocket Quilt novels
“Endearing characters and a delightful story make this a keeper for fans of Amish romance.” —Emma Miller
“Jebber is a talented author who always gives readers what they have come to expect from her books.” —RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420144857
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Series: The Amish Charm Bakery Series , #2
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 328,238
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Molly Jebber’s award-winning books have been featured on Publishers Weekly’s Best Ten Recommended Reads, in USA Today’s HEA, RT Book Reviews and many other media sites. You’ll also find her on RWA’s Honor Roll. She tours and speaks about Amish history/traditions, writing, marketing, publishing, and about her books. She loves God, her family, friends. She enjoys swimming, golf, reading, and says yes to butterscotch pie and parasailing, but no to coconut and skydiving! Visit www.mollyjebber.com for a complete list of her books and speaking events.

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1912, Charm, Ohio

Ellie Graber glanced at Joel Wenger across the room. Her heart raced, and her cheeks warmed. His blue eyes and pleasant voice had popped into her mind often since they'd met at Liza's marriage to her daed four weeks ago. Since Joel's family was new to the community, she was glad Joel's parents had been present at the last service and heard about the wedding and attended. He was tall and confident but not arrogant. He'd missed the last worship service, and she hadn't run into him in town. Worship every other Sunday had made for a long wait but worth it to speak to him again. She wanted to learn all she could about him.

She bowed her head. The bishop prayed for the after-service meal and dismissed them from the Yoders' front room. She jumped up from the hardwood bench, stretched, and walked outside with Hannah.

Hannah nudged her. "I caught Joel looking at you several times. You and he had a very short conversation the first time you met. Maybe today you'll have a chance to get to know him better."

Ellie heaved a big sigh. "Hannah, I'm afraid."

Hannah quirked her brow. "Of what?"

"He's the first man in a while I've been interested in. I might be setting myself up for heartbreak if he finds out about what I've done. I'm sure the other available Amish men have avoided me because of it."

"Ellie, God forgave you. Now, forgive yourself." Hannah whispered, "Joel's headed in your direction. I'll sit with Eva and Leah." Hannah gave her a sweet nod and hurried to the long tables filled with food dishes.

Joel reached her. "Ellie, would you mind joining me in the shade under the oak trees near the pond? I've got a blanket already spread, and I found a stack of firewood and used a couple of pieces to hold it down."

Her heart raced. Of course she'd sit with him. She'd waited for this moment for weeks. "Danki, I'd be happy to."

She went to the tables displayed with dishes filled with food and scanned the many selections. A bowl of enticing uncooked carrots, celery, and broccoli cut in bite-size pieces made her mouth water. She scooped a helping onto her plate, then selected a ham-spread sandwich out of the basket beside it. Smiling, she waited for Joel to fill his plate. He stood at least six feet tall, and his muscles threatened to rip his sleeves. The word handsome didn't do him justice.

"Do you have everything you need?"

Ellie nodded. She'd add thoughtful gentleman to the list of why she found him attractive. She strolled with him to the blanket, sat and balanced her plate on her lap. The abnormally warm breeze for this time of year brushed her cheeks. Orange and brown leaves fluttered from the trees.

"I love summer." She sighed. "It's September twenty-second already. This may be the last day we'll go without jackets and shawls. I'm sad to have the season end."

"Summer is my favorite time of year too. We've been fortunate to have the higher temperatures this long. The rest of my family loves snow. I can't understand it." Joel exaggerated a shiver. "I dread the cold. If Mamm hadn't told me silly stories about my childhood, I'd think I was adopted." He laughed.

She chuckled. He had a sense of humor. Another plus to add to the list of reasons she cared about Joel. "We didn't have a chance to talk much at my parents' wedding. Are you happy in Charm?"

"My parents and I have been busy getting things in order, and we haven't had time to socialize or explore the town. I'm anxious to do both. I also had an upset stomach and missed the last service. I haven't had a chance to get out and about much to get to know people."

Ellie smiled. "I'm sorry you were sick. I'm glad you're here today."

A woman approached them. She narrowed her light blue eyes and crossed her bony arms. "Joel, I expect you to socialize with all our new friends and not spend your time with one person."

Joel stood. "Mamm, this is Ellie Graber. Liza Graber is her stepmamm, and Ellie works for her at the bakery in town." He offered Ellie a hand to help her stand.

Ellie clasped Joel's fingers and balanced her plate in her other hand. She steadied herself and froze. The tall woman's pinched lips and hands on hips unnerved her.

Mrs. Wenger scanned Ellie from head to toe. "Ellie, I'm sure you'll understand if I take Joel to speak with his other friends. Joel, kumme with me. Let me introduce you to someone."

Ellie swallowed the lump in her throat. Why was this woman set on separating her from Joel? "Nice to meet you, Mrs. Wenger."

Red-faced, Joel sighed. "Ellie, I apologize for leaving you. I'll speak to you again before I leave."

Ellie nodded. "I enjoyed our talk." She set her plate on the grass, then helped him fold the blanket.

"I did too." Joel gave her a regretful sigh, tucked the blanket under his arm, and followed his mamm.

Hannah, Leah, and Eva rushed to her.

Hannah crossed her arms over her chest. "You and Joel were smiling until Mrs. Wenger interrupted you. What happened?" Hannah rested a hand on Ellie's shoulder.

She glanced at her friends. "We were having a pleasant conversation, and then Mrs. Wenger insisted he go with her. She was rude and scolded him for not conversing with their other friends. I just turned eighteen, and she treated me like I was a child. I don't understand her cold demeanor toward me."

Leah ran her shoe over a stray dry leaf. "I overheard my mamm talking to her about you. Mamm has a wagging tongue, and she loves to tell the past and present gossip to the newcomers first. It frustrates Daed and me."

Ellie squinted. "She's been good to me when I've been to your haus. I'm surprised she'd share the worst about me with them."

Leah waved a dismissive hand. "She likes you, and she approves of us being friends. However, she believes you should wait for two years to marry, considering your history."

Hannah huffed and drew her head back. "Your mamm is too opinionated and eager to win friends the wrong way. Do you agree with her about Ellie, Leah?" She held up her palms. "Nah, I do not."

Eva wrung her hands. "Ellie, Mamm agrees with anything Leah's mamm says. I hope you won't allow their views to interfere with our friendship."

"I understand how difficult it must have been for you both to share this information with me. I'm glad you told me. I cherish our closeness, and this won't change anything between us. I feared there would be consequences."

Eva gestured to the parked buggies and wagons. "Leah, your parents and mine are walking to the buggies. We'd better go."

Ellie and Hannah bid them farewell.

Hannah clasped her hand. "Don't let what you were told today upset you."

Ellie couldn't shake off the heavy sadness in her heart. Joel had captivated her from their first meeting. She might as well put her silly notion to grow a friendship with him out of her head. Mrs. Wenger would make sure it didn't happen. "I doubt God would want Joel to go against his mamm's wishes. The woman made it apparent she doesn't approve of me."

"She hasn't gotten acquainted with the sweet, smart, and adorable Ellie yet. Be patient. You will run into her at social gatherings and church. Engage her in conversation, and I'm sure she'll warm up to you." Hannah walked over to her basket on the table, reached in, and pulled out two cookies and handed one to Ellie.

Ellie held the molasses cookie. "Your friendship means so much to me. You always lift me up." She sighed. "I'll give it a try." She took a bite and hugged herself. "These are exceptional."

She glanced at Joel. Abigail Fisher had his attention. Petite and attractive, she had a distracting habit of talking with her hands. Her smile so big, Ellie waited for her face to crack. Guilt shot through her. She shouldn't be judgmental. She didn't know much about Abigail. Jealousy had gotten the best of her.

Ellie frowned. Mrs. Wenger laughed with Joel and Abigail. Joel's mamm approved of this girl. Ellie's chances of Joel giving her another thought or his mamm warming up to her were growing slimmer by the minute.

Hannah passed her another cookie. "Quit frowning at Joel and Abigail. We stay away from her for a reason. She's cunning and not your typical Amish girl. Her parents have spoiled her, and she is used to getting her way."

"She's always avoided me. I don't know anything about her."

"The Fishers moved here three years ago. I wilkomed Abigail to Charm. She's our age. At first she was nice, then she turned her nose up at me for no reason. She's strange. Be glad she avoids you. I doubt Joel will be attracted to her. Her parents treat her like a princess, and she isn't afraid to speak her mind. Joel's talking to her means nothing. He was dragged over to her. He sought you out." Hannah shot a glance at Joel and darted her face back to Ellie. "Glance at him this instant."

Ellie met Joel's gaze.

He exchanged an endearing glance with her before returning his attention back to Abigail.

A spark of hope welled in her. Maybe Hannah had a point. She might have a chance with him after all.

* * *

Mrs. Wenger stared approvingly at Abigail. "Joel, this sweetheart brought us rhubarb tarts when we first moved in, and we had a nice chat. You had gone to town to buy a new saw blade and missed meeting her. You two should make plans and get to know each other. Her family owns the fifth farm to our left."

Joel listened to Abigail and stole glances at Ellie. Unlike Abigail, Ellie had a pleasing voice and the prettiest sky-blue eyes. Her honey-blond hair showed through her sheer white kapp. She came to his shoulder and had the daintiest hands and slender fingers. He was intrigued by her, and he longed to ask more about her life. He swallowed the frustration with his mamm intruding into his conversation with Ellie.

He didn't have any interest in Abigail. The annoying girl wouldn't stop prattling on about her favorite barn cat. Standing next to Mamm, he dared not escape, or she would be unbearable to live with the rest of the day.

Daed approached them. He tipped his hat to Abigail. "I'm Mr. Wenger."

Mamm held out her palm. "Meet Abigail Fisher. She and Joel are getting better acquainted." She put her hand on Abigail's back. "She's a charming girl."

Abigail blushed. "Pleasure to meet you, Mr. Wenger. Your fraa is the one who is charming."

Mr. Wenger gave her a curt nod. "Pleased to make your acquaintance, miss. Enjoy the rest of your day. We must be going."

Abigail asked Mr. Wenger, "Do you mind if I steal Joel away for another minute?" "Not at all. Take your time."

Mrs. Wenger gave her son a gentle push. "You can meet us at the buggy. I need to gather my things, so don't rush." She waved to Abigail and joined Daed.

Abigail pulled Joel aside. "I've lived in Charm for about three years, and I plan to stay and raise a family here someday. It's a pleasant little town. You're going to enjoy life here. Kumme to my haus tomorrow around six. We'll have supper with my family then take a walk or buggy ride. I'll be glad to show you some good fishing and canoeing spots."

The last thing he wanted to do was spend more time with Abigail. "I have a lot of work to do. I'm going to have to decline, but danki for the invitation."

Abigail rolled her eyes. "Don't be silly. Your mamm approves of our getting together. I'm sure your family will understand. You have to have a little fun, and you will have supper at home. I make the best cornbread. You don't want to miss it."

This girl was pushy, and it annoyed him she'd called him silly. An unusual trait for an Amish girl. One he didn't want in the girl he would choose to pursue. "I'm sorry. I'm going to decline. We haven't got everything the way we want it. It's going to take time."

"I wonder if you would turn down Ellie's invitation to supper."

Joel's stomach clenched. He suspected this girl hid the forward side of her personality from his mamm. "Ellie and I met at her daed's wedding. This is the second time we've run into each other."

"You should stay away from her."

Joel narrowed his eyes. "Why?"

Abigail kicked a small stone to the side. "It's no secret. Her daed brought her to Charm for a fresh start."

"I'm not comfortable discussing Ellie with you."

"Someone has to tell you before you get yourself in trouble. She's not a nice girl."

Heat rose to his cheeks. He had to ask two important questions. "Has she committed her life to God? Has she joined the church?"

"Jah to both your questions, but it doesn't matter. I wouldn't trust her."

He'd learned firsthand how gossips could tarnish one's reputation. His family had suffered from embellished stories about his schweschder, Maryann. He'd hoped taking Mamm out of the home they'd once shared with his schweschder in Lancaster and bringing her to a new location would help heal her heart from the hurt they'd suffered as a result of Maryann's actions. He hoped never to experience such pain again.

Abigail lowered her chin and gazed up at him. "I hope you won't judge me for warning you about Ellie. I'm trying to protect you. You're new in town, and I don't want you to waste your time on someone who may hurt you."

He didn't believe her. She had an ulterior motive, to shift his focus from Ellie to her. It wouldn't work. She was forceful, driven, and rude. "Let's change the subject. I'm sure there's something else we can discuss."

"Kumme to my haus for supper." She raised her shoulders. "No harm in friends sharing a meal together. I'll expect you at my haus tomorrow evening around six."

Joel gritted his teeth. This girl had the determination of a beaver taking down a tree. Mamm would never let him live it down if he didn't say jah to her request. He was certain Mamm wouldn't be convinced he'd given Abigail a fair chance unless he accepted her invitation. The minute he got home, he'd make his disinterest in Abigail known. Then maybe Mamm would quit playing matchmaker when he told her he wasn't interested in Abigail. "I'll be there."

Abigail swayed from side to side and curled her lips in a satisfied grin. "I hope this will be the first of many visits you'll make to my haus."

He gave her a curt nod and left. Abigail would be hard to avoid at social gatherings and church. Going to her haus for supper to prove to Mamm and to Abigail he'd given the girl a chance might be a mistake. The girl wouldn't be easy to deter. He shook his head. He'd be polite but direct with her tomorrow evening.

* * *

Joel listened to the crunch of dry brown leaves with each step and gazed at the gray clouds. Hot summer weather had left, and the temperature turned cool this twenty-third day of September. Questions about Ellie swirled in his head. Ellie's answers to Abigail's warning could ruin any chance of friendship, or perhaps more, with her. He'd hope for the best. First, he had to go to supper at Abigail's and tell her the truth.

He worked hard until five thirty and then freshened up, changed clothes, threw his pole and dinted metal box he used to store what he needed in the back of his wagon, and headed to Abigail's. On the way, he admired the big barns, white homes, and pristine fields. Charm, a quaint small town, had the necessary businesses to supply whatever he needed. He didn't miss the larger and busy town of Lancaster.

Joel guided his horse to the hitching post, jumped down, and secured the animal.

Abigail opened the door and came skipping in his direction.

"You're here! Kumme on in."

He approached her. Her enthusiasm would make his planned conversation with her after supper awkward. Guilt shuddered through him. Kumming here was a bad idea. "Good evening. Lead the way."

She took him inside to the sitting room. "I'll hang up your coat."

He handed it to her. "Danki."

Her daed stood and offered his hand. "Call me Ben."

A cheerful, round-as-she-was-tall woman appeared. "Joel, I'm glad you could join us for supper. Would you care for some water, coffee, or tea?" "Danki. Water would be fine."

Abigail gestured for him to sit. "I'll bring you a glass. You stay and chat with Daed."

Mrs. Fisher left the room, wiping her hands on a dish towel. "I'll be in the kitchen. Ham and beans and cornbread will be ready in a few minutes."

Ben settled back in a maple chair with stuffed blue cushions on the back and seat, stretching his long arms. "My dochder tells me you moved here from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. What brought your family to Charm?" Abigail returned, handed him a glass of water, and sat a respectable distance from him on the settee. She flashed him a cheerful grin.


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poodlelover 8 months ago
What do you get when you make a mistake, repeat that mistake, then come home to ask forgiveness…a reputation! That’s the problem Ellie Graber is having with the Amish ‘grapevine’ in her Charm, Ohio community. She is trying hard to reconnect with her Amish roots after venturing into the Englisch world after her mother’s death but some in the community don’t believe her repentance is genuine. When Ellie meets Joel Wenger, there is a connection, but she puts off telling him about her past. When Joel discovers the truth about Ellie from his mother, he harshly judges her, too! Misunderstandings and distrust separate Ellie and Joel but is their love for each other strong enough to bridge the divide? You’ll find lots of charming characters and a story that promotes forgiveness. A good lesson for everyone!
poodlelover 8 months ago
What do you get when you make a mistake, repeat that mistake, then come home to ask forgiveness…a reputation! That’s the problem Ellie Graber is having with the Amish ‘grapevine’ in her Charm, Ohio community. She is trying hard to reconnect with her Amish roots after venturing into the Englisch world after her mother’s death but some in the community don’t believe her repentance is genuine. When Ellie meets Joel Wenger, there is a connection, but she puts off telling him about her past. When Joel discovers the truth about Ellie from his mother, he harshly judges her, too! Misunderstandings and distrust separate Ellie and Joel but is their love for each other strong enough to bridge the divide? You’ll find lots of charming characters and a story that promotes forgiveness. A good lesson for everyone!
Christa4 9 months ago
Take a stroll back in time to the quaint town of Charm, Ohio in the year 1912. Author, Molly Jebber writes a historical treasure, in her newest release, Ellie's Redemption. You will fall in love with these characters and the lovely bakery they work at. You can almost taste those sweet treats as the story unfolds. Ellie Graber's past is not perfect, in fact, it is far from it. She has moved on and is committed to honoring and living her Amish faith. Ellie befriends Joel Wenger, a newcomer to the area. Their relationship quickly grows, but how will he react when she shares her past with him? She cannot withhold it from him forever. You will definitely enjoy reading this story, the second in An Amish Charm Bakery series. A bakery treat awaits you at the end of this book! Once you start reading, you won't be putting this story down anytime soon! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and have given my honest opinion.
thall5 10 months ago
In true fashion of Molly Jebber, Ellie’s Redemption, is another uniquely woven Amish story that kept me turning pages to the very end. This story of love, forgiveness, God’s grace, and second chances, tells of a girl who left the Amish community a few years back, and although she returned and is now committed completely to the Amish way of life, her reputation had been tarnished and the local gossips are making it their business to punish her for past sins. I really enjoyed this story and the characters in it. They were well developed and easy to relate to. I hated so much to see how quickly people were to judge Ellie and the way it threatened her happiness. I was glad to see that in the end, peace was made, and Ellie chose to forgive each one that had done her wrong. While this is the second book in the Amish Charm Bakery Series, it can be read as a stand alone book. I do recommend reading the first book just to better understand a few things in this book. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the author, but was not required to give to positive review. This is my honest opinion of this book.
vics49548 10 months ago
Author Molly Jebber always writes sweet, almost gentle stories that have lessons to learn. This one is no different. Jebber shows us that gossiping and judging people is not a Godly trait and always has ramifications. But we also see that there is forgiveness, both from God and hopefully form the person we wronged. Not at all preachy, I think much can be learned from this story. The characters in Ellie’s Redemption are relatable. Like us they have strengths and weaknesses. They have opportunities to follow what they know to be right, or to make mistakes. And both happen, giving grace and mercy an opportunity to shine. My only “complaint”, and it really isn’t a complaint but a preference, is that Jebber’s writing style is a little formal for me. However I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a charming Amish story. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
NKBookReviewer 11 months ago
”Ellie’s Redemption” is Book Two in author Molly Jebber’s Amish Charm Bakery Series. If you haven’t read Book One you will be fine reading this as a stand alone. This is a lovely tale set in Charm, Ohio in 1912. The writing took me to the farms and shops of that quaint area within the first few pages. I enjoyed the descriptions which were enough for me to visualize but not too much to become bored. There is a wide array of characters in this historical Amish tale. From mischievous young lads to cranky mothers secondary characters made this a fun book. There were animals, too. The main characters were well defined and rounded, complete with flaws. Some of the Amish were gossips, mean girls, brats, and no different from people in our world. The author did a good job tackling relevant issues. The writing style in this book was a pleasant, easy one. At times it seemed the story was hurried, but for the most part it was well planned and organized. I loved the bakery and goodies constantly described! Another thing I loved were the life lessons and spiritual message. This book speaks about forgiveness, second chances, grace, trusting God, redemption, and the power of the tongue. It has a strong message against gossiping and for acceptance. Bravo! I recommend this book for Amish fiction lovers. I would also recommend it to a teenage girl group. The life lessons are timely and would provide for great discussions. It gets a 4 out of 5 stars from me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a review. These are my own, honest opinions.
arkieclown 11 months ago
ELLIE’S REDEMPTION by Molly Jebber is the second book in the Amish Charm Bakery series. ELLIE’S REDEMPTION is the story of Ellie Graber and Joel Wenger. Ellie Graber had a troubled past - one very unusual for an Amish girl. After the death of her Mother, she rebelled against her Dad and against the church running away not once but twice. She did eventually return and asked for forgiveness beginning a new life in the Amish community. Ellie is very happy living with her Dad - Jacob, stepmother- Liza, and little brother - Peter, and working with Liza and Hannah at The Amish Charm Bakery. (This part of the story is told in detail in the first book of this series – “Liza's Second Chance”. There are highlights of this story in this book so you won’t be lost if you haven’t read the first book at all.) Joel Wenger along with his parents moved to Charm, Ohio after his sister ran off to married an Englischer leaving her Amish upbringing and family behind. Joel is protective of his parents not wanting them to go through another ordeal like that ever again but his mamm’s attitude and behavior makes very difficult at times. When Ellie and Joel first met, they were immediately drawn to each other. Although Ellie’s folks opened their home and hearts to Joel, Joel’s mother was not receptive to any form courtship between the two. She had listened to gossip. After losing her daughter to the English world, she refused to lose her son to a woman who keeps running off to their world as well. Elllie knows that in the Amish community that family means everything and she refuses to be the thorn in Joel’s relationship with him parents. Joel and Ellie separate after things about each other's past come to light. Joel needed time to absorb all he was told and to figure out his emotions. Ellie hopes for a future together but she won't entertain a relationship as long as his mamm is so opposed to her. Is the key to their happiness Joel’s long lost sister, Maryann? Can Joel, Ellie and Jabob, Ellie’s Dad, find her in time and safely bring her back to the Charm Amish community. They find out that her husband had been murdered for gambling debts and she has a little baby girl named Betsy. Taking her back home to the Charm Amish community renews the family unit like the prodigal child coming home. When Naomi finds out that it was Ellie that insisted they go after her and talking to Maryann herself, she realizes how very wrong she has been. She is extremely sorrowful for how horrible she had treated Ellie. Molly Jebber’s book ELLIE’S REDEMPTION is an amazing story of love, devotion, family, forgiveness, faith, family and the power of prayer. You will feel all your emotions while reading this book - joy at the news of a little boppli in the future for Jacob and Liza, laughter at the antics of Snuggles and Cinnamon as well as the honest words of youth, sadness of the separation of Joel and Ellie, hope for a possible future with Hannah and Timothy, elation that past transgressions can be forgiven opening up the chance for a second chance, anger at the way folks accept gossip as gospel, and last but surely not least faith knowing that through faith all things are possible. Forgiveness is a main thread throughout this book – both in giving and accepting it. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a well written story, one that will keep you turning the pages hoping for a happily ever after. You won’t be disappointed!
Deana0326 11 months ago
Many of us have done something in our lives that we regret and hope we can undo the harm caused by it. We want to be accepted, forgiven and loved. The author has written a character that exemplifies what it feels like to make a mistake and be treated harshly. I could relate to Ellie in her pain and desperate hope that people in her community will forgive her. It is not easy for her as some members in the town still judge her and gossip about her. I loved how the author gave us a character that takes us through her walk of finding freedom from her past. It is a beautifully written story that made tears run down my eyes. Ellie can't undo the past, but she can be an example to others of how God forgives us. Joel is a good character and Ellie is hopeful that their friendship will turn into something more. The dynamics of his family is similar to Ellie's in the sense that they have both suffered loss. Joel has heard rumors about what Ellie did when she left the Amish but he has ignored it until the day Ellie tells him about her past. The ache in Ellie's heart was powerful when Joel reacts unexpectedly after listening to her confess about her past. There is a strong element of judgment in the story and a great lesson about forgiveness. There is a character in the book that really stood out to me. This character is so hurt by a loss, that she seems to not want to forgive Ellie for her mistakes because it hits close to home. I understood her grief and loved reading how she needed to work through her bitterness. The author did an excellent job of showing how loss can make us become bitter and have a hard time opening up to others. I loved this character because she was relatable and realistic. I have come to expect the best quality of writing and development of characters from this author. She once again has not let me down. This is one of her best stories about forgiveness and many of us can relate to Ellie; not because she is Amish but because we know the pain of rejection and being judged for our past. I loved the story and how the author allows us a glimpse into the Amish world. I loved reading about the bakery and all the delicious breads and pastries they made for customers. The ending is eloquently written and reminds readers how forgiveness heals a broken and bitter heart. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
RobbyeReviewer 11 months ago
Ellie’s Redemption by Molly Jebber deals with several matters within the Amish community in Charm, Ohio, in 1921. One she gives emphasis to is gossip. There are several verses in the Bible warning against gossiping (or talebearing). A few of those include: Leviticus 19:16a King James Version (KJV) Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people... Proverbs 11:13 (KJV) A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Proverbs 20:19 (KJV) He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. Ellie Graber struggles against feelings of inadequacies and self-worth. Ellie must stand strong when gossiping causes the mother of her friend, Joel Wenger, to not give them a chance. She portrays an attitude of forgiveness and kindness, even though others are not so kind to her. The story is sweet and simple with many obstacles that need to be overcome. The main characters are easy to relate to, and they all grow in faith, forgiveness and understanding as a result of the problems they each face. I love when the author includes a recipe, and there is one for oatmeal cookies in the book! Ellie’s Redemption is Book 2 of The Amish Charm Bakery Series. Because I was sometimes confused, I feel I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read the first story. I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 11 months ago
Ellie’s Redemption is the second novel in An Amish Charm Bakery series. I like Molly Jebber’s writing style. It is conversational which makes the book easy to get into and to read. Historical events are included in the story which adds realism plus helps capture the time period. Charm, Ohio is a quaint small-town with a large Amish population. Ellie works at The Amish Charm Bakery along with her two friends and her stepmother, Liza who owns it. The characters are relatable with their feelings and the issues they face. The story proceeds at a gentle pace as Ellie and Joel get to know each other and overcome obstacles in the path to a happy life. Forgiveness of others and oneself, redemption, acceptance, and the harmful effects of gossip are featured in the story. I do suggest reading Liza’s Second Chance prior to beginning Ellie’s Redemption. I did find some details repeated throughout the book and a predictability to the story. My favorite quote was “God never leaves us nor forsakes us”. I am giving Ellie’s Redemption 3 out of 5 stars. Ellie’s Redemption is a sweet, heartwarming Amish romance.
amybooksy 11 months ago
Ellie's Redemption is the second installment from Molly Jebber's Amish Charm Bakery series. This Amish historical takes a reader back in time to 1912 Ohio. Ellie Graber comes back to her Amish community after leaving following the death of her mother. She is excited to with her community again. Especially, when she starts a friendship with Joel. Only his mother is not too fond of Ellie, causing drama between two friends. Will Ellie be able to change Joel's mother's mind? What will Ellie have to do to save her and Joel's relationship? I enjoyed Ellie's Redemption and thought it was a pretty good read. I instantly felt connected to Ellie from page one. I wanted to root for her and was hoping all would end well for her. I just had to find out what would happen with her and Joel next. I am giving Ellie's Redemption four and a half stars. I look forward into what will happen next in the third installment of the Amish Charm Bakery series. I highly recommend Ellie's Redemption for those who enjoy a good, well written, sweet and clean Amish story. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
5643437 11 months ago
I love reading Amish Fiction, especially since we spent several years living in central Pennsylvania, where we frequently saw Amish families and even went to local Amish farms and an Amish store to buy produce and goods. Moreover, I love reading books by Molly Jebber. So when the opportunity came up to review Ellie’s Redemption, I was thrilled to read it. This is the second book in the series, An Amish Charm Bakery series. Ellie’s Redemption is the story of an Amish young lady who made some poor choices after her mother died. These choices followed her, even after she repented and returned to the Amish community. Joel Wenger is an Amish man who wants to believe Ellie has changed. But his parents and others in the community make that difficult to do. Of course, his family had experienced first hand the tragedy of having his sister walk away from the Amish way of life. So it is somewhat understandable how they felt. This book will take you through a variety of emotions, feelings, and thoughts. It kept my interest from start to finish. So if you want to read a wonderful, uplifting, and inspiring book, check this out for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
Mar-J 11 months ago
Ellie’s Redemption is an engaging and heartwarming with a solid Christian message woven into the story. This book set in the early 1900’s in Charm, OH is a continuation of the characters I fell in love with in Liza’s Second Chance. Ellie’s return to her Amish roots left others with doubt about her commitment to the Amish faith, even though God, the church and most of the community had forgiven her. Ellie’s sweet and compassionate spirit is to be admired throughout the story, although there were moments of wanting to lash out at the gossip. Joel and Ellie were attractive to one another from the beginning, but they faced many struggles with their relationship. Each one had secrets of their past, plus Mrs. Wenger had listened to the gossip of others about Ellie and insisted Joel not see her. She was rude to Ellie it seemed at each opportunity. Would an expected turn of events for Joel to redeem his sister from the Englischer world bring Mrs. Wenger back to her compassionate and loving self with family and others? This story captured by heart from the beginning. The children in the story added so much with their innocence and caring way for others. The courage, strength, and resilient of characters combined with gentleness, forgiveness, love, faith and new beginnings gave way to a magnificent Amish historical story. I look forward to reading the next book in The Amish Charm Bakery series by Molly Jebber. I want to know how the lives of the characters are moving forward. Jebber is one of my favorite authors writing historical Amish stories filled with a message of God’s love and forgiveness for each one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington through NetGalley for the tour with Celebrate Lit. All thoughts expressed are my sincere opinion of this book.
GailHollingsworth 11 months ago
Loved the first book about Liza and this is a continuation about Ellie, her stepdaughter. But it can be read as a stand-alone, so don’t let that hold you back. Ellie works in Liza’s bakery with Liza’s niece Hannah, who happens to be Ellie’s best friend. Ellie left the Amish life twice during her rumspringa, but now is totally committed to her faith. As hard as she tries, she is still looked down upon by many in the community. Fears are that she’ll win people and hearts and then take off again. At least that’s what Joel’s mother thinks. Joel and Ellie take a “shine” to each other but nothing will sway Mrs. Wenger’s mind about her. She is still grieving over the daughter that left and married an Englisher. This was a quick, enjoyable read for me and I loved the characters. Even though the time period was 1912, it was hardly noticeable because of the simple way the Amish live. My only problem with the book was that I gained 8 pounds while reading! The mention of all the bakery goods they made and sold made my mouth water. I found myself in my kitchen baking, and unfortunately eating the sweets and breads I made. I’m looking forward to possible continuations of these characters in subsequent novels. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
ceciliadlynn 11 months ago
Molly Jebber has written another great book in her new “Amish Charmed Bakery” series. “Ellie’s Redemption” takes us back to the beloved bakery where the first book took place. We follow Ellie as she tries to redeem herself in her Amish community. The community gossips can’t leave well enough alone and it seems that any hope of making a future for herself may indeed fall short because of their tales and her tarnished reputation. Even though Joel is kind and sweet, his secrets and her past may just be too much to overcome. The reader sees that the Amish face similar situations with gossips and struggling to fit into a mold others have created. Forgiveness shines bright throughout the book along with the Bible advice of trusting in God and letting him lead our path. Jebber does a great job with character development, they come to life for the reader. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend reading “Liza’s Second Chance” first as there is some back-story that could help the story. Molly Jebber has left us wanting more in this series by giving away just a little that might appear in future books. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
annelr 11 months ago
Ellie's Redemption is Molly Jebber's second book in the Amish Charm Bakery series and is just as delightful as the first, Liza's Second Chance. This book has many of the same characters, yet Ellie's Redemption can be read as a stand-alone story. Reading the first will definitely fill more of the background in but this second book of the series is captivating on its own. With family members disapproving, community gossips and other gals trying to make trouble, and events from the past Ellie and Joel's romance almost seems doomed from the start. Throughout the story, readers will wonder if their future will be together and what is ahead for Ellie and Joel just as the characters themselves are wondering what God is at work doing. They both have secrets they withhold from each other and because of that their relationship is strained to the point of breaking. Love just might not be enough to ensure a future together. The characters in the book are likable and realistic and I especially liked Joel's father. He is portrayed as a compassionate and non-judgmental person who is slow to speak and gives quiet advice. Ellie's story of redemption is a wonderful blend of family, great friendships, and faith values. It is a story that lovers of Amish stories and sweet romances won't want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
LucyMR1 11 months ago
This is book two in the Amish Charm Bakery Novels and I would describe it as CHARMING. You will become immersed in the lives of Ellie and the characters from Charm, Ohio in 1912. I love the historical aspect and details that are interspersed. This book brings to the forefront what a person deals with after making poor choices and trying to redeem themselves after repentance. A great reminder that gossip and making quick judgements is not good, as we never know what someone has been through. A perfect example of how having Faith and living unto the Lord can change us and others around us. Hurry and pick up a copy to cozy under a blanket, sip a cup of hot tea, and settle in for an enjoyable evening. I received a complimentary copy from the author/CelebrateLit. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.