“Mary Ellis's new book was fantastic once I picked it up I had a hard time putting it down. She has really outdone herself on this new series. It is a winner for sure.”
“Living in Harmony contains all the elements I value so highly in her previous books. She writes about the Amish community with solid understanding, yet she doesn’t make the members sound perfect. If you haven’t read one of Mary’s books before, you’ll find this one a great place to begin. And if you have, you should know that Living in Harmony is just as well-written and interesting as you’ve come to expect from this author’s work.”
"Another great read from Mary Ellis!"
“Mary Ellis has shown through an outstanding story some of the differences among the Amish. The characters are well developed and believable, and the plot is riveting. Above all, her characters have a sense of humor, making them people you'd like to meet and chat with. Once again Mary has told a story about the Amish as real people. I highly recommend this book.”
“I really loved the story.”
“This story takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster and will keep you turning the page. Insights into the differences within the communities of the Amish orders and the impact of shunning on the families are revealed in quite a personal way. Mary Ellis never disappoints. But, I have learned one thing when it comes to her books, I never begin one until I have enough time to savor every scene from start to finish. I just cannot stop once I begin the story and always find myself wanting the next story right away.”
“Well-rounded and interesting characters will keep you engaged soon after you turn page one. The Amish may be referred to as ‘simple’ but just as the world we live in, the road can be just as uneven as they are faced with the same challenges as us. Mary does a wonderful job creating a storyline that is believable with characters that you will root for to find their own way to live in Harmony.”
Michelle Durben, destinationamish.com
“This story was well written and I enjoyed it a great deal.”
Amy and Nora King lose both of their parents in a fire. Amy's fiancé, John Detweiler, convinces the sisters to travel with him to Harmony, ME. They are welcomed by John's brother and sister-in-law, who belong to a strict Amish sect. When the sisters learn of an aunt who was shunned, they want to get to know her, but John and his family don't think it's a good idea. VERDICT Ellis is known for her Amish fiction, particularly her Miller family series. The series debut doesn't quite live up to her previous works. The plot moves slowly, even for Amish fiction, and not all of the characters are entirely likable. Still, Ellis's fans will want to pick it up, so libraries with strong Amish collections should purchase.