I loved this book and found it precious to me. I loved Emma and her family. I could so relate to how a father worries over his children that they will stay from the faith. My heart ached for Hannah who wanted children so badly. I loved how Emma's friend hungers for the truth in the Amish religion and finds its the way he wants to live. I thought it was great there is the Old Order Amish and the New Order Amish and their great love for the Lord. I highly recommend this book and this series. They are great.
"Never Far From Home" was FANTASTIC, I read some of the other reviews and one mentioned that it was not realistic well I thought it was great I think that is why it is called fiction, I stayed up very late just to finish it, I could not put it down I would have to say that Mary Ellis is my favorite author I can hardly wait for the next book in this series
Emma was a perfect 16 year old Amish girl. Joshua was rather out of place for a modern day farm kid - and this is from someone who grew up on a Missouri farm who family still operates theirs. Farmers today work with iphones and ipods and really don't cross the line to seek out Amish spouses, but do know when the Amish girls are in their "running around" period. Seth still bothered me as a character. He is grouchy, overbearing, andlia is wonderful. Leah, Matthew, Henry come into their own. This was a nice "middle" story in the series, though the plot line was really not believeable.
Mary Ellis is a wonderful, passionate writer. I read the first book, A Widdow's Hope, and was so glad I had the second one waiting so I could continue 'living with' the Miller family. Ms. Ellis has a wonderful way of writing which embraces you in a loving hug from the first chapter to the last. You feel as if you are a part of the family, living right there with them, sharing in their joys and their pain. I just found out the love will continue with #3, out in July, The Way to a Man's Heart. I can't wait!