The Way to a Man's Heart, Miller Family Series #3
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Mary Ellis (A Widow's Hope and Never Far from Home) concludes her bestselling The Miller Family series with another engaging story set in Holmes County, Ohio.
Leah Miller is living her dream come true as she invests in a newly restored diner that caters to locals rather than tourists. Can Jonah Byler convince this shy, quiet young woman that she should leave her adoring fans and cook only for him?
Leah's sister, Emma, is trying to adapt to married life as New Order Amish along with her husband, James, who gave up his Englischer ways to make Emma his bride. Will his commitment to Emma and to God stand firm when temptations from his past come to call?
Ellis offers readers another captivating novel filled with strong characters and a loving look at how faith in God and connection with family can fill to overflowing an open, waiting heart.
The author, Ellis, has the ability to put her readers in the middle of the action, while also providing a sense of the Amish culture. The quality and intensity of the characters could have been stronger, however, because the dialogue between characters lacks much in the way of passion, energy or intensity. Probably the most memorable scene in the novel is when a suitor named Steven tries to convince Leah to eat nachos. She doesnt want them, though. So, when Daniel, another guy who likes Leah, insists she doesnt want them, they end up in Stevens lap. Steven then punches Daniel in the nose and Daniel punches Steven back. I thought that scene was intense and somewhat repulsive, but Leah comes away feeling flattered that two fellows were fighting over her. It winds up being somewhat comedic.
Leah is trying to live her life to the fullest, but at her age that is hard to do because boys get in the way. She has several fellows trying to court her. However, one man in particular, Jonah Byler, stands out. April, another female central character, is dealing with trying to set up a new restaurant, but drowning in financial debt. Jonah Byler has a past that he cant forget and a mysterious aura that makes Leah attracted to him. Leah decides to go for Jonah. April eventually blames Leah for all the fraud April commits in trying to be successful against the odds. However, her lies get out of control and she is seen for the person she really is.
Leah is weak at times because she tends to have a bit of a temper. However, she is pragmatic and knows what she wants and goes after it. She is shy and curious at the same time. Leah is a three-dimensional and selfless character with a forgiving nature. When events happen that arent particularly pleasant, her strong belief system comes in handy.
This book was more interesting than I expected it to be, especially with the realism Ellis weaves into her plot. What I really gained from it, though, was insight into the Amish culture. This book gives honest and respectful opinions of the Amish heritage, including the addition of words that arent used in everyday English. Young females who are trying to fit into the dual worlds of love and career should enjoy reading this book. Salisha Hill, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Mary K. Johnson, Lutheran Church of Guam
Donna Taylor, retired school teacher
LinDawnCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful BookJune 17, 2012LinDawnCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an enjoyable story and ends well, inspite of Leah having been made to look bad because of her business partner failing to make good decisions in the restaurant operation.
NewfieSmileFort McMurray ABAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great readApril 20, 2012NewfieSmileFort McMurray ABAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This whole series is awesome!!! Any books based on the Amish is wonderful to read
JustMeAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great, inspirational buyJuly 11, 2011JustMeAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this book. This was the first fiction book I have read in years, and it has gotten me interested in reading again. The parallels between my own circumstances and the ones in this book brought back some really good memories of me and my husband in our dating stage. It was very inspiring. If you like romantic stories that are not too mushy and that involve good Christian principles incorporated into everyday life, this book is for you.
Joanne Rinker5 Stars Out Of 5June 1, 2011Joanne RinkerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Im in the process of reading this one right now
I love books about the Amish and read many authors who write books about them
Mary Ellis is one of my favorite authors of these books Have read the other two for this series and enjoyed them and am enjoying this one too
kcjeanetteColumbus, MSAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Just average.January 17, 2011kcjeanetteColumbus, MSAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I absoutely love all of Mary Ellis's books and with this being book #3 I could hardly wait to get my hands on it, but I was really disappointed . It was a super slow read and one that I found I could hardly wait just to finish it. Yes, the diner theme was a bit different however it just seemed to drag on. Not the type of writting you would expect from Ms. Ellis.
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