I had the privilege of reading A Little Bit of Charm, book #3 in The New Beginning Series by Ms. Mary Ellis. Wow - I have so thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Amy and Nora, from book #1 and #2, and this book about Rachel's journey was just as spectacular. I love how Ms. Ellis has created such unique personalities for each and every one of the sisters, as though they were a real family down the street where I live.
When I started reading this book, I was amazed how once again God did it. The theme of God being the great provider and looking to Him for wisdom was exactly what I needed at this particular time in my life. One of the struggles experienced in the book was mirrored in my personal life and it was such comfort to hear words of encouragement being spoken to fictional characters that applied to my own life. Just as God comes through in fiction, He comes through in real life as well. When we trust and obey, God works all things out for His good. It may not always look the way we think it will, but it definitely is the best solution.
Ms. Ellis' writes characters and communities I wish I belonged too. They aren't perfect, but in their imperfections, they are entertaining, encouraging, hopeful, and enjoyable. I love how she reminds the reader we are all loved by God equally, whether living as Englishers or choosing to be set apart as Mennonite or Amish. She gave a great portrayal of all three different congregations working, fellowshipping, and mingling together peacefully while still maintaining their separate lifestyles. That gives hope for a world in which people can be accepting of each other while we worship the same God.
I can't wait to discover more about Beth, the last King sister, in book #4 as well as continue the journeys of Amy and John, Nora and Lewis, and now Rachel and her husband. I wasn't ready for the story to be over and I wasn't ready to say goodbye. I'm glad I have one more book to continue on with a family I have definitely grown to love. I have so enjoyed getting to know this family and their love for each other and most importantly, their love for God.
Another great book by Mary Ellis -- from the very beginning to the end!! It was hard to put down once I started reading! Beautiful description of the horses and the love for them in Kentucky. Although Rachel and Jake are from different worlds, it shows that we love and serve the same God! Left me wanting more!
Mary Ellis has another "Great" book. Once you start this book you will not want to put it down until the very last page then you will want it to go on some more. Even if you did not read the first 2 books you will be able to follow this story, it is fantastic. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. This book show you that there is Power in Prayer and that God is always there for you.
You will fall in love with all of the characters and wish you were there. I loved Rachel and Jake. Rachel really sound beautiful inside and out, and you will also love Jake. I recommend this book to everyone who loves a Great Christian book.