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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Amish Family Reunion...DNF...Review

About the book:
During a rumschpringe visit to Niagara Falls, Phoebe Miller meets Eli Riehl, a young man who charms her--and everyone else--with his exceptional storytelling ability. When Phoebe sketches scenes to illustrate one of his tales, Eli encourages her incredible talent, and together they embark on a lofty and unlikely business venture for two young Amish people--writing and illustrating a children's book.

Eli's kindness and appeal extend beyond his knack for words to reach inside Phoebe's heart. But he is an only son with five sisters, and when his father suffers a heart attack, Eli gives up his writing to assume responsibility on the farm. Though willing to abandon his dream of becoming an author, he won't give up his beloved Phoebe.

Can their love for a good story develop into something that lasts forever, or will Phoebe's deep-seated fear of desertion stand in their way?

This is one of those times where I wish there had been a disclaimer when the book was offered for review.  Had I known it was part of a series (which I hadn't read) with many, many characters, I would have passed on reading it.  I haven't read Mary Ellis before and I think that had I read the earlier books, I would have enjoyed this one.  Characters from Mary's previous books come together in a family reunion and a young niece/granddaughter finds her own way.  I believe this was written to stand alone as the author makes an attempt to give some back story, but there were just so many characters that it was hard to keep them straight, especially because I had no connection to them.  It proved to be too much effort and I finally just skimmed the rest of the book.

Fans of Mary Ellis will undoubtedly enjoy it, especially those who have read previous books about the Miller family.  I'm sorry it just wasn't for me.

Thanks to First Wildcard for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Mary Ellis here. you can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other, more positive reviews at Abbie's Reading Corner, Carlybird's Home, For the Love of Reading, and Christian Fiction Addiction, .

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2/5 Stars


  1. It's hard when you grab a book that is part of a series and you have trouble with it like this. It has happened to me before, and though I usually can sit back and enjoy the story, there are times when that is just not possible. Thanks for being honest about why this one didn't work for you.

  2. I hate it when a book has too many characters - if I have to work to keep up with who's who, it's not worth it.

  3. I've read one or two of her books and they aren't for me.