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Never Far from Home
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Release Date: January 2010
Print Length: 300
ISBN: 978-0-7369-3696-5
Series: 2

Never Far from Home

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Mary Ellis follows her captivating Widow’s Hope with a new story from the heart of Holmes County, Ohio. In Never Far From Home, fifteen-year-old Emma Miller finishes school, starts her own wool business, and is longing for someone to court. When the object of her affection is a handsome English sheep farmer, with a fast truck and modern methods, her deacon father, Simon, knows he has more than the farm alliance to worry about.

Emma isn’t the only one with longings in Holmes County. Her aunt Hannah wants a baby and her uncle Seth hopes he’ll reap financial rewards when he takes a risk with his harvest. But are these the dreams God has for this Amish family? With engaging interactions and thoughtful characters, Ellis weaves a story about waiting for God’s timing and discovering that the dreams planted close to home can grow a lasting harvest of hope and love.

Meet the author

Mary Ellis

Mary Ellis

Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, and Living in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

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A Word from the Author

“Did you ever date someone that your parents' didn't approve of? If so, maybe you'll sympathize with Emma who falls in love with another sheep farmer—only this one wears Levis and drives a fast truck. Her Uncle Seth has been blinded by an easy path to riches to solve the district's money woes—another common pitfall for us Englischers. Life may not be predictable for the Miller family, but with faith, all things are possible.”
Mary Ellis, author of Never Far from Home

Editorial Reviews

“Ellis has painstakingly woven authentic Amish beliefs, culture, and way of life into a well-written storyline filled with interesting plots and subplots…Recommend to adults and teens, even ones who don’t generally read Amish novels.”
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"Is there anything better than an Amish book?

"Mary Ellis grew up in and still lives in Amish country. Her first-hand knowledge of that lifestyle is evident in her writing."

Never Far from Home is book two in Ms. Ellis' The Miller Family Series and it was as good as the first. This is a great Amish fiction and I enjoyed it immensely. There was a surprise turn at the end that keeps you hopping. I can't wait to read more from this author!”

“The next book in The Miller Family Series is full of joy, laughter and heartbreak. Even though at times it seems the Amish are unforgiving people, they really are caring and honest toward each other and the English. Ellis writes from the heart, and the lessons one learns from this novel are priceless.”

“Mary Ellis continues her imaginative and refreshing style in the genre of Amish fiction, with book two in The Miller Family Series, Never Far From Home. As with the first book, Mary is creative with her plot whilst maintaining a realistic representation of the Amish lifestyle.”

“I would recommend this book to all who love reading about the Amish. Also for new readers who might decide to try a book to see why so many of us love books about the Amish.”
The Midwest Book Review

“This is a great Amish romance!”


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“I was so entranced by the Miller family that I read the book within 2 days. The story that Mary Ellis weaves of this Amish family is spellbinding. The struggles, fears, and determination of the characters are to be admired. So often we judge those that are different by our own standards. Ms. Ellis enlightens us as to how much we have in common regardless of our chosen paths. I look forward to reading the next installment.”
—Eileen Pech

"Mary is an artist, she paints pictures with words and her words have so much meaning. I truly enjoy her books and trust she will continue the Amish love story.

"I do highly recommend Never Far from Home. It's a great love story. Keep writing Mary."
Blanche Robb

“We have a Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country and have several Amish girls who help us with different aspects of our business. We now all have read the book and the remarks are very positive. On an ever increasing scale, the young Amish here are coming into contact with 'Englishers.' The story that Mary has chosen to write about is very true to what happens here on a regular basis. Mary has a really good feel for the Amish Community.”

“We highly endorse her latest book. I'm sure it will be a hit not only for the English, but also here with the Amish Community as well.”
—Carol Lee Shevlin, Inn Keeper, Simple Pleasures Bed and Breakfast

“I really enjoyed reading Never Far from Home. The story of the Amish girl and the English boy is a common storyline, however, I continue to enjoy the way Mary Ellis's characters love to be Amish and don't hurry to conform to the English lifestyle. Her writing style is so easy to read and her characters are so real and enjoyable. You just can't wait for Hannah to become pregnant. You wish it for her like she was a friend or family member. And the mistake Seth makes in planting more corn shows a human side to this character. Great read, can't wait for the story to continue.”
—Marie Lawrie

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