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COTT: Mary Ellis and Her New Amish Fiction Release Living In Harmony

Posted by Julie on October 22, 2012 in Book Review, COTT, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |
The Clash of the Titles Blog Alliance is proud to share great August
release with its readers.
Ink still damp from the presses, Living in Harmony by Mary Ellis, currently
sits on a store shelf near you! Want more good news? It’s the first in a
series—perfect time to jump on board.

About the book:

in Harmony
is the first book in bestselling author Mary Ellis’s New
Beginnings series. It’s about fresh starts and love…and how faith in God
and His perfect plan for our lives provides us with the peace and joy we

Amy King–young, engaged, and Amish–faces difficult challenges in her life
when she suddenly loses both of her parents in a house fire. Her fiancé,
John Detweiler, persuades her and her sister Nora to leave Lancaster County
and make a new beginning with him in Harmony, Maine, where he has relatives
who can help the women in their time of need.

John’s brother Thomas and sister-in-law Sally readily open their home to
the three newcomers. Wise beyond his years, Thomas, a minister in the
district, refuses to marry Amy and John upon their arrival, suggesting
instead a period of adjustment and counseling. During this time Amy
discovers an aunt who was shunned. She wishes to reconnect with her, but
this puts a strain on her relationship with John.

Can John and Amy find a way to live in happily in Harmony before making a
lifetime commitment to one another?

For those addicted to Amish stories, you
won’t want to miss this one. To everyone else, this might be the book that
you hooked on this
wildfire genre.

Here’s what reviewer Rachel Brand of the Christian Manifesto has to say about
in Harmony

Just when you think nothing new and original can come out of the Amish
genre, a book like this comes along and proves that you’re completely

It’s hard to express exactly what I loved so much about Living in
Harmony. It’s not just the setting, the new community and the realistic
secondary characters that made this novel so refreshing and unique. Mary
Ellis crafted her hero and heroine as
incredibly relate-able characters, flawed human beings who prove
that even the Amish don’t have perfect relationships or marriages.

Each character had their own personality and purpose in the novel, which
means that there’s bound to be at least one character that every reader can
relate to.

If you need a little bit more realism in your Amish fiction, or just
don’t want to read a happily-ever-after romance, then Living in Harmony is
the book for you.

About the author:

Mary Ellis grew up near the Amish and fell in love with them. She has now
written nine bestselling novels set in their communities. When not writing,
she enjoys gardening, bicycling, and swimming. Before “retiring” to write
full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey
Chocolate. Her debut Christian book, A Widow’s Hope, was a finalist for the
2010 ACFW Carols and the Holt Medallion Award of Merit.

You can find Mary at these locations:



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