Thanks for joining us Mary. Please tell us about A Little Bit of Charm:
A dream come true…a loss like no other…but is the price of happiness worth the cost? Rachel King, still recovering from the death of her parents, watches both of her older sisters find happiness in homes of their own with husbands who adore them. She yearns for her own new beginning. Her cousin Sarah lives near a Thoroughbred stable in Kentucky, and the opportunity to work around beautiful horses has always been Rachel’s dream. She leaves Lancaster County to find a home with Sarah and her husband, Isaac. When a job at Twelve Elms Stables opens up unexpectedly, it seems as though God has answered Rachel’s prayers. Then she meets Jake Brady, one of the owners of Twelve Elms, and her life becomes complicated. He’s attractive and charming, and his interest in her is flattering. But he’s also English as well as her boss. When Amish men she meets at church and singings start pursuing her, Rachel has important decisions to make. What does a young woman do when her heart puts her faith in jeopardy?
Is this the final book in the series, or is there more to come?
Yes, this is the final book in the New Beginnings series. It was preceded by Living in Harmony and Love Comes to Paradise. In April, Harvest House will release, A Plain Man, my next Amish fictional story, primarily from a man’s point of view.
Please tell us what inspires you to write Amish fiction.
I love writing Amish fiction! I grew up close to a large eastern Ohio Old Order settlement and now my husband and I live close to the largest concentration in the US. I love researching, interviewing and crafting stories about these devout Christians. I lose some of my own stress and worries whenever I’m around their tidy farms and shops. I get a better perspective of what’s truly important in life, and what’s not. I can’t think of a better way to make a living!
Thanks for sharing! If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win A LIttle Bit of Charm you must answer the following question.
Would you ever give up your faith if your spouse/fiancé asked you to?
Rules: There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. Drawing is open to U.S. addresses only. I will contact the winner Monday August 26th. You will have until September 1st to respond or forfeit the book. No other winner will be drawn. Void where prohibited by law.
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. Living in Harmony, book one of her current series won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. Her debut Christian book, A Widow’s Hope, was a finalist for the 2010 ACFW Carol Awards. Her current release, Love Comes to Paradise has been nominated for a 2013 Lime Award from The Christian Manifesto. She can be found on the web at: www.maryellis.net